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Scarborough Christmas Lights Switch On Tonight

Scarborough Christmas Lights Switch On Tonight

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 14th November 2019. (Updated at 7:29am 14th November 2019)

Scarborough's Christmas lights will be switched on this evening at an event in the town centre.

Coronation Street Star Chris Gascoyne will be turning on the town's Chistmas lights along with Twinnie Lee Moore, a Yorkshire actress and singer.

Chris has played Coronation Street favourite Peter Barlow for more than 20 years.

Chris said

“I love Scarborough, we used to bring the children here when they were young, and it had everything to offer the family.  I love Christmas and spending time with the family.  They’re all grown up now and doing their own thing.  So, it makes it special when we’re all together.  That’s why I’m looking forward to the Big Light Switch-On - it’s great to see all the smiling faces and celebrate the beginning of the festivities with the crowd.”

The event will also include a laser-light and sound show, magic and music, street performance and carol singing, and the launch of the town’s season of late-night shopping on Thursdays.

There will be free parking at some council car parks for the event the details can be found here

East Yorkshire Motor Services are running some additional bus services to coincide with the late night shopping events, the details are available here.

Scarborough Light Switch On 2019 – Programme of Events

  • 16.00 Let the show commence!
  • 16.40 Twinnie Lee Moore
  • 17.00 Laser Light Show
  • 17.10 Chris Gascoyne aka Peter Barlow
  • 17.30 Countdown to the Christmas Light Switch On           
  • 17.50 Twinnie Lee More
  • 18.05 Competition Announcements
  • 18.10 Live music and performances by local artists around the town until 19.30

The Big Light Switch-On marks the start of a new six-week festival, Counting Down to Christmas. The festival team have assembled a cast of magicians and musicians, street performers and panto stars - and Father Christmas - to animate Scarborough’s stores and streets during late night opening on Thursdays and at weekend in the countdown to Christmas. 

Retailers, cultural venues and town centre businesses have united to plan the activities with funding from the Yorkshire Coast BID.

A Weekend of Christmas Activities

Whitby will be turning on it's Christmas lights on Friday night with an event marking the start of the Whitby Christmas Festival on the front Marina car park.

On Saturday (November 16th) Santa will be making his traditional Seaborne arrival in Scarborough Harbour at 10:30 leading a colourful parade up to Boyes department store, home to Santa’s magical Grotto, where he’ll be greeting children every day up to (and including) Christmas Eve


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