HUNDREDS of shoppers gathered at Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade to welcome in the festive season.
The shopping centre put on a seasonal show for its Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday.
It featured glowing stilt walkers, entertainment from King Edward VI School, competitions and a Metro Radio roadshow.
Ten-year-old Naomi Godward was the star of the event as she flicked the switch for the lights after winning the arcade’s Christmas card competition.
The Chantry Middle School pupil saw her design blown up into a 5ft high card and made into small packs for people to buy in aid of charity, as well as winning a VIP meal at the Curiously Wicked Edwardian Tea Rooms, panto tickets for her whole family and a festive hamper from Marks and Spencer.
Proud Mum Sarah said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Naomi has won. I don’t think we’ve ever won anything before so it was just fantastic and lovely to meet Santa and help switch on the lights at the arcade.”
Runners-up for the competition were treated to a meet and greet with Santa Claus.
Centre Manager Medi Parry said: “There was a great atmosphere and a lovely crowd at the event on Saturday and we really have got Christmas off to a great start.
“We’ve got lots of other events lined up over the next few weeks, including Christmas entertainment and late-night shopping events.”
The arcade will open until 8pm on Thursday, December 6, 13 and 20, for late-night Christmas shopping and free mulled wine and mince pies will be offered to customers.
For more information visit www.sandersonarcade.co.uk