Come to Bluewater for the perfect day out in the run-up to Christmas! We have a broad selection of brands and gift ideas to fill those Christmas stockings; plenty of festive bites and beverages to enjoy at our bars and restaurants; and heaps to do if you're simply winging it and joining us for a wander round.
Take a cluck at what we've got going on...
With a huge selection of brands, you won't find it hard to find the perfect gifts at Bluewater. Dive into toys galore at Build a Bear, LEGO, MenKind and The Entertainer; find show-stopping wellbeing and beauty gifts at Rituals, LUSH and The Body Shop; and pick up the latest fashion pieces and accessories for your trendy besties at BOSS, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Ted Baker so they can really strut their stuff.
Feeling a little turkey-brained? Make your life easy and wing it with a Bluewater gift card!
Christmas collections are dropping left, right and centre across our stores! Jo Malone London is selling its luxury advent calendar, alongside heaps of candy-striped goodies; there are some very exciting collabs over at Typo, from Kpop queens BLACKPINK to '80s icons the Care Bears; Lindt is feeling festive with its truffle-tastic pick & mix advent calendar; and John Lewis is, as ever, a hub of Yuletide homeware and decorations.
So don't gift a turkey! Shop at Bluewater for fabulous presents and make their Christmas memorable for all the right reasons.
It's not the holiday season without an abundance of food and drink - and we've got plenty to share! The Christmas menu has landed at Bella Italia, and it's set to be scrumptious, with 'Melting Christmas Camembert' pizza, chocolate orange sponge and more. For more sit-down meals, you're spoilt for choice at Bill's, Carluccio's, wagamama, Nando's and many more.
If you're hosting this year's Christmas dinner, make a beeline for the Waitrose Foodhall at John Lewis, where you'll find main dishes, naughty-but-nice nibbles and puds aplenty.
Planning a day out for the whole flock this Christmas? Then don't miss Believe, our popular grotto experience, which is receiving a brand-new magical makeover for 2023.
Discover Santa’s enchanting post room, where his elves will be hard at work (or play!), decorate your own tasty gingerbread treat to take home and capture Christmas cheer at the Elfie Selfie posting point, before meeting the big man himself.
Believe is open 1st-24th December. Book your tickets today!
Winterland is returning to Bluewater from 11th November – 7th January, 2024! There's a new double-deck carousel, and thrill-seekers can pluck up the courage for a round or two of bumper cars, the waltzer and white-knuckle rides. For those who prefer life in the slow lane, you'll be delighted to know that our Observation Wheel is returning, offering unrivalled views over Kent in the day and a glittering LED spectacle by night.
Plus, thaw those claws with a cup o' mulled wine or hot chocolate while you wander.
We're thrilled to announce that the Ice Rink is returning to Bluewater this year from 14th November – 7th January, 2024!
Located outside The Village near Zizzi's, our covered outdoor rink will offer plenty of space for skaters of all abilities to go for a spin, come rain or shine. We want to make sure it's accessible for all – which is why we'll also be running quiet sessions, in addition to parent and toddler sessions for wobbly starters. Penguin and seal skating aids will be available for little ones, as well as bob skates to help guests stay steady. PLUS, Ice Rink party nights are back by popular demand, so get ready to show off your moves to classic party anthems!
Okay, it's time to talk turkey... make sure you take note of our seasonal opening hours to make the most of your Christmas shopping adventure!
On Black Friday and the day after, we're open 9am-9pm. We're open on Christmas Eve from 11am-5pm, closed on Christmas Day itself, and reopen on Boxing Day from 9am-7pm. For more key opening times, including New Year's Eve and 1st January, 2024, check our opening hours page below.