Month: November 2022

Christmas Light Switch On 2022

Christmas in Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Christmas 2022 is coming to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and it’s set to be the most magical yet.

 

Celebrations start on the 16th of November

Throughout the Christmas season, Colchester will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland and similar to last year’s Light Switch On, this year is going to be spectacular! The Christmas 2022 Light Switch On event will take place on November 16 and will officially launch Colchester into a season of festivities.

We don’t want you to miss out on the event, so we’ve created a helpful schedule for the event, so you know what’s happening, where and when.

Late Night Shopping

A majority of retailers in the city centre will also be welcoming shoppers up until 9pm, so shoppers can browse and find all their festive gifts.

Must-do experiences

Visit Santa’s Grotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to the main stage appearance, Santa’s Grotto will launch at Lion Walk Courtyard from 3pm until 6pm and will run every day until Christmas. There you can see Santa, receive a gift and on some days meet his elves. There will be a £10 admission fee to visit Santa and have the full Christmas experience, including having pictures with Santa.

SANTA’S FULL SCHEDULE 

NOVEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Wednesday – 15:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

DECEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Wednesday – 15:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

HALF TERM 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Wednesday – 10:00 am  – 15:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Live music performances

 

 

 

 

 

From 6pm onwards at the Lion Walk Main stage, you can enjoy a special appearance from Father Christmas, Elsa, Anne & Olaf from Frozen. The live entertainment doesn’t stop there, enjoy the music from the local band Cushti and the great DJ skills of Darryl Wright and friends from Actual Radio.

The Après Party

The Après Party, a ski themed party including Chalet Bar & Food will be opening at 9pm. With live music, drinks and a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy. The evening entertainment will continue everyday until Christmas.

Find out more about the Après Party and see the main stage line up for the 16th of November at ColchesterChrismasParty

 

Firework Display and Light Switch On

The Christmas Celebrations will then begin at 4pm with a light parade which will march from the Mercury Theatre and through the city centre, before concluding at Firstsite around 6pm.

At 7:30pm we will all marvel at the stunning fireworks display and Light Switch On at the main stage area. This will be the hallmark event everyone has been looking forward to and will be an amazing display everyone should attend.

Lion Walk Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas around the corner, we hope you’ve started your Christmas shopping already. But we also do know how busy the time can be, the rushing around and the hours spent browsing online for the perfect gift. That’s why we’ve created a helpful gift guide for 2022, so you can take slow down and enjoy the festive season properly. We also think Christmas should be a time for family, happiness and joy, but it can also put a huge dent in the bank balance. That’s why our guide is budget friendly and features items all under £30.

Our 2022 gift guide features stores you can find in Lion Walk Shopping Centre and can help steer you in the right direction this Christmas.

Calvin Klein Eternity for Women Eau de Parfum 30ml – Boots – £30.40(exception)

A great gift for her, Calvin Klein’s tribute to enduring romance is a modern floral perfume inspired by a diamond wedding band inscribed with the word ETERNITY. The perfume is a signature scent of an all-out romantic and can be used during both day and night.

As a symbol of enduring affection, the bottle’s silver accents are alluring, while the white and silver box symbolises purity of heart.

Oversized Quilted Shacket – Primark – £27.00

The shacket that will instantly transform his look this Christmas. Designed to upgrade your style and keep you warm this winter. With two large front pockets and stylish buttons to really stand out in the crowd.

 

Twister Game – WHSmith – £19.99

We’ve had enough arguments thanks to Monopoly, it’s time to put it away and add a twist of fun this Christmas. The classic game ties players up in a knot, one person gives the spinner a whirl and the other players have to keep their hands and feet on the mat, on the right dot! 

Who can do it? Left foot green – who’s got it? Players are out if their knees or elbows touch the mat or if they fall over. There can only be one winner!

 

Hanging Star with LED Bulb – Dear Grace Home Interiors – £6.00

Really transform a home this Christmas with an amazing festive gift! The hanging star from Dear Grace Home Interiors is simple yet elegant, transforming any home into a winter wonderland. The black metal outline star has a filament-style bulb hanging within and a clear cord connecting the battery back allowing for it to be easily hidden from view.

 

Puma Junior Scuff Slippers – JD – £20.00

With winter coming and days getting colder, PUMA’s Scuff Slippers are the perfect indoor shoe for those sofa days. With their super-soft fleece lining inside for cosy warmth and easy slip-on design, they provide the ultimate comfort for your little ones. PUMA has created the slippers with a tough rubber outsole so you can step outside, too.

SANTA’S GROTTO Frequently Asked Questions

SANTA’S FULL SCHEDULE 

NOVEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:00 pm – 18:00 pm

Wednesday – 15:00 pm – 19:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

DECEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:00 pm – 18:00 pm

Wednesday – 15:00 pm – 19:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

HALF TERM 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

Wednesday – 10:00 am  – 18:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

What time will Santa be there?

Santa will arrive on the 16th of November at 3pm and will leave at 6pm.

How long will Santa be at Lion Walk Shopping Centre?

Santa will be at Lion Walk Shopping Centre until the 24th of December.

Where will Santa’s Grotto be?

Santa will be located in Lion Walk Shopping Centre behind River Island.

Who will be at the Grotto?

It’s going to be Santa Claus every day, and his elves occasionally will show up as well.

Can I take pictures with Santa?

Yes, please take some pictures with Santa and tag us at Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

How much will it cost to visit Santa at his Grotto?

There will be a £10 fee to have the full Santa experience and receive a small gift from him.

Do I have to book in advance?

No, you don’t have to book to see Santa. If you just want to see Santa, you can just turn up, but keep in mind there may be a line.