Christmas Wonderland Parade
Visitors and residents are set to enjoy a spectacular evening full of festivities as the Christmas Wonderland parade returns to South Shields this Friday (10 December).
The Parade will make its way along Ocean Road towards the seafront at 5pm when people lining the street will be treated to performances by the impressive Spark! drumming group as well as music, illuminated structures, stilt walkers, dancers, street entertainers and members of the local community.
Delivered in conjunction with the team behind the annual summer parade - Creative Seed - the event returns with a vibrant new look this year, with a phoenix rising from the ashes, reflecting optimism and happiness for the future.
At the seafront, the festive entertainment will continue opposite Haven Point on Harbour Drive with a performance by local singer Jenn Cherene and will end with a spectacular fireworks display.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "The Parade is always such a popular event in South Tyneside at Christmas time and this year in particular we are excited to see it return with a fantastic new look after what has been a very challenging and difficult period for everyone.
"From the amazing Spark! drumming group and colourful creations to the involvement of the local community, it is sure to help get people into the festive spirit. We would encourage visitors to wrap up warm and enjoy the fantastic entertainment on offer."
The parade forms part of the wider Christmas Wonderland programme of events which is being delivered by South Tyneside Council with support from BBC Newcastle and aligns with the Council's key priority to support town centres, villages, high streets and hospitality.
Temporary road closures will be put in place with motorists advised to follow the diversions.
The event will be subject to any Covid-related public health advice in place at the time to help reduce the spread of the virus. Visitors are encouraged to respect others and their space, consider wearing face masks if distancing is difficult (unless exempt) and take a lateral flow test before attending. Those who feel unwell or symptomatic should not attend and book a PCR test.
For the full Christmas Wonderland events programme visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/christmas or keep up to date through social media at www.facebook.com/southtynesideevents and www.twitter.com/stynesideevents