South Tynesiders are set to get into the festive spirit when a trio of Christmas lights switch-ons take place next week.
The festivities will begin in South Shields on Thursday, with visitors to the Market Place to enjoy a programme of entertainment between 6pm and 7pm.
Included will be live music and an appearance from the stars of this year’s Customs House panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as a special appearance from Santa Claus.
Award-winning boyband 5ive will also perform some of their hits before joining the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Alan Smith and Moira Smith, and Anna Foster from BBC Newcastle for the switch on.
Also performing will be singer songwriter, Lauren Amour and new boyband District 12.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Christmas Wonderland lighting display in St Hilda’s Church Gardens.
It is a real thrill to be turning on the borough’s Christmas light displaysThe Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Alan Smith
The Mayor said: “It is a real thrill to be turning on the borough’s Christmas light displays in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn, which create a special festive atmosphere across South Tyneside. It is a joy to see the community coming together to take part in these glittering annual events.”
The following day, the Mayor and Mayoress will perform the official switch on of Jarrow’s festive light displays and Christmas trees outside of Jarrow Town Hall in Grange Road, from 4pm to 5pm, with yuletide carols from St Bede’s RC Primary School choir.
The Hebburn lights switch on will take place on Monday, November 21, from 4pm to 5pm in Fountain Park, Station Road.
There will also be seasonal songs around the Christmas tree with St Aloysius School Choir and music from Hebburn Comprehensive School wind band.
For the full events programme, go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/christmas.