FROZEN characters, Postman Pat, Santa and a whole host of festive treats will greet Barnsley's shoppers this Christmas.

As the countdown begins, the Alhambra has unveiled details of its programme of events, which kicks off with the grand opening of its Christmas grotto on Friday December 5.

Late-night shopping will take place every Friday in December until 7.30pm, with the shopping centre being open until 6pm on other days.

Postman Pat and his faithful cat Jess will be present on December 12, while Frozen favourites Anna and Elsa will appear with Olaf the snowman the following Friday.

Marketing manager Steph Higham said: "We're all very excited for Christmas. This year's been a great one for the Alhambra and we want to end it in style."