Exciting new events and the return of some festive favourites

Guests are invited to Bluewater to enjoy a whole host of festive experiences. Kicking off on 9th November with The Big Switch On, Bluewater will reveal new decorations and Christmas lights inside the mall during a unique evening extravaganza. The spectacular covered, outdoor Ice Rink returns, along with magical Santa’s Grotto, The Giving Tree, and brand new GraVity trampoline park.

In addition to Bluewater’s line up of spectacular events, guests can enjoy great shopping with free car parking all day, every day and from the 24th November, stores open 9AM-10PM Mon-Sat, and until 11PM from the 11th December.

The Big Switch On 9th November – 5-8PM

Festive celebrations begin at Bluewater on 9th November with the annual Christmas light switch on event. New this year, guests are invited to enjoy The Big Switch On, a fantastic night of indoor festive performances, themed around the 12 Days of Christmas, taking place around the mall including comedy, dance, music and more. Bluewater will also unveil new decorations, that are more spectacular than ever before. Plus, Heart Radio’s breakfast presenters James and Becky will be switching on the lights in the Moon Court outside M&S, with a special appearance from Santa.

The Giving Tree: 9th November – 22nd December

GivingTree | Dartford LivingThe Giving Tree, in association with Heart Radio, is back at Bluewater. From 9th November guests can head to the giant tree, located in the mall outside M&S, to donate a gift and help give a local disadvantaged child a better Christmas. 2016 saw almost 15,000 gifts delivered to children in the South East, and because it’s Christmas, Bluewater is encouraging guests to spread some festive cheer by donating once again.


Santa’s Grotto – 16th November – 24th December
From £10 for a child entry

Grotto | Dartford LivingMake Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa at Bluewater’s grotto, located by the beautiful lakes at the West Village from the 16th November. Treat the little ones to a wonderful experience in the beautiful grotto. Their festive journey will begin with a warm welcome from Mr Crumb the Christmas Chef at the entrance of the enchanting log cabin. The children will be magically transformed into elves and help Mr Crumb make a gingerbread man but something goes wrong and out of the oven jumps the real Gingerbread Man! The little elves will continue their adventure in Mrs Claus’ craft room where they can enjoy creating a tree decoration, then it’s on to meet Santa where they’ll receive a lovely soft toy to take home. Photographs can be purchased upon leaving the grotto.

Ice Rink in partnership with Snow + Rock – 16th November – 7th January
Prices start from just £9 for children, £10 for juniors (13-16 years), £11 for adults and £34 for a family of 4 (maximum of 2 adults)

Ice RinkBluewater’s spectacular covered, outdoor ice rink, with a central Christmas tree and a backdrop of the beautiful lakes, promises a great skating experience. Skating at Bluewater is fun for all, with seal shaped skating aids for kids and bob skates for those a little unsteady on the ice. Plus, new for this year, there are skate lessons, Friday party nights with KMFM DJs, baby and toddler mornings, ice parties (great for corporate group bookings) and after-school skate club.


GraVity – late December

Gravity | Dartford LivingJust in time for the Christmas holidays, GraVity’s flagship trampoline park opens at Bluewater, featuring a variety of fitness and entertainment activities for all ages.
Open jumping sessions, “TrampoLEAN” classes and specialised versions of basketball, dodgeball and volleyball are available, as well as hired parties and corporate group bookings.

There’s even more to enjoy at Bluewater…

Visit Showcase Cinema de Lux for the latest blockbusters this Christmas. Already featuring 13 screens, Showcase are opening a further 4 screens including reclining seats and a wall to wall XPLUS for the ultimate cinema experience!

Plus, guests can enjoy Christmas shopping at over 300 stores, including newly opened Coach, Snow+Rock, kate spade New York, Joules and Happy Socks, before stopping off at one of over 50 places to eat and drink, including favourites such as Côte Brasserie, ASK, TGI Fridays, wagamama and Five Guys.