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Thousands packed into Queensgate shopping centre to see children’s favourite Peppa Pig, Heart FM and Santa light up this year’s gorgeous decorations.


The centre looks thoroughly festive now it’s full of pink glitzy mirror balls, flashing lights and snowflakes and should certainly get you in the mood for buying all those Christmas treats!


Heart FM presenter Jaye-Louise Knight revved up a huge crowd eager to see their favourite cartoon character and Peppa didn’t disappoint!

The team from Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall  also joined in the fun as they’re the centre’s charity of the year as they look to raise £6 million to build a new hospice on the Longthorpe site.

There was a great atmosphere and it all kicked off the Christmas shopathon in style.


During the festive season Queensgate is extending its opening hours. From now on the centre’s open until 6pm on weekdays, with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday until 8pm. From December 2 through to December 23, the centre will be open even later, allowing visitors to shop until 9pm and enjoy free parking weeknights after 5.30pm*. In the run up to the big day, Queensgate will also open an extra hour every Saturday until 7pm, and will remain open until 8pm on Saturday December 21. For all those last minute shoppers, the centre will be open from 8am – 8pm on December 23 and 8am – 5pm on December 24.

(*Free parking valid from 5.30pm until 11.30pm from 2nd December until 23rd December).

Father Christmas will be spreading his merry cheer throughout Queensgate until Christmas Eve in his very own grotto, located in North Square so book little shoppers in for an early Christmas present or photo with Father Christmas, for £4.50 each.

Were you there? See if you can spot yourself in our full coverage of the Queensgate lights switch on in the Christmas and 15th Birthday issue of ESP Magazine out from November 27!

Photos: Emma Bothamley for ESP Magazine



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