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Entertainment to suit all ages and tastes ; Christmas in the city centre [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 19, 2013


HERE is a guide to all the events that will be taking place this year.

Thursday, November 21 - The Sentinel Victorian Christmas lights switch-on and street theatre performances, at Fountain Square, from 6.30pm (light switch-on at 7pm).

s s Half Human Theatre Company presents 'A Dickens of a Time' street theatre performance.

Entertainment includes: Christmas cracker and pomander making workshops; Children's Victorian juggling workshop; Victorian pewter toy casting; Victorian toy casting painting workshop (Pounds 2 charge); Candle making demonstrations; The forge - comprising bellows, a period tent and various equipment, it will be producing a variety of metalwork from the period; Victorian stilt-walking flower seller; Penny Farthing bicycle rider; Chimney sweeps; Victorian musicians; Victorian toys and games.

Thursday, November 28- Intu Potteries Magical Christmas Come and celebrate the magic of Christmas with some very special guests in the city centre.

The whole family will be mesmerised by the magical street theatre and walk-about acts. Street entertainment (from 5pm to 9pm) includes: Bring along your Christmas letter for Santa Claus; Meet real reindeers; Meet the loveable 'penguin family'; Lightweight - A four-metre high inflated sphere lit with intense translucent colours and hiding mysterious mechanisms which project video images, animations and amazing visual effects; Kenny and Ronnie's festive Market - featuring two Cockney 'barrow boys' flogging all sorts of zany wares; Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth - an extraordinary puppet-based walkabout show; Jack and the Bean Stalk pantomime - presented by The Mow Cop Players.

Thursday, 5 December - Northern Nights The city centre welcomes the Moroccan Handicraft Market, which runs until December 30.

With the help of 40 artisans and technicians flown in especially, the market showcases Morocco's fine arts and crafts produced, by hand, by traditional methods over the centuries.

Items for sale will include leather goods such as bags and slippers, ceramics and hand-carved ornaments and musical instruments.

There will also be jewellery boxes made from cedar wood and ornamental chests as well as exotic herbs and spices and special oils.

In addition to the market, there will be: Camel Rides; The Two Wise Men - a hilarious comedy duo seeking a third member; Morocco FM - with two wacky DJs; Rock Nativity - a nativity play with a difference from The Mitchell Youth Arts Centre.

Thursday, December 12 - A Musical Christmas Entertainment includes: A buskers' competition; Musical Ruth - a most unusual piano-playing nun; Yodelling - where a contemporary circus meets Alpine culture; Snow Queen - riding a sleigh, clad in the finest gowns and singing well-known songs; Rag and Bone - comedy, stories and songs from the jaunty Mr Rags.

Thursday, December 19 - Realis Estates Traditional Christmas Carol Concert with David Lingwood and the University North Staffordshire Orchestra. (Fountain Square, 7-8pm). Nativity scene with real animals for you to photo and pet.

Christingle Workshop; Arctic explorers - a comedy duo back from the pole and still not yet thawed out; A Christmas train featuring some unusual elves; Holly and Ivy - the fairies who live inside their own mobile Christmas trees; Frenetic Engineering - Two sugar plump fairies with their unique take on ballet.

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