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We have been working with a range of partners and community based groups to launch Winterfest; a programme of festive activity and celebration at The Shandwick Centre and across Greater Easterhouse.
Winterfest launched on the 25th Nov and continues over the next two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays: Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December; Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December in the lead up to Christmas at The Shandwick shopping centre and includes a whole host of festive family activities including Christmas Arts and Crafts, Stocking Filler Market and live Reindeer visits. Winterfest also promotes festive fun across Greater Easterhouse including Platform’s festive show Rapunzel, Craft Fayres and Santa’s Grottos galore.
Winterfest is part of Thriving Places Easterhouse, an initiative in nine areas of the city giving local people a chance to change their community.
Cllr Maureen Burke, Chair of Thriving Places Easterhouse said:
“Easterhouse has so much going on in the run up to Christmas and Winterfest brings together two important Thriving Places features: opportunities for local people to tell us what they think about their community and a chance to celebrate what already exists which is an amazing amount of grass roots activity. It’s an exciting time for Greater Easterhouse and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to benefit”
Community Organiser Maggie MacBean Orr, Thriving Places Easterhouse said of Winterfest:
“Local nurseries talked to us about their hopes for Christmas activity. Loads of brilliant activity already takes place every year across Greater Easterhouse. The festive season is the perfect time for local folk to celebrate their community, we want people to talk to us about Easterhouse; what’s working, what’s not but also just enjoy a really great time with their family and friends in the run up to Christmas.”