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It's going to be a Magical Middlesbrough Christmas!

Get the diaries ready as the dates are finally here, Christmas is coming to Middlesbrough and it is going to be the most magical yet!

The 2019 annual big Lights Switch On will take place on Thursday, November 28 from 5.30pm on Centre Square.

The event will be hosted by BBC Tees presenter Gary Philipson and will feature some very special Middlesbrough Football Club guests, spectacular Spark Drummers, local band The Gimmie Gimmicks plus a pop-up Orange Pip market and traditional fairground rides.

And don't forget, new for 2019 and a first for the North East - the Walking with The Snowman trail is heading to Middlesbrough from Saturday, November 2 to Saturday, January 4.

The trail will weave around Middlesbrough town centre and will feature twelve incredible sculptures of Raymond Briggs' famous character from The Snowman, each snowman painted by different artists in the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas.

The ever popular Magical Middlesbrough Parade with its reindeers will take to the streets on Sunday, December 1, starting at the Campus Heart of Teesside University.

Twelve community groups along with Newham Grange Farm's Daisy and Dan will lead the route ending on Centre Square where there will be fairground rides and Orange Pip market stalls.

The hotly anticipated Orange Pip Christmas special will return to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, December 21 from noon-6pm.

There will be food, fizz, movies, arty fun, gifts, a rock-tastic version of karaoke and some extra festive surprises.

Also over Christmas there will be a variety of Festive Food Stalls in the town centre from Thursday, November 21 to Monday, December 23.

Don't forget to book a visit with Santa himself in the charming and bespoke grotto in Captain Cook Square on the weekends of December 7/8 and 14/15 to tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a mini gift to take home.

And last but not least Newham Grange Farm is having a Christmassy makeover from Saturday, December 7 to New Year's Eve where twinkly illuminations switched on by Daisy and Dan at a special event on Saturday, December 7 will lead to a stunning pop-up animal village featuring some brand new farm characters.

The village will feature a Christmas scene, a snow blanket and of course, the farm's mascots will be hiding somewhere!

Parking is free after 3pm in all Middlesbrough Council car parks from Thursday, November 28 to New Year's Eve. There is also free car parking after 3pm on late night shopping nights at Cleveland Centre, Hillstreet Shopping Centre and Dundas Shopping Centre.

Find out more about all the Magical Middlesbrough events and offers on the Love Middlesbrough website.