Northern Ireland’s premier retail destination has released its festive programme of events to delight kids, big kids – and even the family pooch – kicking off on Thursday 28 November with Santa’s arrival.

The Boulevard, Banbridge is the perfect destination for wholesome family fun; from meet and greets with Santa Claus, unwrapping fantastic offers across stores and availing of late-night shopping and free parking.

Father Christmas makes his big arrival at The Boulevard on Thursday November 28 at 7pm, launching a whole host of cracking Christmas celebrations including:

  • Santa’s Grotto where the kids can write a letter to Santa, receive a gift, see the elves and, of course, meet the big man himself
  • Toby Pinecone, the Christmas elf will also be on site gathering names for his ‘nice’ list
  • A twilight market with artisan crafts and Christmas carts with mulled wine, toasted marshmallows and sweet treats.
  • Festive music and carolling from Accolade to get shoppers in the Christmas spirit.

Santa’s Grotto will be open from November 28 – December 23 with opening times as follows: Thursday and Friday from 3.30pm – 7.30pm, Saturday 11-4pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. Santa will also be stopping by on Christmas Eve for one last time before he flies back to the North Pole from 12pm-4pm. Visits to Santa’s Grotto are priced at £5, which will include a charity donation to Action Cancer.

The popular Santa Paws event will also be returning to the Centre for another year, on the 4 & 11 Dec – 3.30-7.30pm. Four-legged friends can visit with Santa and receive a canine treat. The booking fee of £5 includes a donation to Cavaliers in Need, who will be on site later in the month for a festive doggy day on December 14 & 15.

Please note that booking is essential for Santa Paws via

To find out more, visit or connect with The Boulevard on Facebook, on Instagram@theboulevardbanbridge or on Twitter @theboulevardni.

Nadia Duncan

Author: Nadia Duncan

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