THE Christmas lights in Durham are due to be switched on tomorrow.

Organisers are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the event in the city centre but say it will be their “most ambitious” switch on yet.

The family-friendly event takes place between 5.30pm and 6.45pm in the Market Place.

Adam Deathe, business engagement manager at Durham BID, said: “Though we are keeping many things secret about the lighting of the Christmas tree and the Durham City Christmas lights switch on, it’s safe to say that this year will be a feast for the senses, as the power of music is used to bring festive cheer to the city.

“Of course, what is Christmas without a surprise or two waiting for you under the Christmas tree? The Durham City Christmas lights switch on is no different! You can certainly expect some surprises along the way – who knows who you’ll be standing next to in the crowd! Plus, with the spectacular finale of the show, it’s bound to leave you with warms feels inside and tingles down your spine.”

Visitors can expect musicians playing Christmas carols and other festive tunes, as well as artists performing specially commissioned pieces for the occasion.

Organisers are advising people to arrive early to get a good spot in the performance area.

It will kick-start a long weekend of festivities in the city.

On Friday, Durham’s three-day Christmas festival is due to get underway.

It features a crafts and gifts market in a marquee on Palace Green, a food market in the cloisters of Durham Cathedral, festive entertainment and the popular children’s lantern procession, which takes place on Saturday between 3.45pm and 4.45pm.

Carols for All services will be taking place at Durham Cathedral on both Saturday and Sunday and there will be a selection of other entertainment on Palace Green, including a static falconry display, storytelling, a children’s entertainer and Father Christmas’ festive grotto.