White River Place full of festive fun this Christmas

Fri 21st November 2014

White River Place has lined up a host of entertainment and activities as the Centre is set to come alive with a traditional festive atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas.

The packed programme means there will always be plenty going on for children and families during Tuesday late-night shopping and every Saturday between now and Christmas – from music and carols to family photo-shoots, special appearances by fun characters and a fantastic colouring competition with the chance to win tea with Santa.

One of the stars of the festivities will be a life-size 7ft polar bear who will be making his home in Events Square, opposite the Eden Café, for the next five weeks and will be happy to pose for photos with children and their families against a backdrop designed by Cornwall College St Austell students.

With the Christmas lights now switched on in the town, White River Place and St Austell will have late night Christmas shopping every Tuesday up until Christmas. Shops at White River Place will be open until 8pm every Tuesday from November 25 to December 23 so shoppers can grab some seasonal bargains, with lots of activities going on around the centre to keep visitors entertained.

Highlights leading up to Christmas include:

- Children’s colouring competition on late night Tuesdays and Saturdays (from Saturday November 29th until Tuesday December 9th)

- Rudolf’s Ransom treasure hunt running every day up to Christmas - Find clues in shops around the Centre to rescue Rudolf from the mischievous elf – and win a prize

- Family photo-shoots – Get some snaps of the family against one of our super scenic backdrops

Saturday December 6 – Christmas backdrop

Saturday December 13 – Frozen backdrop

- Restormel Town Band – Tuesday December 9th

- Tea With Santa - Frankie and Benny’s will be welcoming families to a Tea With Santa on Saturday December 13th – with the winner of the White River Place Christmas colouring competition getting to sit with Santa at his table

- Christmas Parade on Tuesday December 16th – A chance for children to put on their favourite fancy dress and join a cast of fun characters for a parade through town

- Last Saturday special – Enjoy a traditional Christmas atmosphere with music, carols, dancing and activities for all the family on Saturday December 20th

- Picrous Party on Tuesday December 23rd – White River Place revives this traditional Cornish celebration of tin with a free children’s party packed with entertainment, fun and games

The popular Handmade Market will also be running every late night Tuesday (between 4pm and 8pm) and on Saturdays in December with a range of stalls - from hand-knitted goods to picture frames and crafting items - all handmade in Cornwall by local people. 

Richard Hurst, White River Place Centre Manager, said: “This Christmas promises to be a special one in St Austell and we are delighted to be working with the St Austell BID in hosting the Lights Switch-On and ensuring there is an exciting range of entertainment laid on for all the family over the next month. 

“I would encourage everyone to support their local town centre at this time of year, to make the most of the many free events and activities which will be taking place and to enjoy being part of creating a traditional community atmosphere in St Austell for the festive season.”

As an added bonus to visitors, White River Place will be offering free parking for shoppers arriving in the car park after 4pm on late Tuesday shopping nights starting from Tuesday November 25 and running until Tuesday December 23. Cars arriving after 4pm can park for free until 11.30pm so you can make the most of the extended opening hours for the shops and restaurants in White River Place and across the town.

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