Christmas cracker

  • 24 November, 2020
  • On the pier


Final preparations are underway for a cracking Christmas at Clacton

A full programme of work has continued during lockdown to ensure that
the festive activities will be better than ever – with hundreds of new
decorations, a purpose-built Santa’s grotto, and animatronic characters.

A life-size singing Reindeer will be part of the attractions, helping to
raise extra funds for the NHS.

All necessary Covid measures are being taken to create a safe
environment to operate, provided the Pier gets the green light to re-open on
December 2.

Santa’s grotto will then open from December 2 to 24 and there is a
special £19.99 cracker deal (unlimited selected rides, golf, video games,
seaquarium and drink) at weekends and in the school holiday between December 5 and
January 3.

Pier Director Billy Ball said that every effort has been made to create
a very special North Pole experience at the landmark.

“This year has been very difficult for so many people and we want families
to be able to enjoy some festive fun with us,”

“We have built a completely new area for Santa with his Reindeer stables
as well as new characters such as Frosty the Snowman. Our rides will also be
open for the first time ever over Christmas, except for the big day itself.”

Mr Ball added that the Pier is already raising money for the NHS with a
dedicated machine in the amusement arcade.

On top of that customers will have the chance to make a donation when
they press the button to activate the singing Reindeer.

“No one wanted a second lockdown, and it has hit all businesses hard
just at a time when they were getting back into in full swing after the first
lockdown,” he said. “However, we have been able to concentrate on our festive
activities and make them the best possible.”

Bookings can be made online with a guarantee for a full refund, transfer
to an alternative date or alternative product should the Government bring in further


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