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Inverness Christmas: Highland Hospice transforms the Eastgate Shopping Centre into a winter wonderland


By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Highland Hospice Fundraiser Jenna Hayden alongside In the City Café Café Assistant Aaron Stewart
Highland Hospice Fundraiser Jenna Hayden alongside In the City Café Café Assistant Aaron Stewart

Highland Hospice are introducing a Christmas pop-up in the Eastgate Shopping Centre, in addition to breakfast with Santa in in the city centre next month.

In the approach of Christmas, Highland Hospice will be hosting a range of events during the festive period, including a very special breakfast with Santa Claus.

From November 9, the Hospice will transform the unit next to their In the City Café in the Eastgate Centre into a Christmas wonderland pop-up shop.

Shoppers will be able to explore a treasure-trove of holiday-themed items, including Christmas trees, decorations, party outfits, Christmas jumpers, secret Santa gifts and more.

The aim of this is to offer a greener, more eco-friendly way to celebrate the season.

Susan Cooper, commerce manager, expressed her excitement on the new venture, saying: “We are so excited to announce our Christmas pop-up, we wanted to provide sustainable alternatives, hoping for a much greener Christmas.

"The donations we receive from our donors are always of such a high standard, it’s like buying new without the hefty price tag!”

Additionally, Highland Hospice are seeking some enthusiastic volunteers to become a part of the Christmas magic serving as ‘elves’ in the pop-up shop.

The event is set to open from 10am to 5pm, every Monday to Saturday starting from November 9.

This years Highland Hospice Christmas enthusiasts are searching for people who are passionate about spreading holiday cheer and making a difference this holiday season as a festive volunteer.

These special events are bound not to disappoint the children who eagerly await their visit to see Santa, as both of the charity’s popular cafés, In the City and By the River, will be offering the chance to have breakfast with the man himself.

‘Breakfast with Santa’ will take place at By the River Café at Highland Hospice on December 16 and 23.

Santa will also be making a visit at In the City Café in the Eastgate Centre on December 17.

Families are encouraged to book in advance to allow them chance of enjoying a magical morning with Santa, creating cherished holiday memories while enjoying a delicious breakfast.


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