Wednesday 12 November 2014 – Media Release

Festive fun for all the family at Canary Wharf

With a fantastic line-up of Christmas activities, Canary Wharf is the number one festive destination for all the family this season. The stunning Ice Rink Canary Wharf returns to Canada Square Park with trendy bar and restaurant Q on Ice. A magical Santa’s Grotto will appear in Jubilee Place, where children can enjoy a personal introduction to Father Christmas and win a golden ticket for a Christmas adventure like no other. With a whole host of activities, such as Cookie and Cupcake decorating and Santa’s Magical Silver Reindeer (a festive extravaganza with songs and a captivating story) – Canary Wharf is all set for an enchanting Christmas.

‘Ice Rink Canary Wharf’ – Until 28th February 2015
Canary Wharf welcomes back its stunning ice rink, nestled under the towering buildings of Canada Square. London’s only skate path returns, leading skaters on a glittering trail beneath fairy-lit trees to add an extra element of excitement. This year, the rink will be bigger and better than ever before. Restaurant and pop up bar Q on Ice provides a great place to enjoy some pre- or post- skating refreshments for skaters. Watch others glide across the ice and sample the BBQ menu and raw bar, or treat yourself to some winter inspired cocktails and craft beers from the safety of the side-lines; skaters and non-skaters are welcome.

The rink and skate path combined comprise almost 1100m2 of ice, making Ice Rink Canary Wharf one of the largest outdoor rinks in the capital. This ice rink is the perfect venue for a family day out, a romantic date, or to have a fun with friends.

Canary Wharf Christmas Market – from 17th November Until 24th December 2014
Adjacent to the ice rink, in Montgomery Square and a new addition to the Canary Wharf Christmas line up, a market full of festive cheer will be open until Christmas Eve, buzzing with stalls offering seasonal food and drink plus original handcrafts and unique gifts. You can choose from personalised Christmas decorations, hot chestnuts, handmade soap, churros, wooden toys, mulled wine, jewellery, oil paintings, handbags, gingerbread houses and much more.

Canary Wharf Winter Fashion Event – 27th November 2014
Canary Wharf will once again host its annual Winter Fashion event – a highlight for shoppers and fashion fanatics and the perfect opportunity to tackle the Christmas shopping.

Fashion shows in Canada Place and Jubilee Place will showcase the latest winter collections and style essentials from stores within Canary Wharf. The programme of in-mall entertainment will include promotions, live entertainment, product sampling and exclusive store discounts of up to 20% in many of Canary Wharf’s leading fashion and accessories stores.

Santa’s Grotto – from 29th November – 24th December 2014
Also returning to Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place Mall will be the magnificent Santa’s Grotto a striking creation from The Whimsical Cake Company, decked in candy canes, cupcakes, gingerbread men and towering piles of presents. Each December weekend, and from 20 December until Christmas Eve, excited children can visit Santa and his elves in the stunning grotto.

Every Saturday and Sunday one lucky child will receive a golden ticket in their present from Santa. This is an amazing prize which allows them and up to five friends skate for free followed by a mouth-watering Christmas tea served up at Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf.

Children’s Festive Activities – from 29th November – 24th December 2014
Adding to the magic and sparkle of Christmas, families are invited to enjoy a programme of free children’s festive activities throughout Canary Wharf shopping malls. Children are invited to make their own sweet treat using icing, sprinkles and sweeties at the Cookie & Cupcake Decorating workshop in Canada Place provided by Canary Wharf’s Sweet Couture cupcake boutique or let the children express their creativity at the Festive Head Bopper workshop in Cabot Place where they can personalise their own head bopper with an array of jewels, gems and stickers. The little ones can have their faces painted in a variety of colourful festive designs through the shopping malls and they can also marvel at Canary Wharf’s Magical Mirrors installation, guaranteed to provide endless fun for young ones in Jubilee Place Mall.

Santa’s Magical Silver Reindeer – 6th and 7th December 2014
On 6th and 7th December, Santa and his silver reindeer will take to the stage in East Wintergarden with a new Christmas tale performed with classic festive songs for families to enjoy. When Rudolph catches a cold, Santa’s hardest working elves Ellie and Elvin must find a way to deliver all the presents in time. Fortunately a secret helper is at hand, who might be able to help save Christmas just in time.

Tickets are available from www.canarywharf.com – book early to avoid disappointment. All proceeds will be donated to Tommy’s, the baby charity.

Carols & Candles Service – Tuesday 16th December
Enjoy the festive and community spirit by joining this special service for those working in and around Canary Wharf. Carols will be led by choirs from choirs of FCA, HSBC, KPMG, Rouse Int, as well as members of the Canary Wharf Community Choir with representatives.

All proceeds from this years’ service go to support a local Tower Hamlets Charity, Spitalfields Crypt Trust Paper and Cup and international charity Friends of the Nest Kenya.

To complete the perfect family day out, round off the day with a Christmas meal at Tom’s Kitchen, Iberica Canary Wharf, Boisdale or one of the many other restaurants with festive menus at the Estate.

Three hours free parking at weekends and bank holidays when you spend £10 at any of our shops, cafés, bars or restaurants in Canary Wharf. For more information please log on to www.canarywharf.com

ENDS

For further information or images, please contact:
Charlie Smith / Beth Thoms
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: csmith@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk / bthoms@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

FURTHER DETAILS:

www.twitter.com/yourcanarywharf

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

Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Until 28 February 2015
Open 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf
Visit www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk for the full schedule of skating session times.
Prices vary, Tickets via www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk or 08456 531 431*.
Tickets available from the onsite box office. For Party and Group Bookings email: events@icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk
*booking fee applies

Q on Ice
November 1st 2014 – 28th February 2015, open every day except Christmas Day
Monday-Wednesday 11am -11pm Thursday-Saturday 11am-12pm Sunday 11am-10pm
For more details visit: http://q-grill.co.uk/canarywharf/

Canary Wharf Christmas Market
17 November – 24 December 2014
Monday to Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-9pm
Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf
Free to visit

Canary Wharf Winter Fashion Event
Thursday 27 November 2014
9am-8pm Throughout Shopping Malls Canary Wharf London

Santa’s Grotto
29 and 30 November, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 – 24 December 2014
11am – 5pm
Jubilee Place Mall, Canary Wharf
Pre-booking is not required however please arrive early to avoid disappointment
Visitors to the Grotto are asked to make a £2 donation to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Children’s Festive Activities
29 and 30 November, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 – 24 December 2014
11am – 5pm
Throughout the Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf
FREE

Santa’s Magical Silver Reindeer
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December
10am, 12noon, 2pm and 4pm
East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf
Under 2s FREE, kids £2, adults £4
The info and tickets are live on the website: http://canarywharf.com/arts-events/events/santas-magical-silver-reindeer/
All proceeds go to Tommy’s, the baby charity.

Carols & Candles Service
Tuesday 16 December 2014, 5.30pm (doors 5pm) & 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf
Free but pre-booking necessary* please visit www.canarywharf.com
(*maximum of 4 tickets per person)

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16m sq ft of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are now occupied by over 100,000 people.

Canary Wharf Group’s tenants, clients and occupiers include some of the world’s leading business organizations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. Canary Wharf Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands.

In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is also involved with projects across London. The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and construction continues on 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) in the City of London which is already 87% let. The Group is also in a joint venture with Qatari Diar for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.

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