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In pictures: Mrs Claus’ storytelling sessions enjoyed by thousands at Cambridge’s Grand Arcade





Not to be outdone by her famous husband, Mrs Claus has been entertaining children and parents alike at the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Cambridge on the weekends leading up to Christmas.

Operating from a North Pole grotto on the first floor, Mrs Claus has given festive storytelling sessions to nearly 4,000 people. The last session was held last Sunday (December 17).

Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell

Julie Kervadec, marketing manager at the Grand Arcade, said: “I’m very proud of our Mrs Claus storytelling, because I think it’s very different from all the grottos and Santa activities you can find in shopping centres, and even around us in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.

“I think that we’ve started something quite unique, and it’s grown over the years because now it’s been three years that we’ve had Mrs Claus storytelling.”

Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell

A number of families come back to see Mrs Claus each year.

“I had a parent who told me ‘It’s my favourite thing – I hope it never stops’, and that made my day,” said Julie.

Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mrs Claus entertains children and adults alike in her Grand Aracde grotto. Picture: Keith Heppell

[Read more: Art competition finalists’ works to go on display at Galeria Moderna, Cambridge, In pictures: Let’s Go Circular at Grand Arcade]

Young visitors are also using the Arcade’s North Pole Express Talking Letterbox, where they can write and post letters to Father Christmas until December 24.



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