The magic of Christmas was brought to life at intu Milton Keynes when the city centre was transformed into a glittering winter wonderland, lit up by thousands of sparkling lights.
The free event, hosted by MyMiltonKeynes the local Business Improvement District, together with partners, at intu Milton Keynes, drew huge crowds gathered to begin the countdown to Christmas with the spectacular lights-switch on. Families enjoyed a festive feast of yuletide cheer, with music, dance and a laser display that sent everybody's Christmas spirit soaring.
Ivan and Emma from Heart breakfast presented the seasonal extravaganza, which marked the opening of a host of fabulously fun and festive activities at intu Milton Keynes. There's the traditional carousel, roasted chestnuts, and sweet treats on the mall, plus the Alpine Village in Oak Court where you'll find a bar and fire pit, Christmas movie showings and much more. It's the perfect spot to merrily sip on warm mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate ... not to mention street food including Yorkshire pudding wraps, bubble waffles, candy floss and traditional Bavarian sausages!
Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: "The lights switch on was so much fun - it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We've got so much planned for the festive season, we hope you'll join us for shopping, singing, Christmas movies, eating, wrapping and more!"
There's so much more festive family fun planned at intu Milton Keynes - so if you want to have yourself a merry little Christmas, you know where to come. Join intu Milton Keynes on Saturday 1 December for the much-loved Etsy Market, where shoppers will find 80 stalls of hand-crafted goodies that will put smiles on faces on Christmas Day. Pop along from Friday 7 December onwards to hear your favourite Christmas songs and carols performed by carol singers, school choirs and bands - because we all know the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Then from Saturday 8 December the gift wrappers will be back, helping you out with your least favourite part of the season.
It's all going on at intu Milton Keynes! But first up, it's Black Friday on 23 November - that's your chance to hit the shops and stock up on deals to help you get ahead on your Christmas shopping.