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Christmas Lights Switch On 2023

Save the date for the most magical event of the festive period.

Centre Square

19th November 2023 - 12:00pm - 6:30pm


Get ready for plenty of live entertainment, music, foodie treats and loads of festive fun as we switch on Middlesbrough’s Christmas lights on Sunday 19 November!

You can find out all you need to know about this FREE event and what’s happening throughout the day, here.

Check out the below for timings below.

The Christmas Lights Switch On is in association with Everyone Active in Middlesbrough and BBC Tees.

12.00 pm – 6.00pm: Throughout the event, you can grab a festive photo opportunity within the giant snow globe in Centre Square and local artist, Adele Catchpole will be leading free family friendly lantern making workshops

12.00pm: Live performances from professional vocal acts and community groups including North East Opera, One Voice Choir, Easterside Primary School and Middlesbrough Town Hall’s performing arts group

3pm and 5.45pm: Live performances from The Urban Kaos Groove Mission who’ll be bringing their pop up dance party to Centre Square featuring Christmas floor fillers

Apollo Arts will lead community groups and choirs in The Big Sing

The MFC Foundation and Rory the Lion will lead a 5 minute keep fit session

Panto star, Amelia Lily will perform live

BBC Tees’ Gary Philipson will host ‘Games with Gary’

Ahead of the switch on, Gary chats to pantomime stars, Amelia Lily (Fairy Godmother) and Philip Green (Buttons) about the upcoming show at Middlesbrough Theatre

Christmas lights officially switched on

The Funk Collective will be performing live with their take on some Christmas classic tracks

Event finishes
Food traders and market stalls
  • In Bread
  • Tap Garden
  • Lucca Pizza Co
  • Top Notch Scotch Eggs
  • Boba Empire
  • Slack Jaws
  • The Yorkshire Man
  • Fat Hippo
  • Tasty Tarts
  • Jess McGowen Designs
  • DipnGraze
  • Middlesbrough Town Hall Bar