THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas starts on Saturday with the launch of Stone’s shop advent window trail.
The first window in the annual event which sees a new Christmas-themed shop front unveiled every will be revealed at 11am at the library in Market Square.
The community project, now in its third year, is supported by local schools, businesses and other organisations and organised by Christ Church congregation members David and Pam Pott.
“We’re absolutely delighted with how popular the project has become and that it’s become part of the town’s festive celebrations,” said Mr Pott.
He said this year’s theme was carols from around the world, with each of the 24 shops – of which there were six new entrants – selecting a song and decorating their windows alongside children from local schools with kids from Walton Priory Middle School working on the library window which is based on Joy to the World.
Stone’s Mayor Councillor Mike Shaw and his wife Sue will launch the trail, opening the window at the library on Saturday morning, with a new window revealed every day until Christmas Eve when Frances Mayer of the Secret Kitchen will open the final one at Christ Church.
Additionally on Christmas Eve a group of carol singers will tour each of the windows singing the carols portrayed beginning at the Swan Inn on Stafford Street at 9.30am and ending at Christ Church
The complete list of participating shops in order and the songs they will be representing is;
Saturday, December 1: Stone Library and Walton Priory Middle School, Joy to the World.
Sunday. December 2: The Mill and Stone WI, White Christmas.
Monday, December 3: Blue Room and Trinity Skills, Walking in the Air.
Tuesday, December 4: Zeta and St Michael’s First School, Mary’s boy child. This window will be opened by Mrs Mary Gale, who has been head teacher at the school for 16 years.
Wednesday, December 5: Lock Keeper’s Salon and St Dominic’s First School, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.
Thursday, December 6: Crazy Daisies and Oak Tree Farm, While Shepherd Watched.
Friday, December 7: Katharine House and Hillbillies, We Three Kings. Window will be unveiled by Libby Dale, Head of Retail, who opened the shop 13 years ago.
Saturday, December 8: Dunoon, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. This window will be opened by Bill Cash, MP.
Sunday, December 9: Titanic, O Come All Ye Faithful.
Monday, December 10: Baileys, Let it Snow.
Tuesday, December 11: Footsteps and Mumbles of Sandon, Frosty the Snowman.
Wednesday, December 12: Yarn Gathering and Christ Church First School, Deck the Halls.
Thursday, December 13: Shear Genius and Oulton First School, I saw Three Ships.
Friday, December 14: Fleur and St Dominic’s Priory, The Angel Gabriel.
Saturday, December 15: Pour Les Poids, See Amid the Winter’s Snow. This window will be opened by Ed Dyster, a young boy who cycled 150 miles in June to raise funds for the Donna Louise Trust and who is a customer at Pour Les Poids.
Sunday, December 16: Swan Inn and Stone Town Band, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
Monday, December 17: John Burton solicitors and Pirehill First School, Oh, Christmas Tree.
Tuesday, December 18: Radford gallery and Christ Church Middle School, Le Divin Infant.
Wednesday, December 19: Wikijum and Beaver/Scouts, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Thursday, December 20: Home and Colour and Alleyne’s School, Once in Royal David’s City
Friday, December 21: Hammersleys, Do You See What I See?
Saturday, December 22: Birchill and Watson, The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol.
Sunday, December 23: Costa Coffee, The First Noel.
Monday, December 24: Christ Church, Heaven Invites You to a Party.