CHRISTMAS will never come early enough for some of us, and if you can’t wait to get into that festive spirit, then get along to Castle Dene Shopping Centre, Peterlee, on Saturday, November 23, and join in the fun!

There will be plenty going on for all the family, and, of course, Santa will be the star attraction.

Starting at 1pm, it will be an afternoon full of excitement and sparkle, with face painting and craft activities for the children, a variety of rides, and lots of tempting stalls with gifting ideas.

Let us help you with your shopping list – we can offer plenty of ideas so that you can surprise your friends and family with something a bit different this year.

Keeping the chill out, and the warmth in, is just as important – so there will be hot food and drinks available all afternoon, including a Christmas celebration toast with a glass of prosecco or Baileys.

Music and cheer will be provided by Sun FM, with performances from local dance groups and singers. It’s not easy standing up on front of lots of people to entertain them, and you’re bound to know someone who’s taking part - so be sure to come along and support them.

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Everyone’s favourite Disney characters - Elsa and Anna from Frozen – will be making an appearance, so come along and have a selfie taken with them. (Dare you dress up as your favourite character?)

There will also be a chill in the air when the Ice Queen arrives, so wrap up warm!

But, the highlight of the afternoon will start at 3.30pm when Santa arrives to make it a real Christmas treat.

No-one can resist jolly old man in his red suit and white whiskers (they’re real, you know!), so don’t miss out – keep checking the website  or our Facebook page for more details

Castle Dene Shopping Centre, 30 Yoden Way, Peterlee, SR8 1AL