Christmas 2023


Christmas Opening Times


Normal opening hours, except:
Friday 17 November – Christmas Light Switch on 9am – 6pm


Normal opening hours, except :

Thursday 14 December – Late night shopping 9am – 7pm, with FREE parking after 3pm

Thursday 21 December – Late night shopping 9am – 7pm, with FREE parking after 3pm

Late night shopping will be supported by the toilets, new adventure play area and customer service desk being open, until 7pm. We will also have live music (DJ) , roaming Santa, plus FREE prosecco and mince pies.

Christmas and New Year, standard opening hours, except:

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day, 10am – 5pm ( Reel cinema open later) plus 50p parking all day

New Years Day, 10am – 5pm ( Reel Cinema open later) plus 50p parking all day

2 January 2024 onwards, standard opening times.

Individual stores, cafes and the cinemas opening times may vary, please visit individual businesses website / Facebook pages for accurate opening time’s.

Light Up Wakefield Event

This years Christmas light switch-on event will be over the November weekend Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November.

The actual light switch on is Friday 17 November at 5pm

We will have activities all weekend, including:

Free face painting – every day over the weekend

Visit by Santa – Friday 17 November

Curated Christmas fayre – Friday 17 November

Craft and Gift Fayre – Sunday 19 November

Live music ( Ridings DJ) – every day over the weekend

Magician – Friday 17 November

ALL businesses to stay open until 6 pm on Friday 17 November.

Plus for the first time to encourage even more footfall, parking will be only 50p ALL DAY on Friday 17 November

Father Christmas 

Simply the best and only Father Christmas will be visiting the centre over the Christmas Period:

Friday 17 November

4pm – 4.45pm, Christmas Show with Father Christmas, main promotional space

4.55pm – 5pm, see Father Christmas on the main Light Up Stage

5pm – 6pm, centre walk about

Thursday 14 December
4pm – 7pm, Father Christmas and Christmas Elf Walk about.

Thursday 21 December
4pm – 7pm, Father Christmas and Christmas Elf walk about.

Ridings Toy Appeal

Friday 17 November – Sunday 24 December

Take a tag from the giving tree on the upper mall, next to the customer service desk, buy a suitably aged gift and return it to the desk, wrapped or unwrapped.

Presents donated Wakefield Street Kitchen, Stepping Stones, Kidz Aware and many more local charities.

Late Night Shopping

Thursday 14 December & Thursday 21 December

Stores and cafes open until 7pm

Adventure Play Area open until 7pm

Public Toilets open until 7pm

Santa visiting 4pm – 7pm

Live music from our resident DJ

FREE Prosseco & mince pies

Plus FREE parking after 3pm*

Opening Hours

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Morrisons open 7am - 8pm Monday - Saturday
Reel Cinema open until 10pm daily
Some store opening times vary, please check stores website / facebook page for up to date times before travelling
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