Crowds turn out for Westwood Cross Christmas light switch on

The switch on

Glow sticks, snow, streamers and a cheering crowd signalled the Christmas light switch on at Westwood Cross tonight (November 22).

Photo Frank Leppard

Hundreds of people packed out the shopping centre for the festive event which featured 90s boyband 5ive, Made in Chelsea star, Sam Thompson  and Love Island star, India Reynolds.

The cast from Theatre Royal panto Aladdin and the mayor and mayoress of Broadstairs were also present.

Photo Frank Leppard

Youngsters screamed as the reality TV stars joined the crowd for selfies and 5ive took to the stage.

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As well as the Christmas lights, the centre hosts the Toy Fort Grotto, with its 6-metre high turrets. Children can meet  Father Christmas and receive a special gift.

Photo Frank Leppard

It is recommended to book early, as the magical experience is expected to be extremely popular. The Toy Fort Grotto costs £4.50 per child and is available to book here

The centre will have extended opening times with stores open until 8pm from December 17-21, and again on Monday, December 23.


  1. Nauseating colours and more artsy-crafty’bijou’ shops,trying to sell the usual junk in an effort to be so modern and up market, to appeal from the London visitors whilst charging the earth. Good luck needed I think to make a profit with so many similar shops in the Old Town.

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