Christmas Celebrations start at Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells

Christmas has officially arrived at Royal Victoria Place with the switch on of its festive lights and announcement of its seasonal celebrations which includes four weekends of festive fun.

Every weekend from now until Christmas, festive characters will be popping up at the centre to sprinkle some Christmas cheer.

This includes the Christmas Flower Girls who will be welcoming visitors, as well as the North Pole Porters who will be on hand to help with carrying the Christmas shopping.


DJ Dazzle the Elf will be bringing the Christmas party to Royal Victoria Place on Saturday 4th December, spinning a range of festive favourites for shoppers to enjoy while they tick off their gift list.

Santa and his elves will also be waiting to greet families at Royal Victoria Place’s Christmas Grotto, with parents invited to book a visit for their little ones. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the special memory, and visitors can even have the photograph put into a keyring, bauble, snow globe or glitter frame. The Grotto has limited availability and families are asked to book their place in advance:

There’s also a Christmas trail around the centre for families to follow and take pictures with the sleigh and popular 3.5 metre Giant Teddy Selfie – making its return to Royal Victoria Place on the Upper Mall outside French Connection.

There will also be a free pop-up charity Bauble Bar where shoppers can design a beautiful bauble for a donation to hang on their Christmas tree, as well as a range of choirs and bands including the Salvation Army Brass Band and Saxonymous who will be playing classic Christmas carols throughout the holiday season.

As part of its ongoing support for the community, Royal Victoria Place is also helping customers to donate this festive season at its giant Giving Box, located on the Lower Mall outside Fenwick. Visitors will be able to make contactless donations to the centre’s charity partners, Trinity Theatre and Hospice in the Weald.

Royal Victoria Place is also working in partnership with The Mayor’s Toy Appeal, with shoppers invited to buy gifts for disadvantaged children via the Giving Tree located in the Customer Service unit.

Nicky Blanchard, centre manager at Royal Victoria Place, said: “Christmas was a difficult time for many last year, so we want to do what we can to help make this year extra special. We’re excited to have a range of activities and festive characters to help visitors get into the Christmas spirit.”

Pop up shops, Calendar Club and Christmas Time, have also joined the centre for a limited time to help visitors stock up on festive decorations and gifts for loved ones, and a pop-up gallery can be found on the upper mall of Royal Victoria Place. Open until Christmas Eve, the gallery has a range of works created by local artists, including ceramics, fused glass, jewellery, photography and woodwork.

Late night shopping returns to Royal Victoria Place for the 20th – 23rd December, with the centre open from 9am – 9pm.

The Royal Victoria Place car park is available as usual from 7am – 11pm daily, and shoppers are being encouraged to visit outside of peak times if they can, with quieter times usually before 11am or after 3pm.

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