28th November 2017

 The Coxhoe singer officially launched Christmas at the retail centre on 24th November

Families in Castle Dene enjoyed a visit to their local shopping centre last week, for its annual Christmas Lights Switch on Spectacular.

Shoppers were treated to a stunning live performance from local star, Sam Lavery, who had the honour of switching on the centre’s Christmas lights, after an evening of family fun and games, hosted by Sun FM.

More talented acts, including singing and piano double act Liv N Gee, street dance group, Dance Jam, Dene Hill Primary School Choir and local pop group, Sparkles, also took to the stage, delighting the public with their exciting performances.

The Creation Station were on hand at the centre all day, helping kids to make crafty Christmas hats to wear at the switch on event. Locals also enjoyed retailer offers, competitions and games throughout the festive day and during the main event.

The celebrations marked the start of the centre’s Christmas countdown, with more fun activities planned in the run up to the big day.

Operations Manager, Sarah Bromwich, said: “Christmas is only just getting started here at Castle Dene Shopping Centre, with all of our retailers getting into the full seasonal spirit.

“It was brilliant to welcome Sam to the centre and its safe to say that everybody thoroughly enjoyed listening to her sing. We can’t wait to welcome yet more shoppers in over the lead up to Christmas, during which time we have so much going on.”

There will be fun-filled Christmas crafts from The Creation Station in centre throughout December, as well as festive themed performances from Shotton Hall Academy Choir and Seascape Primary School. The Rotary Club of Easington and Peterlee will also be making a visit to the centre, to collect around a seasonal ‘Tree of Remembrance’ for their cause.

For more information on Castle Dene’s Christmas activity, including timings, please visit: www.castledeneshoppingcentre.co.uk