Late night Christmas shopping is coming to Maidstone in December! This will enable everyone to shop in more comfort and with more time than in, say, a snatched lunch hour. You will be able to spend quality time choosing what to buy and not just have to grab the first thing that comes to hand – as well as having a more leisurely lunchtime sandwich before getting down to an afternoon’s work in the sure and certain knowledge that the shops will still be open at the end of the day! Check below to see when each of Maidstone’s fabulous shopping centres is open for that all important Christmas shopping.
The Mall Chequers will be open on Thursday 9th December until 8pm and on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December from 9am-5.30pm. On Sunday 12th December you can shop from 10.30am-4.30pm and on Thursday 16th December from 9am-8pm. On Friday 17th December shopping will be extended from 9am-7pm, while Saturday 18th December sees retailers opening their doors from 9am-6pm and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 19th. From Monday 20th-Thursday 23rd you can shop between the hours of 9am and 5.30pm and the same applies on Christmas Eve. After a day off on Christmas Day you can return to the Mall on Boxing Day for some post-Christmas retail therapy when the shops will be open between 10.30am and 4.30pm. From Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th shopping hours are 9am-5.30pm while on Thursday 30th 9am-8pm will ensure a lengthy shopping spree! For your last chance to shop at the Mall in 2010 on New Year’s Eve it will be open between 9am & 5pm before re-opening in 2011 on Sunday 2nd January from 10.30am-4.30pm.
There are also be plenty of opportunities to meet Santa at the Mall in his magical grotto during the run-up to Christmas. For just £3 a visit, to include a gift, Santa will be available for kids of all ages from 10am-5pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sundays. Contact 01622 691130 for more information.
Fremlin Walk, meanwhile, kicks off its late night Christmas shopping on Thursday 2nd December when its shops will remain open until 9pm. Further late-night shopping opportunities and extended daytime shopping hours in Fremlin Walk are as follows:
Thursday 9th December - 9am-9pm
Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December - 9am-8pm
Thursday 16th December - 9am-9pm
Friday 17th December - 9am-8pm
Saturday 18th December – 9am-7pm
Sunday 19th December - 10.30am-4.30pm
Monday 20th to Wednesday - 22nd 9am-8pm
Thursday 23rd December - 9am-9pm
Christmas Eve - 9am-5.30pm
Boxing Day – 10.30am- 4.30pm
Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th December – 9am-5.30pm
Thursday 30th December – 9am-8pm
Friday 31st December – 9am-5.30pm
New Year’s Day and Sunday 2nd January 2011 – 10.30am-4.30pm
Also at Fremlin Walk, on Thursday 25th November between 5pm & 6pm, the stars of the Hazlitt Theatre’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, will be switching on the shopping centre’s Christmas lights. The switching on of the Fremlin Walk Christmas lights will herald the arrival of Father Christmas as his sleigh is pulled along by his reindeer at the head of a grand procession of elves, toy soldiers and snowmen. A Dickensian choir will sing carols throughout the festive period and Father Christmas will take up residence in a special Christmas grotto for the duration. For more details contact 01622 602169 or 01622 356580.
The Royal Star Arcade is also extending its hours for Christmas. Normally only open from Monday to Saturday, the Arcade will be also be opening its doors on Sundays, starting on Sunday 21st November when the Christmas lights will be switched on. Santa Claus will also be in situ at the Arcade.
So there you have it, lots and lots of extra opportunities to shop til you drop in Maidstone for all those special Christmas presents for all those special people!
Happy Christmas shopping! Until next time