Shoppers visiting Middlesbrough’s city centre might have been wondering “why the little and large Christmas trees?”
While Centre Square retains its regular majestic fir, the tree in the retail boulevard is this year slightly on the smaller side.
The downsizing has led to a number of enquiries to Middlesbrough Council about the change.
However, shoppers only need to look up to see the reason why.
The Magical Middlesbrough 2018 festivities will include new Christmas decorations for the city centre and one of the highlights – literally – will be a stunning ‘cover’ of Christmas lights.
The new installation will be placed over the entire boulevard area which is surrounded by Debenhams, House of Fraser, Sports Direct and Miss Selfridge and means a smaller Christmas tree has had to be used to accommodate it.
Cllr Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for City Centre Strategy, said: “The Christmas decorations are currently being installed ahead of the big lights switch-on on Thursday, November 22.
“While that is happening it is easy for passers-by to see the tree and become concerned that the city centre might not be enjoying its annual Magical Middlesbrough celebrations when, in fact, 2018 is going to be the biggest and best yet.”
It was revealed last week that a spectacular “Christmas Dream Machine” will be the centrepiece of 2018’s Magical Middlesbrough celebrations.
The dazzling outdoor theatre performance will form part of Middlesbrough Council’s big Christmas light switch-on in its yuletide events calendar.
The Christmas Dream Machine is fun for all the family and follows the journey of Ava and her teddy bear as they go on an adventure across the skies of her home town in search of the Christmas Dream Machine.
The performance, in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square on Thursday, November 22 from 6pm-7.30pm, will be followed by a fireworks finale which will officially mark the beginning of the town’s Christmas festivities. The event is free and numerous car parks will be free from 4pm.
The Christmas Dream Machine has received support through Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded Project Grants programme.
Also confirmed for 2018 is the Magical Middlesbrough Parade, Santa’s Grotto, Festive Huts and the Town Centre Pop Up performances featuring The Big Sing.