intu Watford
Christmas is here!

This year, intu Watford have got a whole host of activities and competitions for kids and big kids alike, as well as free parking after 6pm on weekdays and longer opening hours from 3 December.

Plus, with all the biggest brands and all your favourite stores, we’re here to help you find every gift, however impossible.

Christmas Light Switch On
Thur 15 November

Presented by Radio 1's Chris Stark. The fun will begin in the afternoon from 4pm with family activities around the mall and local performances throughout the mall, before the main event at 7pm on the bridge by John Lewis.

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Santa’s Grotto

Fri 23 November – Mon 24 December

Santa's grotto - above Next (upper mall)

It's officially Santa's busiest time of year, but that’s not stopping him jetting in from Lapland to find out who has been behaving themselves. It’s sure to be a truly magical experience. Don’t forget to bring your wish list too, so his elves can start preparing their Christmas deliveries!

Find our magical trail in our gallery space above Next. Simply take the escalator from the upper mall up to the grotto entrance where you’ll be greeted by a friendly elf before embarking on your magical journey to meet Santa. Once you've told Santa exactly what's on your Christmas list this year, he'll present you with a small gift to get you in to the festive spirit.

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Late Night Shopping

Mon 3 December – Fri 21 December

From December 3rd you'll be able to shop for longer with our extended Christmas shopping hours.

Monday 3 December until Sunday 9 December
Weekdays: 9am – 8pm
Thursdays: 9am – 9pm
Saturdays: 9am – 7pm
Sundays: 11am – 5pm

Monday 10 December until Sunday 23 December
Weekdays: 9am – 9pm
Saturdays: 9am – 8pm
Sundays: 11am – 5pm

Christmas Eve: 9am – 5pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 9am – 6pm

Thursday 27th December: 9am – 9pm
Friday 28th December: 9am – 6pm
Saturday 29th December: 9am – 7pm
Sunday 30th December: 11am – 5pm

New Year’s Eve: 9am – 5pm
New Year’s Day: Selected stores open 11am – 5pm

Free Parking after 6pm on weekdays

Mon 3 December – Fri 21 December

From December 3rd we also have free parking after 6pm on weeknights.
Festive kids activities

Sat 8 December – Sun 9 December

Join us for Christmas activities for the little ones. Expect festive face painting, Christmas cracker decorating, letters to Santa and festive games to keep boredom at bay.
Charity gift wrapping

Sat 1 December – Mon 24 December

This year we are bringing back our ever popular charity gift wrapping desk for the Christmas period. Each day in December until Christmas Eve we will be inviting national and local charities into the centre to raise money. Volunteers on the desk will beautifully wrap your festive shopping and gifts in exchange for a small donation. The desk will be open from 10am Monday-Saturday and 11am on Sundays - the desk will close just before the centre does.
Give a gift with Heart FM

Mon 12 November

We're working with Heart Hertfordshire and local charity Mencap to spread some joy to children who are in need this Christmas. We're asking our shoppers to get involved by purchasing something extra along with their Christmas shopping to donate to a local child in time for Christmas. All you need to do is buy a gift from your favourite shop and drop it in to our giving box in centre. We'll make sure to pass all of the gifts over to Santa so he can deliver them to children in need in time for the big day.
Wishing tree

Thur 15 November – Mon 24 December

Make a wish and make a difference! Pop your lose change in to the wishing well to see our Christmas tree light up the centre. All donations will go to local charities, HomeStart.

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