The Christmas lights are on and the shops are full of exciting presents, so to celebrate the start of the festive period Atlantic Village has invited Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers to invade the malls on Saturday. The characters will mingle with Chri

The Christmas lights are on and the shops are full of exciting presents, so to celebrate the start of the festive period Atlantic Village has invited Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers to invade the malls on Saturday.The characters will mingle with Christmas shoppers and pose for photographs between 11am and 4pm.And that's not all Atlantic Village has to offer this Christmas. The jolly man in red himself, Santa Claus will be wandering the malls meeting all the good boys and girls of Bideford on December 6, 7, 13 and 14.. The festive season would also not be complete at Atlantic Village without choirs, bands and local schools filling the air with Christmas jingles. Here are the dates: Thursday 20th November -Edgehill College (6.30pm-7.30pm)Saturday 22 November - Torridge Male Voice Choir (2-2:45pm, 3:15-4pm)Sunday 23 November - Appledore Junior Band (2-3:30pm)Thursday 27 November - St Mary's CofE Primary School (6:30-7:15pm)Saturday 29 November - Bideford Town Band (2-4pm)Sunday 30 November - Bideford Town Band (2-4pm)Thursday 4 December - Westcroft Junior school (6:30pm)Saturday 6 December - Appledore Junior Band (2-3:30pm)Sunday 7 December - Atlantic Accordionaires (2-4pm)Thursday 11 December - East-the-Water Primary School (6:30-7:15pm)Saturday 13 December - Atlantic Accordionaires (2-3:30pm)Sunday 14 December - Torridge Male Voice Choir (2-4pm)Jane McLeod, Centre Manager at Atlantic Village, said: "We are delighted to welcome the Star Wars characters down to the Village as a treat for shoppers, plus Santa is sure to put a smile on every child's face! "The various bands, choirs and local schools always add a fantastic ambience to the village as we head towards Christmas time, shoppers enjoy it immensely as it cheerfully eases everyone into the festive spirit."Atlantic Village is open seven days a week, 10.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am - 4.30pm Sunday, with late night shopping on Thursday until 8.00pm. For details, call Atlantic Village on 01237 422544 or visit www.atlanticvillage.co.uk.