Record figures for festive fun at Leeds Merrion Centre

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Christmas is coming and Leeds is ready.

The Merrion Centre recorded its most successful Christmas build up to date as 14,000 shoppers turned out for last week’s big lights switch on which followed an afternoon of family orientated fun.

Helen Green, Associate Director for Town Centre Securities, the owner of Merrion Centre, said: “We’re delighted with the success of this year’s Christmas countdown. It was great to see so many of our shoppers join us at the centre to celebrate the festive period.

“We pride ourselves on making sure there is something for everyone and our Christmas programme reflects this.”

Youngsters met TV favourites, Ben and Holly, from CBeebies whilst sports fans were able to see Leeds Rhinos superleague champions Rob Burrow, Stevie Ward, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Cameron Smith as well as first team players from Leeds United’s Championship squad including Ronaldo Vieira and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

The centre’s food, drink and leisure brands, such as Hook & Line, Bengal Brasserie, Marcos New York Italian Restaurant and Bar and Sticky Sisters all got involved in the festivities by providing free samples while complementary mulled wine and waffles also helped get people in the Christmas spirit.

This weekend the Christmas capers continue as Santa’s grotto opens from tomorrow.

As well as the giant lit bauble there will be a winter garden with a magical post box for posting those all-important letters to Santa.

It is another boost for the centre which saw record footfall for the whole of 2016.