He’s a very busy man at this time of year, but a Hemel Hempstead shopping centre has managed to book in Father Christmas himself to launch its Winter Wonderland series of festive events.
The Marlowes Shopping Centre kicks off its Christmas countdown on Thursday, November 28 from 4pm, with special guests Daniel Fox from Heart radio and the Leverstock Green School choir.
Every Thursday in December, shoppers can enjoy free entertainment during late night shopping until 8pm.
Children can also visit Santa’s grotto free on weekends from 10am to 5pm, and late night Thursdays between 4pm and 8pm, right up to Christmas Eve. Each child will get a receive a free gift – whether they’re on Santa’a naughty or nice list – but donations towards the mall’s chosen charity Sunnyside Rural Trust will be welcomed.
Marlowes centre director Vince Williams said: “We are delighted that Santa has chosen the Marlowes for his winter wonderland and that our younger shoppers will be able to meet him, take some photos and receive a goody bag, and all for free.”
In the run-up to Christmas, shoppers will also be able to enter a competition to win a private screening for one winner and 20 guests to see Disney’s Frozen at the town’s Empire Cinema by visiting the Marlowes Facebook page.