CHRISTMAS has arrived at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre with a host of festive fun for all the family.

The fun includes a Santa’s grotto, a giant Nutcracker soldier trail, and charity fundraising with Primrose Hospice, from the end of November until Christmas Eve.

Youngsters can visit Santa in his grotto, inspired by the tale ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and plant a bean which will transform into their own miniature Christmas tree.

The grotto can be found on Park Walk and tickets must be prebooked on the Kingfisher website.

Shoppers can also also explore a trail of Nutcracker soldiers around the centre to be in with the chance of winning prizes.

Primrose Hospice will again be offering a gift wrapping service in exchange for a small donation on Walford Walk near to Clintons, from December 13 to 18.

Shoppers are also encouraged to donate wrapping paper, gift bags and tags and tape to guest services for Primrose Hospice to use.

Ken Williams, general manager at Kingfisher Shopping Centre, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the magic of Christmas to life for our guests with a new Santa’s grotto experience and a trail of giant Nutcracker soldiers for the whole family to enjoy.

“Primrose Hospice provides an invaluable service to our local community, so we are proud to be able to once again support the charity with its Christmas gift wrapping service. Charities have been hugely impacted over the last two years, so raising funds to help them continue is vital. We really urge our guests and the wider community to support the worthy charity initiatives taking place at the centre this year.”

The centre is also collecting donations of new toys, suitable for children 0-18 years of age, at guest services for disadvantaged youngsters until Saturday December 18.