Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 09.22.58Metro Radio’s breakfast show presenters Steve and Karen turn on the 20,000 city centre Christmas Lights at 6.30pm at Grey’s Monument on 19th November. Joining Steve and Karen on stage from 5.30 pm will be live music from Abi Garrido and North Road , Panto Stars and a visit from Santa.
intu Eldon Square will be joining in the fun with a host of exciting activities in the shopping centre from 4 – 8 pm.
Spark! internationally acclaimed street theatre – a magical music, movement and lighting spectacular will bring the wow factor to the malls at 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm.
Youngsters are invited to be part of the action by collecting a FREE illuminated wrist band on the day from the customer service desk, outside Fenwick, from 4.00 pm – while stocks last!
Meet the Snow Princesses (outside Boots) from 4.00 pm, at a magical arts & craft station where  children can enjoy free face painting, and create their own tiaras, snowflakes and snowman masks.
Meet the stars from Aladdin, this year’s panto at The Tyne Theatre and Opera house, and be in with a chance of winning a family ticket from their stand just near to Whittard of Chelsea.
Meanwhile, outside adidas, there’s the opportunity for teenagers to check out their singing skills to win a fun party with Ginger Parties, and  Santa Claus and his elves will be popping in centre to take bookings for his brand new grotto opening this Christmas at Eldon Leisure.
Sensational Barberpop quartet Scarlet Street will be singing their own brand of Christmas, and ethereal crystal ball jugglers Calvos will be working their magic throughout the centre.
Joan Taylor, intu Eldon Square ’s marketing manager, said:
“Joining forces with the lights switch on in the city centre seemed the perfect way to launch Christmas at intu Eldon Square . We’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers into our warm festive shopping centre before or after they have enjoyed the spectacle of the switch on. We’ve some fantastic entertainment lined up, as well as the opportunity for one lucky shopper to win a £500 intu Gift Card on the night, and all customers who spend £50 or more buying an intu gift card will receive a free box of Thornton ’s chocolates.
“Our Christmas decoration scheme, is really something to see in itself, featuring over 100,000 pealights and in excess of 25,000 baubles and ornaments. Giant sculptural floor standing gift boxes throughout the centre provide a setting for a dazzling display of light and colour, heralding the festive season. We’re on the countdown!”