We all know that Christmas is going to be very different this year, but different does not have to be bad. It can be a great opportunity to change the way we shop and to support our local businesses at the same time.

2020 has been a tough year for many people – particularly local traders – so there has never been a better time to spread some festive cheer by buying local to support small businesses.

We do not have to go very far to get the things we need – they are right on our doorstep – so we can still make this festive season a very merry time.

If you can’t eat out – eat in!

Just because we can’t eat out the way we used to, it does not mean we can’t enjoy a good restaurant meal. Christmas is traditionally a time of feasting, so have a look at what local eateries are doing for take-aways and order in!

Dream for the future

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Plan ahead for 2021 and try all the things we missed during lockdown – plus some new adventures. Now is the time to re-discover the region and all the exciting things that are on offer. It is also a great way to give presents that are a little bit different – from afternoon tea vouchers to exhilarating experiences on the river or at sea.

Let the shops come to you

It does not matter what the weather is doing outside, we can all stay cosy and warm inside and shop online. You will find everything you need - from Christmas cards and decorations, to the perfect present on the Buy Local Tees Valley website.

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Eat, drink and be merry

Who needs to stand in supermarket queues when all your Christmas food shopping can be ordered online and delivered to your door? Plan ahead while you have the time, check what you can pre-order from your butcher or local deli…and maybe try something different this year.

Spread the word

If you love it – others will too. This is the season for giving, so give your favourite go-to places a shout-out. Tell everyone about the businesses you love and share the joy. Recommend them on your own social media sites – and use Buy Local Tees Valley platforms every Friday to share pics and favourite products. Tag #EnjoyTeesValley and they will share so even more people can feel the joy!

www.buylocal.teesvalley-ca.gov.uk

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