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Countdown to the celebrations with Regent Arcade...

It’s that time of year again! Santa and his elves are of course busying away in preparation for next month’s events, but he’s still managed to squeeze a trip to Regent Arcade into his busy schedule...

On Saturday 24th November 2012, Santa will be turning Regent Arcade into a sparkling winter wonderland. Joined by pals Sid & Scrat from Ice Age 4, he will switch on the spectacular Christmas lights at 5:15pm, illuminating the 30ft walkthrough tree. Heart FM DJ Warren Moore and the Heart Angels will be joining in the fun too, with the classic countdown and a brilliant competition!

At the Lights Switch On, Santa will also be declaring his Grotto officially open. Kids and grown-ups alike will be enchanted by this year’s candy land theme, complete with giant cupcakes, sticks of rock and gingerbread houses. A highlight of the visit is the very lifelike sleeping polar bear; watch him closely, it’s almost as if he’s really breathing! For just a £3.50 entry fee, your little one will be able to enjoy a visit with Santa and a guaranteed gift. For creating special memories, photos are also available for just £4.00.

Regent Arcade’s wide and varied selection of shops makes it the ideal destination for a Christmas shopping trip. Opened last month, The Present People on the ground floor is a veritable Santa’s workshop of calendars, puzzles, games and gifts. While you’re there, why not pick up a board game for the whole family to play while the turkey’s cooking? They’ve got a calendar to suit every interest and character, from Hello Kitty to horticulture to helicopters, so it’s the perfect place to find a gift for that tricky-to-buy for person. Visit Kiwi for more gift inspiration- this new store is full of keepsake toys, pretty stationery and gorgeous gift wrap that you’ll want to frame rather than rip up!

Just Genius is another must-visit for stocking fillers, with novelty toys, gadgets and clever contraptions for the joker of the family. Looking for a novel present for an outdoorsy chap? Old Guys Rule (located at the front of the arcade) is a haven of witty t-shirts, car stickers and accessories. From fishing to motoring, most hobbies and interests are catered for within their unique range of iconic clothing and gifts.

Let’s not forget one of the most exciting things about this season- the delicious food! Spice up your traditional Christmas spread with some continental condiments from Oil & Vinegar- our favourite items include their gift hampers and granite, ceramic and wooden mortar and pestle sets. At Regent Arcade you’ll be spoilt for choice if you are looking for a special jewellery gift. Crystal Chain offers a beautiful selection of affordable sterling silver jewellery and each item comes tastefully gift boxed free of charge. At Pia you’ll find classic, creatively designed jewellery inspired by nature, alongside a stylish range of bags and accessories.

Keep an eye on our website for Christmas offers, events and opening hours. Have a brilliant start to the festive season, from all at Regent Arcade. www.regentarcade.co.uk; www.facebook.com/regentarcade; Tweet us @regentarcade