Father Christmas arrives in style

Father Christmas arrived at CrownGate on Sunday 20th November, to a crowd of eager children (and parents!).

With a cry of ‘ho ho ho!’ and ‘all aboard!’ from Santa, ‘the CrownGate Express’ was off with a tinkle of bells, heading along Worcester High Street where a large crowd had gathered to watch on Sunday.

Eight children from across the county joined Father Christmas on this parade this year, having been selected from hundreds of entries received by the Worcester News and Free Radio, in a competition to win a fantastic CrownGate Christmas Experience. Huge congratulations to; William Fritchley (age 3), Lori Harbinson (age3), Imogen Smith (age 4), Noah Habberton (age 6), Luke Westcott (age 7), Erin Kemp (age 9), Oliver Sollis (age 5) and Eva Anderson (age 5).

In addition to being part of the arrival parade, our winners showed off brand new outfits courtesy of Debenhams Worcester, they were the first to meet Father Christmas in his grotto at Friary Walk, and they enjoyed a VIP Reindeer encounter with Prancer and Dancer in Chapel Walk, before enjoying their dinner at either Bill’s or GBK in the Food Quarter at CrownGate.

The CrownGate Express train also ran for the remainder of the day, until 4:30pm – taking shoppers either to or from Angel Place to The Guildhall – all Free of charge.

Click here to view photos from the Arrival of Father Christmas Event

Over the festive period, Father Christmas and his Elf will be performing the wonderful story of The Nutcracker, Thursdays (12pm-7pm), Fridays-Saturdays (12pm-5:30pm) and Sundays (12pm-4pm). Plus 19th-23rd Dec (12pm-5:30pm) and Christmas Eve (11am-2pm).

Visitors to CrownGate will also be delighted by 15 giant Nutcrackers, positioned around Friary Walk and Chapel Walk at CrownGate. Each Nutcracker sports their very own individual, funny moustache. It is your job to locate all the different moustaches and learn the names of each of the Nutcrackers.

There will be a FREE Nutcracker book available to children, which contains the Nutcracker Story, which can be coloured in, plus prizes and the locations of each of the nutcrackers. The books can be collected from Friary Walk at CrownGate all day, every day.

There is a fantastic prize up for grabs, of £250 to spend at CrownGate Shopping Centre, for the best #NutcrackerSelfie. All you need to do is take a photo of you with a Nutcracker and share it on the CrownGate Facebook page.

This year CrownGate is working in partnership with Worcester BID, Worcester City Council, Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre, enabling these Christmas events and activities to be offered free of charge.

Further information about Christmas at CrownGate can be found at www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk/christmas2016 including details of events and entertainment taking place throughout November and December.