Regular readers of this blog may recall that this time last year I had a Victor Meldrew moment when I learned that there was to be no Santa in the Cornmill for Christmas 2007. Via the comments column, may of you agreed that this was an own goal for the town.
So I'm delighted to announce that Santa (magically, of course) will somehow be in 3 separate Darlington town centre locations in 2008 at the same time - The Cornmill, The Market Grotto and Queen Street. Naturally, there won't be 3 different Santas, because as every 5-year old knows, that would be wrong and just plain silly.
It looks like Santa will start listening to all the good boys and girls from the beginning of December - your best chance of catching him at several of the locations will be on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Children wanting to write to Santa can drop off their letters at the Tourist Information Centre in the Dolphin Centre - it will cost £1.50 to get a reply, and letters need to be posted by 12th December.
There's plenty more going on too: -
November 23rd. Christmas Lights swith-on, 3pm - 4.30pm. New lights will be on show for the first time, covering the town clock and the historic yards.
November 27th & December 4th from 12pm to 8pm. Christingle Markets to coincide with late shopping days on Thursdays.
December 11th - 14th. Winter Wonderland Market. A great time to pick up all your Christmas essentials. The 4-day event will see a double marquee in the Market Square filled with stalls and entertainment, including carol singing.
As more news about Christmas in Darlington becomes available, I'll post it here.
30th November. Hurworth Christmas Fair, The Grange, Hurworth. A "proper" village fair, with lots of stalls, lovely hot refreshments and Santa (TBC)
6th December - 18th January. Darlington Civic Theatre's giant pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk comes to town, starring Ian Reddington (Coronation Street's Vernon), Boogie Pete, (Pete Hillier from CBeebies) and the hilarious Charlie Cairoli. Tickets are from £11 - £18.50, make sure you don't miss out, book your tickets NOW on 01325 486555.
(NB Nick's note - I'm guessing that's Charlie Cairoli jnr - the 1970's TV clown legend died in 1980).