Youngsters line up for lantern procession

Ann Marie and Kath enjoying the products at Whitby Christmas Market. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.
Ann Marie and Kath enjoying the products at Whitby Christmas Market. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

Around 250 children from primary schools around the Whitby area are due to take part in a lantern procession through town as part of a festive event.

Whitby Christmas Festival will get under way on Friday November 18 with the procession starting from St Hilda’s Terrace.

Youngsters from local primary schools will showcase their lanterns as they make their way down to Dock End.

A samba band from Caedmon College will entertain crowds and the town’s Christmas lights will be switched on by a celebrity to be confirmed, along with the winner of the Mayor’s design a Christmas card competition.

The parade will then continue to the front marina car park where stalls will be set up selling festive fayre at the Christmas market, to be officially opened by the Mayor, Cllr Noreen Wilson.

A grand fireworks display will then light up the night sky as the festival – due to run until November 20 – gets into full swing. Santa will also pop down from Lapland.

Secretary of the festival’s working party, Phil Trumper, wants to hear from anyone who is organising their own seasonal event for inclusion in a promotional brochure.