Share & Sparkle – 29th Nov to 31st Dec

SHARE & SPARKLE this Christmas and join Castlegate this December for festive fun, frolics and feelgood giving.

Launching on Thursday 29th November, we are excited to welcome back Santa and his elves to the Castlegate Christmas Grotto.

Situated outside Wilko, the grotto runs until Christmas Eve and open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm with late night opening on a Thursday till 6pm.

Entry to the grotto, including a free Christmas craft gift, costs £2 with all proceeds donated to Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we will also have an Autisim Hour every day at the grotto from 3pm to 4pm. These ten-minute slots will involve no queuing, music or flashing lights. Booking is essential, message us on Facebook or drop us a line on 01642 672783 to book your slot and avoid disappointment.

However, our festive fun doesn’t end there. We will be welcoming school choirs, craft workshops, selfies and plenty of donations throughout December.

On Wednesdays we are delighted to welcome local primary school choirs to join us in the centre and get everyone in the festive mood. Meet us outside B&M on December 5th, 12th and 19th from 10am to 11am.

Little ones will be able to get creative at our Christmas Crafts workshops taking place on Saturdays during December.

Find us outside B&M on Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 10am to 3pm where children can create everything needed for Christmas including Gingerbread Decorations, Elf Houses, Felt Stockings and Christmas Crackers.

Visitors will also have the chance to win a £100 gift card at our Elfie Selfie Station. Dress up in elf accessories, pop your head and arms through, take a pic and share to our Facebook page with #ShareAndSparkle for your chance to win big.

We are also asking shoppers to share in the sparkle of giving this Christmas and donate a gift for those less fortunate. We are looking for toys, toiletries, sweets, boxed food items, new clothing, books and any other gifts you can donate.

Drop items off at Santa’s Grotto from which we will distribute all donations to local worthy causes.

Shoppers will also have the chance to shop at their own convenience as we extend our opening hours in the run up to Christmas.

In addition to the annual late-night Thursdays which get under way from 29th November when the centre will open until 7pm, the centre will be open from 7am in the lead up to Christmas Day, ready for shoppers to pick up their turkeys and all the trimmings.

Please not the centre will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  For more on our opening hours please click here.

All that’s left to say is we hope you all have a Sparkling Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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