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Christmas Sparkle Returns to Scarborough

Christmas Sparkle Returns to Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 11:35am 25th November 2019. (Updated at 7:04am 29th November 2019)

The finishing touches to Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s festive spectacular, Scarborough Sparkle, are complete and the venue is ready to celebrate Christmas in style from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December.

Festive stalls, selling the very best Christmas gifts and food produce, will be open for business from 4pm on Friday, followed by the formal event opening at 6pm by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, who will be joined on stage by The Grinch.

The entertainment line-up for Saturday includes the cast of the YMCA’s Jack and the Beanstalk production at 2.30pm, Simply Brass at 4.30pm, Twilight Productions Elf Choir at 5.30pm and singer-songwriter Maisie Atkinson at 6pm. The Christmas feel good factor continues with Carols by Candlelight at 7pm and Village Voices Choir at 7.30pm.

A bumper list of prizes will be up for grabs at the Yorkshire Coast Radio big prize giveaway: two pairs of Open Air Theatre concert tickets for 2020, two tickets for the New Year’s Eve Party night at The Tipi Venue within the Open Air Theatre, breakfast with the seals for four people at Scarborough Sea Life Centre, marine biologist experience at Scarborough Sea Life Centre, family surf lesson from Dexter’s Surf Shop, family ticket for Alpamare waterpark, two tickets for Alpamare Spa, family ticket for North Bay Railway Santa Special, £20 meal voucher for The Cookhouse, Bridlington, breakfast for four people at The Mayfield, Seamer, family ticket for Scarborough Castle, family ticket for ‘Treasure Island’ at Stephen Joseph Theatre, family ticket for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at Scarborough YMCA and free dragon boat hire for the 2020 season at Peasholm Park.

New for this year’s event is a ‘Meet Elsa, Anna and Olaf’ experience where fans will be able to have photos taken with the popular ice queen and friends. There will also be lots of fun for all the family on the ice rink and illuminated fairground rides.

Scarborough Sparkle will open from 4pm to 8pm on Friday 29 November, from 11am to 8pm on Saturday 30 November and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 1 December. Entry to the event is free although charges will apply for the illuminated fairground rides and ice skating, which will be £5 per person (including boot hire) for a 20 minutes session on the floodlit synthetic ice rink. Organisers recommend pre-booking to guarantee a skating session by calling Scarborough Open Theatre box office on 01723 818111. Lines are open daily between 11am and 4pm. 

A free Scarborough Sparkle White Shoreline Suncruiser bus will be in operation on Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 December to take people to the event. It will operate from Eastfield to Peasholm via various locations, including Falsgrave and Scarborough town centre. The timetable is available at

Scarborough Sparkle is one of a number of festive events taking place between now and Christmas as part of a six weeks festival, ‘Counting Down to Christmas’, more details of which can be found at


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