The spirit of Christmas was very much alive at Grand Central on the weekend, as the Centre celebrated Santa’s arrival with a range of festive activities.

Grand Central Marketing Manager Marieke Bridgeman said this time of year is exciting for the Centre and its community. “Christmas is always a special time of year for Grand Central, and we were thrilled to be able to celebrate Santa’s arrival with a great range of free activities in-centre,” she said. “There was face painting, balloon artists, Hip Hop Santas, a Christmas Snow Fairy, a Skating Christmas Bauble, and even a Candy Cane stilt walker! Our meet & greets with ABC’s Hoot and Hootabelle and Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Police Pups Chase & Skye were also very popular with their young fans.”

Santa is now available for photographs at Santa’s Grotto in Centre Court.  Children can also write letters to Santa and post them through Grand Central’s Christmas mailbox.

Marieke said Santa pet photography also kicked off on Sunday, with four more sessions to be held in the lead up to Christmas. “Our pet photography sessions are always very popular, so I’d encourage people to book soon if they want a photo taken of their furry family member with Santa.  The next sessions will be held from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on November 25 and December 2, 9 and 16. Don’t forget also that Mrs Claus Story Time begins in Grand Central’s community library space outside Best & Less on Wednesday from 9am-12pm.  Mrs Claus will be reading festive-themed books for children each Wednesday up until Christmas.”

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