Santa’s coming to Bradford shopping centre

Santa Claus is coming to Bradford's Oastler shopping centre

Santa Claus is coming to Bradford’s Oastler shopping centre

The Lord Mayor and his Bradford Bear mascot will be visiting Santa Claus’s Christmas grotto in the Oastler Shopping Centre, Bradford, on December 16, 3:15pm.

Bradford Lord Mayor, Councillor Khadim Hussain

Bradford Bear

Santa Claus is coming to the Oastler Shopping Centre in Bradford to sing seasonal songs and collect money for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas appeal. He’ll be appearing in his specially-constructed grotto on the following dates:

Dec 14th Saturday 11.00am – 15.00pm
Dec 15th Sunday 13.00pm – 15.00pm

Dec 21st Saturday 11.00am – 15.00pm
Dec 22nd Sunday 13.00pm – 15.00pm

Dec 23rd Monday 11.00am – 15.00pm.

Anyone who wants a picture taken with Santa will be asked to make a contribution to the Lord Mayor’s appeal.

Santa’s official spokesperson, Karl Dallas, explained: “Santa has been coming to the Oastler Shopping Centre for five years now, and people usually want to take a picture of their children with him. He’s always had a bucket for donations to charity, but this year he’s made it official, by arrangement with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Khadim Hussain, so each person who takes a photo will be asked to put a donation into Santa’s bucket.”

There will also be a prize for the best photo taken. Copies of photos for the competition should be sent to


Glyde House, BD5 0BQ (opp Ice Rink)
Wed Dec 18, 8pm

Spirit of a rather different sort will be a feature of Karl’s other seasonal activity, a concert for Christian Aid at the Glyde House, Bradford, BD5 0BQ on Wednesday, December 15, 8pm, under the title “We Wish You a Bloody Christmas”.

He explains: “The show’s title is deliberately provocative, referring to the fact that for many people, Christmas is not the season of peace and goodwill the angels sang of, but a truly bloody time. Alcoholics, I know, dread it, because it puts them under tremendous pressures, and of course the homeless revisit the “no room” alienation that put Jesus in a manger. Only New Year, perhaps, surpasses Christmas as a time of bad will for too many in our society.

“But the show will also include lots of happy, singalong songs.”

For instance: Karl has written hip new words to the familiar “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” tune, beginning:

Stay cool and live it up my friends, all women and all men
Cos don’t you know that Christmastime has come around again
A season of goodwill and peace and joy till time shall end

Oh-oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
Glad tidings of comfort and joy.


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