Idlewells Shopping Centre

Idlewells announces free grotto this Christmas

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Sutton's popular Idlewells Shopping Centre, has announced that this year it will be providing its Santa's Grotto to the local community - for free.

Idlewells is becoming an increasingly popular Christmas destination for festive shoppers, following its continued and growing investment into the Centre's decoration, free events and Grotto. 

Following a year focussed on giving thanks to local people for supporting local retailers, Manager Chloe O'Donnell decided that the time was right to give something special this year.

"Most shopping centres have a budget each year for providing seasonal entertainment for their customers, and we are no exception," explained Chloe. "We are smaller than most - but you wouldn't know it by our investment in events!" she smiled.  "All year we've been telling our customers how much we appreciate their support in continually spending their money locally.  It's been a tough few years for everyone, and we know it's not letting up, so what better a time to give something back than at the most expensive season of the year!"

Santa's Grotto will be running every Saturday and Sunday from 25th November to 24th December, plus Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd, from 1pm until 4pm.  Following floods of positive comments from last year it will, once again, be housed in a gorgeous giant Christmas tree!

Concluded Chloe, "Parents can bring their children more than once over the period, but we hope that the majority of people will respect other families who are queueing for the first time. We are expecting it to be busy, but would dearly like everyone to have the chance to see Santa this year!"

Local photographer, Jason Parnell, will be at the Grotto throughout, taking photographs for those who wish to have one, for £5 each or 3 for £10. Parents are welcome to take their own pictures if they prefer.

There will be an optional collection 'tin' at the grotto's entrance, for anyone who wishes to make a donation to local homeless & vulnerable young persons charity, Framework, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

In addition to the free Grotto, Idlewells has a programme of free family activities and workshops planned, including; Elf Yourself, Make a Wreath, Lego Mini-Gift Make and Take, an Ice Sculptured sleigh and an Advent Calendar giveaway. Full details of all these and more can be found here.