Are you feeling festive yet? Magical Middlesbrough Christmas is well and truly here with our pretty lights around town, Christmas trees and festive opening hours for shops and car parks.
Santa’s Grotto returns to Captain Cook Square starting this weekend (7 & 8 December and 14 & 15 December) and he’s getting super busy. Book your slot today and make some magical festive memories with your little ones.
We’re incredibly delighted to have the wonderful Walking with The Snowmen trail in 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. Pick up a Trail Map from Central Library, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Cleveland Centre, Baker Street Kitchen or Pysche.
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.
Base Camp Christmas Market
Festive food, drinks, arts and crafts and loads of amazing stalls from some of the best local artists and makers at the Base Camp Christmas Market. Support independent this Christmas with stalls including Wonky Jewellery Company, Earthen Collective, Ellephant Vegan Bakery, Art Mouse Design and lots more. Launch night event (6 Dec, 6-10pm) and main festive market (7 Dec ,10am - 4pm), free entry and festive drinks available too.
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.
Grab your winter coat and warm up your singing voice, the Big Sing is back and it's a wonderful way to get in to the Christmas spirit! Pick up your song sheet and join in the carols and other festive favourites at the top of your voice in Captain Cook Square. 2.30 - 4pm, free event and everyone welcome!
Daring Polar Explorers are on the move at Captain Cook Square this weekend, The arctic duo will take you on a storytelling adventure across the North Pole, handing out festive treats and posing for photos. There will also be a special appearance from the festive friends to get you in the Christmas spirit. 11am to 4pm, free entry.
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!
100 Voices Christmas Concert
The 100 Voices are returning to Middlesbrough Town Hall for more joyful festive enthusiasm and fabulous harmonies. The Community Choir made up of 180 voices and led by musical director Jeanette Wainwright will be singing everything from Rag and Bone Man to Haydn plus all your favourite Christmas music. Tickets are £10 (plus booking fee) and on sale now.
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.
Safari at the Dorman Museum
It's the last chance to see the Safari exhibition at the Dorman Museum before we say a fond farewell to the African plains. A vibrant, interactive journey into Africa, visitors can set up camp in the Safari tent before heading out to explore wild habitats. An unforgettable journey of animal discovery, catch it now before it finishes on 15 December. 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.