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10th September 2020 - Press Release

Continued Uncertainty Surrounding Covid-19 Forces Cancellation of 2020 White Cliffs Christmas Event

Following a number of discussions regarding how the popular White Cliffs Christmas experience could be safely hosted, the Port has reluctantly decided to cancel this year's event at Cruise Terminal 1.

With a large event like this and following ongoing government guidelines, the Port’s absolute priority continues to be the health and safety of all those who come together to make the White Cliffs Christmas happen, along with those who come to enjoy it – the local community, port community, stallholders, entertainers and visitors.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Dover said:

Each year the White Cliffs Christmas gets bigger and better with increased visitors to our historic Cruise Terminal which is transformed into a festive winter wonderland. Following the social distancing guidance and national and local government recommendations against large gatherings we are left with the hard decision to regrettably cancel the 2020 event. One of the main features at the White Cliffs Christmas is our popular undercover ice-rink, which attracted over 12,000 skaters last year. This activity itself brings added concerns around social distancing.

We look forward to welcoming many more people in the future when we are past the current situation. We are grateful to everyone who has helped make it such a popular event over the last few years, but for now we must continue to uphold our social responsibility to support the nation’s focus on tackling the ongoing spread of COVID-19 whilst also ensuring our core port operations can continue to bring in the food, medicine and other essential resources our country needs.”

White Cliffs Christmas was due to take place from Sunday 29 November 2020 to Sunday 03 January 2021


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