SANTA's elves have arrived at a Flintshire shopping park ahead of delivering mischief and merriment throught the festive season.

The elves will be at Broughton Shopping Park for an array of fun activities as Christmas approaches.

They will kick-off celebrations on Saturday, December 14 at 2pm, where they’ll lead a fun and energetic ‘Elf n Fitness’ workout for local kids. It’s the perfect chance for children to get into festive fancy dress, or simply come along and join in the fun, for the 20-minute session outside Boots.

In the run-up to Christmas, the elves will be paying shoppers at Broughton Shopping Park plenty of visits, spreading the festive cheer with their random acts of kindness, as well as some extra special surprises. Visitors are encouraged to snap an ‘Elfie Selfie’ with either one of the real elves, or one of the small hidden plush elf toys and life-size elf, which will be stationed at a different spot each week - by tagging #ElfAtBroughton on social media to automatically be entered into a draw to win a £250 gift card.

Amongst all the fun, Broughton Shopping Park is also encouraging shoppers to give back to those in need this festive season, naming Nightingale House Hospice as its official community Christmas partner. Visitors can donate a small gift to the charity, by dropping unwrapped presents to the Management Suite next to Card Factory.

To help people get into the festive spirit, shoppers can also enjoy a range of Christmas performances throughout December from Chester Operatic Society, Dee Sign Choir and Porthywaen Silver Band. They can also capture their very own Christmas moments in the three giant selfie baubles, in the form of a Snowman, Christmas Elf and Santa, located near Hawarden Farm Shop.

Alan Barker, centre manager at Broughton Shopping Park, said: “They might be cheeky, but our elves are full of fun and there’s nothing they like more than spreading Christmas cheer. Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year at Broughton Shopping and Leisure and we have a wide range of retailers, restaurants and leisure outlets for everyone to enjoy over the festive period.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone down over the coming weeks in the run up to the big day.”

Broughton Shopping and Leisure will have extended late-night opening hours in the lead-up to Christmas. From Monday, December 9 until Monday, December 23, stores will be open until 9pm on weekdays. For more information, please visit the website.