Middlesbrough Christmas Lights Switch On event showing a food stall with crowds around.

Middlesbrough’s Christmas Lights Switch On is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the festive season. This year, the event will take place on Sunday 19 November from 12noon to 6.30pm in Centre Square.

There will be a variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained, including festive hunts, a funfair, and live entertainment from local choirs and bands. The highlight of the day, of course, will be the switching on of the Christmas lights at 5.30pm.

Here is everything you need to know about the Middlesbrough Christmas Lights Switch On 2023:

  • Date: Sunday 19 November
  • Time: 12noon to 6.30pm
  • Location: Centre Square, Middlesbrough
  • Activities: Festive hunts, funfair, live entertainment, Christmas lights switch on at 5.30pm
  • Cost: Free

Photos of the event

To get an idea of what to expect, these photos show some of the fun at the Middlesbrough Christmas Lights Switch On last year. The event featured a large ice rink, food stalls, live entertainment and fireworks to end the night! There was even a visit from Santa live on stage.

Getting to Middlesbrough Christmas Lights Switch On

Centre Square is located in the heart of Middlesbrough and is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest bus stop is Middlesbrough Bus Station, which is a short walk away. The nearest train station is Middlesbrough Station, which is also a short walk away. Parking is available for FREE at Captain Cook Square multistory car park, which is 5 minutes walk from Centre Square.

What to wear

The weather in Middlesbrough in November can be unpredictable, so it is best to dress in layers. It is also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes, as you will be standing a lot.

What to bring

Bring your family and friends, and be sure to bring your camera to capture all the festive fun. You may also want to bring some cash or card to buy food and drinks from the stalls.

Tips for enjoying the event

  • Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
  • Take breaks throughout the day to rest and refuel.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your children.
  • Have fun!

Additional information

The Middlesbrough Christmas Lights Switch On is a free event, but donations to local charities are welcome.

There will be a variety of food and drink stalls available at the event.

The event is wheelchair accessible.

Last Updated on 13 November 2023