Father Christmas comes early to Meadowhall

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SANTA and his chums must like to get their Christmas shopping done early.

Why else would St Nick have showed up at Meadowhall – where hundreds of excited children turned out to see him?

The shopping centre was brought to a standstill as Father Christmas marched through the malls before taking up residence in the Enchanted Kingdom grotto – a fairytale world of storytelling princesses, jesters and frogs.

This year’s grotto has been heralded as Meadowhall’s best yet and the centre is expecting thousands of children to visit over the coming weeks.

Cartoon characters the Chipmunks also made a special appearance, to the delight of visiting youngsters.

Tickets for the Enchanted Kingdom are available to book in advance online at www.meadowhall.co.uk

Meadowhall has also extended its opening hours in the lead-up to Christmas.

The centre is open from 10am to 10pm during the week, 9am to 8pm on Saturdays, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

And opening hours will extend further from Monday, December 12, with shoppers able to browse until 11pm on week nights.