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Win a prize a day!We've devised an extra special Advent calendar for Whitefriars this year to really help you celebrate Christmas! There's some fantastic prizes behind every door... and every day we will pick a winner!Simply visit the Whitefriars website ( every day from 1-24 December and follow the link on the home page. Submit your details and you could be in with a chance to win that day's prize! You will also automatically be entered for our star prize which is hidden behind the Christmas Eve door!Just so you don't forget, look out for our Christmas helpers who will be giving away thousands of free chocolate Advent calendars in Whitefriars towards the end of November. They will also be available in many Whitefriars stores.222132061891571621510111918173122324144AMAZING ADVENT!whitefriars.euYou've got to be in it to win it!WhitefriarsNews & Events12 The Whitefriars Magazine www.whitefriars.euThere's plenty of festive fun and good cheer at Whitefriars this Christmas, guaranteeing you the best possible shopping experience... as well as a few seasonal surprises! The Marlowe Theatre panto stars will officially launch Christmas in the city on Thursday 17 November. The lights switch-on ceremony also marks the start of our popular Mini Continental Christmas Market. Located in Whitefriars Square, over a dozen festive stalls will be selling a range of continental food specialities, Christmas decorations and gifts. Shop at your leisure as you savour the aroma of barbecued bratwurst and glühwein! Mmmmmm!The Christmas Market will run until 24 December. Festooned with thousands of coloured Christmas fairylights, and overhung with pulsating globes that literally seem to float in the night sky above Whitefriars, the market creates a colourful festive atmosphere as the evening draws in. A great place for Christmas shoppingCanterbury is a great place to shop any time of the year, but the city really comes into its own in the run-up to Christmas (and for January sales afterwards!). Whitefriars will once again be laying on some festive entertainment (check for latest information on the Whitefriars website at Christmas Gift Wrap ServiceNeed help wrapping your Christmas gifts? Look out for our gift wrapping service in the Marlowe Arcade on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. The first gift is free for Whitefriars shoppers then it's just £1 per gift. Every penny goes to the Lord Mayor's charity!Christmas

WhitefriarsNews & Eventswww.whitefriars.euThe Whitefriars Magazine 13Spot our Secret Santa!Our Secret Santa will be walking around Whitefriars on 4, 10 and 18 December. Just walk up to him/her and say "Ho, ho, ho... you're the Whitefriars Secret Santa" and receive a £25 gift voucher! You'll find clues to the Secret Santa's identity on the Whitefriars website. Shop late and park free!Many of the 70+ stores located in Whitefriars will be trading late during the run-up to the big day, especially on Thursdays, where there will be some extra seasonal entertainment as well as free parking in the Watling Street multi-storey car park after 6pm for Whitefriars shoppers.A spectacular new theatre for a spectacular panto!October saw the opening of the new Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. and a spectacular new theatre means a spectacular new pantomime! So polish those glass slippers and get ready to have a ball at this year's star-studded production of Cinderella.The all-star cast includes top TV soap actor John Partridge (Christian in EastEnders (left)), magician and TV presenter Stephen Mulhern (Britain's Got More Talent and Magic Numbers), the hilarious Sue Devaney (Dinner Ladies and Coronation Street) and the local legend that is comedian Dave Lee!A visit from St Nick!The 'real' Father Christmas - St Nicholas - will be paying his annual visit to the city on Saturday, 3 December. His parade starts at around 12.30pm and will pass through Whitefriars before arriving at the Cathedral. The parade forms part of a long weekend of Christmas activity centred on the Heritage Museum in Stour Street. Learn about Christmas traditions through the ages, meet historic characters, mix the Christmas pudding, decorate the parlour, play Christmas games, make a cracker and receive a present from St Nicholas! Christmas at the CathedralThere's no better time to visit Canterbury than in December, as the Cathedral prepares itself for one of the most important events in its calendar. The life-sized crib is well worth a visit and the music sung by the Cathedral choir at services can only be described as 'heavenly'! Finally, don't miss the Lord Mayor's Charity Carol Service in Rose Square on Christmas Eve. This event, which is usually presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, attracts thousands and starts at around 6pm. It's a great way to welcome in Christmas!Christmas in CanterburyWhitefriars Christmas at a glanceNov 17Christmas lights switch-onGerman Christmas Market opensGift wrapping/late night shopping with free parkingNov 19Comedy jugglers and penny farthing riderNov 20Father Christmas and his elf helper with free giveawaysNov 24Gift wrapping/late night shopping with free parkingNov 26Cabinet of Curiosities and interactive entertainmentNov 27Father Christmas and his elf helper with free giveawaysDec 1Gift wrapping/late night shopping with free parkingDec 3St Nicholas ParadeDec 4Secret SantaDec 8Gift wrapping/late night shopping with free parkingDec 10Secret SantaDec 11Father Christmas and his elf helper with free giveawaysDec 15Gift wrapping/late night shopping with free parkingDec 17Traditional Victorian-style craft workshopDec 18Secret SantaDec 22Gift wrapping/late night shopping with free parkingDec 23Victorian maids and free mincepies!Dec 24Lord Mayor's charity carolsChristmas market closesFor details, times and locations of each event, please visit