Elves and jesters added a dash of colour to the drab morning commute of hundreds of motorists yesterday.
Mrs Christmas, decked out in a red and white furry outfit, went door to door outside the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale with mince pies, delivering the first taste of the festive season.
She was joined by fellow staff from Park Hall Hotel in Charnock Richard, including Scoop the juggler, and elves Diana Thompson, Hannah Heaton and Sam Roby, who brought the traffic to a standstill.
A spokesman for Park Hall said: “Research has shown that the morning commute into work is when people feel at their lowest, so we thought we’d inject a bit of fun.”
The aim was to introduce workers to the Christmas party nights offered by the hotel, including medieval banquets, 1920s nights and Brit Award-themed events.
Jeanette Marshall, sales director for Park Hall, said: “Park Hall is really a Christmas entertainment hub.
“Over the weekends in the run up to Christmas we can get between 1,000 and 1,200 on site, all mingling together and having fun.
“We have stilt-walkers, fire jugglers, real banquets with goblets and no cutlery, jesters, magic shows, cocktail making and a fun casino.”
New for this year is the reintroduction of Park Hall’s nightclub, made famous as the venue for many Hitman and Her programmes in the late 80s and early 90s, presented by Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan.
Jeanette added: “It’s been about five years since we stopped doing the nightclub, but this year we’ve brought it back as a VIP after party for party guests.
“It will provide a different attraction for the younger people who visit, and will be open until 4am.”