Month: November 2014

Sam Walker and fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle switches on Lion Walk Christmas Lights with Santa

Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker and fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle will be helping to get the festive season underway in Colchester this Sunday (November 30), as they turn on the lights in Lion Walk Shopping Centre with Santa.

The U’s has recently opened up a Christmas shop in Red Lion Yard , and Sam – who has been ever present for the U’s first team in League One this season – will be on hand to light up Lion Walk ahead of a busy December.

The shot stopper will also be in the town centre shop from 3.30pm until 4pm to sign autographs for any festive shoppers.   Then all eyes will be on Sam at 4.30pm as he turns on the lights with Santa close to the Lion Walk Church.




Track down some roaringly great gifts and fabulous festive fashions in the big brand names stores and funky independents at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre this Christmas. And, while you’re there, check out the centres’ programme of fantastic family fun.


To mark the countdown to Christmas, Lion Walk Shopping Centre is launching a giant Advent Calendar (2.7m high x 3m wide) in a window near Boots Opticians and BHS. From the 1 December, right up to Christmas Eve (24 December), a new message or fun photo will be revealed each day.


And, the display is much more than just an Advent Calendar. Adding to the FREE fun for Christmas shoppers, the calendar is also a unique 3D augmented reality (AR) matching pairs game, one of the first of its kind in the UK.


The interactive game – just download the free Lion Walk AR fun app from the App Store to play – will offer shoppers a fun Christmas brain workout while trying to match the pairs up. Complete the game and fill in the online form to be entered into one of three weekly prize draws to win a stocking stuffed full of £50 worth of fabulous presents from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers. Prize draws are made on 8, 15 and 22 December.


Shoppers can also be in with another chance to win a stocking full of presents by following Lion Walk on twitter or liking the Facebook page between 1 and 24 of December.


The advent calendar is also a great backdrop for selfies – don’t forget to Tweet us at @ShopLionWalk with your photos or post them on our Facebook page Lion Walk Shopping Centre.



PLUS, to get everyone in the Christmas spirit Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are also putting on a busy programme of FREE festive family fun and entertainment every Saturday from 6 December and every Wednesday evening, when the shops stay open to 8pm, in the run up to Christmas. Shoppers will be entertained by everything from giant Christmas belles, Mother Christmas, street theatre and live music from various groups.


Award winning choir Funky Voices will put on a show of upbeat, foot tapping, festive songs for Wednesday’s late night shopping on 10 December to support the Rotary Club’s Christmas collection. Colchester District Pipes & Drums will provide further support to the collection on Wednesday night on 17 December.


Panto Duo: Ronny & Kenny’s Christmas market kicks off the Saturday Christmas fun on 6 December with Fairly famous. Two cockney barrow boys who try to sell the latest must-have Christmas gifts to unsuspecting passers-by. On the same day charming giant Christmas Belles will be walking around the centre on stilts. The following Saturday 13 December Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Theatretrain will be raising the Christmas spirit in the centre.


For the final Saturday of festive entertainment (20 December) Mother Christmas make a stop at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard before continuing her journey back to the North Pole. She will make sure that any final Christmas wishes are reported back to Santa. Plus a brass jazz quartet will be playing festive tunes during the day.


Programme of Christmas entertainment:


Date Act Time
6 Dec Panto Duo: Fairly famous with Ronny & Kenny’s Christmas market & giant Christmas Belles. Between 11am – 3pm
10 Dec Funky Voices Choir in aid of the Rotary ClubNB. Rotary Christmas Collection all day 6.30pm – 8pm
13 Dec Colchester Operatic Society  1pm -1.30pm
Colchester Theatretrain  2.30pm – 3.15pm
17 Dec Colchester District Pipes & Drums in aid of theRotary ClubNB. Rotary Christmas Collection all day 6.30pm – 8pm
20 Dec Mother Christmas & Festive brass jazz quartet Between 11am -3pm