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Community is at the heart of Christmas at the Concourse Shopping Centre

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Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale is gearing up for an exciting Christmas launch this Saturday (November 23), with a host of free entertainment organised to mark the occasion – and it promises to be a true community event.

This year’s main attractions for the festive period are three singing animatronic penguins, which will be located next to the Christmas tree in the East Square by Wilko. These fun characters will be getting into the festive spirit, by performing three a-capella songs and moving in time to the beat. Shoppers will be able to press a button to bring these fun penguins to life.

Community is at the heart of the festive launch on November 23, with Subway franchisee Simon Gould singing live with his band, Out of Chaos. Other local groups include CD Music Academy, Dynasty Dance, Delph Side Community Primary School, Learning Stars and Dream Makers. All will perform indoors in the front atrium, behind Domino’s.

Santa will be attending the festive launch, handing out free chocolates to customers. Young visitors can see him for free and get selfies with him on the day, and he will also be visiting on other dates in December – dates have yet to be confirmed and will be posted on the Concourse Shopping Centre Facebook page, Facebook.com/ConcourseShoppingCentre.

Elsa and Anna, the stars from Frozen 2, will also be in the centre, doing meet and greets, from noon-3pm. Young fans will have the opportunity to take selfies and sing with them, while shoppers will have the chance to win a family trip to the cinema to watch the new film, by getting their photo taken by the Wish FM street team.

Bjorn the Bear, The Winter Fairy, The Red Hot Santas, and The Christmas stiltwalkers, will entertain families throughout the day around the centre.

Visitors can get their festive faces on at the free facepainting and glitter bar, which will be located next to the Christmas tree, while the Wish FM street team will be roaming the centre, giving away chocolate to lucky shoppers.

Youngsters are invited to send their wishlist letters to Santa – the shopping centre will have a special post box in the East Square until Christmas Eve, with guaranteed delivery to the North Pole. Father Christmas will write back to anyone posting their letters by December 19 – the collection station will be by the Christmas tree.

Fancy dress is always encouraged on these special occasions and Max Spielmann is hosting Christmas photo shoots, in the East Square, with festive packages available on the day.

The Christmas appeal for The Liberty Centre, the Skelmersdale womens refuge, and The Birchwood Centre, which supports young people with housing, is being co-ordinated Shush. Anyone wishing to donate suitable items, including gifts for women, children and teens, should take them along to the shop on the first floor, opposite Concourse Kitchen and the council offices.

Jennifer Burnett, marketing manager at The Concourse Shopping Centre, said: “It’s a special time of year and our launch event promises to be a great occasion for all the family. As well as welcoming the amazing Bjorn the Bear for the day and having a great attraction in the singing penguins throughout the Christmas season, we wanted to put the community front and centre of our Christmas celebrations this year. We’re thrilled to have local talent launching the festive season for us. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone.”

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