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Join us for our most magical, awe inspiring Christmas event yet as we welcome Emergency Exit Arts to perform their spectacular show – The Christmas Dream Machine! This highly visual performance will mark the start of Middlesbrough’s Christmas Celebrations and will be complete with a spectacular fireworks finale that will officially mark the switch on of the lights!

It’s Christmas Eve and like many children, Ava is far too excited to go to sleep. She settles down to read a book, The Christmas Dream Machine, and begins a Christmas Eve adventure that takes her across the skies of her home town in search of the Christmas Dream Machine.

There’s plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy as Santa, Eva, Teddy and the elves magically come to life during this incredibly staged festive performance.

This really is the biggest Christmas light switch on Middlesbrough has seen to date – you definitely don’t want to miss it!


Duration: 40 minutes 

Supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Ashall Projects, Bowmer & Kirkland, Cleveland Centre and Smooth Radio for their support. 

Centre Square

Surrounded by the Town Hall, Civic Centre, Central Library and mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, this modernised public square also includes the London 2012 Live Site and Big Screen Middlesbrough.

Centre Square is the perfect spot to bring a picnic, watch the world go by and enjoy a varied programme of arts and events.