The big build up to Christmas in Morpeth gets under way with a festive three-day event organised by Sanderson Arcade in partnership with Morpeth Town Council.
Sponsored by Duchy Homes, the Morpeth Christmas Celebration will take place on Bridge Street from Thursday, November 15 to Saturday, November 17.
On Thursday and Friday the town will host the first Morpeth Christmas Market with a variety of foodie traders as well as street food and rides, running from noon– 8pm on both days.
And Saturday will see the official Morpeth Lights Switch On event with the whole town coming together to switch on their lights at the same time, 5pm, followed by a festive fireworks display.
The Christmas Market will still be in place and a live stage will be set up on Bridge Street. Entertainment will start at 1pm with a line up including; Morpeth All Saints Choir, Ellington Colliery Band and Voice of the Town.
The switch-on will be hosted by Heart Breakfast hosts, Justin and Kelly and SPARK! will also be performing their light and drum display. SPARK! will entertain the crowds with two performances – one before and after the big switch on.
In addition to this Morpeth Town Council will hold their annual Mistletoe Fair in Morpeth Town Hall.
There will also be the chance to meet and greet Santa and Mrs Claus in Sanderson Arcade during the switch on – they can be found next to the Christmas tree in the Arcade from 2pm to 4.30pm.
The Morpeth Tree of Light will also be illuminated at the event to mark the start of the Christmas fund-raising appeal.
Funds will be shared between the Mayor’s Charity, MIND, Henry Dancer Days and the Arcade’s chosen charity for 2018/19, which is Cleaswell Hill School.
Centre manager at Sanderson Arcade Joel Plumley said: “We are delighted to have the support of Duchy Homes for our big three day event and their involvement means we can really build on this popular annual event.
“It’s also great to be working with the Town Council – this is always our biggest event of the year and we have a really great line up planned to get Christmas off to a fantastic start.”