Towie star Joey Essex set to switch on Hartlepool Christmas lights

Joey Essex will switch on Hartlepool's Christmas lights.
Joey Essex will switch on Hartlepool's Christmas lights.

TV reality show star Joey Essex will be in Hartlepool tomorrow when he switches on the town’s Christmas lights.

The festive event, called The Only Way Is Christmas, will be held around the Christmas tree in Church Square from 4pm to 7pm.

It has been organised by Hartlepool Borough Council, sponsored by Niramax Total Waste Solutions, and will see the star follow in the footsteps of Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt.

The Only Way Is Essex and I’m a Celebrity star Joey will be joined by Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of the council, to press the button at 6pm and he’ll be meeting and greeting his fans in Hartlepool Art Gallery from around 6.20pm onwards.

Children from St Joseph’s Primary School will also be performing at the event when they take to the stage at 4pm to sing the opening song, complete with illuminated baubles.

Real snow will transform Church Square into a magical world where people can have a go at making their own snowman and join in other snow-themed activities.

Inside the art gallery people will be able to listen to a cosy yuletide story or try their hand at some Christmas crafts, including children’s sessions to make festive badges and snow globes and knitting workshops to make snowmen and scarves, for ages seven to adult. All sessions must be booked in advance.

There will also be a chance to buy a wide range of Christmas gifts including jewellery and items for the home from high quality contemporary designers.

Hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas cocktails and hot gourmet snacks will be on sale in the square, while in the gallery there will be soups and tea and coffee.

Adding to the cheer will be entertainment from local group Red Dreams and the Kate Sirs Choirs. BBC Tees will be broadcasting from the event with presenters Amy Oakden and Dave Llewellyn.

Entry to the switch-on is free but charges will apply for food and drink. Upper Church Street will be closed to vehicles from 9am to 9pm.