A Magical Christmas at Ocean Village began on the evening of the 29th November, where funds were raised for Research into Childhood Cancers (RICCs). The total amount raised came to £1,476.26, surpassing the total from last year!
The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and a crowd, showered with surprise snow as they entered, gathered in Pizza Express to watch Snowflake the Elf belt out some popular Christmas songs.
Princess Poppy, Sleeping Beauty and special guest Superman got the crowd going and wowed children and parents alike with a brilliant sing-a-long and comedy routine, as the evening grew brighter with Christmas lights twinkling and the arrival of Santa became imminent.
Prior Park School Choir, joining the festivities for a second year, looked and sounded great in their smart school uniforms and beautifully sang two Christmas hymns, Hallelujah and Winter Wonderland, with a fantastic live guitar accompaniment.
It was time for the Royal Coronation! Miley and Julian, the winners of Ocean Village Facebook competition were crowned Prince and Princess of Ocean Village 2017/2018, on stage by Superman and Sleeping Beauty, each winner proud as punch in their respective crown and tiaras!
Santa’s arrival was heralded, to the delight of the gathered children, by the sound of sleigh bells and they quickly ran to the Grotto to greet him! Inside, the princesses painted the faces of the excited children as they waited to see Santa, warming themselves with a cup of hot chocolate provided by the charity volunteers. Santa’s Grotto is open all week from 5pm-8pm each day, until Friday 1st December.
Craig Sacarello, Chairman of RICCs said: “We had a fabulous time last night with Father Christmas, his elf Snowflake and two princesses. I am not sure who had the better time, the kids or their parents! We look forward to seeing as many as we can over the next two evenings!”
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