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Turning on the Christmas lights
Christmas lights in Middlesbrough
When the lights go on, you know Christmas is coming!

When the Christmas lights are turned on in your town centre, it signals the start of that festive feel.

For families, the turning on of the lights can be a happy memory to share together.

Whether you want to make it to your local light turn-on, or you just want to know when to avoid a quick nip into into town, we've got the details.

Listings below for Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland, Hartlepool, and Durham.

Darlington
Sunday 21 November - Darlington Market Square

Starting at 3pm and ending at 4.30pm with the switch on and fireworks display.

Entertainment includes local dance and singing performances, Pirate Combat with Fit-Lab, and a Christmas Parade with Santa.

Middlesbrough
Thursday 18 November - Town Centre

5.30pm start, with a 6.15pm switch-on. This will take place in the centre of town, near Spectra-txt.

Stockton
Sunday 28 November - Stockton High Street

Event starts at 4pm and the lights will be switched on at 6pm.

Stockton Sparkles Festival launches with this illuminating celebration with personal appearances by Coronation Street's Becky and LazyTown's Sportacus and Stephanie UK actors - officially approved by LazyTown.

Redcar
Saturday 20 November - High Street

The full day's entertainment will begin at 9am. Including stilt walkers and art fairs, and children's rides to keep the little ones happy.

The parade will set off from Park Hotel at 4.30pm making its way along the High Street, for the official switch-on of the lights at 5pm. This will be followed by Community carol singing.

Hartlepool
Details to be confirmed.

Durham
Sunday 21 November - Marketplace

Kicking off at 2pm, the official turning on of the lights will be at 5.45pm.

This year, two of Emmerdale's infamous Dingle clan, Cain and Marlon, along with local vet and currently Marlon's love interest, Rhona Goskirk will be flicking the switch.

For more information on any of these events, please click the links at the top right of this page.




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