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.

Christmas Lights Switch On and Fireworks Show

On Saturday 24th November the retail park hosted its much-anticipated Christmas Lights Switch On and Fireworks Show.

Thousands of people flocked to the venue for a full schedule of performances and activities, including a stage show compered by Josh from the Heart FM breakfast show.

Excited crowds looked on as Josh introduced entertaining acts, singers, live music, games and competitions, along with the illuminating and mesmerising street theatre act; Spark!

Christmas Crafting

PE1 also provided a Christmas Craft Workshop for children, where little cherubs could design and decorate their own Christmas crown and tambourine with supervision from trained instructors.

The activity proved very popular and gave children the opportunity to express their creativity.

The crafting staff were very professional, helpful and attentive. It was well organised and the children loved it. It was really well done.
One attendee’s parent

Following the workshop, children could participate in the Spark! Christmas Parade that led to the 50ft Christmas tree in the heart of the park. Over 150 children were part of the parade.

Iced Gems

Visitors also got their skates on at the Van Hage Ice Rink. Young and old enjoyed the magical winter rink made of real ice, complete with atmospheric lighting and festive music. The ice rink is now in situ until 6th January.

Spark-tacular Scenes!

Spark! combined high impact drumming with kaleidoscopic lighting design during their attendance at PE1.

The five ethereal, playful characters used captivating and dramatic music to interact with crowds and lead spectators on a spellbinding journey through the park.

The act wowed crowds with choreographed routines amid plumes of dry ice smoke, then posed for photos alongside shoppers and children, before leading the parade to the retail park’s impressive Christmas tree for the lights switch on countdown.

The evening then concluded with a jaw-dropping firework display that filled the skies.

People took to PE1’s social media pages after the event to enthuse about the evening’s activities:

Clare Barry: “We had a lovely evening, thank you so much! Our 4-year-old loved the crafting activity and then getting to follow the drummers was amazing for her! The fireworks were stunning too. Well done on such a great event.”

Thank you PE1. The entertainment and the fireworks were truly amazing this evening. An enjoyable evening was had by myself and my family.
Samantha Nash

Jamie Juste: “It was absolutely fantastic. Me, my son and partner really enjoyed it. It was a great night and we will definitely be coming back next year. You guys did an awesome job – well done! It was better than Peterborough town centre’s switch on. I think the fireworks were fabulous.”

Paul Dunn from the management team at 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 Christmas Lights Switch on event. The atmosphere was electric, and we are so happy to hear the great feedback from visitors.”

Paul added: “With challenges rife in the retail sector currently, we’ve taken the initiative to widen our offering at Peterborough One – providing shows and activities such as those at our Christmas Lights Switch On. We’re therefore enjoying bucking the trend and seeing great increases in our footfall!”

The event attracted approximately 2,500 additional visitors to PE1 – an increase of around 1,000 additional visitors from the same event last year.

For details about future events at PE1, click here.

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