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Christmas Crackers at Idlewells

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Christmas Crackers at Idlewells

Once again Idlewells Shopping Centre has invested thousands of pounds into providing a bigger and better feast of festivity for shoppers and customers seeking a truly warming shopping experience this yuletide.

This year's decorations have excelled all previous years, with its usual impressive display in a new collection of colours, plus a 3ft twinkling Christmas tree positioned outside every shop in the Centre. Adding to this already impressive collection of real and fragrant trees, is one gigantic faux pine that houses Santa and his elf Seamus for the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas Eve.

The decorations and Grotto were launched on 25th November to great praise and the delight of shoppers.

Manager, Chloe O'Donnell, was inside the giant tree with the doors closed on the afternoon of the 25th, and could hear comments from passers by. "I was thrilled." explained Chloe. "I could hear children and adults of all ages exclaiming with delight and marvelling at the tree that I was inside.  I could hear children  squealing with delight, and honestly couldn't stop smiling to myself."

Chloe had the idea to have the grotto in a giant Christmas tree, after a record-breaking attendance to last year's extremely popular snow-Globe grotto.  "The snow globe went down very well indeed, so we thought we had better do something as good this year, as expections were starting to grow." She explained.  

The Grotto will be open every Saturday and Sunday between 11am - 3pm, and then every day during Christmas week up to Christmas Eve. The Grotto costs £3.50 per child, with a Christmas gift included and with an optional photograph available at £6, for those who would like them.

Local photographer, Jason Parnell, will be taking the pictures inside the grotto, but parents are more than welcome to continue to take their own pictures too.

In addition to the Grotto at Idlewells, there is the Idlewells' usual programme of free events and activities for customers, including the return of the amazing 'animatronics' Polar Bear (pictured below) on Sunday 11th December** and a turkey giveaway on 18th December - in partnership with Colledges Butchers in the Indoor Market.


** POLAR BEAR SHOW TIMES:  11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Workshops will be hosted weekly, by our retailers; Tracy Gee of Material Girl Fabrics and Gilly Swift of cake decoration supplies and services store in the centre, Cakefusion.

For more information of these events and to ensure you don't miss a thing, please visit and like our Facebook page here.

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