50 days of Christmas: The countdown to Christmas begins with fun-filled family activities and events at The Mercury
PUBLISHED: 15:57 11 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 November 2019
The Christmas holidays are nearly here but don't fret the Mercury has got you covered with over 50 events taking place between now and Christmas that are sure to put everyone in the festive spirit.
To make sure you don't miss out we've compiled this essential guide of what's on at The Mercury in November and December.
From November 11 Romford's longest-running Santa's grotto will open its doors to hear what the children of Romford long for and make those last-minute edits to the list. Children can meet Santa, have their photos taken and get an early Christmas gift. The grotto will be open daily from 10am - 5pm and on Sundays at 11am - 4pm.
Every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm the centre will run sensory Santa's Grotto, creating a calm, autism-friendly environment the children can relax in. Book a 15-minute session by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the shopping centre.
On November 23 the shopping centre will host a Scandinavian style market filled with local artisan gifts and crafts, ideal for that awkward family member that you have no idea what to get every year!
Christmassy crafts - for that personal touch
If crafts tickle your fancy, then get stuck in with The Mercury Art Club that runs on the first Thursday of every month. The club meets in BB's coffee shop at 3pm - 6.30pm. It's a chance for you and the kids to create decorations and art designs or that extra special card for grandma and grandad.
You can also take part in the 'Big Draw' art events making Christmas plates, Christmas snow globes and more. Find out more details at mercurymall.co.uk.
The great escape of Christmas
From November 28 to November 30, The Mercury shopping centre will be transformed in to a hunting ground worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Participants will need to solve a series of puzzles, challenges and clues to crack the case. It will take all the courage, cunning and determination you have to save Christmas. Booking for the escape room is essential. Tickets are available through the Mercury's Facebook page.
Monkeying around with Marvin
From December 1 Marvin the Monkey will be at the Mercury, so prepare yourself for some mischief. You can follow his adventures on the Mercury's Facebook page and it's worth keeping an eye out, as throughout the month he'll be offering you the chance to win some treats for your stocking.
Is it even Christmas without a choir?
From the week of December 2, you can rock around the Christmas tree and enjoy a wholesome, traditional festive favourite with daily performances from local community choirs and dance groups and a performance from the winner of 'Havering Voice.' Visit mercurymall.co.uk to find out more about the line-up.
'Let it go' at the kids Christmas party
On December 14 and 15, the Mercury will host a kids Christmas party, filled with traditional party games, dancing and fun with special guests inspired by the film 'Frozen'. Visit Mercury's Facebook page to book a seat at the table.
Twas the week before Christmas and so much wrapping to do
As we enter the final weeks before Christmas do you still have your present wrapping to do? Don't worry, from November 16, charity volunteers will be there to lend a hand. For a small donation to a good cause, they'll give you a hand wrapping some of your presents.
A Christmas miracle
In the final weekend before Christmas, December 21 and 22, the centre will be host to magician Trevor Cline, who will be on hand to perform a few Christmas miracles and provide some entertainment to accompany your last-minute dash for gifts.