Shoppers can meet Santa and his elves this weekend

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Santa and his elves are coming to Hemel Hempstead’s Marlowes Shopping Centre this festive weekend.

A free elf craft workshop, dance performances, free candy canes and a visit from Santa himself will be part of the festivities during their visit.

On Saturday children are invited to join the elves for a craft workshop from 11am to 4pm, where they will be given an elf hat and rosy cheeks along with a certificate.

Free candy canes will be handed out on Sunday, while elves will bebreak dancing, moon walking and waltzing during performances at midday, 1pm and 2pm on Christmas Eve .

Santa will be leaving the shopping centre at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

Centre marketing manager Carly Cullen said: “Having playful elves around the centre will be perfect for creating a fun atmosphere before Christmas.”