6th November 2017

Santa’s Grotto opened on Saturday 4th November

Crossgates Shopping Centre is set to sparkle during the festive season this year, with a series of fantastic activities throughout the festive period, starting with the arrival of Santa’s Grotto.

The much-loved annual grotto, which opened on Saturday 4th November, welcomes walk up visits to Santa and his busy elves as well as online bookings. The grotto will be open 10am – 4pm on set dates throughout November and December, with all prices, opening dates and times available on the centre’s website.

On Friday 10th November there will be a fun festive character in centre handing out treats to shoppers and spreading festive cheer ahead of the Cross Gates Christmas Light Switch On (7pm – 8pm).

On both Saturday 18th November and Saturday 9th December The Creation Station will be in centre helping kids to create elf, Santa and reindeer hats (18th) and sparkling tree decorations (9th) with ‘make your own snow’ sessions running on both Saturdays.

On Christmas Eve, Santa’s Grotto will close at 3pm, ahead of a busy working night for Father Christmas and his elves.

Centre Manager, Matt Middleton, said: “Christmas is just around the corner and everyone at Crossgates Shopping Centre is getting excited for the big day. We hope our festive activities will really get shoppers in the seasonal spirit.


4th & 5th November – 10am – 4pm

11th & 12th November – 10am – 4pm

16th – 19th November – 10am – 4pm

23rd – 26th November – 10am – 4pm

30th November – 3rd December – 10am – 4pm

7th December – 10th December – 10am – 4pm

13th December – 17th December – 10am – 4pm

18th December – 23rd December – 10am – 4pm

Christmas Eve (24th December) – 10am – 3pm only

For more information on Crossgates’ Christmas activity, including timings, please visit: