If you’re planning a big Christmas shopping trip, Bluewater is about to launch a number of fun-packed extras that will fill you with festive cheer.

Guests visiting Bluewater this Christmas can enjoy much more than picking up a few gifts. The large retail venue will be presenting its winter wonderland this season with a whole host of family entertainment experiences – from Santa’s Grotto to a brand new outdoor ice rink.

Santa’s Grotto experience with Paddington at Bluewater
Location: outside the Village
Open from 24th November – Christmas Eve
Child admission: £10 – 40 minute experience

Enter Bluewater’s spectacular log cabin style grotto and be greeted by Bubbles the Elf, who using a little magic to transform children into Santa’s helpers!


Kiddies will then journey with Bubbles through three magical experiences: Santa’s workshop where toys come to life; the chance to meet special guest Paddington Bear and search for the key to the special Grotto door; then meet the big man face to face and receive a special Christmas gift. Photos with Paddington and Santa will be taken by the team and these can be purchased upon leaving the Grotto.

Ice Skating at Bluewater
Location: outside Bluewater Village
Open from 17th November – 2nd January
Child admission: from £9
Junior (13 – 16 years) admission: from £10
Adult admission: from £11
Family admission (two adults, two children): from £34

This year Bluewater will be introducing their new outdoor ice rink, with a beautiful lake backdrop and a giant Christmas tree at its centre! Hot drinks and Christmas refreshments will be available to purchase from alpine-style cabins.

Bluewater will also be holding special events at the rink, as well as ice staking lessons for beginners.

Light Night
Location: Bluewater’s M&S carpark
10th November from 5pm
Free spectacular firework display at 6.30pm

On 10th November Bluewater will be holding its annual Christmas Light Night. Watch the Christmas lights switch on with special guests Paddington, Santa and Heart FM’s Toby Anstis.

Following the switch on there will be a firework display at 6.30pm. After the fireworks, head into the shopping centre shop to enjoy some late-night present buying or grab a bite to eat.

The Giving Tree at Bluewater with Heart FM
Location: Upper Mall near M&S
From 10th November – 21st  December

The spirit of giving in alive and well at Bluewater with the return of the Giving Tree. 2015 saw over 11,000 gifts delivered to disadvantaged children in the South East and guests are encouraged to spread some festive cheer by donating once again.


Simply take a special tag from the 20-foot Christmas tree, which states the age of a child, and buy them a gift. Your contribution will then be delivered to a child in either Kent, Sussex or Surrey in time for Christmas Day.

Extended Opening Hours
From the 10th November – 30th December 

Guests will be able to shop, skate, eat and drink for longer with the arrival of Christmas hours. Bluewater will open from 9am and for night owls until 10pm (11pm from 12th Dec).