The Mercury Mall in Romford opens Santa's magical grotto
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 08 November 2018
Santa has arrived in Romford!
Now more than 16 years old, the popular Santa’s Magical Grotto in The Mercury Mall shopping centre opened yesterday, so children can ask Santa for what they want for Christmas.
The grotto was opened on Wednesday (October 7) by the Deputy Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton, along with Sparkly the Elf.
Sparky is a character from a festive adventure for 7-11 year olds – Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop - which will be on show at the Mercury Mall from Saturday, 15 December until Sunday, 30 December.
The Magical Grotto will be daily until Christmas Eve between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday and between 11am-4pm on Sundays with lunch between 1pm-2pm.
The Mercury will also have, for the first time, Sensory Santa visits for children and their families with Autism or other sensory needs every Tuesday between 4pm-5.30pm.
Spencer Hawken, manager of The Mercury said: “Children love visiting Santa to receive an early gift.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer Sensory Santa visits to children and their families.
“We are also thrilled to welcome Sparky to the Centre and can’t wait for her to meet our Elfie!”
Cllr Michael Deon Burton said: “It is wonderful to see the look on the children’s faces when they meet Santa.
“All the worries in the world disappear, and they love him. “All the staff at The Mercury have put a lot of work in to make this a truly magical grotto, and I am delighted to be able to open it this year.”
Visit Santa and receive a gift for £4 or visit Santa, gift and a photo is £6.
To buy tickets to Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop go to the Queen’s theatre website.