Photos by Photography With Evangeline
Crowds have turned out this evening for the Christmas light switch on at Westwood Cross.
Residents embraced the festive fun as Father Christmas did the honours, with the help of the elves, and lights twinkled on the interactive fir tree and the huge teddy as well as the bauble and light displays throughout the shopping centre.
A marching brass band led the procession along the mall, past the carousel and festive market, where it paused at the 12-meter- tree and then continued on to the giant bauble, near Primark.
Father Christmas also declared open the new children’s play area, Little Bears Cove which includes a large pirate ship with a slide and climbing rig, a thrilling spinning bowl, and an interactive tick tock panel.
Francesca Donovan, Centre Manager at Westwood Cross, said: “We are so pleased to back launching the festive season with customers again this year at our annual Christmas lights switch on. The evening was a huge success with many people coming out to celebrate the start of Christmas and we’re glad to have had Father Christmas reveal our brand-new Christmas lights and declare the play park officially open.”