Well, I think The Trafford Centre has really excelled itself this year with the brand new Christmas lights. What do you think? They really are the most stunning I’ve ever seen here!
SPARKLE: At Barton Square.
After a fantastic switch on event with X Factor favourite Ollie Murs, everyone around the Centre has been getting used to the new festive outfit adorning every inch of the place.
With lots of time and effort put into this new lights scheme, the designers have done something very new, with the UK’s first-ever animatronic displays creating a dance of light and movement at every turn.
Baubles: Dangling on the Malls.
Huge Christmas baubles hang from the atrium of each mall, gently opening and closing to reveal bright, spinning Christmas trees at their centre.
Wreaths of lights decorate the Orient, with gorgeous Christmas trees twinkling away merrily. Every palm tree and every lamp-post it seems is drenched with thousands of bulbs – which are now greener LED bulbs which use far less energy than the old-fashioned bulbs the Centre used to display.
The old favourite talking Christmas tree is back on Lower Peel Avenue, and last year’s highlight the Ferrero Rocher installation in the Main Dome is back – and looking as amazing as ever.
You really can lose yourself staring upwards at that gravity-defying sculpture.
Over at Barton Square we have the multi-coloured conical Christmas trees which are my favourite, I would dearly love one in my own garden. Then the magical Ice Palace grotto takes pride of place in the Square, alongside the classic Victorian Carousel and festive stalls. It’s Christmas wherever you look!
SLEIGH: In the Orient sky-ceiling.
I’ve gathered some fun facts about the new lights to delight and amaze you – but there is no comparison for coming down and taking a look yourself. Why not bring your camera, and take some fab photos for friends and family elsewhere in the world, to show them how we do it in style at The Trafford Centre? Remember to look up while you’re in the Orient, to spy Santa and his sleigh streaking through the sky!
Let me know what you think of our Christmas lights – any favourites?
Light Fantastic Facts!
WOW – 30,000 Christmas baubles from Finland have been hung around the Centre
GEMS – More than 6,500 sparkling jewels will be glittering into the New Year
CRYSTAL – 5,000 crystal droplets have been polished for the display
HOLLY – 58,000 holly leaves have been used
LIGHT - 280,000 LED light bulbs will shine, using a third of the electricity of the old tungsten bulbs
HUGE - In all, the Centre has strung up more than 10,000m of lights
GOLD – 300m of gold-plated poles hold the decorations in place
ICE – 3000 icicles sprout from balconies and stairways
GIANT – 1,000m of Christmas garland will be used
CRAFTED – The enormous 10 metre Christmas tree has 1,100 branches, individually applied!