A range of Yuletide events in the area

A host of events are taking place in two north Northumberland villages in the run-up to Christmas.

Tying in with the switch-on of the lights in Wooler, on Friday, December 5, Alnwick Lions will be bringing Santa along on his sleigh to the Market Place, from 5.30pm.

On Saturday, December 6, a Christmas concert is being held at the United Reformed Church at 7pm with festive music and refreshments and a raffle in the Glendale Hall afterwards to raise funds to put together a community sound system.

There will also be an animated seasonal film at the Young People’s Film Club in the Cheviot Centre on Saturday afternoon as well as an open-stage night at the Black Bull on Friday from 8pm.

Belford’s switch-on takes place on Saturday, December 6, at 4pm in the Market Place, followed by the Blessing of the Crib and then the village awards and a concert by Belford Community Orchestra, singers and soloists at the Ferguson Hall.

The night before, at 6.30pm in The Ferguson Hall, Belford’s Young Players perform Red, The Wolf and the Three Little Pigs.

Tickets at the door are £2 and £1 conc. There is an encore performance on the Sunday at 2.30pm and a raffle at both shows.

It’s the adults’ turn on Saturday, December 20 (2pm for 2.30pm), and Sunday, December 21 (6.30pm for 7pm), as Belford Players present Bohemia...The Untold Tale of King Wenceslas, also in the Ferguson Hall. Once again, tickets are £2 and £1 conc. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available.