Stockton Sparkles ignited the festive spirit in Stockton-on-Tees yesterday evening as the town’s annual Christmas lights flickered to life, marking the official start of the Stockton Sparkles Christmas celebrations. The event, held on Thursday, November 23rd, brought together several hundred eager residents and visitors to witness the magical transformation of Stockton High Street into a winter wonderland.

A vibrant atmosphere filled the air as the countdown to the big switch-on began. Popular BBC Tees presenters Gary Philipson and Dan Westwood kept the crowd entertained with their lively banter and infectious enthusiasm, while the anticipation among the attendees was palpable.

At the stroke of 6.30 pm, the lights switched on, illuminating the town with a dazzling display of festive colors. A collective gasp of delight echoed through the crowd as the High Street was bathed in a warm, inviting glow. The sight of twinkling lights adorning the tree, buildings, and lampposts was truly breathtaking.

Stockton Sparkles Victorian Fun fair at the 2023 Stockton Sparkles

Adding to the festive atmosphere was a charming Victorian funfair, complete with a 50-foot Ferris wheel, a carousel. The nostalgic charm of the fairground transported visitors back in time, evoking memories of childhood Christmases filled with laughter and excitement.

The joyous occasion was further amplified by a series of live performances, including carols from local choirs and energetic dance routines. The presence of Santa Claus himself added an extra touch of magic, as he interacted with the crowds and spread festive cheer.

The Stockton Sparkles Christmas light switch-on was a resounding success, marking the beginning of a month-long celebration that promises to bring joy and merriment to the town. The event’s infectious energy and palpable excitement set the stage for a truly magical Christmas in Stockton-on-Tees.

Read our Stockton Sparkles article to find out the details of all the festive events over the next month.