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Vangarde Shopping Park spreads Christmas cheer with acts of kindness

A York retail park is holding a unique set of events to help shoppers through random acts of kindness over the Christmas period.

Over the course of three days from 12noon to 2pm between Sunday 18th December and Tuesday 20th December the shopping park will be home to fancy dress characters and festive elves who will greet shoppers with gifts and acts of generosity. To accompany this, Christmas rides will be situated on Vangarde’s Community Plaza from December 10th until January 2nd located between M&S Food Hall and Giraffe.

The themed events are designed to help make shopping more enjoyable for both parents and children, by entertaining visitors and helping with carrying shopping bags and promoting special offers at retailers on the site.

Vangarde Shopping Park Centre Manager Deb O’Donnell said: “We understand that Christmas shopping with little ones, particularly during peak shopping times, can be an absolute nightmare.

“We’re using this Christmas period as an opportunity to demonstrate random acts of kindness. Whether that is through helping to carry shopping bags, giving out treats or offering gold envelopes with the chance to win prizes, we hope we can help brighten up our customers’ day this Christmas.”

Sunday 18th December will bring the visit of three princesses to the shopping park. Belle, Cinderella and Rapunzel will meet and greet with children and families, giving out treats and stopping for photographs and signing autographs.

Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December will see Vangarde host six friendly elves, who will roam the park and carry out good deeds, helping shoppers and spreading Christmas cheer. The Minster Monster will also be on the shopping park over the three days to help spread festive cheer.

Deb said: “This is our third Christmas since opening and we’re hoping for a record number of visitors this year. We attract shoppers from all over Yorkshire and beyond and we’re very proud of the reputation we have developed since our inception.

“We boast a huge variety of large retailers including John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Next, and our stores will be holding lots of special offers throughout the month.

“It’s great to see our stores and our customers getting in the spirit and we hope everyone can join us for some festive fun.”