Marmalade sandwich, Mr Norris? Metro Mayor and Paddington team up to launch Winter Wonderland festive extravaganza

Is it the North Pole? Is it deepest, darkest Peru? No, it’s Christmas at Cribbs Causeway that is back bigger and better than ever before.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is running a Shop Local campaign, was at the Christmas Grotto alongside Santa and Paddington Bear as the trio launched Cribbs’ Winter Wonderland extravaganza.

Paddington, loved by families across the West of England and the world will be taking part in free storytelling and meet-and-greet sessions and asking the Mayor where he keeps his marmalade sandwiches.

Cribbs’ festive attraction – the biggest in the West of England region – promises its largest ever grotto this year along with the return of the magical outdoor ice rink. Children can have a traditional meeting with Santa in his Marvellous Marmalade Adventure Grotto to talk all things Christmas, as well as visit the Marmalade Maker Elves making a special present for Santa this year.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “The festive season really is the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than visiting Cribbs for some proper festive fun. This is the perfect place to pick up gifts, to soak up the Christmas spirit by meeting the big man in red with a busy schedule ahead and have a natter with everyone’s favourite marmalade-sweet bear. With so many things to do right here on our doorstep, the West of England is the best place to the experience the magic of Christmas. Let’s get out there and rediscover all our amazing region has to offer this festive season”.

Cribbs’ Winter Wonderland with Paddington opens on 16 November and runs every day until 2 January, excluding Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For more information, and to book each activity – meeting Paddington, the grotto and skating – see here:

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