Christmas lights switch-on: Hull, Beverley and East Riding - what's on listings
PANTO stars, town mayors and a very busy Santa will switch on Christmas lights around East Yorkshire over the next few weeks, bringing the festive season to life in brilliant technicolor.
Highlights this year include an evening of entertainment in Hull city centre on Thursday, November 24, and the lighting up of Beverley's historic North Bar for the first time, on Wednesday, November 30.
Here are listings for events happening around Hull and the East Riding:
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People can enjoy a host of events over the festive period.
The village's annual programme kicks off with a Christmas lights switch-on on Friday, November 25.
Other highlights include two choirs from Anlaby Primary School singing carols in the village from 5.30pm on Friday, December 9.
The songs will be followed by Christmas entertainment in the village hall from 6.15pm.
Carols By Candlelight will be sung at the church on Sunday, December 18, from 6.30pm.
Andrew Barson, from the village hall management committee, said: "The programme of activities has been arranged to ensure that local people experience a real sense of community in the run-up to Christmas."
The big switch-on is on Wednesday, November 30. Shops will stay open late.
The town's 602-year-old North Bar will also be floodlit for the first time.
Lights inlaid into the road at North Bar will be switched on as part of the celebrations.
The historic landmark, which is the last of the medieval gateways into the town, will be lit up every night for ten years as a glowing tribute for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Bridlington's big Christmas event is on Saturday, December 10.
It will begin at the Promenades Shopping Centre at 11am with charity stalls, panto characters, music and carols and entertainment from Viking FM.
An evening event will be held at The Spa, where the gardens will be open for live music and entertainment.
The town is also launching 'Bridopoly' on December 1. Shoppers who get their card stamped at all the stores taking part will be in with a chance of winning £50.
More than 10,000 people are expected to watch when Cottingham's famous lights are switched on next Monday (November 21).
Cottingham has one of the best festive lights displays in East Yorkshire.
Fundraising takes place throughout the year for the lights, which are put up by a team of dedicated volunteers.
A spokesman said: "It will be a fun-packed evening for all the family with locals shops staying open and children's rides on the green."
The switch-on ceremony is in Hallgate at 7pm.
The Mayor will switch on the lights on December 1, at 6pm in Market Place.
There will be a Christmas market and entertainment from KCFM and the Star Struck Theatre Company.
The Christmas lights switch-on will be on Friday, November 25, 6pm-8pm, in the pedestrianised area.
Entertainment will include carols by local children, a visit by Father Christmas and a live KCFM broadcast. The lights will go on at 7pm.
The Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Friday, November 25.
The evening of entertainment will start with the lights being switched on at 6.30pm in the Market Place by the mayor of Hedon, Councillor Ann Suggit. KCFM will be broadcasting live from the Market Place from 6pm.
There'll be carol singing around the Christmas tree and gift and craft stalls, a tombola and children's rides. Father Christmas will be in the Town Hall.
Town centre streets will be closed from 5pm to 9.30pm, but parking is available at Iveson Close, Johnsons corner car park, Market Hill and surrounding streets.
The lights will go on in Hornsea on November 25.
The event has been organised by Hornsea And District Chamber Of Trade and stalls will be in Newbegin.
The event will run from 6pm to 8pm and the switch-on will take place at 6.30pm.
All are welcome to attend.
For further information, call Nicki Salvidge on 01964 533148.
The Christmas lights switch-on event will be on Friday, November 25, from 5.30pm, in The Square.
The mayor will push the button at 6pm and a candlelight parade will follow with pipers and cheerleaders.
Father Christmas will make a special appearance.
Shops will be open until 7.30pm with free soup at Gary Alder’s butchers and a barbecue at Goodfellow’s butchers.
Hull city centre
The big switch-on in Hull is on Thursday, November 24, and marks the start of late-night shopping.
Viking FM's Paul and Rosie and Magic 1161's Darren Lethem will present a family roadshow from 5pm.
The countdown starts at 6.50pm when the Lord Mayor will switch on the lights. Characters from Hull's panto Cinderella will also be on stage.
Entertainment will also include carol singers, Hull Freedom Chorus, children's rides, mulled wine and an appearance by Father Christmas.
Over at Ferens Art Gallery, children will be able to create decorations for their Christmas trees between 4pm and 8pm. E-mail museum firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01482 613902 to find out more.
Meanwhile, Help For Heroes fundraisers will be out in force. Staff from The Money Shop's Hull stores will be collecting cash and selling merchandise for the charity from 2pm.
If you can't wait that long for festive fun, the lights at the Prospect Shopping Centre will turned on by Mrs Christmas this Thursday (November 17) at 6pm. Then on Saturday (November 19) Father Christmas and two of his reindeer will open the Santa World grotto at the centre.
Hull: Garden village
Christmas lights are being switched on at the Club House Community Centre at the end of the month.
A Christmas fair will be held at the centre on Elm Avenue, Garden Village, east Hull, on Sunday, November 27.
Members of the public can visit stalls selling books, handbags, candles and cards.
Children will also get to visit Father Christmas in his grotto and refreshments will be on sale in the community café.
The event will take place from 1pm to 4pm with the lights switched on at 3.30pm.
Hull: Newland Avenue
The Christmas Fair will be on Wednesday, November 30, 4pm-8pm (lights go on at 6pm).
Newland Avenue will be closed from Grafton Street to Alexandra Road.
Hull: Preston Road
Youngsters are being given the chance to turn on the Christmas lights at the Freedom Centre.
The centre, off Preston Road, is holding a Christmas card design competition.
The winner's design will be used by the centre for 2012 and the child will go on stage with KCFM presenters to turn on the lights on December 2.
Send your design and contact details to the centre by November 27 to enter.
The lights will be switched on at 6pm on Wednesday, December 7, and there will be late-night shopping.
Pocklington Late Night Shopping Committee is organising a race night to raise funds at Pocklington School in West Green from 8pm. The price of admission is £6.50, which will include a fish and chip supper.
Phone company Talk Talk, which is bringing broadband services to the town, is sponsoring the Christmas lights and other activities.
Town mayor Graham Perry said: "With the financial support of Talk Talk, we will be able to enhance the fantastic array of Christmas activities and festive fun in Pocklington. To be able to make the town look so wonderful again this year and to provide entertainment and Christmas fun for the people of Pocklington is brilliant."
Preparations are now under way for the switch-on of the Christmas lights, which takes place on Friday, December 2.
On the day, Queen Street will be closed between the junctions of Pier Road and Seaside Road from 4.30pm to 9pm to allow for the setting up and preparation of stalls and the evening's entertainment.
Local organisations, charities and fundraisers are invited to run a stall in Queen Street.
Call 01964 614984 on any Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 3pm.