Friday, November 13, 2009
You better watch out! You better not cry...!
I'm aware from my software that around this time every year a lot of people visit this blog looking for information about Christmas activities in Darlington town centre. So here are the arrangements for Christmas in Darlington town centre in November & December 2009.
The Ferris Wheel returns to Darlington
From the 20th November until 13th December, 10am - 6pm, in Joseph Pease Place. £2.50 for adults, £2 for children under 12, & senior citizens. We went on it twice last year.
Christmas Lights Switch-On
Sunday 22nd November 2009 from 2.45pm. Dance and singing acts hosted by TFM breakfast show presenters. Special appearence by Santa "arriving in style" at 4pm along with his friends Chico and the Grumbleweeds from this year's Civic panto.
4.30pm lights - switch-on followed by spectacular fireworks finale.
The very popular Christingle Markets return on 26th November & 10th December 2009 from noon until 8pm to coincide with late night shopping. On the High Row. "Find some stocking fillers and unusual giftsand of course enjoy a glass or two of festive Gluehwein and seasonal entertainment!"
Festive Opening Times
Darlington's wide range of multiples and excellent independent traders are open as follows;
Late Night Thursdays: 19th November - 17th December 2009 8.30am - 8pm.
Sundays: 8th November - 20th December 2009 10am - 4.30pm.
Free car parking in all council-operated car parks on Sundays and after 6pm, and on late night Thursdays after 3.30pm.
Christmas Extravaganza Weekend
Saturday 12th December 9am - 5pm and Sunday 13th December 10am - 4.30pm.
Ice sculptures created as you watch of festive characters. Wood carvers, street theatre, pantomime charcters and the final of the 'Carols for Darlington'. competition. All to help you relax a little as the Christmas rush gets into full swing.
Don't forget Santa!
Santa will be popping up all over Darlington to listen to the good children of Darlington. He's at the Cornmill Centre on Saturdays and Sundays from the 28th November until 20th December, the Queen Street Arcade on Saturdays and Sundays from 5th December until Christmas Eve, at the Head of Steam, Darlington Railway Museum on Saturday and Sundays 5th & 6th December, 12th & 13th December & Saturday 19th December 10am - 3.30pm, and in South Park 20th December 10am - 3pm. (Booking essential for the latter 2 venues).
Children who want to write a letter to Santa can post it in the Tourist Information Centre, and if adults pay £1.50 to TI staff, a nice surprise will come back in the post. Children or adults must remember to print their names and addresses on the back of the envelope. (We used this service last year, and AJ loved the reply). Available until 11th December.
And Finally, Finally!
Don't forget this year's Christmas Panto, Aladdin, at the Civic, from Saturday 5th December 2009 until Sunday 17th January 2010. Tickets from the box office on 01325 486555 or via online www.darlingtonarts.co.uk