Live festive Nativity event set for town

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A whole host of exciting Christmas events have been put on during the past few weeks in Skegness and to top it off, a live Nativity scene will take place on Thursday.

Keeping true to its promise, the Hildreds Shopping Centre have kept the town and community busy with lots of festivities and from 6pm, shoppers can visit the Live Nativity at the front of the site.

Visitors will not only have an opportunity to see the Nativity but they will be also able to dress up in costume and have their photos taken in the stable alongside a live donkey, goat and other animals.

“Our activities over the last few weeks have been a success and the Live Nativity will be a brilliant end to out late night shopping evenings. I would like to thank our shoppers and retailers and every other organisation that has helped to make our Christmas season a success,” said Hildreds Centre management.

Shoppers can also once again enjoy free parking from 6pm and the centre will be open until 8pm giving visitors an opportunity to pick up any last minute gifts.

Last Thursday, the community ignored the windy weather and embraced the fancy dress and the All Things Magical evening.

There were many costumes including; fairies, wizards, elves, princesses and Santa Claus himself even battled it out for a chance to win the best dressed store competition.

On the evening, centre manager, Pete Roffe was joined by Eddie the Elf. Martin Brown Media Bee, Carnival Princess Kenzie Lane Parvin and Bethany Wilson, Skegness’s Carnival Queen who judged the outfits (see picture above). The award went to the staff at the Christmas Book Store who were dressed as elves, scooping them the prestigious Hildreds Christmas Cup and a bottle of bubbly. Youngsters were also able to enjoy a series of rides located outside the centre, next to Beales and in Lumley Road. In addition, Eddie the Elf was in the centre with his magical drawing board which brought his drawings to life before shoppers’ eyes. Speaking last time, Steve Andrews, deputy manager said: “The activities we’ve run over the past few weeks have been really popular with shoppers.”