Christmas is coming to Ilford! See the cast of Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and friends parade in the town centre and visit Santa’s Grotto inside the Exchange
PUBLISHED: 17:26 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 November 2017
You don’t have to make the trek to the North Pole to get into the Christmas spirit this year.
Santa will be making the journey from his arctic home to Ilford’s High Street on Saturday, November 25, where an arrival parade in his honour will begin at 11am.
The big man in red will start the parade at Starbucks, making his way down the High Street to Waterstones bookshop and then back into the Exchange Ilford Shopping Centre, where he will be settling into his Grotto on the shopping centre’s Level 3.
He will be joined on this merry journey by the cast of much-loved children’s TV show Paw Patrol - Marshall, Chase, Rubble and Skye, as well as Peppa Pig. Stilt walkers, dancers and a marching band will round out the parade.
Following the arrival parade, young fans will have the opportunity to meet their favourite characters and have a photo taken with them at intervals from midday until 3.30pm – PAW Patrol will be patrolling on Level 3, and Peppa Pig will be giggling away on Level 1.
Santa’s Grotto will be open for children to share their wish lists over the weekend, and will be open daily from December 2.
Where’s the best place to view Santa’s arrival?
On the stairs of the Ilford Town Hall, between Waterstones and Boots, and through the Exchange on Level 2.
Where to park
There are 1,120 car parking spaces available at Exchange Ilford, IG1 4BG.
Parking is free on entry after 5.30pm Monday to Saturday from December 11 to December 23.
Holiday opening hours
December 11 to December 23
Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday - 9am to 8pm
Sundays & Christmas Eve - 11am to 5pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - 9am - 6pm
December 27 to 31 - Normal operating hours
New Year’s Day - 11am - 5pm
The Exchange recently opened a new Kids Freeplay area where children up to six years can climb, slide and crawl through a new 10 metre soft Aztec play zone. Open daily from 10am – 7pm and on Sundays from 11am – 5pm, it has a dedicated seating area for parents/guardians.
To see a full list of shops, opening times and directions to Exchange Ilford visit exchangeilford.com.
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