The big Christmas switch on is set to light up Middlesbrough and officially kick-start a glittering festive season.
The Christmas lights will be switched on in Middlesbrough town centre on Thursday, November 17. The fun starts at 5.30pm and everyone will be invited to shout out the countdown for the big switch on at 6.15pm.
It will be an evening packed with Yuletide family fun with hosts Wayne and Amy from TFM Radio’s Wake Up with Wayne. Wayne and Amy will be joined by the fabulous Claire King (Emmerdale, Bad Girls) who is starring in Middlesbrough Theatre’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
A local hero who has been nominated by TFM listeners to turn on the lights will also join them. Nominate a local hero for the Christmas Lights Switch On
Wayne said: “Amy and I can’t wait to help turn the lights on in Middlesbrough.
“It’s always one of the highlights in our year and helps get everyone feeling Christmassy and happy!
“Plus this year we are asking our listeners to nominate a local hero to help us turn on the lights.”
The Christmas lights illuminate the town centre’s shopping hub along Newport Road, Corporation Road and Linthorpe Road Central.
And the switch on is just the start of a host of wonderful Christmas events in Middlesbrough.
On Sunday, November 20 at 1pm the renowned Reindeer Parade and Community Carnival will delight children and adults as it winds its way through the town centre.
Jessica Robinson, from TV’s Over the Rainbow, will be Snow White in her magical coach leading the parade of more than 400 children dressed in a panto theme.
So watch out for princesses, fairy godmothers and wicked witches!
The star of the show Santa, and his magical Cairngorm Reindeer, will be there and children will have the chance to meet the reindeer in Captain Cook Square immediately after the parade.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Claire King and Jessica Robinson, runs at Middlesbrough Theatre from December 9 to January 8. Call 01642 815181 for tickets.
Further Christmas town centre events include an Outdoor Film Festival on the Big Screen in Centre Square, which starts with the Grinch on December 10.
The Christmas Carol Big Sing will be filling the air with seasonal songs in Centre Square on Thursday, December 15.
And hundreds of Santas will be spotted running through Albert Park in the Albert Park Santa Run on Saturday, December 17.
For a full programme of events pick up a Christmas Events programme from stores across town or Middlesbrough Tourist information Centre or see Middlesbrough Christmas 2011
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The Christmas events programme is a real cracker this year and will attract thousands to the town centre.
“With its wide range of top name stores Middlesbrough is the perfect place for seasonal shopping and the fun and free entertainment will make it an even more enjoyable experience.”
Christmas shoppers to Middlesbrough have been given a helpful boost with the reduction of short stay parking charges to just a pound.
As from Monday (November 14) the charge for up to two hours parking at the Zetland and Station Street car parks is being reduced from £1.70 to £1.
This will remain in place until at least April next year. The four hour and all day tariffs in these car parks remain unchanged.
To further help shoppers there is free parking in all council operated car parks and the Cleveland Centre (The Mall) for Thursday late night shopping after 4pm which starts on November 17.
Download: Middlesbrough Christmas 2011 Brochure