pn3663 Bridie Jackson and The ArbourTHERE is a feast of festive entertainment for all the family this Christmas at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

On Friday (December 5), celebrate Christmas and the Yule Season with Wassail – an evening of folk music and song, dance and spoken word featuring the talents of singers, actors and poets.

Led by folk singer Richard Grainger, Wassail promises merriment, laughter and a warm glow for all.

Big Mouth Comedy Club hosts two Christmas Specials on Saturdays December 6 and 13 featuring comedy from the likes of Tom Stade, Jason Cook, Andrew Ryan and the Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue.

On Monday, December 8 the fantastic MTH Community Choir invites people along to a festive evening of seasonal songs and carols. All are welcome to take part in a fun event to covering musical genres from gospel and folk to classical, traditional and the not so well known.

The Town Hall once again hosts three fantastic party nights courtesy of Ramside Hall to get you in the mood for Christmas on Friday, December 12 (Absolute 80s with Dionne Andre), Friday, December 19 (Re Take That) and Saturday, December 20 (Big Night Out with the Lorraine Crosby Band). Tickets are £27.95 and include a three-course meal. Call 0191 460 5367 for further information and bookings.

On Saturday, December 13 the Town Hall plays host to the Groovy Babies Christmas Special from 2pm to 4pm. Suitable for youngsters aged five and under, and their parents/guardians, Groovy Babies is a unique experience guaranteed to bring out the disco dancer inside parents and kids alike.

On Sunday, December 14, the Gala Christmas Concert will see the Tees Valley Youth Choir and Tees Valley Youth Orchestra joined by a host of Teesside schools for a programme of festive music from 7pm.

On Tuesday, December 16, acclaimed folk band Bridie Jackson and The Arbour playing double bill alongside a performance ‘The River Keeper’ composed by Bridie Jackson and performed by Streetwise Opera.

On Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20, there’s a guaranteed treat in story for three- to seven-year-olds and their families in I’ve Seen Santa, an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and high energy storytelling based on David Bedford’s picture books.

On Sunday, December 21 a Family Choir Concert will feature the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, North East Youth Chorale and the Fishburn Band, with seasonal brass band music, Christmas songs from the choirs and popular carols for everyone.

Finally, Teesside band Young Rebel Set take to the stage of the Main Hall on Monday, December 22 after last year’s sell-out show in the Crypt.