Added on: 11th December, 2018 by Becca _27135
Advent might not have started yet, but Santa and his elves are already working overtime at intu Uxbridge … and all for a very good cause, because the shopping centre is donating every penny of the grotto’s profits to Halo Children’s Foundation!
Over the next three weeks, right up until Christmas Eve, Santa is expected to give away a whopping 1,500 gifts to young visitors, with all proceeds going to the shopping centre’s nominated charity of the year. This very worthy charity supports local children and their families after the loss of a loved one.
The grotto experience – just £5 per child (£1 for under 2s) – promises to be truly magical for little visitors. Santa and his elves can be found inside a real wintry log cabin at the Gingerbread House, which is one of four exciting festive zones around the shopping centre. Each gift that Santa gives out has been individually wrapped by the team at intu Uxbridge in preparation for one of the most exciting fundraising activities of 2018.
The festive zones – the Snow Zone, the Tree Zone, the Christmas Workshop and the Gingerbread House have been designed to inspire yuletide wonder in kids and grown-ups alike. But the real highlight is the incredible, enchanting snow machine display that takes place every 15 minutes at the Gingerbread House – it really does recreate the true magic of Christmas!
Children can collect a sticker in their Elf Passport at each zone, before heading to Elf Passport Control at the Christmas Workshop, in the Piazza near Pizza Express and Zizzi. There they’ll meet and have a selfie with Santa, make 3D Christmas snowflakes and cards and enjoy festive colouring in.
Natasha House, marketing manager at intu Uxbridge, said: “Our pledge to donate the grotto profits to Halo is a win-win situation for us – not only are we supporting the most wonderful charity, but we are also putting smiles on the faces of all our little visitors to intu Uxbridge. We know local families will be pleased to hear that, while treating their own children this Christmas, they also get to help out other kids who are going through an especially hard time. Halo is a charity that does so much for the community and truly deserves and needs our support.”
Alia Jones, Chief Executive from Halo, said: “We have been blown away by the support from everyone at intu Uxbridge this year. We are so grateful to the shopping centre and its generous visitors for everything they have done – and their pledge to donate the grotto profits is the icing on the cake. The money will make such a huge difference to children and their families at the hardest of times. Thank you everyone!”
Until Friday 14 December the Christmas Experience will be open on Saturdays 11am-7pm and Sundays 11am-5pm, and from Saturday 15 December it will be open on weekdays too – 11am-7pm. Book at www.intu.co.uk/uxbridge/events/christmas.