Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster, are set to bring some much-needed festive cheer to children across the region following the announcement that Santa’s Woodland Workshop is set to open in the Centre from Thursday 3rd December.

Frenchgate are proceeding with the much-loved Christmas Grotto and the team have worked hard to ensure it can operate in a Covid-secure manner.

Safety precautions include; everyone, even Santa, having to wear a face mask or covering inside the Grotto. No one will be able to enter the Grotto without a face covering unless they are legally exempt from doing so.

Visitors will be able to prebook their visit to the Santa’s Woodland Workshop online or secure a booking on the day in Centre via a QR code, helping to safely manage the number of people as well as removing any likely queues.

Before anyone can enter the Grotto, which is located on the upper mall in front of Debenhams, sanitiser stations are available for handwashing. At all times customers will be kept at a socially safe distance from staff whilst visiting, all the while making sure the magic of every child’s experience in seeing Santa remains.

Assistant General Manager Karen Staniforth said; “It has been a tough year for everyone, especially for children who have had significant disruption to their everyday routines. Many of them look forward to visiting Santa’s Grotto every year as an essential highlight of their Christmas.

“Our team have worked extremely hard to ensure this tradition at Frenchgate goes ahead this year and we have introduced a number of safety measures to ensure we are Covid safe.

“We are so happy that we’re able to offer a little bit of normality for children amongst the uncertainty of 2020 and allow Santa to sprinkle some of his Christmas magic.”