It’s the most wonderful time of the year – discover another magical Christmas in Middlesbrough!
The Christmas lights are up, Santa has visited the town centre with his reindeer and thousands turned out in the snow to enjoy a spectacular Festive Day Out.
But there is still plenty to enjoy throughout December including The Big Sing on Saturday 4th December, late night shopping every Thursday and free after 3pm parking in all Middlesbrough Council car parks until 3rd January.
The Big Festive Day Out on the 28th November officially launched the Christmas celebrations this year, featuring the Magical Middlesbrough Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On.
The day included screenings of family Christmas films and the grand unveiling of the festive window at the House of Fraser with traditional carol singers, which is new for 2021.
Santa, his reindeer and the amazing community groups from across Middlesbrough took part in the vibrant and magical parade, which followed a route around the the town centre.
Following the parade, everyone gathered in Centre Square and waited with bated breath for the grand finale – the Christmas lights switch on!
Hosted by TFM presenter, Chris Felton who geared the crowds up for this spectacular event, which featured fun competitions, live performances and all your favourite Christmas music, which truly got everyone into the festive spirit.
Joining Chris on stage to do the honours of turning on the Christmas lights was key worker, Jayne Raynor – a nurse at James Cook University Hospital, who was nominated for successfully resuscitating a member of the public, who she found in cardiac arrest on a petrol station forecourt.
Jayne was also joined by the cast of this year’s panto, Peter Pan and Middlesbrough Football Club’s Matt Crooks made a special appearance to illuminate the town.
Visit the We Are Middlesbrough Facebook page to view more images from The Big Festive Day Out.
Warm up those vocal chords, as The Big Sing is back this Christmas!
Featuring all of your favorite festive tunes, put on your hat and scarf and grab a song sheet, where the first event took place on 4 December.
To truly get you into the festive spirit, The Big Sing is back for another round on December 11, between 10am – 3pm, where you can enjoy live performances from local choirs and community performers.
Something ice-citing will also be taking place on Linthorpe Road, so remember to wrap up warm.
Both Big Sing events are FREE to attend and are located in the town centre at the Corporation Road and Linthorpe Road crossroads.
From Santa’s Grotto to an afternoon tea with a twist, there’s plenty happening down at the farm this Christmas.
Santa’s elves have transformed the farm into Christmas Town – expect trails, games, stories and arts and crafts for everyone to enjoy.
Head down Candy Cane Lane to visit Santa in his magical grotto from the 4– 24 December, where each child will receive a small gift and a certificate to confirm they are on Santa’s nice list. Tickets are priced at £7.50 + 50p booking fee, where under 2s go free.
Indulge in a Festive Afternoon Tea at the farm’s cosy cafe, which includes a selection of delicious sandwiches, savouries, sweet treats and hot chocolate. Newham Grange Farm mascots, Daisy and Dan will also pay you visit, where children will receive a small gift.
Bookings for the Festive Afternoon Tea can be taken for a maximum of 6 people per group, where visitors must also purchase a ticket for Newham Grange Festive Farm.
Tickets are priced at £10 per person + 50p booking fee, where children aged under 2 go free.
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We are Christmas surprises and magical memories. We are offering something for everyone this season. We are Middlesbrough.
Come and explore Santa’s secret headquarters at The Dorman Museum, where all the elves live and the Christmas magic happens! Slip, slide, fly and glide through Lapland and make sure Santa doesn’t spot you!
Seating up to 6 people, these virtual reality sessions offer the perfect family experience during the festive period. Once aboard, you’ll be seamlessly transported into the virtual bay using a HD virtual reality headsets, along with the incredible range of motions which the sleigh has to offer, giving a fully immersive 4D experience.
This ride is recommended for children aged 5+ and tickets are priced at £4 per person, which can be booked here.
Making a list, checking it twice… For all your Christmas shopping needs, Middlesbrough has everything on your wish list to get Christmas gifting sorted.
Jingle along to Middlesbrough’s shopping centres, which offer extended and late night opening hours throughout December, and take advantage of extra browsing time at some of the UK’s biggest high street brands.
Linthorpe Road is home to many independent stores, why not mark Small Business Saturday in style on December 4, by picking up a unique gift for a loved one and supporting a family-run store.
It’s the time of year when indulging is allowed. So go ahead and treat yourself…
Middlesbrough’s bars and restaurants are the perfect place to gather for the festive season. Head to Baker Street and Bedford Street and try some carefully crafted winter tipples from some of Middlesbrough’s leading bars.
Choose a small intimate restaurant for a romantic dinner, gather the office together for a celebration at a trendy bistrot and don’t forget to stock up on sweet treats and festive specials from cafes and pop up stalls.
There’s nothing like gathering your nearest and dearest for events filled with fun and festivities.
From the magic of panto to comedy, legendary DJs, Christmas Orange Pip Market, to children’s shows and the chance to stock up on vinyl with your Christmas pennies, Middlesbrough Theatre and Middlesbrough Town Hall are definitely places to add to your Christmas list.
Start the festive experience early with A Christmas Carol at Middlesbrough Theatre or fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan panto for a swashbuckling adventure.
Take advantage of free after 3 parking in all Middlesbrough Council car parks from 28 November – 3 January.
Cleveland Centre is taking part in Free after 3 parking on late night Thursdays in December and from Monday 20 – Thursday 23 December.
Dundas Arcade has Free after 3 parking from 28 November until 3 January.
Win tickets to see the mighty Middlesbrough FC play at The Riverside by taking part in our festive colouring competition. Details announced soon.