It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas after Skelmersdale residents turned out in force to welcome Santa Claus and watch the Christmas lights being switched on at the Concourse Shopping Centre.
The event, which took place on Friday, November 18, saw Father Christmas arrive on his sleigh, pulled by real reindeer, while entertainment and spot prizes for shoppers also helped to get everyone in the festive spirit.
The Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Liz Savage, joined Santa and West Lancashire town crier Don Evans to officially switch on the lights and start the festivities. Also joining the VIP guests was Rosalie Harrison, aged 3½, whose grandmother Val Harrison won a competition to be part of the event via local radio station Wish FM.
Gary Mitchell, manager of the Concourse Shopping Centre, said: “We always look forward to the start of the festive season and this was yet another fantastic Christmas launch. It was great to see so many people of all ages coming out to welcome Santa and to enjoy the superb entertainment.”
These included The Red Hot Santa Band, who played its unique renditions of seasonal tunes, the Dancing Elves, Rockin’ Robins, The Nutkins, and The Flying Buttresses. Dancers from Becki Lou’s Dance Studio also performed around the Christmas tree.
Santa’s Grotto is located in the atrium at the front of the centre and will be open Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 11am-4pm, and every day, 10am – 5pm from December 15 until 3pm Christmas Eve – except Sundays, when opening times remain 11am-4pm. It costs £4.50 to visit Santa and all youngsters will receive a special gift or a photograph – or they can have both the gift and photograph for £8.