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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as our Illuminated Lantern Parade arrives at Stockton Sparkles!

Watch on in amazement as glowing lanterns light up Stockton High Street. Santa and his elves will make their way down Stockton High Street with members of local schools and community groups. Expect a dazzling array of illuminated lanterns, street theatre, atmospheric Christmas music and a live band performance.

Before the parade there will be free glitter face painting at the Christmas market from 11am – 1:45pm.You can also get in to the spirit early by getting involved in our festive card making from Dawn Brown and bauble making with Work of Heart. Just drop in to the tipi between 1pm – 4pm for all things creative!

Don’t miss the rest of this year’s fantastic events at Stockton Sparkles, including: the Launch, Christmas Victorian Fair, Christmas Market, Stories with Santa, La Flamo Fire Show and a Wreath making workshop.

Opening Times

Face painting 11am - 1pm
Card making and bauble creation 1pm - 4pm
Lantern Parade 4pm




Address: Stockton High Street, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, UK

Public Transport Directions

Traffic and travel updates:
Stockton High Street will be closed to vehicles for the duration of launch night, Thursday 24 November. The High Street will also be closed on Friday 2 December and Sunday 4 December (but open on Saturday 3 December).

This will affect bus stops, so visit the Connect Tees Valley website to help you find the best options for your journey:

There are over a thousand parking spaces in Stockton plus Wellington Square car park (TS18 1NA). Long stay car parks open to the public include:

• Skinner Street (TS18 1DY)
• Thompson Street Car Park (TS18 2BF)
• Maritime Car Park (TS18 2HD)
• Parliament Street Car Park (TS18 3SW)
• Riverside Car Park (TS18 1TE)

Visit the car parking page of the Council’s website for a full list and a downloadable map:

During launch night the High Street Car Park North (outside the Sun Inn) will be unavailable and it will also be out of action on Friday 2 December and Sunday 4 December.

The High Street Car Park South (outside the Shambles) will be closed on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December for the Lantern Parade.



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