Thousands flock to Bluewater for festive lights switch on

Thousands of people turned out on Friday (13th November) to enjoy Bluewater’s annual Christmas light night. Guests were treated to a dazzling display of lights, lasers and flames and a spectacular firework display to celebrate the start of the festive season. Bluewater’s iconic reindeer were also brought to life through illumination to welcome visitors arriving for the event.

This year the lights were switched on by Heart FM presenter Toby Ansis and Maya Hulse, the young star of Bluewater’s Christmas campaign. Also on-stage was Maya’s family, Father Christmas as well as Snoopy and Woodstock – the characters from The Peanuts movie out this December. Bluewater’s light night marks the start of Christmas shopping hours, with the centre extending its opening hours from 9am – 10pm. From the 7th December, shoppers will also have an extra hour to find the ultimate Christmas gift with all retailers keeping their doors open until 11pm.

Commenting on the event Robert Goodman, Bluewater’s General Manager, said:

“Light Night is one of the most anticipated events in our calendar – and this year was no exception. It was wonderful to see so many people turn out and take part in what was a very memorable evening. The good news though is we’ve only just begun. Our Winter Wonderland and Grotto open next week – complete with ice rink and 4D cinema – so we’re all set to make this Christmas a really magical one for our guests.”

Tickets are on sale now for Santa’s Grotto and ice-skating at Winter Wonderland, which is proudly sponsored by The Peanuts Movie this year. Booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.