We have another Magical Middlesbrough Christmas ahead! It’s our favourite time of the year, and for 2019 we’re bringing you some of your favourite annual events with an incredibly exciting new addition – Walking with The Snowman trail!
Dates for your diary
Here's all the headliners for your Magical Middlesbrough Christmas – get the dates in your diary!
Christmas Lights Switch On
This year’s Lights Switch On takes place at Centre Square and will be a fun-filled, magical spectacle for all the family to get involved with! One of the region’s best loved presenters, BBC Tees’ Gary Philipson will be hosting and turning on this year’s lights. Plus we have some VIP guests from Middlesbrough Football Club, Spark Drummers and The Gimmie Gimmicks will be playing some festive favourites to warm up the crowd. From 5.30pm catch pre-event fun Orange Pip Market pop-up stalls plus there's fairground rides for little ones.
Magical Middlesbrough Parade
The ever popular Magical Middlesbrough Parade will take to the streets on Sunday 1st December! Twelve schools and community groups will be the stars of the parade along with Newham Grange Farm’s Daisy and Dan bunny mascots who will lead the route and guide Father Christmas and his elves to Centre Square. There’s fairground rides and more Orange Pip Market pop-up stalls to enjoy after the parade.
Find your perfect viewing spot – download the reindeer parade route map now!
Walking with The Snowman
Raymond Briggs’ world famous and heart-warming story of The Snowman will be brought to life in central Middlesbrough as twelve giant sculptures of The Snowman create a must-see trail – a first for the North East!
Each beautiful giant sculpture has been decorated by a different artist on the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas, so each one is unique. Pick up a Trail Map and head along a journey of discovery taking in locations such as Central Library, Middlesbrough Town Hall and Bedford Street where you’ll discover a different Snowman – visit them all and make sure you tag us in your pictures and selfies using #TheSnowmanWalkBoro
Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, Santa is wanting all the boys and girls of Middlesbrough pay him a visit at Captain Cook Square this December! Anyone visiting Santa can tell him their special Christmas wishes and they will receive a mini gift to take home.
In association with Captain Cook Square
Newham Grange Farm Festive Extravaganza
Some very special visitors are heading to the farm this Christmas. Daisy and Dan have invited some friends to stay at the farm’s pop-up magical village. Pick up a discovery sheet from the Welcome Centre on arrival and see if you can spot all of their new friends – a treat awaits if you can find them all! Plus don’t miss the farm’s incredible dazzling Christmas lights, festive arts and crafts, hot food and drink from the café and pick up a brand new Daisy or Dan mascot toy from the Welcome Centre for those last minute stocking fillers.
Daisy and Dan will be turning on the farm’s Christmas Lights during a special performance on Saturday 7th December, and the pair will perform a Christmas show every weekend in December!
The Big Sing
The Big Sing is back! Enjoy a hot chocolate, grab your hat and scarf and pick up a song sheet and join in the carols and festive favourites in the town centre. A wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit.
Orange Pip Christmas Special
The hotly anticipated Orange Pip Christmas Special will return to Middlesbrough Town Hall the Saturday before Christmas.
It'll be jam-packed with more incredible food stalls, festive mulled wine and cider stands plus there will be Christmas movies to watch, arty fun with the Orange Pip Collective, beautiful gift ideas, a rock-tastic version of karaoke and some extra festive surprises – we can’t wait!
In association with SG Petch
And loads more!
Dorman Museum are hosting some brilliant festive craft sessions during the festive period, plus, Santa is heading along for story telling and tea and cake! Find out more on their Facebook Page.
Middlesbrough Theatre are gearing up for another epic run of panto, and this year it’s the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty (oh yes it is!). The hilarious cast includes last year’s panto favourite Philip Green who returns by popular demand. Don't miss out – book your tickets now!
Parking: Free after 3!
Enjoy free after 3pm car parking in all Council car parks every day in December. Launching on 28 November and running until 31 December, the free after 3pm offer is available in all long and short stay council car parks. Check the town centre car park map to find out more.
Visitors can also enjoy free after 3pm car parking on late night shopping nights in Cleveland Centre, Hill Street Shopping Centre and Dundas Shopping Centre car parks.
Late night shopping
Take advantage of the festive late night shopping opening hours. Late night shopping in Middlesbrough town centre will be available on:
- Thursday 28 November until 7pm
- Friday 29 November (Black Friday) until 7pm
- Thursday 5 December until 7pm
- Thursday 12 December until 7pm
- Monday 16 December until 7pm
- Tuesday 17 December until 7pm
- Wednesday 18 December until 7pm
- Thursday 19 December until 8pm
- Friday 20 December until 7pm
- Monday 23 December until 7pm
Marks and Spencer Middlesbrough will also be open until 8pm on:
- Thursday 12 December
- Monday 16 to Friday 20 December
- Monday 23 December
12 Days of Christmas
The 12 Days of Christmas brings you a host of festive treats and all the gifts you can want from shops, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities in Middlesbrough town centre.
From writing a letter to Santa at the Disney Store to cheese advent calendars from Chuckling Cheese in the Hillstreet, and Christmas Hampers from Acklam Hall there’s a seasonal treat for everyone.