Idlewells Shopping Centre

Sunday Fun-days this Christmas!

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Idlewells Shopping Centre has declared that Sundays are certainly going to be ‘fundays’ in December, as the team announces its programme of Christmas events and activites for 2018!

Idlewells has, in recent years, raised the bar in its delivery of family Christmas fun, and enhanced the whole shopping experience during the lead up to the 25th with real trees lining the malls, gorgeous decorations and a grotto that Santa is truly proud to call home for the month.

For the third year running Idlewells is providing a FREE GROTTO for all, including - a completely FREE visit to Santa, a FREE wrapped gift - and the opportunity to buy an official photograph in a folder, frame or one of a range of Christmas gifts if choose.  Visitors are welcome to take their own photographs too!

The eagerly-awaited grotto – last year housed in a giant Christmas Tree – provides the perfect backdrop for our unique ‘Frosty Pod’, a wonderful snowman photo-prop that will provide photo-fun and the chance to win £50, by simply sending us your photographs taken in Frosty, to the Idlewells Facebook Page.

Of course, no holiday would be complete in Sutton, without some amazing FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES provided by Idlewells – and Christmas is certainly no exception.  A giant Snow Lion, the explosively LIVE robot, ‘Titan’, and lego galore are the stars of the Idlewells show – which will be sure to wow and excite children and families coming in on Sundays to get a genuine Christmas vibe and do a little Christmas shopping.

“This year’s Christmas line-up is going to be amazing, with two wonderful appearances, a workshop and a giveaway day.” Says Chloe O’Donnell, Idlewells’ Centre Manager.  “It’s our way of saying Thank You for another year of support to all Idlewells, the Indoor Market and Sutton Town Centre visitors and customers.”

Sunday activities in Idlewells start on 2nd December, and are complemented by more events organised by Ashfield District Council each Saturday in December - scroll down for more details.

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Saturdays - 1pm - 4pm

Sundays - 10.30am - 4pm
(with a 20 minute break to feed the reindeer, at 1.30pm)


 White Lion

Sunday 2nd December  
Three half hour shows between 11.30-3.30
Meet the mythical giant Snow Lion and the Red Queen.
Show times: 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm.  


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Sunday 9th December
It’s a day of LEGO-HEAVEN, come along make a model, play in the LEGO PIT, and take home an authentic Lego Santa or Snowman to make later.


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Sunday 16th December
Three half hour shows between 11.30-3.30
Titan the Robot is here at Idlewells to give you a Christmas Show to remember! If you haven’t seen Titan yet, then you should buckle-up, and prepare to be blown away!
Show times: 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm.  


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Sunday 23rd December
It’s LEGO GIVEAWAY DAY today! We know from previous events how popular Lego is, so we’ve bought a huge sack FULL of lego sets (rrp £5-£10) and we are giving them away to children with a voucher*, hourly on a first come, first served basis!  Pictured above: Just some of the sets we are giving away.

12 noon - 30 sets
1pm – 30 sets
2pm – 30 sets
3pm – 30 sets

*vouchers are given to every child attending a SUNDAY FREE GROTTO SESSION in December, up to and including 23rd December.


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More Sutton Town Centre Events…

Saturday 1st December
on Portland Square
Sutton Christmas Festival 

… and in the Indoor Market,  Saturdays 10am – 1pm:

Saturday 8th December
• Christmas Crafts
• Magic Elf
• Face painting

Saturday 15th December
The Lost Elves

Saturday 22nd December
• Music@the Market – Rachel Raynor, Curtis (Acoustic)
• Christmas Crafts and a walkabout entertainer




Throughout December our Frosty Pod will be in the Centre for you to take pictures for a little festive fun – and you can share them to our Facebook Page for the chance to win £50 to spend in Idlewells!

Simply snap your pic and send them via Facebook Messenger to Idlewells. You can log into your own Messenger and send them or use this link 

Members of the Idlewells team will choose their favourite picture, and the one with the most votes from the team will win!  Popularity with our shoppers will of course have some influence, so by all means share and ask your friends and family to like your pics. Out of fairness for those who do not have lots of support on Facebook, this won’t be the main decision-making factor!

Get your entries in before Thursday 20th December at 12 noon, as that is the cut off day for submissions. The winner will be notified that evening so you can collect your £50 voucher in time for Christmas!


If you are on Facebook, you can either:

a) Go to our Facebook home page. Click on 'Send Message', to attach a photo from your album, click on the photo or paperclip icon, then select the photo or photo's that you wish to send from your device's album.

b) Go into your Messenger App, search Idlewells, click when you see our logo and click on the photo or paperclip icon.

If you aren't on Facebook, you can email us your pictures: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The events will take place inside Idlewells Shopping Centre, however the exact location is yet to be finalised – keep checking here, or be sure to like our Facebook Page, so you never miss a thing!