When you wish upon the Citizen Tree of Dreams!

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THE team at thecentre:mk have been cooking up the perfect Christmas for visitors to enjoy this festive season and last week marked the official opening of ‘The Land of Enchanted Dreams’.

Back in the summer the Citizen revealed how preparations for the award winning display in Middleton Hall are ongoing and that as soon as the decorations come down in January, plans begin for the next year.

In fact, the team at thecentre:mk had just one week to forget about Christmas 2011 before they began working on the concept for Christmas 2012.

The official opening of this year’s festive display was held on Friday with a parade led by Santa Claus on his sleigh.

The jolly fellow in the red suit was accompanied by real reindeer as he made his way from outside Marks & Spencer down to the main attraction in Middleton Hall.

This year’s concept is ‘dream, wish, believe’ and the mammoth space has been transformed into a whimsical, fantasy wonderland, centred on capturing the imagination of visitors young and old.

The inspirational narrative focuses on fairies and pixies that are tasked with collecting and harvesting children’s dreams – if the little ones believe hard enough, their dreams will metamorphose into beautiful butterflies.

But the journey is disturbed as cheeky goblins try their best to steal the dreams and spoil the fun.

The magical display at the centre:mk is always popular – last year it attracted more than 1.8 million visitors.

A huge list of ingredients were used to create this year’s Land of Enchanted Dreams, including 34,700 bulbs with 900 metres of LED rope-light and 618 metres of crystal.

Approximately 145kg of scatter snow has been used to delicately cover the Christmas scene (and probably some visitors too), while a 1,800 square metre carpet with 800-metres of carpet tape is laid out ready for millions of excited feet.

Melanie Beck, head of marketing and communications, said: “Christmas at thecentre:mk is a creative concoction involving some very special ingredients.

“This year we’ve pulled together a long list, added a splash of magic, a lot of hard work and a sprinkle of pixie dust, and The Land of Enchanted Dreams was created.”

Bookings can now be made to ride the train through The Land of Enchanted Dreams and to see 
Santa in his grotto in Fairytale Castle.

The train seats both adults and children, while the traditional Carousel is also back in full swing for some nostalgic fun for everyone.

A charmed tree of dreams – sponsored by the Milton Keynes Citizen – and a beautiful wishing pool (contents will be donated to Age UK Milton Keynes) will delight anyone who makes a Christmas wish.

Shopping for gift ideas and stocking fillers is catered for by the Pixie Crescent cabins and interactive touch-screen games will entertain cynical, tech-savvy teenagers.

Advent is almost upon us so take a break from your own Christmas preparations to visit the display.

The hardworking behind-the-scenes team at thecentre:mk have been channelling their inner elves for most of the year to create a winter wonderland worthy of a visit.

Melanie Beck added: “We will make the journey to Christmas more captivating and breathtaking than ever.”

Forget the clutter and stress – head to Middleton Hall to make all your Christmas wishes come true.

> Tickets for the train and a visit to Santa’s grotto – which is bigger and better than ever before – are available to purchase online at thecentremk.com or you can phone 08713 308 077.