Monday 3 December 2012 – Media Release

Launch of new 2012 Santa’s Grotto, Saturday 1st December

On Saturday 1st December Variety, the Children’s Charity ambassador Amanda Lamb and three year old daughter Willow were on hand to assist Santa kick off the season’s festivities at Canary Wharf. This Christmas, Santa’s Grotto returns to Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place with a new whimsical and magical theme, a quirky one-off creation by Skye Stevenson at The Whimsical Cake Company. Decked in candy canes, cupcakes, gingerbread men and towering piles of presents, Santa’s Grotto comes with all the festive trimmings.

Open every weekend in the run-up to Christmas and from Monday 17th to Monday 24th December, excited children can meet Santa in his Grotto, whisper their wish list for the big day and leave with an early Christmas present. There is no need to pre-book, but please do arrive early as the queue may close earlier to ensure that everyone queuing can see Santa before the Grotto closes at 5pm.

All proceeds from the Grotto this year will go towards Variety. Colleen Ettridge of Variety comments: “We are thrilled to be working with Canary Wharf on such a magical project – my thanks especially go to Camille Waxer of Canary Wharf Group whose idea the Grotto originally was. Camille spotted one of Skye Stevenson’s spectacular cakes in Vogue, she liked it so much she asked Skye to design their Grotto! Canary Wharf is a wonderful day out for families and it’s fitting that proceeds from the Grotto will go towards supporting children in the local area.”

For little ones looking to get creative this Christmas, Canary Wharf hosts an array of free Children’s Festive Activities every weekend in the lead up to Christmas as well as Christmas Eve. Free art and craft workshops, including Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Stained Glass Creations and Love Heart and Money Box decorating sits alongside Festive Face Painting and the Magical Treasure Trail throughout Canary Wharf’s shopping malls.


For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson/

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075


All Canary Wharf Arts & Events are listed at

Santa’s Grotto
1, 2, 8, 9, 15-24 December 2012, 11am – 5pm
Jubilee Place Mall, Canary Wharf
£2 donations required
Arrive early to avoid disappointment

Children’s Festive Activities
1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December 2012, 11am- 5pm
Throughout the shopping malls, Canary Wharf


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 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Alfred Dunhill and Jaeger. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
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.
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.

About Variety

Variety is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are affected by an illness, disability or poverty.

Each year Variety makes a tangible and positive impact on the lives of children and young people through its support programmes; ‘Mobility’, ‘Caring and Health’, and ‘Youth and Education’. Last year over 80,000 children were helped to have greater independence and the opportunity to enjoy a wider range of childhood experiences.