19th December 2022

Amid fears Father Christmas would miss Southampton’s Christmas Market this year, local broadband provider toob sets up Santa’s Grotto this Friday.

The UK’s fastest broadband provider1, toob, has announced that it will be bringing Father Christmas back to Southampton’s Christmas Market, on Friday 23rd December from 10am to 8pm. After hearing that this year’s Christmas Market would not have a Father Christmas, toob stepped in to create a Santa’s Grotto to provide fun for all the family.

Set to take over a market chalet at Above Bar Street (by Urban Outfitters), toob’s grotto will be filled with treats for the whole family, including a spinning wheel of fortune, with goodies up for grabs including festive sticks of toob rock, toob piggy banks, and tote bags. There will also be a photo frame for a selfie opportunity, along with Father Christmas and his singing elf.

Nick Parbutt, CEO and Founder of toob said: “When we heard that there was a risk that Father Christmas might not be at the Market this year we knew we had to help. I am delighted that toob will be involved with this year’s Christmas market in Southampton. I am especially pleased that we can bring Santa to delight the city, along with a singing elf to add some extra Christmas cheer to the market this year.”

The Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Jacqui Rayment, said: “I’m incredibly delighted to hear that Father Christmas is visiting Southampton just before his busiest night of the year. I know the children in the city will be just as excited as I am and I’ll be sure to head down to the Christmas Market to put in a good word.

The Christmas offering in Southampton has already brought joy to so many, and I’m really glad that toob are able to invite a Father Christmas for everyone to enjoy on Friday 23rd December.”

Having launched this year with Southampton City Council and S&D Leisure, the Christmas market is a staple annual event across December in the city, offering entertainment, food, drink and shopping. toob’s Santa’s Grotto at Southampton Christmas Market is a free event and will take place for one day only, on Friday 23rd December between 10am – 8pm at Above Bar Street by Urban Outfitters.

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1 UK’s fastest broadband provider source: ISPreview, Top Fastest UK Mobile and Home Broadband ISPs for H1 2022