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Festive fun galore at The Hardshaw Centre

Thu 29 Nov 2018

We’re gearing up to host two days of free, fun family events in the run up to Christmas for the first time, with opportunities to meet Santa, enjoy a fabulous party and win prizes.

On Saturday, December 8 and 15, the centre will come alive with entertainers who will keep Christmas shoppers in the festive mood.

Gary Mitchell, manager of The Hardshaw Centre, said: “We love Christmas and this year, we’ve put together some superb entertainment for the two Saturdays, which promise to bring plenty of festive cheer for all the family. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone for this very special time of year.”

Youngsters will be able to meet Santa for free – and grab a photo with him – when he takes time out of his busy schedule to visit. He and his friendly elf helper will be located by the Hardshaw Centre Christmas tree, in the middle of the centre, from 10am-4pm on both days.

Children are also invited to a very special Candyland Christmas party. Hosted by Angels Children’s Parties, the free-to-attend parties take place from 11am – 1pm on both dates in the heart of the centre, next to the M&S entrance. The crazy Christmas Elf party host will be there to ensure everyone has fun at the disco and enjoys the Candyland sweet treats, mocktails, crafts and activities, face painting, glitter bar, games, and plenty of prizes.

Tinsel and Cracker, the jolly Christmas stiltwalkers will be bringing festive cheer over the two days, while on December 15 only, the winter fairy will be on hand to spread sparkle and joy – as well as to keep shoppers spellbound with cool contact juggling tricks.

The elf photo pod will be in the centre from Wednesday, December 5, until New Year’s Eve, where shoppers can get a selfie, and children can also post a letter to Santa – and get a reply from him if they post it before Wednesday, December 19 - in the Christmas letterbox, located next to the Christmas tree, opposite TJ Hughes and Café Zinho. Youngsters can collect their reply from Santa from the Christmas tree a few days later.



A sparkling Christmas in St Helens

Thu 15 Nov 2018

Church Square is set to sparkle, as the countdown to Christmas gets underway in St Helens with the annual Christmas lights switch on event.

This year’s event, Sparkle in the Square, forms part of the St Helens 150 celebrations and will have a real community feel to it, with the spotlight shining on the borough’s talented musicians, local acts and school choirs who will take to the stage to entertain the crowds.

Starting at noon on Saturday 17 November, the day will see an array of street entertainers line up in Church Square to mesmerise shoppers with their spellbinding acts – not least the stunning Winter Fairy who is sure to thrill audiences with her skilful contact juggling show.

The Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillor Pat Ireland and Lynn Glover, will then have the pleasure of joining the 2018 Pride of St Helens finalists in switching on the Christmas lights to officially launch the start of the festive period in St Helens. While St Helens RFC aces Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Morgan Knowles will be among the special guests in attendance throughout the day.

Special effects will also be visible throughout the day to make the square come alive.

If that’s not enough to whet the appetite, festive food and drink will be available courtesy of North West street food events and festivals management company, Main Street who supported the hugely successful St Helens International Food and Drink Festival in July this year or why not take the weight off with a visit to Hardshaw Centre’s Café Zhino.

St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for arts and culture, Councillor Gill Neal, said: “We’ve taken a different approach to our Christmas lights switch on event this year, with the intention of delivering a more family-friendly and community-focused event, as well as relocating to Church Square to support the town centre’s shopping offer.

“Santa hats off to our event organisers who have managed to put together another excellent bill of entertainment which falls in line with these aims. I for one am very much looking forward to it and I hope to see our communities come together to celebrate the very best of St Helens in our 150th year at what is considered by many to be the most wonderful time of the year.”

Sparkle in the Square takes place in Church Square on Saturday 17 November, from 12pm to 6pm.


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