The money will be used to pay for more festive entertainment for little ones in the run up to Christmas.
Fundraiser Vicky Jordan organised the bash, held at the community centre itself. She hopes to host another event – this time for charity Make-A-Wish in April.
Michelle Chamberlain, a volunteer at Sunnyside Rural Trust and part-time elf, cutting the ribbon to open the Marlowes Shopping Centre Winter Wonderland.
Father Christmas and the Christmas Fairy visited the grotto at its launch on Thursday.
The festive attraction offering a gift to all visitors will be open to children for free at weekends and late night on Thursdays right up to Christmas Eve. Four-year-old Lenny Pierson was the first visitor.