Christmas Lights Switch On 1st December 2018   

This year we will have our first ever Christmas Treasure Hunt, over 50 businesses have signed up. Each business will have something out of place in their window, e.g. A dog bowl in the butchers window. Just pick up an entry form at the lights switch and visit all the businesses listed trying to spot the 'odd' item. Once completed take it to the Pet Shop. All correct entries will be drawn out of the hat for a share of the prizes. These include a £100 Pickering Voucher, Family pass to the NYMR, and ACER tablet. Great fun for all the family. Closing date is Saturday the 9th of December. 
The Memorial Hall will also host a Christmas market hosted by Mind, stalls will include a chocolatier, cakes, wooden gifts, horseshoe gifts, tombola, a pop up cafe, and a lucky dip for children as well as face painting and a xmas raffle . 
1st December 2018 road closed and market from 2pm, 
Lights switch on at 5:30pm. 
For a small town, Pickering makes a big deal out of its Christmas Lights switch on, with a special celebratory event held each year, packed with music and family friendly, festive entertainment. 
Regular attractions include Santa and his sleigh, performances from local bands and community groups, as well as a spectacular lights display that adds a real festive feel to the town. 
A proper community event that attracts people from all around the local area, proceeds from the refreshments sold at the switch on are ploughed back in to the next year’s event, to ensure that it continues to grow and develop. 
In 2017 we aim to close the Market Place form 12 noon to host a Christmas Market, attractions will include: 
Fudge and Toffee stall 
Morris Dancers 
Hot Mulled Wine by Feast 
Burgers and Sausages by The Bay Horse 
Stape Silver Band 
Raffle to win an enormous Chocolate House 
Town treasure hunt - lots of prizes 
Father Christmas on his sleigh 
Face painter 
Various stalls - including - Pickering Guides, Local Crafts, Tombola, Christmas Gifts. 
Reduced parking charges will also apply throughout the town. 
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