Friday 4 December 2015 – Media Release

Christmas at Canary Wharf; Festive Fun for all the Family

• Free arts and crafts workshops; cupcake decorating, festive face painting and head boppers
• Santa’s Magical Toy Factory show; with classic festive songs for all the family
• Santa’s Grotto; visit Santa is in his magical grotto
• Ice Rink Canary Wharf; with London’s only skate path

Canary Wharf is celebrating Christmas with an array of festive activities and treats that the whole family can enjoy. Running every weekend in December and every day from 21 – 24 December, Canary Wharf is the perfect family spot for a family seasonal outing.

Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but to keep the kids entertained there is a selection of free activities taking place across Canary Wharf, including a visit to Santa’s magical grotto. Across the shopping areas, children are invited to show their creativity by decorating festive head boppers and Christmas cupcakes. They can also have their face painted with a selection of colourful and seasonal designs, such as snowmen, gingerbread men and even Rudolph.

With its iconic backdrop and London’s only skate path, Ice Rink Canary Wharf is, this year, celebrating one of the area’s most famous residents, Sammy the Seal. Visitors to the ice rink are invited to try out the world’s first ‘Sealfie’ wall, an interactive board that transforms skaters into Sammy the Seal. They have also introduced child-friendly seal skate aids, new for 2015.

Families can also enjoy Santa’s Magical Toy Factory; a Christmas family show with classic festive songs in Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden.

Details of the activities on offer at Canary Wharf are as follows:

Santa’s Magical Toy Factory, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December – 10 am, 12noon, 2pm & 4pm, limited tickets available
The whole family can enjoy fun and adventure at this Christmas show in Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden. Ellie and Elvin, Santa’s Chief Elves, have to gather together their friends and Santa Claus to help a Toy Soldier believe in the magic of Christmas. With classic festive songs, it’s an entertaining and enjoyable show.

Santa’s Grotto, Jubilee Place, 11am – 5pm*
Every weekend in December and then every day from the 21st – 24th December
Children can visit Santa in his magical grotto every weekend through December and then every day from the 21st – 24th. With entertainment to keep the little ones occupied, it’s a fabulous and festive free outing. Visitors are asked to make a £2 donation to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Ice Rink Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park
Set amidst the towering skyline, Ice Rink Canary Wharf has one of the largest outdoor rinks in the capital and features London’s only skate path. Celebrating one of the area’s most famous residents Sammy the Seal, there are child-friendly seal skate aids and a ‘sealfie’ wall where visitors can take pictures of themselves as Sammy, sharing pictures using the #sealfie.

Cupcake Decorating, Canada Place, 11am – 5pm*
Canary Wharf have teamed up with Lola’s Cupcakes to provide children with cupcake decorating workshop. They will be able to decorate their own sweet treat from Lola’s Cupcakes, with sprinkles, sweets and icing.

Festive Face Painting, Cabot Place, Canada Place, Churchill Place, Crossrail Place and Jubilee Place, 11am – 5pm*
Children can have their faces painted with a selection of unique and colourful seasonal designs in Cabot Place, Canada Place and Churchill Place.

Festive Head Boppers, Cabot Place, 11am – 5pm*
A perfect opportunity for children to show their creativity! At the Festive Head Bopper workshop children can personalise their own head bopper with an array of gems, stickers and jewels.

Christmas Photo Peep Throughs, Jubilee Place, Lower Mall*
Visit the Christmas photo peep through installation at Jubilee Place and take pictures of the whole family with an array of Christmas favourites such as Christmas Crackers, gingerbread men or Christmas puddings.

Carols & Candles Service, East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX, Tuesday 15th December, 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Enjoy the festive and community spirit at the Carols & Candles Service. Carols will be led by the combined choirs from Canary Wharf tenants as well as members of the Canary Wharf Community Choir. All proceeds from this years’ service go to support a local Tower Hamlets charity Streets of Growth.

*Please arrive early as we may need to close queues to ensure that each child queuing is able to visit the Grotto and/or participate in the activities before 5pm.

To make it as easy as possible to take part in the Christmas activities Canary Wharf has four underground public car parks, providing 2,500 spaces. There are also 52 parent & child parking bays. With more than 120 stores from small boutiques to designer labels it is the perfect destination for Christmas shopping.


For further information, please contact:

Nabil Hanafi/Hannah Warmington
+44 / (0)20 7592 1200


About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising five shopping malls, including the new leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.