Details unveiled of Darlington’s lights switch-on this Sunday

FIREWORKS, dance stars and street theatre will be on offer as Darlington’s Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Sunday.

Strictly Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas, who is playing Mother Nature in this year’s Darlington Hippodrome panto Jack and the Beanstalk, will be switching on the lights on Sunday, November 24.

She will be helped by panto villain Fleshcreep, played by Daniel Taylor.

Santa and his helpers will be there to get the crowd going from 4pm and the TFM roadshow with breakfast presenters, Steve and Karen, will be there to make sure everyone enjoys the festive fun.

Street theatre, live performances, games and competitions will add to the fun which ends with the switch-on followed by fireworks at 5.30pm.

This will be the first time the switch on has taken place on a Sunday and will allow for people to take advantage of Sunday shopping and the free parking that is now in place on Sunday in all council run and on street car parking areas.

A copy of the #LoveDarlo Christmas events guide is now available to pick up at the Dolphin Centre, Cornmill Centre, Crown Street library and the indoor market as well as being available online at

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