THE next two Saturdays will be full of free family fun as the Hardshaw Centre brings Christmas to town with the winter fairy, Santa and stiltwalkers bringing the festive cheer.

On Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 15, the centre will come alive with entertainers.

Youngsters will be able to meet Santa for free – and grab a photo with him – when he takes time out to visit with his elf helper by the Hardshaw Centre Christmas tree, in the middle of the centre, from 10am to 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 to1pm on both dates, at 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, 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.

Gary Mitchell, manager of The Hardshaw Centre, which is owned and managed by LCP, said: “We love Christmas and this year, for the first time, 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.”

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