Fifties-style Christmas celebrations at Nugent Shopping Park

PUBLISHED: 10:34 14 December 2018

The Dulcettes will be performing songs from the 1950s at Nugent Shopping Park, Orpington, this weekend. Photo: The Dulcettes

The Dulcettes will be performing songs from the 1950s at Nugent Shopping Park, Orpington, this weekend. Photo: The Dulcettes


Nugent Shopping Park is rolling back the years with its festive celebrations this weekend, with the arrival of a 1950s style Santa’s grotto, live music and a Christmas fair offering a range of handcrafted gifts.

Between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, families are invited to meet Santa in his vintage grotto where they can have their picture taken with him and pick up a free classic candy cane gift.

Helping to set the atmosphere at the shopping centre in Cray Avenue, Orpington, there is a line-up of music performances throughout the weekend, including singing duo The Dulcettes, seven-piece vocal group Sweet Harmony, and Miss Peggy Rose who will be singing a variety of Christmas hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Shoppers can also enjoy the Christmas fair, with stalls selling hand-crafted goods, mulled wines and ales, as well as winter warmers such as churros.

Bringing shoppers back to the present day, Cray Wanderers FC will be running a competition to give seven lucky people the chance to win tickets to their match against Sittingbourne on December 23.

Tina Powley, centre manager, said: “It’s a great opportunity for families to spend time together ahead of Christmas.

“Whether visitors try a mulled wine at the Christmas fair, pay Santa a visit, or enjoy the music as they shop, I’m sure there’ll be something to bring a smile to everyone’s face.”

Nugent Shopping Park’s vintage weekend will be followed by a Winter Food Festival from Friday to Monday, December 22 -24, where local traders will be serving a variety of dishes, including Indian street food, cakes and hot dogs. Jazz band, Jazz Nights, will be providing the entertainment, with carol singing between 1pm and 3.30pm each day.

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