Don’t miss big Christmas events!

NBFP PA1539-17 Pictured Eileen Sunderland, Santa and Boyes manager Dan Parker
NBFP PA1539-17 Pictured Eileen Sunderland, Santa and Boyes manager Dan Parker

Bridlington is gearing up to offer a whole range of festive fun between now and the big day and the Mayor’s new glitter look should go down well at the official Christmas lights switch on this Sunday December 6.

There’s music and entertainment from local talent who are all giving their time for free, from 1pm including Yorkshire Coast Radio, running up to the countdown and he official switch on of the lights at 6pm by the Mayor, Town Crier, and “Elvis”. King Street will have a range of stalls and charity stalls and Manor Street will the closed off for the duration.

Opening of the Rotary Club of Bridlington Christmas Tree Festival NBFP PA1449-11b

Opening of the Rotary Club of Bridlington Christmas Tree Festival NBFP PA1449-11b

The following day, Monday December 7, the Christmas ice rink opens in Garrison Square. The 40x40 foot rink is free to use by children, parents and even grandparents. Around 200 skates in all sizes are available for people who don’t own their own adding to the festive feel is a snow machine, Christmas tree and plenty of decorations. It is hoped a number of market traders will be there including a hot chestnut seller.

Also coming up is The Rotary Club of Bridlington’s annual “Christmas Tree Festival” at St John’s Burlington Methodist Church. It is on between this Friday, December 4 and December 5 and again from December 11 to 13. The opening ceremony is at 10am on Friday, tomorrow, with a gala concert that evening starting at 7pm and featuring Driffield Male Voice Choir and Bay Junior School Choir. Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds are for St Catherine’s Hospice and Rotary charities.

The display of more than 60 decorated and illuminated trees donated by churches, charities, schools and local business, is free to view on the days when the church is open for viewing and refreshments including lunches are being served in the schoolroom throughout the festival. A Christmas Celebration to close the festival is on Sunday December 13 at 4.30pm featuring the “Churches Together Choir” and “Coastal Voices” giving a selection of familiar carols.

If brass bands are your thing then don’t miss this Saturday’s Christmas Brass and Voices at Bridlington Priory starring Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, the Priory Choir and organ and the Children of the Mist. The music starts at 7pm and tickets, £10, are from the Priory shop or on the night.

The Flamborough Pre-School Boxing Day Dip 2014. -- NBFP PA1452-3g -- Dippers

The Flamborough Pre-School Boxing Day Dip 2014. -- NBFP PA1452-3g -- Dippers

Local favourite venue, Sewerby Hall, has a whole range of Christmas events between now and the big day. Visitors can try their hand at making traditional decoupage Christmas cards and other festive decorations with the Sewerby Hall servants as well as decorate their own biscuit Christmas tree decoration. That starts this Saturday and Sunday and on selected dates in December. There is also a series of seasonal Orangery, Classical Concerts on a Christmas theme, and children’s Christmas storytelling events for those under five.

More information on events at Sewerby Hall go to their website: http://www.sewerbyhall.co.uk/events or call 01262 673769.

Santa will also be touring Bridlington’s surrounding villages in his sleigh in Buckton and Bempton on 4 December from 5.15pm, Burton Agnes and Harpham on 7 December from 5.30pm, 8 December at Wold Newton and Burton Fleming from 5.30pm, on 9 December at Skipsea and Barmston from 5.30pm, on 10 December at Boynton and Rudston from 5.30pm and on 13 December in Flamborough from 11.30am with all proceeds going to North Wolds Lions charities. For more specific times and routes call 01377 254172.

Another much loved favourite venue, Burton Agnes Hall is all decked out for Christmas and there is a chance for children to join Father Christmas by the fireside each Sunday in December up to December 20 when the Hall is open, between 12-4pm. Each child will get a Christmas gift, £4 per child, no booking required. For more information call the estate office on 01262 490324.

Christmas Lights at Burton Agnes Hall. --'NBFP PA1449-10k

Christmas Lights at Burton Agnes Hall. --'NBFP PA1449-10k

In Bridlington town centre Santa has a new home this year. The Bridlington Lions after five years in the Promenades shopping centre is moving by setting up his grotto on the top floor of Boyes & Co, on King Street, next to the cafeteria. Children will be able to visit Mr and Mrs Claus on the weekend of 5 and 6 December and 12 and 13 and also from 19 to 23 December between the hours of 11am to 4pm.

You can also visit Santa at Eastfield Garden Centre each weekend from now until December 20, plus Wednesday December 23, in support of North Wolds Lions Club.

For the bold, the brave or just the downright barmy don’t forget the traditiional Christmas Day Dippers who will be charging into the icy sea in front of the Expanse Hotel on Christmas morning. This year Blast Fitness have taken on the event which has been running since the 1960s thanks to the Conelley family and has raised thousands of pounds for charity. Dippers and spectators meet at 9.45am for a sing song and pictures before taking to the sea. All proceeds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Group B Strep Support and Leah Coleman for her trip to Florida. Sponsorship forms are now available from Blast Fitness Gym, Bronze Tanning Studio and Marine Bar.

On Boxing Day, pirates gather at South Landing to launch this year’s Flamborough Pre-School Boxing Day Dip, now in its seventh year.

The Annual Bridlington Christmas Day Dip

The Annual Bridlington Christmas Day Dip

Since the first dip in 2009, the event has raised much needed funds for Flamborough Pre-School, and last year made £1,477.

Carrie-Ann Taylor, Committee Chairperson at the Pre-school and one of the organisers of the event, said: “Our aim is for Boxing Day to be a day that everyone really looks forward to, full of lots of community activity and traditions.” After the dip which which starts at 10.45am, the festivities will move into the village where the Longsword Dancers will start their Boxing Day tradition. From noon they will dance throughout the village, finishing outside the Ship at 3pm.

Finally, don’t forget, there’s free parking at ERYC pay and display areas each weekend from now until Christmas to make your Christmas shopping less expensive and a lot easier. All council car parks will be free from 8am on Saturdays until 8am on Mondays.