When is Hartlepool's 2018 Christmas lights switch-on, who is switching them on and what else is happening?

Christmas is well and truly round the corner - and it's going to start with a bang in Hartlepool tomorrow.

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 1:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th November 2018, 1:10 pm
Will you be going to the Christmas lights switch on?

The town's Christmas lights will be switched on on Friday, officially marking the start of the festive season.

And a line-up packed with girl power will be flipping the switch in Church Square.

The celebrations are kicking off tomorrow afternoon.

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Instead, joining the mayor of Hartlepool to press the button will be 2018 X Factor finalist Molly Scott, from Easington who studied at English Martyrs School; youngster and Best of Hartlepool award winners Dottie O’Keefe, who is making amazing progress to walk, despite having cerebral palsy; and 12-year-old Neisha Webb, who was born with part of one leg missing but has become a talented cheerleader against the odds with the help of a prosthetic blade.

The festivities will get underway at around 4.30pm, with free fun for the whole family, until around 7pm.

Lots of smiles at a previous switch-on event.

Here's a look at the running order for this year's celebration.

4.30pm: The event will be opened by Neil and Amy from BBC Tees.

4.40pm: Acoustic duo Pek & Wanley will perform for the crowds and get them warmed up for the big switch on.

5pm: Our Christmas will get a little sparkle on top as the cast of this year’s Hartlepool pantomime, Cinderella, visit the switch-on event.

5.10pm: Miss Toni's Academy Choir will perform some Christmas classics to help us embrace the spirit of the season.

5.30pm: Fresh from performing at the Christmas lights in Sunderland last week, Channy Thompson will take to the stage. The singer has supported Olly Murs, Sigala and Scouting for Girls at a range of shows.

5.55pm: Formed after studying for a diploma in music at New College Durham, the brothers will be the last musical act to warm up the crowds ahead of the main event.

6.30pm: Let their be light! The decorations will be switched on.

6.35pm onwards: A performance from X Factor star Molly Scott.