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Live music, dance shows, visits from popular children’s TV characters and real life reindeer accompanying Santa are just some of entertainments on offer during the jam-packed late-night shopping events being laid on in St Austell this Christmas.  

White River Place Shopping Centre and the St Austell Town BID (Business Improvement District) have once again teamed up to organise a busy line-up of family fun for the town, which kicks off on Tuesday 29th November with the official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights.

Head into St Austell from 4pm-8pm to enjoy:  

  • Live music from popular Christmas party rock band Jingle All the Way and talented singer Scarlette Von B 
  • Dance shows from St Austell-based youth dance company 4Funx Sake  
  • Pirate FM crew and presenter Scott Temple compering the switch-on with the Mayor of St Austell and Santa 
  • Santa making a special appearance in White River Place from 12pm-8pm in a festive fundraising charity photobooth: pose for a photo and help the centre raise money for Children’s Hospice South West and Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Strolling jazz band performing from 5-8pm 
  • Children’s rides 
  • Stalls selling hot food and snacks 
  • Santa’s Grotto in the Market House 
Even more yet to be announced!  
There will be free parking at both White River Place and Priory car parks for anyone arriving after 4pm. 

The fun continues every Tuesday until Christmas with different entertainments on offer each week, again with free parking after 4pm. 

Tuesday December 6th 

  • Cornwall Parties hosts a ‘Pup Rescue’ Christmas Party in South Square from 4-7pm with characters ‘Chaise, Marshell & Sky’ (inspired by popular children’s TV show Paw Patrol) with singing, dancing, meet and greets from the characters and photo opportunities and a finale at 6.30pm with all three characters performing together
  •  Disco Laser show and lights 
  • Candy floss and popcorn stands 
  • Local choir NoteAbility performing 
  • Strolling jazz band performing from 5-8pm 
  • Donkeys in Old Vicarage Place 
  • Santa’s Grotto in Market House  


Tuesday December 13th 

  • Live music from S’wonderful Jazz  
  • Performances by Restormel Band 
  • Reindeer and Santa – Dancer and Cupid will be paying a special pre-Christmas visit to White River Place from 4-8pm to join Santa 
  • Strolling jazz band performing from 5-8pm 
  • Tree of lights at Holy Trinity Church
  • Santa’s Grotto in Market House 
  • Donkeys in Old Vicarage Place   


Tuesday December 20th 
  • Cornwall Parties hosts a Frozen Singalong Christmas Party from 4-7pm in South Square with Elsa and Olaf the Snowman, including singing, dancing, character meet and greets and photo opportunities, and a Disney Frozen singalong as well as Pup Rescue team of 'Chaise, Marshell and Sky' (inspired by TV show Paw Patrol) meeting and greeting children
  •  Laser show and disco with lights 
  • Candy floss and popcorn stands 
  • Reindeer in Old Vicarage Place from 4-8pm, and taking Santa on his sleigh through Fore Street at 7pm. 
  • Live music from popular Christmas party rock band Jingle All The Way  
  • Performances by Imerys Choir  
  • Strolling jazz band performing from 5-8pm 
  • Craft market  
  • Santa making a special appearance in White River Place in a festive fundraising charity photobooth: pose for a photo and help the centre raise money for Children’s Hospice South West and Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Santa’s Grotto in Market House  
There will also be Saturday craft markets in White River Place on Dec 3, 10, 17 and 24.  

Richard Hurst, Manager of White River Place Shopping Centre, said: “Last year, we worked closely with the St Austell BID team to organise the biggest ever Christmas programme and it was a huge success with people flooding into St Austell to enjoy great family entertainments and do their Christmas shopping in a welcoming atmosphere.  
“We’re bringing back some of the most popular entertainers from last year including Jingle All the Way, along with some new special guests, some of whom will be very familiar to fans of the children’s TV show Paw Patrol, and aim to make Christmas 2016 even more fun for everyone coming into town to enjoy the festive atmosphere.”  

Annette Miller, Manager of the St Austell BID, said: “It’s going to be tough to top last year’s amazing turn out for the Christmas lights switch-on but we’re hoping to go even bigger and better this year thanks to our ongoing partnership with White River Place, and we’ve worked together closely to make Christmas in St Austell something truly special for families to enjoy.”  

Stay up to date on all Christmas events by following @whiteriverplace on Twitter or become a fan of White River Place on Facebook or the St Austell BID. 




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