The magic of Christmas returns at The Royals, Southend-on-Sea

The magic of Christmas returns at The Royals, Southend-on-Sea

The magic of Christmas is back for 2021, and The Royals Shopping Centre, Southend-on-Sea is celebrating with FREE festive events to enchant children and adults alike throughout December! Get ready for tonnes of festive family fun to bring us back together this Christmas.


Little Royalty Kids Event – Saturday 4th December

The challenge is on for the Little Royalty Club! Join Ryan the Lion and the Little Royalty team on Saturday 4th December for some FREE fun and games. The team will be setting some challenges for your little elves to complete for their chance to win a medal!

Date: Saturday 4th December

Time: 11am – 3pm

Location: Main Atrium, The Royals Shopping Centre

Ages: 3 – 9 years old

Don’t forget – it’s completely FREE to attend and there’s no sign up required.  Parents and guardians will need to get their ears ready for thrills and squeals of excitement!  But we do kindly ask that parents and guardians stay and watch children during the event, as they are not allowed to be left unsupervised. Although it is not mandatory, to keep everyone safe adults are advised to wear face coverings whilst in the centre.


Meet the enchanting Ice Dragon – Saturday 11th December, 11-3pm

Emerging from the deep Forests of Eternal Snow, our GIANT Ice Dragon will be making a magical appearance. Don’t worry, Ice Dragon is too chilly to breath real fire but don’t get too close as he might turn you to ice! Get ready to meet the most mythical Christmas creature between 11am– 3pm on the day.


Adult Christmas Crafting – Sunday 19th December, 11am – 3pm

Who said Christmas crafts were just for the kids? Relax and have some ‘me time’ with our FREE adult Christmas crafting session on Sunday 19th December, 11am and 3pm. Make the perfect table centre piece to give as a Christmas gift or keep for yourself as a festive treat. No sign up required, just turn up on the day.


Carols for Christmas – Throughout December

Ah, the voice of angels! Our much-beloved choir singers are coming back to The Royals throughout December, with an amazing line-up of local groups ready to entertain at the weekends. You’ll be wishing it was Christmas every day at The Royals.

11th December at The Royals. 11.00 am – 1 pm Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir

The Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir. A local men’s choir that sings a wide range of music from 16th Century madrigals to songs from the shows and modern classics. Every year we raise thousands of pounds for local charities. Men who are interested in experiencing what it’s like to sing in a men’s choir are always welcome.

11th December at The Royals  2 pm  Essex Vocal Coaching

Essex Vocal Coaching is a Vocal and Music School based in the heart of Southend, where students from the age of 5 through to Young Adults can learn to Sing, Play Music, Write Songs and Perform.

11th December at The Royals  3pm  The Show Choir

The Show Choir was founded in 2012 as a community-based choir with a strong focus on Musical Theatre. As well as traditional musicals such as The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables, Wicked, Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, we also cover the more modern ‘juke box’ musicals so you could find yourself singing anything from Cole Porter to Take That or Queen to Abba.

12th December at The Royals 12pm The La La’s

The La Las are an all female choir from Rayne, Braintree, singing for fun & fundraising since 2018. They have raised a whopping £5000 so far!  Current fundraiser, winter 2021, is for Mind Charity.

12th December Southend Boys and Girls Choir 

Chorus Sirenum and Southend Young Men’s Chorus
We are based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and consist of a Girls’ and Boys’ Choir, Chorus Sirenum – a chamber choir for ladies in their 20s, Southend Young Men’s Chorus – Chorus for boys with changing voices, Step Up Choir and Little Singers.
These internationally acclaimed choirs perform widely across the UK and overseas, from Spain to The Seychelles, and France to Australia.



Send your letters to Santa

Did you know you and your little helpers can post your letters to Santa at The Royals? Just look out for our magical red post box in the centre! The only question is, have they been naughty or nice? Simply stamp and address your letter to:

Santa/Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto



They will be sent to Santa at magical sleigh speeds, but don’t leave it too late! We urge you to post your letter before 10th December 2021 to make sure Santa receives it on time.


WIN a hamper in our 12 Days of Christmas Care Challenge

All we want for Christmas is to support our local community, the environment and our loved ones, which is why we’re excited to invite you to take part in our 12 Days of Christmas Care Challenge! You could even win yourself a hamper worth up to £1,000!

We’re asking the local community in Southend to make 12 pledges to complete this festive season, in order to help support your local community, environment or your nearest and dearest.

Find out more or enter here

Competition closes 15th December 2021. Terms and conditions apply.


‘Tis the season to be shopping!

Calling all merry shoppers! You’ll be happy to know that we will be extending our Christmas opening hours again this year, with late night shopping and free parking from 3pm on selected evenings in December, it’s our gift to you! Plus, you won’t want to miss our Black Friday Deals on Friday 26th November.

Look out for our Christmas opening times in December and stay up to date with us for all our festive season updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. From our team to your family, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Monday 20th

Tuesday 21st

Wednesday 22nd

Thursday 23rd of December

What else is happening in Southend-on-Sea this Christmas?

Discover the magic of Christmas in Southend with a variety of events and activities the whole family can enjoy. From cosy chats with Santa in one of his grottos across town, to the ‘Light up Southend’ Art Trail, to a life-sized animatronic polar bear, we think you’ll find your perfect festive treat.

The Royals will be taking part in Come as Yourself, Leave as an Elf and Christmas Characters.

Take a look at the Visit Southend Guide.

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