Manchester Arndale Christmas lights with a new Christmas tree the size of a house
Manchester city centre’s biggest shopping mall Arndale Shopping Centre has switched on its Christmas lights for this year.
The centre had previously released a time-lapse video showing workers busy behind-the-scenes to get the mall ready for Christmas.
Added to this year’s decorations is a Christmas tree the size of a house, the centre says.
‘Instagram addicts rejoice, Manchester has a new giant Christmas tree to feature in your festive selfies this year’, they said.
The 25ft Christmas tree is located just outside the centre’s entrance on Corporation Street, overlooking Exchange Square. As high as a two-storey house, it’s the first time the centre has featured a tree on its main steps.
Pushed for time, Santa’s little helpers spent 40 hours over five nights to install the tree and new Christmas decorations. “It’s a delicate job to get the centre sparkling for the millions of seasonal shoppers coming through the door. Up to one million shoppers per week throughout December”, the centre said.
Featuring over 75,000 thousand individual LED lights, the golden decoration scheme for 2017 was inspired by the Manchester Worker Bee. There are honeycomb-style decorations featured throughout the centre.
Shoppers will also see three 20ft suspended light displays in Exchange Court. These match the bright lights of the newly refurbished Next flagship store.
Manchester Arndale’s Centre Director, David Allinson, said: “Christmas trees are dotted around the city. But we were missing a large, destination tree like some of the other UK cities have. Each year we get lots of shopper requests for a tree. We hope the new addition will make your photos of the area extra special.
“We’ll be running a special bee-themed giveaway in December so watch out for that.”