Middlesbrough’s unmissable Christmas line up includes Christmas markets and festive performances, a Reindeer Parade and spectacular Lights Switch On, eating out, fabulous shopping and more.
On December 1, Centre Square is the place to be as Middlesbrough’s Christmas Lights Switch On and Reindeer Parade combine for a most magical celebration. Enjoy a glittering procession of Fire and Ice for all the family through Middlesbrough town centre.
The Reindeer Parade leaves Middlesbrough Town Hall at 3.30pm. Entertainment in Centre Square begins at 4.30pm for a 5.20pm lights Switch On. You can meet Santa and his reindeer in Centre Square after the parade until 4:45pm. Road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place for this event so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get into town. See the map below.
The parade travels through the heart of Middlesbrough providing plenty of excellent viewing points.
Watch out for ice queens, Jack Frost, ice dragons and fire birds, hundreds of children in costume and of course the beautiful Cairngorm Reindeer and Santa himself!
The Reindeer Parade & Community Carnival will be followed by the traditional Christmas Lights Switch On, new to Centre Square presented in association with Dominos Pizza Middlesbrough. Capital FM are your hosts for a fun-filled evening that promises plenty of family entertainment. The Reindeer Parade leaves Middlesbrough Town Hall at 3.30pm. Entertainment in Centre Square begins at 4.30pm for a 5.20pm lights Switch On. You can meet Santa and his reindeer in Centre Square after the parade until 4:45pm. Road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place for this event so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get into town.
See the map below. Note: The parade route is subject to change.
Workshops have been organised for members of the public to work with professional carnival artists on three Saturdays through November.
The sessions, held at Middlesbrough Town Hall, are open to anyone over five years of age, though children must be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone wanting to take part must be able to attend all three sessions, on Saturday, November 2, 9 and 16 from 10am-noon and the Reindeer Parade on Sunday December 1 at 3.30pm.
For more information or to book your place please call the box office on 01642 729729.
NOTE: These workshops are now fully booked.
Would you like to ride with Santa on his sleigh? We are looking for a little boy and a little girl [aged 10 years or under] who would like to dress as one of Santa’s elves.
The lucky winners will each win a family ticket to The Gruffalo at Middlesbrough Town Hall on 29 December £55 value, and get to ride in Santa’s sleigh, priceless!
To enter all you need to do is decorate your Christmas Tree - see the back cover of the October Half Term issue of Primary Times or download the PDF below. Complete the entry form and send your entry to Marketing and Promotions, Middlesbrough Council, Civic Centre, PO Box 504, Middlesbrough TS1 9FY. Closing date for entries is 15 November 2013.
Coca-Cola has a rich history of sharing happiness at Christmas – We're excited the Coca-Cola truck will be in Centre Square from 12noon until 8pm on December 1st.
No tickets are required. Come on down to get a keepsake photo taken! Later you can download the photo to wish friends and family a Merry Christmas, by sharing on email, Facebook and Twitter. Plus, their Christmas helpers will be serving chilled Coke and Diet Coke to the sounds of seasonal music.
Join mima on the same day as the Middlesbrough reindeer parade and light switch on for a fabulous Christmas market and workshops.
mima Christmas Market 12 noon - 5.30pm
Unique stalls selling homemade christmas crafts, jewellery, homewares, gifts, cards, food and drink, as well as jewellery and gift-wrap workshops. The perfect place to pick up something different. FREE.
Jewellery Making Workshop 12-2pm
Make a piece of jewellery for yourself or as a gift, £2 per piece made, drop in.
Gift Wrapping Workshop 3-5pm
Learn unusual ways to gift-wrap your presents. £2, drop in.
Captain Cook Square and Zetland Multi-Storey car parks will be open 8am-6.30pm on December 1st.
All of Middlesbrough is encouraged to dress as Santa on November 30, whether shopping in town or at the Boro v Bolton match at the Riverside.
Around noon you may spot the Boundary 500 Annual Santa Motorcycle Ride about town in aid of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. www.boundary500.co.uk
While you're in town pop in to the first ever Baker Street Christmas Carnival!
There will be live music, dj, fashion shows, a vintage-style moon booth, Peppa Pig, facepainting and funfair for the kids and more!
Perfect way to get in the mood for the following day for the Reindeer Parade and Lights Switch On. See above!
Skating comes to Centre Square this year. Pick up your skates and a warming beverage and enjoy the mini-skating rink in Centre Square.
Charges apply. Skating from £3.95.
Open from 11am. Saturday 30 November - Friday 27 December. Closed Christmas Day.
Brought to you by Loose Cannon Events in partnership with Middlesbrough Council.
Wheelchairs are able to come onto the skating surface. For people who are able to use it there is also one chair that can be pushed on the ice available for use. To prebook contact the organisers on 01642 276755 or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-wonderland-Skating-Rink-Middlesbrough/536650546411382
This year’s panto at Middlesbrough Theatre is everybody’s favourite fairy story Sleeping Beauty.
Leading the cast this year are Kim Hartman as the Wicked Fairy Carabosse and Vicki Michelle as the Lilac Fairy. Kim and Vicki are of course best remembered for their roles in the hit television series ‘Allo ‘Allo.
Friday 6th December to Sunday 5th January 2014.
Book now on 01642 81 51 81 / 729 729 or book online at www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk
Cinderella at Middlesbrough College - December 11 - December 19
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Dorman's Club - December 21
Aladdin at the Dorman's Club - December 28
Sinbad the Sailor by North Ormesby Minstrels - January 11-18
Cleveland Centre Lights Switch On - November 16
Winter Wonderland and Skating Rink November 30 - December 27
Santa's Grotto at the Hillstreet - December 2-23
Meet Santa at the Cleveland Centre - December 7 & 14
Stewart Park Christmas Frost Fair - December 14
Santa's Grotto at the Dorman Museum - December 15
Small Business Saturday launches in the UK on 7th December and Middlesbrough is going all out to support our brilliant small businesses!
Make Saturdays your new favourite day to shop in local small and independent shops on 7th December and all year round!
Check out the goodies you can buy from our great businesses with the
On 7 December enjoy day two of the Middlesbrough, Food, Craft and Gifts Market featuring a festive Big Sing near Spectra-txt.
To support Small Business Saturday Middlesbrough Council is offering TWO Middlesbrough-based businesses an opportunity to have a free market stall hire, for both days of the Middlesbrough Food Craft and Gift Market 6-7 December, valued at £50.
The competition is open to Middlesbrough, independent businesses that must have been trading for two years or less.
On 7 December pop into Barclays Bank at the Cleveland Centre. They will be featuring a number of local small businesses showcasing their wares.
Enjoy free 2 hours parking in all Middlesbrough Council Car Parks.
Note: This offer excludes privately operated car parks.
Enjoy low cost long stay car parking that allows you to stay all day! The following car parks are free for 2 hours and then pay £1 all day. Offer is valid December 2-December 31.
Note: This offer excludes Captain Cook Square, Gurney street and Privately Operated Car Parks.
The Cleveland Centre, a private car park, is offering free parking after 4pm for late night shopping on the following dates.
|Thu 5 Dec||7am-9.30pm|
|Thu 12 Dec||7am-9.30pm|
|Mon 16 Dec||7am-8.30pm|
|Tue 17 Dec||7am-8.30pm|
|Wed 18 Dec||7am-8.30pm|
|Thu 19 Dec||7am-9.30pm|
|Fri 20 Dec||7am-8.30pm|
|Sat 21 Dec||7am-7.30pm|
|Sun 22 Dec||8am-6pm|
|Mon 23 Dec||7am-8.30pm|
|Tue 24 Dec||7am-6pm|
|Wed 25 Dec||Closed|
|Thu 26 Dec||7am-6pm|
|Tue 31 Dec||7am-6pm|
|Wed 1 Jan||Closed|
|Thu 2 Jan||7am-7.30pm|
|Fri 3 Jan||7am-7.30pm|
|Sat 4 Jan||7am-7.30pm|
Download a PDf of the Middlesbrough Christmas 2013 brochure now or flip through a copy below!
Save the dates
Middlesbrough Reindeer Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On - December 1
Middlesbrough Food, Craft & Gift Market - December 6-7
Outdoor Film Festival - December 19 and 21
Join Percy Middlesbrough Come along and make some Christmas decorations by reusing materials usually sent to landfill.
Festive shopping at the Southlands
Boro stars Kei Kamara, Marvin Emnes and Faris Haroun will be at the MFC town-centre store between 4-5pm!
An evening packed full of promotions, complimentary treatments and Christmas shopping at The Thistle Hotel.
Fun filled action packed evening of shopping, music & good times The Crown
Boro players Jason Steele, Emmanuel Ledesma and Daniel Ayala will be at the town-centre store between 4-5pm
Free mulled wine and mince pies in Acklam
Children in Middlesbrough are invited to become Toy Testers for the weekend at Captain Cook Square Shopping Centre!
Christmas fun with special guests from Coronation Street!
Remember loved ones at the Cleveland Centre
Captain Jonathan Woodgate, Stuart Parnaby & Richard Smallwood will be at the MFC town-centre store between 4-5pm!
20% off everything in store between 6pm & 9pm - and 40% off in the Café!
Classical Season at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Fancy doing something a little bit different for your christmas cards this year?
Christmas Craft & Vintage Fair at The Blue Bell Hotel
Christmas Workshop at Middlesbrough Community Learning
Christmas fun at Middlesbrough Theatre
Lukas Jutkiewicz, Muzzy Carayol and Ben Gibson will be at the town-centre store between 4-5pm!
Featuring Candyfloss Machine, Bucking Reindeer, Illusionist, Coconut Shy & Casino Tables.
Rides for children and adults in Centre Square
Annual Christmas Santa Ride in aid of Zoes Place Baby Hospice
Sarah Blasko + Embers + Fatherson + Siobhan Wilson + Lilliput + Silver Trees + Fran Muriel + The Littlemores
Join us on the same day as the Middlesbrough reindeer parade and light switch on for a fabulous Christmas market and workshops.
Xmas party for children with disabilities and their family & friends!
Family fun in association with Dominos Pizza Middlesbrough
in aid of MacMillans, NSPCC & Action for the Blind
Borrow a book and enter our Xmas competition!
Jewellery, cards, cakes and more
Christmas late night shopping information for Boots, Cleveland Centre, Debenhams, House of Fraser, M&S
This year's Christmas panto at Middlesbrough Theatre (previously known as the Little Theatre)
Cabaret Christmas Nights at Middlesbrough Football Club
Middlesbrough Christmas Market in the Town Centre
The Beer Pigs live & a 3 course dinner, Emcee, disco & more
Wider World Christmas party celebration on Friday 6th December 2013 at 7.30pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
UK launch of the day to support local small businesses!
Visit Father Christmas, buy gifts, enjoy children’s entertainer and the lovely Christmas community atmosphere.
Free and every child gets a present!
Featuring: Paul Tonkinson, Elis James & Lee Kyle, MC -Jason Cook Live at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Mulled wine, mince pies, unique crafts for gifts
Middlesbrough College Performing Arts Presents Cinderella
Create your own festive table centerpiece.
Boro stars Albert Adomah, Rhys Williams and Seb Hines will be at the MFC town-centre store between 4-5pm!
Christmas Party Nights at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Special Xmas fair at Forbes Buildings
Christmas Party at Myplace on Saturday 14th December!
Elvis tribute, 3 course meal & more
12-4pm £2 per child including a gift
Pop along to Stewart Park and make your own individual Christmas wreath!
Middlesbrough Town Hall Community Choir invite you to a festive evening of seasonal songs and carols.
Festive and useful event for homeless people at Christmas time
Thursday: Miracle on 34th Street Saturday: The Muppets Christmas Carol in Centre Square!
70s night & a 3 course dinner, Emcee, disco & more
Christmas Party night at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Christmas special of this weekly run.
Christmas special of this weekly run.
Xmas party for children aged 4-11 years.
Groovy Babies at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Brutus Gold's Love Train at Middlesbrough Town Hall
Swimming promotions at the Rainbow & Neptune Centres over the festive period!
Having spent 2013 wowing crowds across Europe, YRS are back to play the Town Hall Crypt for the homecoming of all homecomings!
Fun and games at the Rainbow Leisure Centre Christmas Eve Party!
A very special Christmas Family Fun Day for children with disabilities and their families at the Rainbow Leisure Centre!
The Gruffalo - Northern Sinfonia at Middlesbrough Town Hall