Thousands turn out for Westwood Cross light switch on and Christmas shopping hours now announced

The Westwood Cross light switch on

Thousands of people turned out for the Westwood Cross Christmas light switch on last Friday (November 17).

Special guests included Love Island stars, Gabby and Marcel and X Factor girl group Lemonade.

Garry and Laura from KMFM Breakfast, Hotsy Totsy, the cast of Theatre Royal’s Wizard of Oz, Broadstairs mayor Cllr Peter Shaw and the winner of this summer’s Westwood Cross Little Star competition, 10-year old Kelsie Bissett, also featured.

Sassy girl group, Lemonade, wowed the crowds with live music including a rendition of Instruction by Dua Lipa and a mash-up of Shape of You by Ed Sheeran and No Scrubs by TLC.

Gabby and Marcel, star of Love Island, switched on the centre lights, also marking the opening of the centre’s popular Santa’s Grotto. They also took to the stage to perform an energetic dance routine, as did Kelsie, from Broadstairs.

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Centre manager Francesca Donovan said: “Our annual Christmas lights switch on always attracts thousands of visitors from across East Kent and this year it was bigger and brighter than ever.

“Father Christmas even came and joined in, parading through the mall with his magical sleigh and bringing Rudolph and Frosty the snowman who danced all evening with the crowds.  We were thrilled to welcome celebrity guests from two of the biggest TV shows of the year and most importantly to provide entertainment to thousands of our guests.

“With Christmas shopping in full swing, many visitors took the opportunity to stock up on gifts, relaxed in the knowledge that we offer free parking and that they can shop and dine out until late.”

This year’s Christmas competition allowed visitors to take part in the centre’s ‘name the reindeer’ competition. The winning name Sparkle McJingle Toes was suggested by Marie Whelan and her daughter. They were rewarded with a hamper full of Thorntons chocolates and a £50 Westwood Cross gift card.

Westwood Cross has now announced this year’s Christmas opening hours in the week leading up to Christmas:

18 December: 9.30am – 8pm

19 December: 9.30am – 8pm

20 December: 9.30am – 8pm

21 December: 9.30am – 8pm

22 December: 9.30am – 8pm

23 December: 9.30am – 8pm

Christmas Eve: 10am – 4pm

Christmas day: closed

Boxing Day: 10am – 4pm

30 December: 9.30am – 6.30pm

New Year’s Eve: 10am – 4pm

New Year’s Day: 10am – 5pm

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