Let’s face it – Christmas shopping can be a bit of a drag. Thankfully, Bluewater Shopping Centre, in Dartford, is once again launching a number of fun-packed extras that will give you a much needed shot of festive cheer.

Christmas at Bluewater

Take a trip to Bluewater this Christmas and you’ll find a lot more on offer than an armful of gifts. The venue will be presenting its annual winter wonderland family entertainment experiences; from Santa’s Grotto to the outdoor ice rink.

Bluewater’s Big Christmas Switch On
Location: Bluewater’s M&S carpark
9th November from 5pm
Free spectacular firework display at 6.30pm

On 9th November Bluewater will be officially kicking off its yearly celebrations by holding its Christmas Light Switch On event. Watch the Christmas lights turned on with Heart FM at the Moon Court outside M&S.

There will also be a variety of indoor festive performances taking place around the mall including comedy, dance, and music.

Santa’s Grotto at Bluewater
Location: outside the Village
Open from 16th November – Christmas Eve
Child admission: £10 – 40 minute experience

Located by the lakes at the West Village, this year’s grotto at Bluewater is hosted by Mr Crumb the Christmas Chef.

Inside the log cabin children will be transformed into elves and can help Mr Crumb make a gingerbread man. After that they can create a tree decoration with Mrs Claus in her craft room, before meeting Santa and receiving a lovely soft toy to take home.

Skating at Bluewater
Location: outside Bluewater Village
Open from 16th November – 7th January
Child admission: from £9
Junior (13 – 16 years) admission: from £10
Adult admission: from £11
Family admission (two adults, two children): from £34

In 2016 Bluewater introduced a new outdoor ice rink and it was a huge success. Returning again this Christmas, the rink is set under a clear roof so that skating can be enjoyed in all weathers. Hot drinks and refreshments are available to buy from the rink side cabins.

Bluewater will also be holding special events at the rink, as well as birthday parties and ice staking lessons. With a beautiful lake backdrop and a giant Christmas tree at its centre, this is a great way to blow of some steam after a long shopping trip.

The Giving Tree at Bluewater with Heart FM
Location: Upper Mall near M&S
9th November – 22nd December

The spirit of giving in alive and well at Bluewater as the Giving Tree returns for another year. Now in its 4th year, the tree sees thousands of gifts delivered to disadvantaged children across the South East.

The Giving Tree will be stationed outside M&S on the upper level, and guests are invited to pick a tag, buy a gift, and drop it back to the tree. Staff will then wrap and deliver it to children in need, with a little bit of Christmas magic, in time for Christmas Day.