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Scarborough Christmas Plans Revealed

Scarborough Christmas Plans Revealed

Published by Matthew Pells at 12:54pm 8th October 2019. (Updated at 1:55pm 8th October 2019)

More details about plans for a six week Christmas festival in Scarborough have been revealed.

Ice Sculptures, an 8m high Christmas tree and glitterfest drag queens will all feature as part of the event which is being described by organisers as "Yorkshire’s largest Christmas variety show" and a "major new festival".

The festival is being organised by town centre retailers, cultural venues and businesses in an effort to promote the town centre as a Christmas shopping destination. The event is being funded by the new Yorkshire Coast BID.

Chair of the Town Centre Christmas Steering Group, Sue Anderson-Brown says..

“Counting Down to Christmas will be Yorkshire’s largest Christmas variety show, guaranteed to put us in a feel-good festive spirit, as we enjoy Scarborough’s extravaganza of eclectic shops, indoor markets and attractions!

Scarborough has been Yorkshire’s showbiz capital for centuries, so we’re drawing on that great tradition of entertainment to make sure that the entire town sparkles this Christmas season like no other.  It’s also a celebration of Scarborough as a great place to shop, with its fantastic mix of high street retailers and independents, and friendly atmosphere – everything you’d want for Christmas from a premier coastal town.” 

The festival will include a number of the towns established annual events like the arrival of Santa by boat and his parade to his grotto at the Boyes store on November 16th and a Christmas lights switch on event on Thursday 14th November.

The lights switch on event will include yet to be announced celebrity guest stars, a giant 8 metre-high golden Christmas Tree and a laser-light show.

Other events are being arranged to take place on Thursday evenings, during late night shopping, and at the weekends. The events lined up include..

  • A variety show weekend with dancers from the Julie Hatton Dance School, the Scarborough Music Band and a fairground organ from Scarborough Fair Collection.
  • The pirate crew from the Stephen Joseph Theatre will be marauding around the town encouraging all ages to take part in the Treasure Island-inspired treasure trail.
  • The cast - and enchanted carriage – from Scarborough Spa’s Cinderella have a ball in the town.
  • Pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Treasure Island invade the town centre, with magical and mischievous help from the cast of the YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk and the Naughty Christmas Tree. 
  • Queen Victoria makes a royal visit for her 250th birthday celebrations to the Victorian market in the town centre.
  • During the festival, visitors will also be able to see a giant ‘Frozen’ ice sculpture, create Christmas cocktails, and listen to carols.
  • Santa can be seen in his Grotto at Boyes store, at Scarborough Sealife, and on the North Bay Railway
  • Glitterfest drag queens take over the library

Janet Deacon, Tourism & Corporate Marketing Manager for Scarborough Borough Council and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire says:

“The Yorkshire Coast is an ideal destination for Christmas shopping -  with top-name high-street stores alongside a huge range of unique artisan shops, there’s enough choice to make any Christmas wish come true.  This is a fantastic initiative being led by the retailers and cultural attractions to make Christmas shopping a treat not a chore, so alongside the wealth of entertainment in town, the town’s hotels & B&Bs are also laying on Christmas pampering packages, while visitors can indulge in some relaxing time-out in the new Alpamare Wellness Spa – all hoping that we can tempt visitors to stay a little longer.”

Organisers say that as part of the festival there will be free car parking on Late Night Thursdays and also on Sundays in December, in council’s town centre car parks, with the Brunswick Shopping Centre’s car park free on Thursdays, and East Yorkshire Motor Services Buses will be adding extra evening services across their local network during the Counting Down to Christmas festival. More details about the festival are at


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neil bower, on 9th October 2019 10:10pm
Wow said tongue in cheek

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