FORMER Atomic Kitten Liz McLarnon and actor Matthew Kelly starred at a Christmas lights switch-on.
The celebrity duo, featuring in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Sunderland Empire, turned on the festive lights at The Galleries shopping centre, Washington, last night.
The cast, including West End star Faye Brookes, met shoppers and signed autographs.
Galleries manager David McNee said: “Galleries is not just about Christmas shopping, it’s about getting in a merry mood and the lights switch-on will help bring some extra festive cheer.
“We were delighted to be joined by the cast from Legally Blonde The Musical to celebrate the start of Christmas at The Galleries.”
Santa Claus also paid a visit to the centre to meet shoppers.
For a charitable donation to the Washington Rotary Club, children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and receive a special gift.
He will be in The Galleries from 10am until 12pm and 1pm until 5pm tomorrow and next Saturday.
Charity wrapping stations will be available on December 10, 11, 17 and 18, with donations going to Age UK, Washington Mind, Barnardo’s Sungate Project and the Rotary Club of Washington.
On Decemebr 12, 13 and 15, Wessington Primary School, Biddick Primary School, Washington St Joseph’s RC Primary School and Bridgewater School will be singing at the centre.
For more information click here to visit The Galleries website.