Cabot Circus will not be hosting its annual Christmas lights switch-on event this year, it has been revealed. The shopping centre has been unable to host the event in its usual capacity in previous years due to the pandemic.
This means there is not a major Christmas lights switch-on event in the centre of Bristol. The Clifton Village event will still be going ahead this year, with BBC Points West's Alex Lovell presenting and switching them on.
A spokesperson for Cabot Circus said: "The light switch on won't be happening at Cabot Circus this year, but we've got some really exciting Christmas activities taking place at the centre which we'll be announcing in the coming weeks."
The news comes as several cities around the UK have been cancelling their Christmas lights events due to rising energy costs, according to MirrorOnline. When BristolLive asked if the reason for cancelling them was cost related, they explained that the shopping centre has decided to "do something a little different this Christmas".
"Cabot Circus has decided to do something a little different this Christmas. It will still have all of its usual Christmas lights and will be festively illuminated but will also have an activation that will be live throughout December for visitors to enjoy whilst shopping, dining or visiting the Christmas market - all to be revealed soon."
Last year, Cabot Circus released a statement explaining that it would not be hosting an official switch-on event for the safety of shoppers. A spokesperson explained they would not have a dedicated event but there would still be lights around the centre.
The lights are very much on in the Christmas Market running until December 23 in neighbouring Broadmead and there are plenty of chances to feel festive while doing some festive shopping.