FESTIVE celebrations kicked off in Thurrock this weekend, as celebrity star Rylan Clark joined intu Lakeside to turn on the Christmas lights.
The X Factor and Big Brother star joined the shopping centre on Friday 7th November to switch on the all-important lights, alongside local hero Danial O’Connell, as voted by the general public with a local newspaper.
Rylan made the switch on a family affair as he bought along his Mum and other family members to join in the fun. He added “It was such an honour to be asked to turn on the lights at intu Lakeside, this shopping centre is my playground as I’m a local boy. I’ve worked at intu Lakeside at River Island and Debenhams. It’s an absolute pleasure to be here tonight to turn the lights on”
Nominated local hero Danial added “I was really surprised to hear that I’d been nominated as a local hero, I really didn’t expect it. Along with a couple of colleagues I we were simply looking help people in a difficult situation with Operation Welcome Home. It was great to be a part of the Christmas Light Switch On.”
The day also saw Santa’s highly anticipated arrival with a Santa Parade during the day for younger shoppers to enjoy. Santa will now be at intu Lakeside every day until Christmas Eve, in his Grotto for children to visit free of charge.
Other entertainment on the day included stilt walkers and roller skating reindeers, as well as free hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts for all visitors.
Donna Callander, marketing manager at intu Lakeside said “What a great night our Christmas Light Switch On was. We’re really starting to get in the festive spirit at intu Lakeside with our Christmas lights now on and Santa in his Grotto. We hope to welcome lots of shoppers over the next few weeks to get that Christmas shopping done before the big day!”
There are more great activities taking place at intu Lakeside this month. Black Friday, the American based giant sales day, will see great discounts and promotions across the centre including Levi’s offering customers 30% off. The event takes place on Friday 28th November and provides bargain hunters even more reasons to head to intu Lakeside to purchase Christmas gifts or treats for themselves.
The free Shop & Drop service starts from 28th November. Shoppers can drop their shopping bags at the Shop & Drop desk by Next on level 1 and then later collect them by car from our outside collection point. Plus, use the service on 28th, 29th and 30th November and get a complimentary shopping bag from intu Lakeside.
Late night shopping kicks off on 1st December, with extended weekday opening hours from 9am to 11pm.
Shoppers are also in for a little extra something with the intu Lakeside Christmas Gift Card, packed full of benefits for the festive season.
Visitors will be able to reap the benefits with a free Gourmet Society year membership when an intu Gift Card for Â£30 or more is purchased in November. Worth Â£69.95, the membership gives diners up to 50% off at over 6,500 restaurants including CafÃ© Rouge, La Tasca, Strada and Bella Italia at intu Lakeside.
New for 2014, gift cards can add a personal touch with customer’s own photographs uploaded online to Flex-e-card. In addition, order peronalised gift cards online for the option of exclusive gift packaging and eye-catching festive designs.
Donna Callander, marketing manager at Intu Lakeside said “We are thrilled to be offering so many options with our gift card this year, as well as treats for those purchasing for family and friends. Our gift cards are a fantastic gift all year round, and adding that personal touch for Christmas creates even more excitement for the big day.”
Gift cards at intu Lakeside can be loaded with any amount from Â£5 to Â£1,000, and spent in over 100 stores accepting Mastercard. Purchase a gift card from the customer service desks in-centre or at www.intu.co/uk/Lakeside.
For more information on events, services and promotions at intu Lakeside this Christmas, simply visit intu.co.uk/Lakeside.