Eccles Shopping Centre are hosting their big Christmas launch this weekend, including events for all the family. 

On the 16th November, The fun starts at 11.00am when the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band heads a parade down Boothway, into Church Street and back into the Centre followed by Santa, his elves and Giant Elf ‘Elfie’ and clown Ian Zippy Lees.

From 11am, Smudges Facepainting will be face painting and the Art & Craft House will be getting creative with Christmas Crafts and Gift Wrap workshop. Between 12 and 2pm, the popular Rotary Grotto will be open so Children can meet Santa. 

The shopping centre will also host an ‘Elf to Yourself’ event.

In a post they said: “There are many children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot deal with crowds and where noise could affect their enjoyment and who are excluded from the meet and greet activities other families can enjoy.

“For this reason, we are running a special set of five-minute sessions on Saturday 16th November between 4:00pm and 4:55pm in a pop-up Elf Workshop in Unit 2 Boothway, here at Eccles Shopping Centre.

“We will endeavour to tailor these visits to allow for families with children with special requests and who may suffer from anxiety or are on the autistic spectrum. However, we appreciate that every child has different needs and we are happy to be guided by you as to how best to structure the visit.”

To complete the festive feel, there will be mince pies and mulled wine for your enjoyment. 

There will even be a mischievous ‘Elfie’ causing havoc in the shopping centre! 

If you would like to book a slot for the ‘Elf to Yourself’ event, please visit

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