The Christmas Lights switch-on in Prudhoe has undoubtedly become the largest event organised by Prudhoe Town Council. So much so, that in 2016 the Council agreed that there should be a road closure in place as the numbers attending had grown so much and having a safe event is a priority.
Each year, Christmas lights are installed on Front Street in an effort to bring some Christmas cheer and hopefully increase the appeal of the town to residents and visitors, as well as a Christmas tree at ‘The Glade’ at Prudhoe Parish Hall and at Mickley Square. We have added to the lights-stock each year and 2019 will be no exception.
The Christmas lights are switched on, on the last Friday of November, each year. Enjoy looking at the photographs taken by Community Photographer Moira Wooldridge.
We also have a dedicated Facebook page for the Christmas Lights Switch-On event.
Christmas 2018 welcomed Father Christmas, Kian, Amelia, Mickey & Minnie and Elf on the shelf to switch on the Christmas lights.
This choir of Mary Magdalene Church warmed up the crowds from 4:45 pm with Christmas carols as well as school choirs from Adderlane Academy, Mickley First School and Prudhoe Castle First School later in the evening, performing their favourites.
Mister Disco Man kept everything running smoothly and made sure Prudhoe was at fever pitch excitement for the big countdown at 6:30 pm. Whilst Prudhoe Co-op made sure everyone was served with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies, juice and biscuits, assisted by Caroline and Ian Warburton.
Special guests Marshall and Chase, the colourful characters from Paw Patrol high-fived their way through crowds of star-struck youngsters to join Mister Disco Man on stage; who would have thought that the pups could dance Gangnam Style.
The event on the Glade began at 5:00pm and led up to the Christmas Lights being switched on at 6:15pm. Children and parents alike were delighted to welcome Queen Elsa and Olaf, from the Musical Masterpiece that is FROZEN to switch on the lights. We were also delighted that the children of Mickley First School were able to sing again this year, including the favourite ‘Let it Go’. By the time Santa Claus arrived, everyone was in very high spirits and the fabulous lights in Prudhoe were a spetacular finale.
Prudhoe Town Council was delighted to welcome local celebrity, Tim Healy to switch-on the 2013 Christmas Lights. Tim arrived whilst the Mary Magdalene Choir were in full song and was delighted to have a hymn sheet bestowed upon him so he could join in.