Stilt walkers, ‘humanimals’, giant door mice and an elf flash mob brought Queensgate to life in spectacular fashion on Saturday November 20 to mark the countdown to Christmas.
Thousands of lights illuminated the shopping centre, festive music played out and Santa waved to the crowds as families across Peterborough welcomed the return of the Christmas feeling.
From 11am, the entertainment began with a show-stopping flash mob from the stars of Elf: The Musical coming soon to the Peterborough Operatic & Dramatic Society.
Throughout the day shoppers were treated to surprises and delights before counting down to the light switch on at 2pm.
“It really is the most wonderful time of the year, especially this year,” said Mark Broadhead, Centre Director at Queensgate. He added: “Everywhere you looked there were characters meeting people, entertainment and lots of smiling faces; thank you to everyone for joining us in our special festive event.”
Face coverings were advised for all visitors, which received a positive take-up from many of those on the day. Mark said: “We are all extremely cautious of the coming months and we want to continue to invite people to me mindful of others while enjoying a visit to Queensgate.”
Saturday also marked the launch of the Giving Tree, proudly supporting Barnardo's Children’s Charity. You can pick up a tag from the tree, before buying a gift for a child in need and dropping it off at the customer service desk.
Taking a step closer is the three-day Westgate Arcade festival beginning on Friday December 3. Selected independent shops and businesses within the arcade will be running their own in-store activities and exclusive discounts for this weekend only. More details will be revealed on the centre’s website and social media channels soon.
The Christmas late night shopping hours for the centre are as follows:
Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Thursday and Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 7pm
Sunday: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Christmas Eve (24 December): 8am to 5pm
Christmas Day (25 December): closed
Boxing Day (26 December): 10.30am to 4.30pm
27 and 28 December: 9am to 5pm
29 December: 9am to 5.30pm
30 December: 9am to 8pm
New Year’s Eve (31 December): 9am to 4.30pm
New Year’s Day (1 January): closed
*Normal trading hours resume from 2 January.
Feeling lucky? Take part in the biggest giveaway of the year! From December 1, Queensgate is giving away £3,500 worth of goodies over 12 days, so make sure you check out social media for details of how to enter.
For more information on Queensgate Shopping Centre, visit www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk