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Stockton Sparkles is on its way: Large decorations mark the countdown to the winter festival

Monday, November 13, 2017

stockton sparkles reindeer

Preparation for Stockton Sparkles has begun as the first of Stockton Town Centre’s much loved super-sized decorations have arrived on the High Street.  

Visitors to Stockton Town Centre will find the return of the large, illuminated reindeer on top of the Shambles Market Hall and a giant Christmas bauble on Dovecot Street.  

The giant decorations arrived yesterday (12 November) complementing the giant bow and ribbon above buildings overlooking the fountains, and will soon be joined by polar bears, a gift box and 50ft Christmas tree.  

And they will all be switched on during the launch night of Stockton Sparkles, which starts at 5.30pm on Thursday 30 November.  

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “The arrival of our giant illuminated decorations is the first sign Stockton Sparkles is just around the corner.  Make a date in your diary for the launch night to enjoy a special night of festive fun – and to see these extra special decorations come to life, transforming Stockton Town Centre into a magical winter wonderland awash with sparkling lights and festive atmosphere.  

“Throughout the four week festival there will be so much for families and visitors to experience for free from a packed programme of lively street theatre each weekend to a Victorian Fair and the popular Reindeer Parade. Keep a look out for a new addition to this year’s programme – it’s called ‘The Gift’ and is a really touching community initiative we’re doing with the Thirteen Group to give residents and visitors a special opportunity to donate or wrap gifts for those less fortunate.  

“Talking of gifts, Stockton Sparkles will bring a magical atmosphere to town setting the perfect backdrop for shoppers to find perfect gifts at Stockton’s array of independent shops and national chains.” 

Here’s just a taste of some of the things you can expect at Stockton Sparkles, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s winter festival: 

Stockton Sparkles - launch event

Date: Thursday, 30 November

Times: 5.30 - 7pm, lights switch on 6.30pm

Location: Stockton High Street

The launch of Stockton Sparkles will see a magical evening filled with festive music and dance – including the return of Stockton’s very own unique Singing Christmas Tree.

The launch event will also see the Christmas lights switch-on along with the chance to see the fabulously festive decorations illuminate the High Street for the first time!

Stockton Sparkles Christmas Market

Dates: Thursday 30 November – Sunday 3 December

Times: Thurs 9am - 7:30pm, Fri and Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 10am - 4pm

Location: Stockton High Street

Our fantastic festive, four-day, market is ideal for families looking for some Christmas gifts, tasty food or simply to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Visit these wonderful Christmas log cabins for a range of handmade crafts, gifts and food suitable for all and enjoy some fabulous festive entertainment throughout the weekend.

Victorian Fair

Date: Thursday 7 December to Sunday 10 December

Times: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

Location: High Street (central area) near the Christmas Tree

Comprising of a 50-foot Ferris Wheel and large-scale carousel.  All rides are free.

Reindeer Parade

Date: Sunday 10 December

Time: 2pm      

Location: Stockton High Street

Come and see Santa and his entourage of reindeers as he makes his way along the High Street on his sleigh.  There’ll also be live dance and music performances to get you in the festive spirit!

The Gift

Date: Saturday 16 December

Time: 10am – 3.30pm

Hosted within the High Street Marquee, The Gift will provide a special opportunity for visitors to donate gifts, their own time to help wrap gifts or offer some kind words in a Christmas card for Stockton-on-Tees residents in challenging circumstances. Look out for more details as the launch of Stockton Sparkles draws nearer. 

For more information and the full Stockton Sparkles programme visit 

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