Dispatches from the North: North East Christmas Lights Switch On Guide

Over the next two weekends cities, towns and villages across Britain will be switching on their Christmas lights! Here is a guide to most of the Christmas Lights Switch On festivities I’ve found across the North East. The best things about these events are that they are free to the public, great for all ages and what could be a better way to start off Christmas than seeing the centre of one of the North East’s beautiful towns illuminated by thousands of bulbs?

Gateshead Christmas Tree and Millenium Bridge

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Date: Thursday 18th November 2010

Location: Grey Street (Town Centre)

Time: 5:30-6:30

Special Guest: Former Coronation Street star Tupele Dorgu (Kelly Crabtree)

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Gateshead

Date: Friday 26th November 2010

Location: Baltic Square (Town Centre)

Time: 6:15

Special Guests: Mayor of Gateshead

Entertainment: Silver Singers from the Sage Gateshead

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Sunderland

Date: Thursday 18th November 2010

Location: City Centre

Time: 6:00

Special Guests: Mayor of Sunderland and Sunderland footballer Darren Brent

Entertainment: Sun FM Roadshow, winners of the City Sings Choral Competition

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Middlesbrough

Date: Thursday 18th November 2010

Location: Town Centre

Time: 5:30-6:15

Special Guests: Colin Roberts as Dame Durden and Daisy the Cow from Middlesbrough Theatre’s Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk

Hosted by: TFM’s Wayne and Amy from Wake Up With Wayne

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Durham

Date: Sunday 21st November 2010

Location: City Centre

Time: 5:45

Special Guests: Emmerdale’s Cain and Marlon Dingle and Rhona Goskirk

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Darlington

Date: Sunday 21st November 2010

Location: Town Centre

Time: 4:30

Special Guest: David Essex star of this year’s Darlington Civic Theatre pantomime, Peter Pan

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Stockton-On-Tees

Date: Sunday 28th November 2010

Location: High Street

Time: 4:00-6:00

Special Guests: Coronation Street’s Becky McDonald (Katherine Kelly), Sportacus and Stephanie from LazyTown

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York

York does not have an official switching on event listed in their extensive “A York Christmas” guide, however York is definitely one of the best places in all of Britain to visit for a bit of Ye Olde Christmas whimsy throughout the festive period. Check out their website and download their Christmas 2010 guide for a full listing of the dozens of events happening all over York from the end of November up through Christmas!

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Metro Centre

Europe’s largest shopping centre, the Metro Centre, is located right here in the North East! Its one of the best places in Europe to do your Christmas shopping so no North East Christmas Guide would be complete without including some info on the Metro Centre in Gateshead.

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Comments

  1. avatar says

    Just returned from the switch on of Durham City Christmas lights and have to say how disapointed we are with the lights in Durham this year. Not even a Christmas tree in Durham city Market place for the first time since I can ever remember and lights that you would expect to see in someones house not a street. I know cities and towns are cutting back but this is so depressing. Their were boos from the crowd as they walked away after 3 emmerdale stars turned the lights on (at great cost no doubt). Please try and do better next year. Its laughable Durham. Your doing our magnificent city no favours.

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