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Plan your Christmas hols.

Byline: By Linda Richards

A feast of fun is being provided across the region to put people in the Christmas mood.

Cities, towns and villages are pulling out the stops to add a touch of special sparkle.

Here are some of the events planned:

November 18, town centre Christmas parade, 4.30pm; November 25, Christmas lights switch-on and official opening of ice rink, Gateshead Quays, 6.30pm; November 27, Gateshead Brass Band perform festive tunes, Baltic Square, noon-1.30pm; November 29, Artizani street theatre, Gateshead Interchange, 1pm-2pm; December 1-23, Christmas tree sales, Chopwell Woods, 8am-8pm, Santa and carols at weekends, 10am-5pm; December 2, chamber concert with music from Mozart, Schubert and Keith Morris, Caedmon Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets pounds 6 and pounds 5; December 3, art and craft fair, Blackhalll Mill Community Centre, 10am-5pm; December 3, Christmas workshop, Birtley Library, 10am-noon, free but booking needed; December 4, Dunston Silver Band perform festive tunes, Baltic Square, Gateshead Quays, noon-1pm; December 7, Christmas craft exhibition with Gateshead's Children's Choir, Gateshead Visitor Centre, St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate, 6.30pm, free; December 8, Jack Frost & the Ice Queen stilt walkabout show, Baltic Square, 4pm-4.45pm & 5.30-6.15pm.

December 10, Christmas family fun and games, Thornley Woodland Centre, Rowlands Gill, 10am-3pm, pounds 2 for children; December 10, Ravenswood Singers & Opera Live, Caedmon Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets pounds 5, under-16s pounds 3; December 10, Christmas workshop. Low Fell Library, 10am-noon, free but booking needed; December 11, making Christmas cards, Bill Quay Community Farm, 1pm-3pm, pounds 1; December 11, Yule logs and silver cones family craft session, Thornley Woodlands Centre, 2pm-4pm, pounds 3; December 11, walkabout street theatre, Gateshead Quays, 1pm and 2pm, free.

December 15-17, scary theatre show for three to eight year olds, Caedmon Hall, Thursday 1.30pm and 6pm, Friday and Saturday 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6pm,

pounds 5, pounds 3 under-19s and over-60s; December 15, Sinbad the Sailor show, Barley Mow Village Hall, 6pm, pounds 1.50 per child; December 16, Christmas decoration afternoon, Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre, 4pm-8.30pm, pounds 1 per child; December 17, Caprians Choir sing carols, Gateshead Visitor Centre, noon-1pm.

November 12-February 12, open-air ice rink at Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, 10am-8pm Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm, 10am on November 12 opened by Jill Halfpenny, adult pounds 4.99, child pounds 3.99, concessions pounds 4.30, under-fours pounds 3.99, family pounds 14.99.

November 17, Christmas lights switch-on by Jill Halfpenny, Grey Street, 6.30pm; November 30-December 3,

Christmas Farmers' Markets, Grey's Monument, 9.30am-2.30pm, December 7-10, December 3, 10 and 17, free family entertainment, Grainger Market, 11am-3pm; December 1, Bergen Christmas tree lights switch-on, Civic Centre, Newcastle.

November 17 Christmas lights switch-on, Civic Centre, 6pm; November 25, Christmas lights switch-on, Hetton Mini Park; from December 2, German Christmas Market in Market Square; December 1- January 15, Mowbray park Ice Rink.

SOUTH TYNESIDE:

December 3, South Shields Salvation Army Band, 10.30am-noon, South Shields town centre; December 3, Westoe Brass Band, 11am, Jarrow Viking Centre, December 3, Westoe Brass Band, 1pm, South Shields town centre; December 3, Christmas Crafts, 1pm-3pm. West Boldon Environment Education Centre, booking required, call (0191) 536 4873; December 3 & 4, December 6, Aladdin, Customs House, tickets from pounds 6.99, book on (0191) 454 1234.

NORTH TYNESIDE:

November 22-26, Hogwash Show, Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend; December 2 and 3, St Nicholas Festival, Whitley Bay; December 4, Christmas Carol Concert with the Salvation Army, 6.30pm.

November 25, lights switch-on, Market Place, 7pm; December 4, Sleeping Beauty panto, Willowburn Sports & Leisure Centre, 3pm-6pm.

November 18 & 19, Continental Market, Market Place, 9am-4pm.

December 10, Christmas Market, Market Place, 9am-3pm. Over 50 market stalls selling local produce, gifts and Christmas fare.
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Date:Nov 10, 2005
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