A CARNIVAL committee has pulled out all the stops to arrange a double Christmas celebration.
The Hartlepool Carnival is usually associated with a fortnight of fun over the summer with a host of activities taking place on the Headland.
Thousands of visitors pour onto the Headland over carnival fortnight, enjoying the funfair on the Town Moor and taking part in the community activities around various venues.
But the committee look set to get folks flocking back to the Headland after setting up two festive events.
The first one is a Christmas Extravaganza around the Town Square on Saturday, November 29, and the following day.
Traders from across the region will have stalls stocking a variety of goods, while there will also be Santa’s grotto, funfair rides, food and drink as well as a choir and live music performances.
The Halycons will take to the stage at 4pm on the Saturday, with Sean Mac performing at 3pm the following day.
Choirs will perform over both days to give the extravaganza even more of a festive feel.
The event will run from 1pm-6.30pm across the weekend, and admission is free for everyone.
Meanwhile on Sunday, December 14, the committee will host a pantomime in the Borough Hall.
Organised in conjunction with the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust, the show will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Natalie Hogg from the Hartlepool Carnival committee, said: “These two events should both be fantastic occasions, and we’re really looking forward to them.
“People think the carnival is just about the two weeks in the summer, but we have a hard-working team who work all year round to arrange things for the community.”
The panto action gets underway at 6pm and tickets, priced £6.50, are available from the Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre in Christ Church, Church Square, or by calling (01429) 890000.