What's On In Middlesbrough For Christmas 2020

24 Nov 2020

Source: Love Middlesbrough

'Christmas' is a word that's been on everyone's lips towards the end of 2020 - not only because it's the most wonderful time of the year, but also because everything's felt a little up in the air. Yes, Christmas may look a little bit different this year, but I'm here to tell you that we can all still make the most of it!

Despite the different and ever-changing landscape of the world right now, Middlesbrough has got a few things to offer throughout December to make this festive season feel that little bit more festive. I've rounded up a few of the best things to see and do in Middlesbrough for Christmas 2020, so take a look and see what tickles your fancy!

Town centre Christmas lights

One of my favourite things about Christmas is seeing all of the houses and towns lit up with lights, and this year, Middlesbrough Council are featuring brand new light fixtures across the centre. They'll be dotted around the town, including outside MIMA and down Baker Street, so if you're doing a spot of Christmas shopping, make sure you post a snap!

What's great about these new lights is that they'll be up all year round too and lit up for different occasions. I'm looking forward to seeing Boro in green for Paddy's Day!

Virtual Christmas light switch on

If you want to look at the Christmas lights, but don't feel too comfortable about venturing into town just yet, the lovely people at Love Middlesbrough have put together a virtual Christmas light switch on! This aired on 22nd November and featured a short film about Santa, mischievous elves and a golden retriever called Bob, plus a look at all of the lights in Boro.

If you missed out on the premiere, don't panic! The whole video is actually on YouTube, so you can click here to watch or hit play on the video below.


Christmas at Newham Grange Farm

Who doesn't love a trip to the farm? I certainly do and I'm super excited about this event because you'll be able to get a second chance to see the Snowmen that were dotted about the town last year. Make sure you find all 12 to complete the 12 Days of Christmas song!

As well as the Snowman Trail, you'll be able to take a trip down Candy Cane Lane, check out the Elf Village and visit Santa in his grotto. Festive farm event dates*: 5-6 December, 12-13 December, 19-20 December and 21-24 December. Advance booking is essential and tickets can be bought online at Newham Grange Farm.

*Please note that events and dates may be subject to change in line with government guidance and announcements. Please follow Newham Grange Farm social media for more info.

Car Park Panto

Missing out on panto this year? Oh no, you're not! Thanks to the people at Car Park Party, you'll be able to join in on the Horrible Christmas panto fun from your car in the Riverside Stadium car park. It costs £47 per car (so a family of four in one car would work out at roughly £11.75 each) and tickets will be scanned through the window for contactless entry. The sound of the panto will come through the radio, and there will be food and toilets on site.

Can you find the 12 Snowmen at Newham Grange Farm?

Dundas Craft and Vintage Market

This monthly market will hopefully be returning on 12th December and it'll be the perfect opportunity to grab some Christmas gifts. You'll find a whole host of local makers and traders tucked inside the Dundas Arcade, so make sure you pop down for a visit. Keep your eyes peeled on the Craft and Vintage Market event on Facebook for updates.

Christmas at Riverside Stadium

Not only is our Riverside Stadium ideal for watching football games, but it's also a great venue for food and craft workshops. Across December, the stadium are hosting a selection of Sunday dinners, afternoon teas, wreath making classes and so much more. If you want to take a look at what's on offer, have a browse of their Facebook page and get yourself booked in!

Nightfall - The Stars Guide You Home

Technically, this event would be taking place in Stockton, but thanks to covid, it's going virtual for 2020, so it can be accessed from Middlesbrough homes. Nightfall is a celebration of all things art, light and storytelling, so you can expect to see magical illuminations and stories that come to life through your screens.

This event is running from 3rd - 10th December, so make sure you grab your FREE tickets while you can! It's going to be a fantastic experience - make sure you get all cosy in the dark for the full effect.

Exploring Nightfall 2019

Last minute shopping

Be honest here, who else is awful for last minute Christmas shopping? I've got everything crossed that our local shops will be open again in December and thankfully, Middlesbrough Council will reopen car parks for all your Christmas shopping needs. Free after 3PM car parking will be available in all Middlesbrough Council car parks and late night shopping opening hours will start from 3rd December. Make sure you head over to the Love Middlesbrough site to check out the parking timetable.

If you'd rather stay home and shop online this season, that's totally fine. You can have a look at my Teesside Christmas gift guides to support our independent businesses whilst buying for your loved ones! You can also use the Buy Boro site or app to find local gifts too. You're spoiled for choice!

Live stories with Middlesbrough Libraries

Tammy and Monty are making a return to the Middlesbrough Libraries Facebook page every day at 4pm. They'll be reading a new story via video, and hidden within each book is a clue for you to solve. When you've collected all of the answers, you'll be able to enter a competition at the end of the month and win yourself a bundle of books! This is a great daily activity for budding bookworms.

Crafting with the Dorman Museum

If crafts and activities are more up your street, make sure you’re following the Dorman Museum Facebook page to enjoy Christmas Crafts with Sue. Featuring loo rolls, saltdough, streamers and more, the videos are short, easy to follow and Sue’s top tips will easily see you through.


No matter what you get up to in the lead up to Christmas, make sure that you keep yourself and your families safe. Christmas may look a little bit different this year, but we all want to keep the magic as amazing as possible!

What will you be getting up to in the lead up to Christmas?


This blog post was written in collaboration with Love Middlesbrough. This was not part of a paid or sponsored campaign.

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