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George Sampson Set To Light Up Livinston This Christmas

Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Breakdancing sensation, George Sampson is set to take 'The Centre' stage at the forthcoming Christmas lights switch-on and spectacular fireworks display in Livingston.

The winner from popular TV show Britain's Got Talent 2008 will be the star attraction on Thursday 6th November, as he carries out special meet 'n' greet sessions followed by a number of energetic routines, including his famous show-stopping 'Singin' in the Rain' performance. Spectators are sure to be impressed by his acrobatic dance moves, including head spins, bodypopping and flips. George will then officially switch-on the Christmas lights to illuminate The Centre and its dazzling Christmas tree, followed by an impressive fireworks display. 

Santa will join in the celebrations in a giant interactive walkthrough Christmas Pudding display inside Elements Square. Specially designed for The Centre, Santa will be in his new residence from 6pm reading from a giant story book. The pudding has a sensory area which once activated fills the air with scents of Christmas. The display also features several pop up characters.

Forth One Radio breakfast DJs Boogie and Arlene will be on stage from 4:15pm talking to a number of special guests and mixing it up with a range of popular music to get all the family in the Christmas spirit. 

Jennifer Bruce, marketing manager at The Centre said: "We have planned an extra special event this year, designed to get everyone in a truly festive mood, whilst continuing the buzz from the launch of The Centre on October 16.

"We are thrilled to have TV star George Sampson attend and are sure that his impressive dance moves will be enjoyed by all.  Children can also look forward to meeting Santa, who will be positioned in an incredibly magical display."

Further entertainment will be provided throughout The Centre including performers from local youth theatre, Firefly Arts, who will bring some traditional festive fun to the mall with a variety of pantomime sketches. Plus shoppers will be encouraged to enter in to a prize draw to win a great range of gifts for all the family.

The Christmas event will begin on the 6th November with Forth One on stage from 4:15pm 'til  6:15pm including the Christmas light switch-on and fireworks display at 6pm. Santa will be landing in Elements Square from 6pm with further activities provided in The Centre until 8pm.

Notes to editors: 


  • The Centre offers a dynamic and inviting environment where people can shop, eat, relax or meet - whatever the weather. Made up of various elements, it comprises five distinct areas:
  • - Elements Square - the dramatic new 375,000 sq ft extension houses top retailers in an indoor shopping area with an outdoor feel.
  • - The Wintergarden - located upstairs within Elements Square, the Wintergarden, due to open in the coming months, will have comfortable seating and catering outlets in a leafy garden environment providing an ideal break from the busy shopping areas.
  • - The Avenue - this road running between The Centre and Livingston Designer Outlet is home to the town's five new restaurants.
  • - Almondvale Walk - the most easterly section of The Centre runs from JJB and Aulds along to Asda Walmart featuring favourites including WH Smith, Bodycare and M&Co.
  • - Almondvale Place - the mall that stretches from Semi-Chem along to Carphone Warehouse, with top names including Boots, Argos and Chisholm Hunter.
  • Address The Centre , Almondvale South, Livingston, EH54 6HR