The arrival of St Nicolas at Holy Trinity Church brought the service to a close as St Nicolas started the final leg of his journey from Holy Trinity Church to Duke of York Square on his magical sleigh pulled by Rudolph and his other reindeers.
As St Nicolas turned on the lights Rudolph and the reindeers took a well earned rest on the Square whilst children had the chance to meet them in person. Through the afternoon parents were invited to enter their children into a draw for the amazing opportunity to join St Nicolas and the special surprise celebrity on stage to help them turn on the lights!
Once St Nicolas switched on the lights he then opened the first ever Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto where children had the chance to meet him and his elves, whilst getting those gift lists in early.
To ensure everyone remained full of energy to enjoy the afternoon’s fun and excitement there were plenty of festive food delights available including mince pies, mulled wine and complimentary toffee apples, hot chestnuts and popcorn. In addition the fine food Saturday market that was open until 5pm offering the finest range of English and international foods.
Duke of York Square was delighted with this year’s festive events and working with the Princes Foundation for Children & The Arts, who helped with many of the fun arts activities on the day.
In line with government guidelines, our shops and restaurants remain open only for essential retail, virtual shopping appointments, takeaway food and click and collect services.
But our Christmas lights are sparkling, the Fine Food market will continue to take place on the running track each Saturday (with full safety measures in place) and many of our restaurants will deliver their delicious food to the comfort of your home.