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We had a lovely late summer heat wave, followed by some torrential rain, and now it's not that long until Christmas! 

The festive season by the seaside is very special and Scarborough's Christmas Lights Switch On is a key event in the town's calendar.  This year, the event takes place on Thursday 14th November from 4pm in Westborough. Yorkshire Coast Radio will be there along with spectacular light show.

Late night shopping will follow, starting on the same date as the switch on. There's even buses and free parking from 3pm!

New for 2019 are the Christmas Season Events and Activities in the Market Hall and Vaults. 

Other events on the day include Family Fun Treasure Trail every Thursday starting 14 November, along with:

Town Centre Victorian Christmas Market 10 – 15 December.

Spectacular brand new Christmas lights.

New ‘suspended’ Christmas tree.

Local pantomime & show characters walkabouts.

Carol singing, live music, Christmas storytelling.

Special window displays

Festive Fun Treasure Trail

Panto characters 

Ice Sculpture

Street Entertainment

Special events in the Historic Market Hall and Vaults

There will be late night shopping every Thursday starting on the 14 November in the Brunswick Shopping Centre and in the Scarborough Borough Council Town Centre Car Parks.

Don't forget Santa arrives by boat on Saturday 16 November at 10.30am! Follow him along Eastborough to Boyes' Grotto.

And of course one of the finest gifts you could give this festive season is a Red Lea gift voucher!