Middlesbrough becomes incredibly festive at this time of year and the majority of the festivities are completely free of charge. It’s a great place to celebrate Christmas with your family with activities suitable for children and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Christmas kicks off late December with the reindeer parade. Reindeer walk through town for everyone to see, followed by magical creatures, a marching band and Santa himself. A lot of schools and childrens groups get involved and walk in the parade. It’s great to see the festive animals up close. The reindeers finish their journey by the big Christmas tree is Centre Square which later that even has the annual light switch on. Throughout the day there is a fair with rides, stalls, music, games and a gingerbread house.

Throughout the month, markets can be found everywhere from Orange Pip market with it’s artisan food to the farmers market Frost Fair at Stewart Park. There’s a market for everyone all full with fantastic treats and gift ideas. A few stalls are pop up for the month in town serving up mulled wine, hot chocolate and festive snacks.

Closer to Christmas, you’ll find The Big Sing. Choirs and bands from across Middlesbrough join up in Centre Square for a carol singing session. Everyone is more than welcome to join in with the singalong and it’s a great community festive vibe. It’s also illuminated by a stunning backdrop of the illuminated lanterns of the Winter Lantern Garden. You can even pop along early to design and decorate your own Winter lantern.

Christmas week itself you will find festive movies played on the big screen in Centre Screen. Come well prepared, wrapped up warm with a blanket and enjoyed the chilly winter outdoor movie theatre. There’s also a Santa’s workshop with free arts and crafts.

Throughout the festive period you’ll find Santa’s grottos everywhere and you can also buy a ticket to Middlesbrough Theatre’s annual pantomime. Most years the Coca Cola truck visits and you can always find the Santa Run in both Stewart and Albert Park. New activities pop up every single year with this year seeing the arrival of Elf School for your little ones. With pretty much everything being free of charge, you have absolutely no reason not to get involved in the festive cheer!

All images from Love Middlesbrough.

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All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.

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