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23rd November 2016 - Press Release

Dover firmly on the map as a festive family destination

White Cliffs Christmas is officially open

Crowds filled the Port of Dover’s historic Cruise Terminal One building on Saturday 19 November as Chief Executive Tim Waggott officially opened the Port’s first ever White Cliffs Christmas.

Boasting a real ice-rink, the event also features a stylish Christmas Market, Cockles & Co. Bar, Sugar & Spice Sweet Shop as well as a range of vintage vehicles from the Dover Transport Museum and a host of festive food and drink concessions.

Top class entertainment was provided by forties and wartime singing duo The Swingtime Sweethearts, Kent’s No.1 Michael Buble tribute Mr. Jason Allen Sway, choral group Ladies of the Lake and the unique sound of local band Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather.

The highlight of the event was the arrival of Father Christmas on his sleigh guided by real reindeers and friendly elves to take up residence in his Grotto until 23 December.

“What a fantastic way to start the countdown to Christmas!  The White Cliffs Christmas event is a first for the Port of Dover and judging by the enthusiasm of the crowds, it will certainly not be the last,” said Chief Executive, Tim Waggott.

“Our White Cliffs Christmas is about bringing friends and family, our community, together.  It is also about showing just what a fantastic destination Dover can be when you have a shared vision.  By utilising one of the Port’s celebrated assets, and at such a special time of year, we are seeing a fantastic union of port and town and are attracting visitors from further afield too.  I would like to thank all of those who have helped to make this a truly special event for Dover.”

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke was a visitor on the day and said: "It was great to go along to the fabulous White Cliffs Christmas at the Old Marine Station.

"It was so good to see families having fun at the ice rink. And the Cockles & Co bar was a delight.

"Well done to the Port of Dover and everyone involved in putting on such an excellent event."

The White Cliffs Christmas is open at Cruise Terminal One until 2 January.

For all the details and to book ice skating or Father Christmas please visit: www.whitecliffschristmas.co.uk

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