Father Christmas Parade

Date: 15 Nov 2014

Yate Shopping Centre has been inundated by local music groups eager to get their names on the same billing as world superstar Peter Andre for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

The event on Thursday, 13thNovember, will be the start of the Shopping Centre’s annual Christmas event programme. This year will also feature the Christmas parade and the unveiling of a ‘unique’ Santa’s Grotto on Saturday, 15thNovember.

Marketing Manager Tracy King, explains: “To many of these young musicians it’s the glamour of being a supporting act to a star such as  Peter Andre’ and providing the opportunity to promote their own name. We have had such demand that we have decided to bring forward the start time to 4pm to give as many local bands the opportunity to show their talents. “

Among the local bands that will be entertaining the early crowds are Love Beats Riots and Girl Next Door, and Reaction. They will be followed on stage by the UK’s leading One Direction tribute band ‘Only 1D’ along with Andy Scott Lee. The lights will be switched on by Peter Andre at  7pm.

This year, to maximise viewing opportunities, the stage will be set on a performance trailer located at the Leisure Centre end of West Walk.

At Noon on Saturday, 15thNovember, the camels will lead the Annual Christmas Parade through the Shopping Centre to mark the official opening of Santa’s Grotto. The parade will be repeated at 2pm.

Tracy King, Yate Shopping Centre Marketing Manager: “This year we are building our own Santa’s Grotto rather than using an outside agency so it will be interesting to get the public’s feedback. It’s been a really exciting project designing, sourcing and getting things ready. Our Grotto will be unique to South Gloucestershire!” 

  1. The Grotto costs £3 per visit and opening times can be found either on the Centre’s website or on the information boards within Yate Shopping Centre.
  2.  Further information about Yate Shopping Centre can be found at www.yateshoppingcentre.co.uk
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