Santa's on his way from Lapland to his Xmas grotto

Santa's on his way from Lapland to his Xmas grotto

Santa is busy packing up his sleigh and preparing for a Christmas to remember in Britain’s Ocean City with its unique illuminations, great shopping and tasty food.

He will be arriving on November 16 to open his Drake Circus grotto with its replica of Plymouth’s famous Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse – on the same day as the city’s Christmas lights are switched on.

The hotly-anticipated annual Yuletide event also marks the start of Thursday night late night shopping at Drake Circus - which has 70 stores all under one roof.

It’s perfect for anyone looking for that ideal gift with stores including Joules, White Stuff, Cath Kidston, Lush, Lovisa, Drakes Jewellers, as well as High Street favourites like Primark, Next, New Look, Mothercare and Monsoon.

This year Santa will arrive to see the lights being switched on before heading into his grotto for 4pm to join his team of elves and meet the city’s children, who will receive a special gift from Father Christmas and his helpers.

Drake Circus Centre Director Greg Lumley said: “Christmas at Drake Circus is all about giving and giggles with friends and family. We hope meeting Santa and his elves will prove the ultimate Christmas highlight for children this year.

“To ensure shoppers have the freedom to enjoy finding some lovely and unusual presents and great restaurants and eateries, the car park is now open from 6:30am until midnight with a £4 charge after 4pm.”

You can book a grotto slot now at, for dates starting from November 18 or visitors can queue to meet Santa and his elves, who will be meeting children right up to Christmas Eve.

There will also be a snow machine creating a winter wonderland at the Cornwall Street entrance of Drake Circus on the evening, and then every day from November 18 at 4pm.

For further details of all the amazing things happening at Drake Circus and Plymouth over the Christmas holidays visit,, or go to the WhatsOnPlymouth Facebook and Twitter pages or #ChristmasInPlymouth.

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