Giant winter festival launches at Camp & Furnace with a very Bad Santa visiting after dark

There’s a massive six day long Winter Festival coming to the Baltic Triangle starting on Monday (18th December) 

The countdown is on for Camp and Furnace’s massive winter festival, Snö Garden which launches on Monday 18th December and runs for six days until Saturday 23rd December.
Opening times are as follows:
Tuesday – Thursday 4.30pm – late
Friday (22nd)  Saturday (23rd) 12.30pm -9.00pm.
Billed as an event for the whole family, Snö Garden is open early every day from 4.30pm, so younger festival-goers can join in the fun, as well as being a stop off for shoppers, after a day around the stores. Then from 9pm the event becomes adult only and Bad Santa arrives to check if you have been naughty or nice!
 Taking place in the venue’s Furnace room, which will be specially decorated with snow drifts, snowflakes, projections and a giant Christmas tree, each day kicks off with a much-loved Christmas movie being shown on a giant screen.
 The festival’s film programme includes Home Alone, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Elf, and Miracle on 34th Street. There’s also a Pop-Up Sweet Shop which will be selling traditional favourites like Candy Canes and Flavoured Popcorn to munch during the movies, along with bags of edible snow!
Camp and Furnace’s house band will perform live, with a whole variety of festive tunes to get you in the mood, or if you fancy getting on stage yourself, there’s Xmasoke plus you can belt out Christmas Classics in the Snö Garden Silent Disco.
Festival-goers can enjoy delicious twists on festive classics from food traders who’ll be serving up a selection of mouthwatering menus, and of course a trip to the Cocktail and Gin Bars is a must, where bespoke drinks menus have been created.
The Mulling Station will also be offering cider and whiskey versions, plus there’s also boozy Hot Chocolate available for the adults!
As Snö Garden heads into the evening, pay a visit to Bad Santa – the city’s first adults only Grotto. Get a selfie with Santa and find out how good or bad you’ve been this year, (and whether you’ll be punished or rewarded!)
But Bad Santa isn’t just any normal Santa! Legendary city DJ Pete Price will be putting on the classic red suit and white beard, to make his debut at Camp and Furnace. And anyone that expects Pete to appear at the Baltic Triangle venue as a traditional Father Christmas figure may be disappointed – this Santa has claws.
 Sharp-tongued Pete, who’s known for his trademark ‘tell it like it is’ broadcasting style, will feature as a gobby Bad Santa, in the city’s first adults-only Grotto, where for a small fee, festival-goers can pay him a visit – but only if they dare.
Dishing out rewards or deciding if a punishment is in order, Pete will be interrogating visitors in his own inimitable way, to find out if they’ve been good or bad elves this year and whether their names should go on Bad Santa’s hit list or s**t list!
 Speaking about the launch, a Camp and Furnace spokesperson commented:
 “We’ve always been known for our Winter events at Camp and Furnace, they suit the venue perfectly and Snö Garden will be our biggest seasonal party so far.

There’s a whole host of activities for all the family as well as some of the region’s best food and drink traders, however we anticipate that Bad Santa may have his work cut out!

We’re also looking forward to making it snow every day – it’s under wraps how we’ll do it, but it’s going to be magical and of course it’s all taking place indoors so you can stay toasty warm, even when the temperature plummets!”

Snö Garden launches on Monday 18th December and is open every day until Saturday 23rd December from 4.30pm – late.
Entrance is Free, with children and dogs more than welcome at Snö Garden but please note that under 18s are not permitted in the venue after 9.00pm.

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