Whilst many shopping centres up and down the country have put their Christmas plans on hold, The Parkway Shopping Centre in Coulby Newham has announced it is determined to bring festive cheer to all who visit.
Although government rules relating to the pandemic mean that Santa will be unable to meet families in his grotto, from 23rd November until Christmas Eve, the popular shopping centre will be playing host to Santa’s Magical Post Box.
Located in front of the post office, within the mall, shoppers are invited to either collect a printed letter template, available next to the post box, or download a template, fill it in and post it off to Santa.
Zoe France, Centre Manager explains: “Using his magical key, Santa will be popping into the centre each night after closing to collect the children’s letters. With help from his elf, he will also record some personal messages to a handful of children picked at random, which will then be uploaded to our Parkway Facebook page”.
Zoe continues:” We’re really excited that Santa is still able to connect with our shoppers and their children. We would love for parents to record their children’s reactions on seeing Santa reading their letters. They could even share their reactions on our Facebook page”.
Along with personal messages, the centre have also asked Father Christmas to record a number of general messages, which can be downloaded from the website www.parkwayshopping.co.uk and shown to little ones.
Money raised from donations given at a collection box, positioned next to the magical post box, will be donated to local charity Remembering Rebecca. The centre also remains committed to a number of charities, who have been massively impacted by the pandemic, to help make a difference.
For the 4th year running, the centre will be a drop off point for TFM’s Mission Christmas, who will be collecting unwrapped, new gifts from shoppers to distribute to children and families who otherwise may not get a present.
The centre also sees the return of the Teesside Hospice ‘Light up a life’ tree, located in the entrance of Tesco from 15th November 2020. The tree offers people the opportunity to honour a loved one by placing a named tag on a branch, in return for a small donation.
Zoe continues: “We know our shoppers love tradition, and we understand everything about this year has been so very different, so we feel it’s vital that we spread some festive cheer within our community and show our shoppers and charities we are here for them and finally Santa is here. The Parkway IS Christmas!”
For more information regarding sending a letter, messages from Santa and terms and conditions, visit www.parkwayshopping.co.uk.