Christmas arrives in Weston Favell Shopping Centre this weekend with the annual festive parade...and the launch of the edible Santa's grotto.
From 1pm on Saturday, there will be lots of festive fun and entertainment for all the family.
Centre manager, Kevin Legg, “Each year we strive to build on the success of our Christmas Parade and Grotto and this year will be no different and will be truly exceptional. The parade is something I always look forward to, there is always a buzz of excitement in the centre; families really love it. It kicks off our countdown to Christmas really nicely every year, and this year I think it’s going to feel even more special.”
Shoppers will be entertained by the parade, with Santa’s helpers handing out lollipops. There will be some special ‘golden tickets’ on the lollipops, where a lucky winner can win either a gorgeous Christmas hamper from Tesco, Northampton Saints Rugby Tickets or a giant teddy bear from Toys ‘R’ Us.
There will be appearances from Charlie and Dotty, the centre’s mascots and the Deco Theatre will also be bringing some characters along from their Christmas pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Music and dancing will also be provided from Liberty Drum Corps – a Northampton based, American style marching band.
The parade will mark the opening of Santa’s edible Gingerbread Grotto. Father Christmas will be in his gingerbread house every weekend in November and from December 3, he will be there every day. Kids can share their wish list with Santa and receive a gift from the cheerful man himself.