Date: 29 November 2013

Countdown to Christmas

There’s plenty to look forward to at Whitefriars this festive season, with a new style Christmas Market, Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas tree lit by ‘green energy’, a fantastic online competition… and much more!


 
A great place to shop
 
With over 100 leading brands, Whitefriars is a great place to do all your Christmas shopping this year! Look out for our new style Christmas Market, which opens on Saturday, 23 November. Join with The Marlowe Theatre panto stars to welcome the arrival of Santa on his sleigh at midday.
 
Our Christmas Market will bring a festive bucketful of winter merriment to Whitefriars from 23 November to 30 December, with a wintry scene of festive shopping and tasty treats in our Olde English cabins. 
 
Savour the Christmassy aromas of barbecued Bratwurst and roasted chestnuts mixed temptingly with mulled wine. Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a traditional brew at our German beer cabin. Stroll down Whitefriars Street for more unusual gift ideas in our 20+ cabins and maybe catch some carol singing in Whitefriars Square.
 
Each Saturday throughout the festive period we will be holding special themed days. Join in the fun, dress up and take pictures of yourselves in Whitefriars. Submit your pictures online for a chance to win some great prizes!
 
The Whitefriars Christmas Market will be open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and 11am to 4pm Sundays. You can find out more at www.whitefriarschristmasmarket.com.

 
Meet Santa!
 
Come and meet Santa in his little grotto in Whitefriars Square! He will be around from 23 November to 23 December, to check that your children have been good this year and take down their Christmas present requests! Admission charge of £3 per child includes gifts from Santa. You are welcome to take your own photographs. Open Monday – Friday & Sunday 11am-4pm and Saturday 11am–5pm.

 
People-powered Christmas tree
 
Don’t miss our people-powered Christmas Tree in the Whitefriars Arcade.  Jump on our special Pavegen floor pads to generate electricity and make our tree lights twinkle! The more you stomp, the more we raise for the Kentish Gazette's charity of the year - Strode Park Foundation in Herne! Then head off to our Festive Photo Booth to create a unique family memento of your visit wearing Christmas fancy dress (fee payable).
 


Win great prizes!
 
Look out for our ‘12 Days of Christmas’ online competition, which will run from 1–24 December. Top prize is a £500 shopping spree in Whitefriars, but there’s loads of other great prizes too! You’ve got to be ‘in it to win it’, so make sure you visit the Whitefriars website every day from 1 December. Follow the link on the bottom right of the home page.

 
St Nicholas Parade
 
The ‘real’ Father Christmas – St Nicholas – will be paying his annual visit to the city on Saturday, 7 December. His parade starts at around 12.30pm and will pass through Whitefriars before arriving at the Cathedral. Hundreds of children and musicians take part in this fun and lively community event to welcome in Christmas and raise money for worthy causes.

 
Christmas at the Cathedral
 
December is by far the busiest month for services at Canterbury Cathedral. With beautifully lit Christmas trees and a life-size nativity scene, the Cathedral provides an oasis of calm from the manic stresses of Christmas.
 
Don’t miss the popular Services of Carols for Christmas. There are two identical services: from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on 23 December and from 3pm to 5pm on Christmas Eve. Entry to the latter event is by ticket only. Check the Cathedral’s website about how to apply.
 
Finally, don’t forget the Lord Mayor’s Charity Carol Service in Rose Square on Christmas Eve. This event, which is usually presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, attracts thousands and starts at around 6pm. It’s a great way to welcome in Christmas in Canterbury!

 
A GIANT of a pantomime
 
Book now for this year’s spectacular Marlowe Theatre pantomime, Jack And The Beanstalk, which runs from 29 November to 12 January. The all-star cast includes Samantha Womack (EastEnders), children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) and the much-loved Ben Roddy and Lloyd Hollett.
 
With plenty of family comedy, lots of audience participation, brilliant song and dance numbers, stunning sets and breathtaking special effects (there’s even a breakdancing pantomime cow!), Jack And The Beanstalk promises to be the theatre’s biggest, best and funniest pantomime ever!
 
Last year’s production of Sleeping Beauty was seen by 84,000 people, so make sure you book early to see this giant of a pantomime. Visit www.marlowetheatre.com or call the box office on 01227 787787.
 
Win panto tickets!
 
We’ve got four tickets to the 7pm performance of Jack And The Beanstalk on Tuesday, 3 December to give away to a lucky Whitefriars Magazine reader, courtesy of The Marlowe Theatre.
 
Make sure you pick up a copy of the magazine in Whitefriars and submit your entry by the closing date of 27 November 2013. Good luck! 

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