Ho Ho Ho and welcome to a Magical Middlesbrough Christmas…with a difference. After the year that’s been we all need a little more light in our lives and although we can’t celebrate in our usual way, we’re determined to make a magical Christmas for you all to enjoy safely. For some of our virtual events you won’t even need to leave your sofa…but you can definitely wear Christmas jumpers and your best festive onesies as you watch!

Virtual Lights Switch On featuring Santa and friends

Watch all over again and see Middlesbrough shine as Santa, his festive friends and a big yellow dog bring you the brand new lights of Middlesbrough in a magical film for all the family to watch. Christmas socks are optional, grab your favourite festive treats, get comfy and watch as many times as you like to get you into the festive spirit!

Christmas at Newham Grange Farm


Newham Grange Farm at Christmas

Santa’s elves have been working hard to transform the farm into a winter wonderland packed with festive entertainment. Take a wander down Candy Cane Lane, check out the Elf Village, go snowman spotting and there’s even the chance to visit Santa in his magical grotto!

Festive farm event dates*: 5-6 December, 12-13 December, 19-20 December and 21-24 December. Advance booking is essential and tickets can be bought online at Newham Grange Farm

*Please note that events and dates may be subject to change in line with government guidance and announcements. Please follow Newham Grange Farm social media for more info.

Christmas shopping in Middlesbrough town centre

As the national lockdown lifts on 2 December*, Middlesbrough will reopen for all your Christmas shopping needs. Free after 3 car parking will be available in all Middlesbrough Council car parks and late night shopping opening hours will start from 3 December. Check our handy table below for opening hours across shops and shopping centres. As you shop be sure to enjoy a fabulous festive window inside the Cleveland Centre and our stunning display of Christmas lights.

*Please note that the dates below are subject to change in line with government guidelines and announcements. We will update this page as soon as we can, please bear with us and check GOV.UK for current info

  Captain Cook Square Cleveland Centre Dundas Shopping Centre Hillstreet Centre
Thursday 3 December 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm
Thursday 10 December 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm
Thursday 17 December  7pm 7pm 7pm 8pm
Monday 21 December 7pm 7pm Normal opening hours 8pm
Tuesday 22 December 7pm 7pm Normal opening hours 8pm
Wednesday 23 December 7pm 7pm Normal opening hours 8pm

Buy Boro and support local


Remember you can help make some festive dreams come true for our independent shops by supporting local. For many of them this could be the lifeline to help them get through a second lockdown and a chance to start 2021 afresh. Visit their websites, follow their social media, show them some Love Middlesbrough love by buying gifts and vouchers and share with your friends so that they can all shop local too!

You can also download the Visit Middlesbrough app to your smartphone. The app gives you all the latest news and alerts and as the town centre reopens, it can also give you the best time to come shopping if you would prefer to shop at quieter times. Download the app from your app store or Google Play.

Rocking around the Christmas tree

Would it really be Christmas if you’re not singing all the classics from mid-November?! For the Love Middlesbrough team, we don’t call it Christmas until we hear Last Christmas on the radio, but the much-coveted festive top spot is definitely something different for everyone. We’ve put together a few of our faves below and we’ll be taking to social media soon to ask you for yours. Until then, get ready to rock around the Christmas tree and sing at the top of your voices. All together now: When the snowman brings the snow…

Festive films

Snuggle up on the sofa, grab the remote control and get comfy, it’s time for some festive films! Whether you’re Frozen in time, ready for The Holiday or you would choose some Love Actually, you just can’t beat the feelgood factor of a Christmas film. From animation to romance, musical magic to flying sleighs, get in the mood with our playlist – we know which one we’re watching first. Top tip: Santa? I KNOW HIM!

Stay in touch

Keep an eye on our social media to stay up to date with all the latest festive news. We’ll be reaching out to you to take part in our online polls so that we can share the results with everyone and help to make some Magical Middlesbrough memories. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we love to hear from you on them all.

We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2021.