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Free Santa’s grotto at the Idlewells Centre

Posted onPosted on 14th Nov

Sutton’s Idlewells Shopping Centre will be providing its Santa’s Grotto free.

Following a year focused on thanking people for supporting local retailers, centre manager Chloe O’Donnell said the time was right to give something special.

“All year we have been telling our customers how much we appreciate their support in continually spending their money locally,” she said.

“It has been a tough few years for everyone, and we know it’s not letting up, so what better time to give something back than at the most expensive season of the year.”

Santa’s Grotto will be running every Saturday and Sunday from 25th November to 24th December, as well as Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd, from 1pm until 4pm. It will again be housed in a giant Christmas tree.

Chloe added: “Parents can bring their children more than once over the period, but we hope people will respect other families who are queueing for the first time.”

Local photographer Jason Parnell will be at the grotto throughout, taking photographs for those who wish to have one, for £5 each or 3 for £10. Parents are welcome to take their own photos if they prefer.

There will be an optional collection tin for anyone who wants to make a donation to local homeless and vulnerable young persons charity, Framework, Sutton.

In addition to the free grotto, Idlewells has a programme of free family activities and workshops, including Elf Yourself, Make A Wreath, Lego Mini-Gift Make And Take, an Ice Sculptured Sleigh and an Advent Calendar giveaway.