CULVER Square is inviting visitors to step into a winter wonderland starting this month.

The Christmas market will be on November 15, open from 11am to 7pm, with offerings from local businesses.

One of the attractions is “The Culver Express”, a static Christmas train carriage installation into a magical grotto, nestled in the heart of the shopping centre.

This will begin on Saturday, December 2.

Shoppers can secure their passage on The Culver Express for £10, which grants them access for a one-to-one interaction with Santa and a gift.

Culver Square is working with Colchester Food Bank and Colchester BID to ensure that every child receives a gift after last year’s collective efforts raised £14,000 in donations.

The Giving Tree appeal returns for its third year in collaboration with Colchester Food Bank, ensuring that the warmth of the holiday spirit reaches every heart. 

For those who prefer to make direct donations, a prominently displayed QR code provides a convenient option to do so.

A spokesman said: “Join in this heartwarming celebration of Christmas, as we come together to create cherished memories and spread joy to those who need it most."