The festive season is set to be officially switched on in South Tyneside this weekend.
The Christmas lights in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn will all be turned on.
First up, Jarrow’s switch-on will take place on Friday.
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, will perform the switch-on outside of Jarrow Town Hall, in Grange Road, between 4pm and 5pm.
St Bede’s RC Primary School and Jarrow School steel band will lead the crowds in seasonal songs and Christmas carols.
The South Shields Christmas light switch on is always a fantastic festive highlight for the townCoun Richard Porthouse
South Shields’s switch on takes place on Saturday.
Between 3.30pm and 5pm, shoppers in King Street will be treated to a festive programme of entertainment, including live music from South Shields X Factor star Abi Garrido.
The switch-on will be performed by the Mayor and Mayoress, as well as band S Club Party, which features three of the original members of S Club 7.
They will then encourage the crowd to sing along to their best-known hits, while Abi will also entertain with a selection of her songs.
Coun Porthouse said: “The South Shields Christmas light switch-on is always a fantastic festive highlight for the town.
“I am thrilled to be joined by Bradley, Jo and Tina from S Club Party for the official switch-on.
“I’m sure people will give them and local talent Abi Garrido a very warm welcome.
“Our colourful Christmas lights are spectacular, and it’s a pleasure to see the joy on people’s faces when the streets are full of glittering lights and yuletide motifs.
“They are certain to get residents and visitors in the borough into the Christmas spirit at this magical time of year.”
The Hebburn switch-on will take place on Monday in Fountain Park, on Station Road, between 4pm and 5pm.
The Mayor and Mayoress will turn the lights on, while there will be carols around the Christmas tree with St Aloysius School choir and festive music from Hebburn Comprehensive School wind band.
An array of colourful characters and performers will be mingling with the crowds at each of the events.
Compere Ray Spencer, executive director of the Customs House, will warm up the crowds at Jarrow and Hebburn, while Simon Logan from BBC Newcastle will host at South Shields.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with special responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “Our three town centre light switch-on events in South Shields, Hebburn and Jarrow always prove popular with people of all ages from across South Tyneside and always generate a lot of festive cheer. I can’t wait to see the borough all lit up.
“These events signal the start of Christmas in South Tyneside and make the borough look spectacular with glittering features, yuletide motifs and shimmering trees that help to spread some festive joy to all who live and visit South Tyneside this Christmas.”
For the full events programme, visit www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk or pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre at Haven Point.