Christmas is just around the corner and our minds have turned to buying gifts, festive grottos and seasonal events.
The White Rose Center in Leeds has done a lot of different things.
The White Rose reopened its Christmas grotto earlier this month, but fear not – this festive fun will last all the holidays.
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Opening times for December
The Christmas season begins on December 6th, and the center is now open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Shops are open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These times will run until December 19, before they will be changed to even longer opening times.
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Christmas grottoes and events
As is well known, the man in the big red suit arrived at the opening of the grotto on November 6th with a special preview event.
Open to the public on November 13, it is open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve when Santa Claus leaves to deliver his presents.
In the grotto, families also get a special gift to take away.
Since then, the center has also announced a Christmas selfie trail.
There are ten festive selfie spots around White Rose.
A giant Christmas pudding is accompanied by a sprout, Christmas crackers, a huge fireplace and even a nutcracker.
From November 26th to January 2nd, it’s important to keep an eye out for the gingerbread man, who, if spotted, will hand out a gingerbread cookie cutter and recipe card.
For some happy customers, the White Rose team also offers gingerbread.
The entertainer is offering Christmas activity sheets and a photo contest to win a gift card.
The center as a whole also invites customers to the Christmas roll call, where toys and other gifts will be donated in addition to customer service from November 25th to December 22nd.
(Image: White Rose Mall)
Opening times at Christmas and New Years
December 18 is when things first change, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be shorter opening hours on December 19, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m.
December 20 through December 23 is the best day to grab those last minute gifts with later hours, which open at 9 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
On Christmas Eve, shops open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Day, White Rose will be open again on Boxing Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Taking into account public holidays, December 27th will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while December 28 will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On December 29th, the opening hours will be extended to 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the same will apply to December 30th.
New Year’s Eve is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and New Year’s from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
January 2nd will also take place on New Years Day and on January 3rd, White Rose will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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