There's a packed programme to attract shoppers to Darlington town centre in the Yuletide run-up. Here's the highlights;
Street entertainment – Breakdancing
Joseph Pease Place
Friday 26th October
Friday 9th November
Friday 16th November
Christmas Lights Switch On weekend
Town Centre & Market Square
Saturday 17th (throughout the day) and Sunday 18th November (2pm – 5pm)
On Saturday, the weekend starts with a great selection of street theatre and entertainment, including balloon artists, living statues, live music and stilt walkers; these will be from fixed locations and walkabouts throughout the town centre.
On Sunday, in the Market Square, the main event starts at 2pm with ‘Soulutions’, performing soul music with a festive twist, leading into the Switch On party at 2:45pm, where Alpha 103.2’s roadshow gets everyone in the festive mood.
Music and dance follows next with Darlington’s Darrien Wright performing a special dance routine and music provided by ‘Bubblegum Trash’, one of the regions promising new bands.
Also featuring is the final of the school’s Carol Competition. The carols will be played and voted on 103.2 Alpha FM and the top three schools will perform at the Switch On, with the winner chosen by a prestigious panel, which includes the crowd on the day.
Prior to the Switch On, another special guest, Santa Claus will arrive in style, in a superb vintage car, and finally the attractive new Christmas Lights will be switched on by our very own X-Factor finalist Zoë Birkett, who stars as Snow White in this year’s pantomime at Darlington Civic Theatre.
Thursdays 29th November & 6th, 13th December (12 noon until 8pm)
The Christingle Markets, supporting the late night shopping are ideal for some last minute Christmas gifts.
Friday 14th December
Friday 21st December
Market Square and town centre
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th December
‘Winter Wonderland’ is a five-day market and Christmas Event Special, from 13-17 December. The Market Square and the town centre will really come alive, with a Victorian children’s fairground, a log cabin village selling a variety of Christmas goods and a wide selection of exciting entertainment, including carol singers, stilt walkers and delightful music brought to you from a variety of local bands.