Text Santa, ITV

  • Date:2013-12-20
  • Location: ITV, 8pm
  • Venue: Text Santa
  •  Watch Live

Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley & Paddy McGuinness will be the presenters for this year’s Text Santa, broadcasting on Friday 20 December.

Each presenting duo hosts an all-star cast and presents their own special segments.

Stars of Coronation Street will perform a special version of”Fairytale of Weatherfield” accompanied by Shane MacGowan of The Pogues and there’s a promise of more exclusive live performances by “very special, mystery guests”.

Characters of Emmerdale will also appear in an exclusive sketch with a Text Santa twist and there’s a unique edition of Take Me Out with older people looking for their perfect partner for Christmas.

Plus, celebrity messages and the cast of Big Reunion perform live and exclusive their cover of Wizzard’s Classic hit: ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ all leading to a spectacular grand finale. All profits from sales of the Big Reunion single go to Text Santa.

Text Santa is using its head for a special day of fundraising on Friday, December 20. “Hats on Display for ‘Hattitude Day’,” is the message to anyone who joins in the fun by wearing a hat to work, college or school, and donating £1 to Text Santa.

Throughout the Text Santa entertainment extravaganza, there’ll be emotional, true-life films from the six UK based charities that will share the funds that are raised – Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices. For more information on the charities, click here.

Ant & Dec have helped design this year’s special TextSanta Christmas Hats and Paul O’Grady has emerged from his hit ‘For the Love of Dogs’ series to design a hat for dogs. These, and children’s Text Santa hats, as well as a range of Text Santa merchandise will be available across the UK at Morrisons, one of the appeal partners.

Launched today is the Text Santa Fundraising pack, which is available online at www.textsanta.co.uk. It includes information on how to get involved, by showing your‘ Hattitude’ while raising money for Text Santa, and helping the charities help someone near you