Christmas at The Ridings

23rd October 2019

Christmas Light Switch on

Christmas Light Switch on 

Britain’s Got Talent star set to sprinkle Wakefield with festive cheer at fun-packed Ridings Centre Christmas lights switch on

The Ridings Centre in Wakefield is starting the festive season in serious style this November as Britain’s Got Talent finalist Siobhan Phillips and Strongbow and social media sensations Waters and Kinley will appear at the centre’s annual Christmas lights switch on Saturday 16 November from 12pm.

Siobhan, who reached the Britain’s Got Talent finals earlier this year, and Waters and Kinley, whose cover of the Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder hit ‘Together In Electric Dreams’ featured on the 2019 Strongbow cider advert, will be joined by local talents including British magical champion Darren Mac, Wrenthorpe allstars, Miss Unique Dance Troupe, Singing Mums and Wakefield Rock Choir. Another very special guest will also be there to join in the celebrations – Father Christmas and his ‘elpful elves. Rhubarb Radio will be broadcasting live from the event and The Ridings will also be collecting for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield. Visitors can also enjoy a festive tipple or two in a pop-up Christmas cocktail bar.

Whats happening in December

Father Christmas visit 22nd Dec in the main space on the middle mall

Elpful Elves at the weekends in December – roaming around the centre

Christmas crafts 15th December in the main space on the middle mall

Christmas craft fair 1st & 8th Dec in the main space on the middle mall

Cuppa Club Christmas Party 7th December in the main space on the middle mall

Special Appeal Christmas Tree

Shoppers can donate by going to the ‘Special Appeal Christmas Tree’ located in the Customer Services Lounge on the Upper Mall next to Boots , they will be given a gift tag from the tree, which will have the age of the recipient.

They will then return the gift and the tag to customer services.

The gift  will then be gift wrapped and collected by 2 charities’  Groundwork North and Forget Me Not Child  who will distribute to children in need.

Opening Times

Late Night Thursdays stores open until 7.30pm with FREE parking after 3pm

Christmas Eve                  9am – 5pm

Christmas Day                  Closed

Boxing Day                       9am – 5.30pm

New Years Eve                 9am – 5pm

New Year Day                  Cinema and some stores open ( check website for updated list)

  • Rest of the time we are open as normal
  • Remember the Food court is open until 9pm daily
  • M&S open until 6.30pm Monday – Saturday
  • Morrisons open until 7pm Monday – Saturday
  • The Cinema, centre and carparks until Midnight
  • Some individual store ties may vary, please check with individual stores before travelling


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