A POPULAR retail park has kicked off its Christmas schedule which promises to be jam-packed throughout the lead up to holidays and beyond.

Christmas officially arrived at Teesside Park this weekend with the launch of its popular seasonal celebrations that will take place throughout the festive period.

On Saturday, visitors were treated to Santa’s magical elves performing spellbinding magic tricks for them, with other festive characters set to pop up at the centre over the Christmas period. Teesside Park’s Gingerbread Men will be available for selfies on December 11, while DJ Dazzle the Elf will be bringing the Christmas party to shoppers on his DJ bike.

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Teesside Park’s popular Christmas Market returns this Friday, November 26, and runs until Sunday, January 2, giving visitors the perfect place to soak up lashings of Christmas spirit. And with Churros, Bratwurst, and Yorkshire Pudding Wraps on offer, going with an empty tummy is advised.

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Those looking for singalongs of Christmas classics are in luck. On Sunday, November 28 a brass band will be treating audiences to their favourite festive songs, and The Zoë’s Place Charity Choir will be performing Christmas carols for all the family on Saturday, December 11.

Throughout the festive season, visitors to Teesside Park will be able to make contactless donations to the centre’s chosen charity, Zoë’s Place Trust, at the giant Giving Box, located outside Superdry and Superdrug.

Zoë’s Place Trust is a Registered Charity providing palliative, respite, and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Catherine Furlong, centre director at Teesside Park, said: “Christmas was a difficult time for many last year, so we want to do what we can to help make this year extra special. We’re excited to have a range of activities and festive characters to help visitors get into the Christmas spirit.”

Free parking is available as usual and shoppers are being encouraged to visit outside of peak times if they can, with quieter times usually before 11am on weekdays.

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