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MEDIA RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2011

From skating and ice sculpting to shopping and Santa Claus, Canary Wharf has Christmas wrapped up

The iconic, cosmopolitan Canary Wharf will be buzzing with Christmas cheer over the winter months with a stellar line-up of festive events and an impressive 200 shops, bars and restaurants offering tempting treats and an array of gifts, perfect for under the tree.

Returning for the 7th year, the spectacular Canary Wharf Ice Rink – London’s longest running ice rink – will welcome skaters from Saturday 12 November 2011 to Sunday 19 February 2012. Launched last year by Olympic medallist and Dancing on Ice contestant Sharron Davies MBE and the The Imperial Ice Stars, the rink offers some of the best facilities in London…and with The Park Pavilion home to Canteen, ROKA, the parlour and Wahaca on its doorstep, those who prefer to wrap-up warm and soak up the ambiance are well catered for too.

For little ones brimming with holiday spirit, Canary Wharf offers an array of magical events and performances to enchant even the most lively and excitable of children. Celebrations kick off with Santa’s Arrival Weekend on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2011, as Santa’s Grotto – a spectacular sleigh pulled by two giant reindeer – arrives in Jubilee Place. With Santa in residence every weekend throughout December and during the final week before Christmas, there is plenty of time to tell him your Christmas wishes and support the Richard House Children’s Hospice, who receive a donation for every child that visits.

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2011, Santa and his friends will also be busy entertaining in Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden at Santa’s Showtime, a spectacular free festive show for all the family to enjoy. Elsewhere, those ‘Little Helpers’ looking for a more hands-on activity should visit the shopping malls for free art and craft workshops and face painting, running every weekend throughout December.

With the children busy preparing for the festive season ahead, why not take the opportunity to go Christmas shopping. The annual festive shopping event returns on Thursday 1 December 2011, with fashion shows, on-stage entertainment, demonstrations, tempting in-store discounts and goodie bag giveaways enticing Christmas shoppers to both Cabot Place and Jubilee Place.

With an impressive array of luxury and aspirational brands including Tiffany & Co, Links of London, Jo Malone, Molton Brown, Aquascutum, Hackett, Myla and Jaeger London, Canary Wharf has something for everyone, whether it’s a gift for a loved one or that perfect party dress for the celebrations ahead.

Looking to 2012, Canary Wharf will once again host the world-class London Ice Sculpting Festival from Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 January 2012, welcoming international artists back to Canary Wharf for a fantastic three days of fast-paced sculpting, chiselling and carving.

Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer at Canary Wharf Group plc comments: “Canary Wharf really comes alive at Christmas. With so many unique festive events, one of the London’s best ice rinks and a first-class retail and restaurant offering, Canary Wharf buzzes from the moment the Christmas lights turn on to when the last skater leaves the ice in February.”


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For further information or images, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

FURTHER DETAILS:

All Canary Wharf Arts & Events are listed at www.canarywharf.com

Canary Wharf Ice Rink
12 November 2011 – 19 February 2012
Canada Square Park
Tickets available online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 847 1556

Festive Shopping Event
1 December 2011, 9am – 8pm
Throughout the shopping malls

Santa’s Showtime!
Show times are 12noon, 2pm and 4pm
3 – 4 December 2011
East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf
FREE although pre-booking necessary
Tickets available via www.canarywharf.com from early November.

Santa’s Grotto
3/4, 10/11, 17/18 and 19 – 24 December 2011, 11am – 5pm
Jubilee Place Mall, Canary Wharf
FREE*
* Those visiting Santa in his grotto are asked to make a £1 donation to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Children’s Festive Activities
3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 & 24 December 2011, 11am – 5pm
Throughout the shopping malls, Canary Wharf
FREE

London Ice Sculpting Festival
12 – 14 January 2012
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf
FREE


NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre inner London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Eight new bars and restaurants have opened in the past two years to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, including recent shows by Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

www.canarywharf.com