November 2013 – Media Release
With a fantastic line-up of Christmas festivities, Canary Wharf is the perfect destination for all the family this season. The stunning Canary Wharf Ice Rink returns to Canada Square Park with its cosy retro rink-side bar, along with the enchanting Santa’s Grotto in Jubilee Place, where children can enjoy a personal introduction to Father Christmas himself. With a whole host of activities, such as Santa’s Showtime and Cookie and Cupcake decorating – and over 280 shops, bars and restaurants – Canary Wharf is all set for a magical Christmas.
‘Ice Rink, Canary Wharf’ – Until 16 February 2014
Canary Wharf welcomes back its stunning ice rink, nestled under the soaring buildings of Canada Square. London’s only skate path returns, leading skaters on a glittering trail through fairy-lit trees to add an extra element of excitement.
This year sees an extended season and the rink itself will be bigger and better than ever before. The rink-side Boisdale’s Jukebox Bar by Boisdale of Canary Wharf provides a great place to enjoy some pre- or post- skating refreshments. Watch others glide across the ice from the viewing terrace while tucking into the 50’s themed menu of hotdogs and milkshakes alongside Boisdale’s award-winning wines –including mulled for added warmth!
Lessons are available from fully-qualified National Ice Skating Association (NISA) coaches. Offering lessons for children and grown-ups alike, the experienced team have competed in numerous British Championships – as well as providing tips to the celebs on ITV’s Dancing on Ice – and will have skaters gliding across the ice like professionals in no time.
Santa’s Grotto and Santa’s Showtime – 30 November – 24 December
The magnificent Santa’s Grotto in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place will be enjoyed by all; the Grotto is a quirky creation from The Whimsical Cake Company, decked in candy canes, cupcakes, gingerbread men and towering piles of presents. Each December weekend, and from 14 December until Christmas Eve, excited children can visit Santa and his elves in the stunning grotto and, if they whisper their wish list, they might even leave with an early Christmas present! Promising to be an unforgettable spectacle for another year, Santa’s Grotto will be well-worth a visit.
On 7 and 8 December, Santa and friends will take to the stage in the East Wintergarden for a series of entertaining shows – Santa’s Showtime. Revel in delight as BBC CBeebies presenter and children’s favourite Alex Winters, Santa and all their friends take you through a 30 minute journey filling the air with plenty of Christmas cheer. This annual special event is fun for all the family to enjoy – book early to avoid disappointment.
Children’s Festive Activities – 30 November – 24 December
Adding to the magic and sparkle of Christmas, families are invited to enjoy a programme of free children’s activities throughout Canary Wharf shopping malls. Come along and enjoy a splash of Festive Face Painting, or unleash your Bake-off instincts with Cookie & Cupcake decorating at Canada Place, courtesy of Sweet Couture Cake Boutique. While there, take the opportunity to personalise a ‘Head Bopper’ – a child’s headpiece with dazzling jewels, gems and stickers, or decorate your very own Christmas Bauble to hang on the tree. Children can also marvel at Canary Wharf’s Enchanted Mirror installation, guaranteed to provide endless fun for young ones in Jubilee Place.
Carols & Candles Service – Tuesday 10 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 companies such as HSBC, FCA and KPMG along with members from the Canary Wharf Community Choir with all proceeds going to Street Pastors (Tower Hamlets) charity and Save the Children.
Christmas Rocks at Canary Wharf – Tuesday 17 December
For one night only head to the East Wintergarden to ignite your festive spirit at a spectacular showcase of classic Christmas music and dance. Dust off your vocal cords and sing to favourite songs of the season like Let it Snow, Baby, Its Cold Outside and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas with the live Trinity Laban band, professional singers and a choir of merry volunteers, or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacle while sipping mulled wine and munching mince pies. To cap it all, the show will include performances by the maverick pianist and songwriter Tokio Myers – a rising star who has supported big names such as Kanye West and Paolo Nutini.
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All Canary Wharf Arts & Events are listed at www.canarywharf.com
Canary Wharf Ice Rink Until 16 February 2014 Open 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf Visit icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk for the full schedule of skating session times. Prices vary, Tickets via icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk or 020 7536 8400*. Tickets available from the onsite box office from 26th October 2013. For Party and Group Bookings email: email@example.com *booking fee applies
Santa’s Grotto 30 November and 1, 7, 8, 14 – 24 December 2013 11am – 5pm Jubilee Place Mall, Canary Wharf Arrive early to avoid disappointment Visitors to the Grotto are asked to make a £2 donation to charity.
Santa’s Showtime 7 December and 8 December 2013 12pm, 2pm and 4pm East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf Pre-booking necessary via www.canarywharf.com from early November. Tickets, FREE for under 2s, £2 for children and concessions, £4 for adults. All proceeds donated to charity.
Children’s Festive Activities 30 November and 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2013 11am – 5pm Throughout the Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf FREE
Carols & Candles Service 10 December 2013 5.30pm (doors 5pm) & 7.30pm (doors 7pm) East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf Pre-booking necessary* please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details (*maximum of 4 tickets per person)
Christmas Rocks 17 December 2013 6.30pm (doors open 5.30pm) East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf £8 (Children under 13 free)* Tickets on sale now via Seetickets.com or by phone 0871 220 0260 (Booking fee applies) Tickets available on the door on a first come, first served basis and subject to availability.
* Children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 4 children per adult
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About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group 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 East London Estate.
There are more than 280 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf – including a new 44,000sq ft extension to Jubilee Place, due to open on 1st November and including retailers such as COS, Banana Republic and Monica Vinader. Combined with the Group’s 115,000 sq. ft. retail development above the new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, Jubilee Place represents one of the largest retail expansions currently underway in the UK.
The Group’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, with recent exhibitors including Sir Anthony Caro, Edward Allington and Eilis O’Connell.
Canary Wharf Group 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. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.