Let’s make August 2021 the new Christmas 2020.

We're supporting northern businesses that missed out on more than just Christmas day. Join us and celebrate Christmas 2020 a little late, on the 16th - 22nd August 2021.

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Bring people back together with the spirit of Christmas, and give local businesses a festive boost.

Let's be honest - after the year 2020 turned out to be and with 2021 not starting off much better, we all need a good dose of that festive cheer.

Sure, we did our best to keep the office Christmas party alive. We're Northerners, after all.

But while we were forced to party as best we could over Zoom, our hospitality industry faced over £700m in losses from a lack of Christmas office parties alone. And let’s not even talk about the biggest annual decline of retail sales on record that happened in 2020.

That's why up North we're declaring 16th - 22nd August 2021 the new Christmas 2020.

This is for the Christmas lovers that didn't get the festive season they deserved.

It's for the person who puts their tree up straight after Halloween. The organisational wizard that has every gift bought and wrapped by Autumn. The social butterfly that dedicates the whole of November to attending every Christmas bash they can wangle an invite to.

It's for the proud owner of an independent retailer that missed out on the Christmas rush. It's for the bar manager that never got to showcase their ridiculously glittery Christmas cocktail. The restaurant owner that couldn't wait to welcome every extended, dysfunctional and downright bonkers family through their doors to make Christmas dinner memories that last a lifetime.

It's for everyone who doesn't believe Christmas 2020 should be a write-off, just because it didn't happen on December 25th.

Here’s how you can be part of a smashing Northern Christmas... in August.

Give some gifts. Arrange a family Christmas dinner. Throw an office Christmas party. Dig out the fairy lights, the tinsel, the tree - the lot.

Check out our Christmas directory, where you'll be able to find some awesome Christmas suppliers. If you offer festive products or services, you can list your business for free.

After all, we don't do things by halves. This is how Christmas up North is done.

Let's make 16th - 22nd August a Northern Christmas we'll never forget.

Let us know how you’re celebrating and supporting your local businesses on social media, using the hashtag #MyNorthernChristmas

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