ORGANISERS are working on the programme of events for Falmouth's Christmas festivities.
And it is hoped to double the entries to last year's entry for the Santa Run and fill the town with 1,000 people dressed as Father Christmas on December 15 in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. To register call 01726 66868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Town manager Richard Gates is encouraging traders to join Sunday opening and late-night shopping on Thursdays and said: "I think there has been a lack of confidence in the past. Not knowing what's open has discouraged people from coming in.
"We can't have people coming in and having nowhere to spend their money.
"Last year we had a cruise ship come in on a Sunday and passengers were showing the police their credit cards and asking where they could spend it as little was open."
Businesses intending to stay open can contact him to be promoted on the Falmouth website.
The lights switch-on will kick off late-night shopping on November 29, with a schoolchildren's lantern parade and other activities. Weekend activities will include a fancy dress parade on December 8, a Christmas festival on Events Square and street theatre performances.
On Christmas Eve Cornwall Harmony Choir will sing in the streets, starting at 10.30am at Events Square, ending on The Moor. For details visit www.falmouth.co.uk