It's never too early to start talking about Magical Middlesbrough Christmas!
New for 2019 and a first for the North East, we're incredibly delighted to welcome Walking with The Snowmen to town! The twelve fabulous snowmen, based on the character from Raymond Briggs' heart-warming story, have been beautifully painted in the theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Grab your big coat and wrap up warm for a magical festive adventure as you find all twelve around the town centre – just pick up a Trail Map from Central Library, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Cleveland Centre, Baker Street Kitchen or Pysche. Of course, your favourite festive events are back too with the Middlesbrough Lights Switch On taking place Thursday 28th November (late night shopping starts then too), plus the Magical Middlesbrough Parade with reindeer is back Sunday 1st December and Santa's Grotto returns to Captain Cook Square, plus the perfect Christmas party awaits at the Christmas Orange Pip special on Saturday 21st December!
Make sure you tag us in all your #BrilliantlyBoro posts and enjoy our top pick of activities and events below – don’t forget to check Enjoy Tees Valley for a full list of events in the area.
Christmas Lights Switch On
Grab your big coat and wrap up warm for the Magical Middlesbrough Christmas Lights Switch On! Pretty lights, stunning firework finale, live music from The Gimme Gimmicks, the spectacular Spark Drummers, festive fairground, pop up food stalls from Orange Pip Market food traders and loads more! Hosted by BBC Tees' Gary Philipson, kick off the festive season in style and join in the fun! Entertainment starts from 5.30pm in Centre Square and it's totally free!
Walking with The Snowman
Take a wintry walk around Middlesbrough this Christmas to celebrate the magic of Raymond Briggs' heart-warming story of The Snowman™. Twelve giant Snowman sculptures are waiting to be discovered in Middlesbrough town centre, each one inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas. Grab your snow boots, wrap up warm and get ready to go on a magical Christmas adventure with The Snowman. Remember to tag us in all your selfies and use the hashtag #TheSnowmanWalkBoro so we can see your festive photos!
Tom Joshua at The Westgarth
Tom Joshua is an alt folk singer / songwriter from Teesside. With influences from Nick drake, Damien Rice, and a plethora of teen-angst bands, the sound is rooted primarily in folk, but tends to wander down wider, more cinematic and expansive soundscapes.
Rudeboy featuring Don Letts
He famously turned a generation of punks on to reggae music and now Don Letts is making his debut at Middlesbrough Town Hall to round off a night of reggae that includes the premiere of newly released film, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records and a DJ set from Ska legends, Ska’d for Life. Legendary and unforgettable, it promises to be a memorable night in Middlesbrough. The evening starts at 7.30pm with the screening of Rudeboy, followed at 8.55pm by Ska'd for Life and Don Letts will take to the decks at 10.30pm. Tickets £14 +bf
MFC Christmas Parties 2019
MFC is doing Christmas different this year - you're in for a real treat if you book your Christmas party night out at The Riverside! Destination Christmas Party Nights mean you can head off to Miami Vice, The White Isle Ibiza and New York, New York! Enjoy a sharing platter and roam around the three roams, certainly a new take on the traditional Christmas party! If tradition is your thing then you can still book for a sit down meal and dj at one of the festive and private party nights.
Magical Middlesbrough Parade
Santa and his magical reindeer are back for the ever popular Magical Middlesbrough Parade! 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. The parade starts at 1pm at the Teesside University campus heart and parades through Middlesbrough town centre.
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. Visit Santa on 7 & 8 December and 14 & 15 December, tickets are £6 and must be booked in advance. Santa's Grotto is in association with Captain Cook Square.
Safari at the Dorman Museum
The Safari exhibition at the Dorman Museum has had a spooky makeover just in time for Halloween. Visit the Spooky Safari and encounter ghosts, ghouls and giant creepie crawlies lurking in the safari trail. Tickets: £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, £8 family ticket.
It's panto time at Middlesbrough Theatre and this year the family friendly extravaganza stars Anne Hegerty (from ITV's The Chase) and sees the welcome return of Philip Green (Britain's Got Talent) as well as a host of other panto favourites. Spectacular special effects, beautiful costumes, stunning scenery and all the fun you can handle, it's the festive family treat not to be missed. Don't slumber on it, book for Sleeping Beauty today! Dementia Friendly and Relaxed (2 Jan at 2pm) and BSL (2 Jan, 7pm) performances are also available.