Getting in the festive feeling as lights come on

The Christmas tree in Alnwick Market Place
The Christmas tree in Alnwick Market Place

As the end of November nears, the Christmas lights season begins with a host of switch-ons taking place in the coming weeks.

Alnwick is set to be lit up with festive cheer tomorrow night as the switch is flicked at 7pm in the Market Place, performed by The Duchess of Northumberland, aided by a child chosen from Alnwick first schools by a draw.

There will also be music provided by the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band and singers from local choirs are invited to come forward and help lead the carol-singing in front of the stage from around 6.15pm.

This year, for the first time, a free event at The Alnwick Garden follows the town switch-on.

After enjoying the town-centre event, The Ski Band will lead a musical procession into The Alnwick Garden.

In addition to the Sparkle lights illuminating the Grand Cascade in a multitude of striking colours, there will be a Christmas tree made up of 1,000 glass baubles and lit from inside, while a group of Santas will be playing music to keep people in the seasonal spirit.

First up though is Seahouses, whose event takes place this evening at the Christmas tree at the Main Street roundabout at 6.30pm.

There are carols from 6pm with free refreshments in Pinnacles restaurant after the switch-on.

Then on Sunday, a family fun afternoon is being held in Amble, from 2pm on Queen Street. There will be plenty of activities, including a visit from Father Christmas.

There will also be a fun fair and stalls in the Town Square and a craft fair in St Cuthbert’s Hall.

The parade and Christmas lights switch-on will take place later in the day and this year there will be a circus theme to the events.

The procession will leave The Wellwood at 5pm and walk down Queen Street to the Town Square where there will be stalls and music.

Next weekend is the turn of Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Rothbury, Togston and Warkworth.

It starts on Friday night in Warkworth where lighthe lights go on at 6pm.

On Saturday, a Christmas craft fair is being held in Alnmouth’s Hindmarsh Hall from 10am to 6pm, with a break for the lights switch-on at 5pm.

In Bamburgh the same day, a 5.30pm service at St Aidan’s is followed by a procession to the nativity scene for the switch-on at 6.30pm.

A children’s lantern parade opens proceedings that day in Rothbury before the big moment at 6pm followed by refreshments at All Saints’ Church.

Then on Friday, December 5, it’s the turn of Beadnell.

A short service will take place at St Ebba’s Church at 6pm before a procession to the Bullring for the 6.30pm switch-on, followed by refreshments in the WI Hut, where lights will also be switched on.

Switch-ons at a glance

AlnmouthSaturday, November 29, 5pm.

AlnwickFriday, November 21, 7pm.

AmbleSunday, November 23, 5pm.

BamburghSaturday, November 29, 6.30pm.

BeadnellFriday, December 5, 6.30pm.

RothburySaturday, November 29, 6pm.

SeahousesTonight – Thursday, November 20, 6.30pm.

TogstonSunday, November 30, 6pm. (Christmas Fair from 5.15pm)

WarkworthFriday, November 28, 6pm.