From gorgeous gift ideas to got-to-have gadgets and divine décor to show-stopping styles, Peterborough One Retail Park is your one-stop-shop this Christmas! And with enchanting events, plenty of in-store promotions and cracking Christmas giveaways, it really is the place to be for some extra sparkle this season.

On Saturday 25th November the retail park hosted its Christmas Lights Switch-On Spectacular. There was a full schedule of performances and activities on offer to attendees, including:

Sid & Scrat from Ice Age

Sid the giant ground sloth and Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel, from the much-loved blockbuster Ice Age, excited crowds with personal appearances throughout the evening. This mischievous duo did a walkabout in the retail park and posed for snapshots, before heading on stage to entertain onlookers.

Spark-tacular Christmas Show

Heart Cambridgeshire hosted the stage show for the night, that included live music and other entertainment. This incorporated performances from the mesmerising Soul Dance and Divine Company.

Spark-tacular Christmas Show

Enlighted Fun for Children

There was also a FREE Lantern Craft Workshop, where children could personalise their own Christmas lantern and then take part in a Lantern Parade. Stilt-walking Lantern Holders joined them on the journey that led to the 50ft Christmas tree in the heart of the park. Over 290 children took part in the Lantern Craft Workshop and over 50 children took part in the parade.

Spark-tacular Christmas Show

Iced Gems

Visitors also got their skates on at the Van Hage Ice Rink. Young and old enjoyed the magical winter ice rink made of real ice, complete with atmospheric lighting and festive music. The ice rink is now in situ until 8th January.

Spark-tacular Christmas Show

Following the countdown to the Christmas Lights Switch On, a spark-tacular firework display choreographed to music illuminated the skies over Peterborough One and wowed crowds.

Spark-tacular Christmas Show

Social media followers took to Peterborough One’s Facebook page to express their delight at the night’s proceedings:

Jackie Mcclelland commented: “Well done Peterborough One! We all had a great evening. Our granddaughters loved the skating and the fireworks were fantastic!”

“Easily the best Christmas lights switch on I’ve ever been to! It was great that the kids were involved alongside Sid and Scrat. Amazing! Thank you all.”Donna Martin

George from Team PE1, said: “Our event was a fantastic way to start the festive season here at Peterborough One. We were thrilled to see so many families joining us for our very first Christmas Light Switch on event. The atmosphere was electric and we are so happy to hear the great feedback from visitors. We are not quite finished this year as we are now looking forward to our Christmas Markets starting 16th December! We hope shoppers will join us.”

For information about future events at PE1, click here.

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