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Jersey's Christmas parade "will go ahead"

Jersey's Christmas parade will go ahead this year.

The news was confirmed last night to those involved in this year's Battle of Flowers and Moonlight Parade.

It follows doubt over whether there was funding to put on the show, which sees the illuminated floats tour through St Helier each December.

The event, which attracts hundreds of spectators who line the route, is scheduled for Sunday 13 December.

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Your Channel Island guide to festive markets

Christmas really kicks off in the Channel Islands today, with festive markets popping up and lights twinkling at night.

In Jersey, a range of Christmas markets will be running from today across the weekend.

In Guernsey, late night shopping begins tonight and Christmas lights are turned on at The Bridge tomorrow evening.

Here are some of the events going on:

JERSEY

Spirit of Christmas Market 04/12/2014 - 07/12/2014 Thurs - Sun Browse beautifully decorated wooden chalets where local artisans and craft workers will be selling gorgeous handmade gifts and delightful decorations. There'll be street theatre and music. Trading hours: Thursday 10:00 - 21:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 18:00, Sunday 10:00 - 20:00.

Lé Marchi Nouormand Norman French Market 04/12/2014 - 07/12/2014 Thurs - Sun As part of La Fête dé Noué, breathe in the sights and smells of Normandy with everything from home made crêpes and biscuits to cônfit and cider.

Spirit of Christmas Market 04/12/2014 - 07/12/2014 Thurs - Sun Browse beautifully decorated wooden chalets where local artisans and craft workers will be selling gorgeous handmade gifts and delightful decorations. There'll be street theatre and music too, so be sure to discover some Christmas magic with a visit to this charming market. Trading hours are: Thursday 10:00 - 21:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 18:00, Sunday 10:00 - 20:00.

La Fête dé Noué 04/12/2014 - 07/12/2014 Thurs - Sun La Fête dé Noué, which translates from the local Jersey Norman-French language as Christmas Festival, animates the Island with a programme of activities.

Advent Christmas Market 04/12/2014 - 07/12/2014 Thurs - Sun Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...especially in St Heliers historic Royal Square! Beneath the twinkling lights of the chestnut trees.

GUERNSEY

The Bridge Lights Switch On Fri 5 December: Christmas lights switch on - The Bridge, St Sampsons Switch on time is 4:30-5pm.
Further information, please contact the Guernsey Information Centre on +44 (0) 1481 723552

Late Night Shopping Thursdays: 4th, 11th, 18th December, St Peter Port. Shops open until 9pm. Further information, please contact the Guernsey Information Centre on +44 (0) 1481 723552

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Deadline for posting abroad this Christmas

Here's your key deadline dates in Guernsey.

We would also like to remind our customers that UK import VAT is payable on any gift, sent to the UK, with a value over £36. When sending a gift overseas it is also important to fill out a customs label with as much information as possible including a full return address in case it needs to be returned to the sender.

– Dave Bynam, Head of Network at Guernsey Post

Guernsey youngster to make Tree of Joy come to life

Lucy Robins, an 11-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, will turn on the lights on this years Rotary Tree of Joy in Guernsey this evening.

Lucy will attend a special reception on the balcony at Long Port before she presses the button to switch on the lights at 6pm tonight.

The Amherst Primary School pupil undergoes physiotherapy several times a day and is on permanent medication for the condition. On average she spends six to nine weeks a year in hospital.

Lucy was diagnosed with the genetic condition, which affects the lungs and digestive system, at five months old.

Rotary Club of Guernsey president elect John Hollis said that switching on the Rotary Tree of Joy each year had become a special moment for Guernsey, with many islanders saying that it marks the start of the Christmas spirit for them.

We are delighted that Lucy will be able to make that special moment happen for us all this year. In lighting up the area, the Tree of Joy serves as a beacon for the generosity of Guernsey's public.

Each year they help us by taking the Tree of Joy tags available in participating retailers or banks, and buying related presents for more than 500 children in the Bailiwick, who would otherwise not be able to participate in Christmas to the degree we would like.

– John Hollis, Rotary Club of Guernsey president elect

FUN FACT: The Tree of Joy on the Weighbridge roundabout is the tallest light tree in Europe and was first put up in 2005.

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