Stroud will be awash with Christmas cheer on Friday night.

Organisers of this year’s annual Goodwill Evening say they have had an amazing response from shopkeepers, with more than ever staying open late plus special offers, competitions and of course the treasure hunt.

The night runs from 5pm to 9pm, with the lantern procession starting at the Sub Rooms forecourt at 6pm with Father Christmas.

This year’s theme is insects, so expect to see hundreds of bugs and beasties.

Look out for updates on the Stroud Goodwill Evening Facebook page.

Goodwill listings

Sub Rooms Forecourt

Jazz Friday and The Rock Choir will be performing.

Fawkes Place

Traditional fairground

The Shambles

Little Red Bus Bar, stalls, Christmas Tree Festival at St Laurence Church

Cornhill

Christmas market with hot food, mulled wine and cider and a superb range of stalls plus entertainments in Union Street including the Methodist Church Band

Merrywalks

Annual charities fair and craft fair with entertainment from runs 2pm to 8pm.

Santa’s Grotto will also be open

Street entertainment around town

Shine on Stage School, Sophie and Lyndon’s fireshow, Oakridge Parochial School Choir and Styx Morris Dancers.

There will also be street entertainment around town.

Goodwill window display competition

SHOPKEEPERS have been busy decorating windows, make sure you have a look at the following entrants as you make your way around town.

Batemans

Anyone for Cricket?

Absolute Kitchens           

Absolute Insects

Falafel Mama    

I Believe I Can fly

Fortune Faeries

Come Fly With Me

Made in Venezuela        

Bachacos

Madia & Matilda          

Endangered Insects

Pashon jewellery            

No theme

Perry Bishop      

All Bugs Considered

Peter Joy            

The Butterflyball and the Grasshoppers Feast

Sawyers estate agents  

Infestive

The Diner      

Pom Pom Mania

The Door charity shop    

Charlotte’s Christmas Web

Stroud Town Council     

Christmas Spider

Woodruffs         

Oh Christmoth Tree

Kendrick Street Gallery   

Arty Ants

Family Tree Funeral Co  

Firefly Christmas

Goodwill treasure hunt

There's a new format this year.

There are 32 shops in the treasure hunt stretching from Nelson Street to Gloucester Street and London Road.

Participants must make a list of all the shops they can find which have the Goodwill Bee in the window.

The entrant with the most correct shops/businesses listed will win the prize - a family ticket worth £50.50 for this year’s panto at the Sub Rooms.

Entrants should post their list on the Stroud Goodwill Evening Facebook page or deliver a handwritten list to the Stroud Town Council office (or post through the letter box).

This year’s panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, runs from Friday, December 21 to Monday, December 24.

Cast includes Britain’s Got Talent finalist Drew Cameron as Muddles who joins a Wicked Queen, a handsome Prince and the beautiful Snow White.