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Plans for the festive season at Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough have been revealed with plenty to enjoy but just a little different.

The shopping centre always has plenty happening for the festivities and is promising Christmas isn’t cancelled as they’ve adapted their plans and even found a way for youngsters to let Santa know what’s on their gift list.

The Christmas lights will be on from November 12 and the kids can send off that all important letter to the North Pole via Santa’s special post box, located outside Schuh.

Once posted, a quick scan of the QR code next to the post box will allow the little ones to watch a special video message from Father Christmas himself. Every message will include sign language for children hard of hearing.

Parents or guardians can download the letter from Queensgate’s website from November 12, or pick one up from the customer information desk. Remember to post it by December 16 so Santa has time to respond to every single child!

The Giving Tree makes a return and is probably needed now more than ever. It will support Spurgeons Children’s Charity – but with a twist.

After this year’s unforeseen circumstances, Spurgeons will be supporting even more families in and around Peterborough, so the Giving Tree will be asking for monetary donations instead of the usual gifts. This will enable them to help families in need with not only buying gifts for children, but also to donate food parcels for those who are struggling this winter.

From November 1, the centre’s donation box for cash and contactless card donations will be located by the Customer Information Desk, moving up to the Giving Tree from November 12, outside JD Sports on the Upper Mall.

Every pound generously donated from shoppers will be used by Spurgeons to support families.

The shopping centre will also be running a competition on social media to give something back to those who deserve it this Christmas. Launching early December, people will be invited to nominate someone who has made an impact on them or in the community, that they are thankful for. Winners will then be chosen throughout December to receive a special treat.

“Christmas will look different this year, but nothing can take away the centre’s Christmas spirit,” said Marketing Manager at Queensgate, Rebecca Keefe. “Although we sadly cannot hold our grotto this year, Santa will be here in spirit and will deliver a jolly message to all the girls and boys that write a letter to him. We can’t wait to be able to celebrate the festivities at Queensgate and put a smile on everyone’s faces.”

As you start your Christmas shopping, you’re reminded to wear a face covering (unless exempt) in line with Queensgate’s #CoverUpPeterborough campaign to keep staff and shoppers safe.

Late night shopping begins on December 1 up until the New Year.

You’re encouraged to shop at the centre’s quieter hours Thursday – Sunday, which are before midday and after 3pm:

Monday: 9am to 6pm

Tuesday: 9am to 6pm

Wednesday: 9am to 6pm

Thursday: 9am to 8pm (8am to 4.30pm Christmas Eve, 9am to 4.30pm New Year’s Eve)

Friday: 9am to 8pm (closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

Saturday: 9am to 7pm (9am to 6pm Boxing Day)

Sunday: 10.30am to 4.30pm


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