Christmas comes to Whitley Lodge!

You may have seen the adverts on the TV and even heard some of the songs on the radio. But Christmas officially gets under way in Whitley Bay on the 29th of November. Get yourself to Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre at 3.30 to see the lights get switched on.

Students from Whitley First School will be giving a Carol Concert around the tree and stars from ‘Cinderella’ – Whitley Bay’s pantomime – will be there to switch the lights on.

Steve Walls (Buttons), Suzanne Richardson (Fairy Godmother) and James Hedley (Dandini) star in the panto which is on at Whitley Bay Playhouse between Tuesday 18th December until Sunday 6th January.

This is the second year that the Lodge has had an official ‘switch on’ and it’s been met with a lot of enthusiasm.  Judy Cartledge of Picassos Restaurant said “Last year, there was a great feeling of community spirit which I know will be bigger and better this year!”

From 7pm on the 29th, St Mary’s Church is showing ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Tickets cost £5.00, or £2 for concessions, and are available from  businesses in the Centre, including Picasso’s Restaurant, The Treehouse, Anywhens and St Mary’s Church. For more details go to

The switching on of the lights is the first festive event at The Lodge. On 22nd December, there’ll be a Christmas Fayre. Visitors can meet Father Christmas, browse festive stalls, enjoy refreshments and get involved in the raffle.

Get down there and enjoy yourself!

Vic x


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