Darlington Lights Festival is returning next month and the town will be transformed with beautiful and unique installations.

The event is being organised by Darlington Borough Council’s events team and partners and will take place between Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 12.

Response to Darlington Lights has already proved popular with the first-ever town-wide silent disco, which forms part of the event, selling out hours after being posted on the council’s social media channels.

Darlington Lights will see a wide range of light installations throughout the town, giving visitors the chance to stop for selfies and even walk through some of the creations.

The Northern Echo: A light installation has already appeared at Indulgence Hair & Beauty on SkinnergateA light installation has already appeared at Indulgence Hair & Beauty on Skinnergate (Image: Aja Dodd, Newsquest)

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TEP Electrical Distributors, a Darlington-based company over 100 years old, is sponsoring this year’s event.

The business will be providing many of the lights for the event as well as installing a pop-up walk-through selfie station for the Market Hall and pink neon lights around various shop windows on Duke Street.

Joinery students from Darlington College will be involved again and are working on a woodland scene with lights and a stream, located in the Dolphin Centre foyer.

Many town centre businesses are on board and will be displaying lights in their shop windows.

The Northern Echo: Another small installation can be seen in the window of Skinnergate NewsAnother small installation can be seen in the window of Skinnergate News (Image: Aja Dodd, Newsquest)

The Northern Echo: Sarah Marshall and TEP Electrical Distributors team on High Row in DarlingtonSarah Marshall and TEP Electrical Distributors team on High Row in Darlington (Image: Darlington Borough Council)

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Indulgence Hair & Beauty and Skinnergate News already have installations in their windows.

Bike Stop will also be pulling all the stops out with their bike light display.

Local artist and printmaker Merlyn Griffiths from The Littlest Falcon will be creating an art piece in Crafty Merlin’s on Buckton’s Yard and Echo 3 Coffee House in Clark’s Yard.

Natalie Kippersmith from Kippersmith Designs will be working on an installation for the Friends Meeting House Window.

Councillor Jamie Bartch, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy, said: “Darlington Lights will give people the chance to see the town in a different light! This is our first main event of the year and promises to light the way to a great programme of events for our town centre.

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“It’s also a great example of how our town centre businesses get involved in our community by supporting these events. Thank you to all that have helped through sponsorship or by creating their own displays.

“Our exciting diary of events showcases our commitment to putting on a great range of events which will help to draw thousands of visitors to our town centre, where they can enjoy family fun as well as explore the fabulous shops, bars and cafes.”

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Sarah Marshall, general manager of TEP Electrical Distributors, who are sponsoring Darlington Lights, added:

“We are delighted to support this local event and use our LED lighting and design expertise to help provide some of the display installations.

“We are a long-standing business that specialises in LED lighting and design, as well as electrical supplies, and security solutions and we are proud to have served the people of Darlington since the 1960s. Supporting this event helps us to give something back to our local community.”