TWINKLING Christmas lights are lining the streets of towns and villages across the district as Tynedale prepares for the festive season.

And one of the biggest light switch-on events is held by people in Prudhoe - who always ensure each year is packed with special guests, carol singing and festive treats.

Friday evening will be filled with Christmas cheer as revellers gather at the glade from 5pm.

From 5pm there will be entertainment including that from popular children’s entertainer, John Robson, known as Mister Disco Man. And despite this year being Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, he and Minnie Mouse will be the evening’s special guests, along with children’s character Elf on the Shelf.

As usual mulled wine and mince pies will be provided, courtesy of Prudhoe Coop, while a Christmas fair at the Spetchells Centre will see Santa’s grotto, origami, face painting. Christmas stalls and crafts as part of its attractions between 3pm and 7pm.

And three local schools, Adderlane Academy, Mickley First School and Prudhoe Castle First School, will be taking to the big stage to sing in the lead-up to the big switch-on at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile over in Corbridge, the village’s Christmas tree festival launches on November 29 for the creators of the 96 trees being made for this year’s display at St Andrew’s Church.

The event will run until Monday, December 3 when it will culminate with Corbridge’s popular Christmas night. from 4pm to 9pm

The night promises carols, music, street food, entertainment, stalls and late night shopping.