Christmas Activities

Village Christmas lights switch-on events.

We welcomed the festive season to Seaton Valley with our annual switch-on of the Christmas lights in our five villages.

The events started in Seghill on the 25 November and were followed by Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval, Holywell and the final event at New Hartley on the 3 December.

There was a fantastic turnout of residents to support the switch-on events, and it was great to return to our full events programme following the restrictions over the past couple of years.

The festive crowds were entertained by our guest compare, Andrew, assisted by Martin, who performed magic and Christmas songs and was joined by some residents on stage to perform a rendition of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Prize draws were held for the children, which included a lucky wristband and our golden ticket prize draw.  The winners of each prize draw received a ‘goody bag’ full of Christmas surprises.

We had free mulled wine and mince pies, and Santa and Rudolf joined us to celebrate the lights being switched on.  You can view a selection of photographs from all the events here…..

Christmas lights competition

Each year we hold our annual Christmas lights competition held in conjunction with the village First Schools.

Children take part in a competition to design a decorative Christmas Light.  The winner from each school gets their winning design made into a light, and they get to switch their light on at their village event. They are joined by the runners up to switch on the lights of the village Christmas tree.

Unfortunately, some of the winners were unable to come to the switch-on events this year.  Pictured below are the winners, who were there, switching on the lights with Seaton Valley ward councillors:


1st Prize – Colby Maltman

2nd Prize – Klay Wollers

3rd Prize – Joey Harvey

Seaton Sluice

1st Prize – Havana Peters

2nd Prize – Noah Turner

3rd Prize – Penny Roshe

Seaton Delaval

1st Prize – Jasmine Cutter

2nd Prize – Nathaniel Oliver

3rd Prize – Robyn Stanners


1st Prize – Jake Elliot

2nd Prize – Poppy Hunt

3rd Prize – Mason Byrne

New Hartley

1st Prize – Ethan Golder

2nd Prize – George Watson

3rd Prize – Evie Batson

Christmas shop window competition

We hold an annual Christmas Shop Window Competition and invite businesses in Seaton Valley to decorate their windows and enter the competition.

There was a great variation in the decorating themes in the windows this year, making the judging very difficult.

A Million Dreams from New Hartley were declared the winner, and Fred and Gingers from Seaton Delaval were awarded the second prize.  There were joint winners for the third prize, ML Estates and Tilly’s Teapot, both in Seaton Delaval.

Below are Denise and Ethan Myers from A Million Dreams, pictured receiving their winning certificate from Cllr. Eve Chicken.

A Million Dreams