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Light switch-ons, Santa Parades and more in this week’s Hull events roundup | 15 – 28 Nov 2023

It’s a busy week as Hull and East Yorkshire make preparations for the Christmas season! Hull’s Christmas Lights switch-on finally takes place on Thursday, and the Santa Arrival Parade will bring the big man in red himself into our city on Sunday.

There are plenty more events going on too, and even more outside of this article. Don’t forget to check out our events listings for all of them!

Hull Comedy Festival 2023: Hullarious Fringe

Date and time: Wed 15 to Sun 19 Nov 2023

Dive into a world of laughter with the ‘Hullarious Fringe’ at the Hull Comedy Festival 2023, returning for its 17th year with a stellar line-up of comedic talents from across the UK. This vibrant segment of the festival, running from now to the 19th of November, encapsulates the essence of comedy, featuring a medley of stand-up acts, variety shows, and touring comedians.

Sinatra: RAW at Junction Goole

Date and time: Wed 15 Nov 2023 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

‘Sinatra: RAW’ presents the legendary Frank Sinatra in a rare, raw form, portraying the icon’s vulnerability amidst his looming retirement. Richard Shelton’s masterful performance is expected to bring the house down with Sinatra’s well-loved classics, mixed with a narrative that shows the man behind the fame. It’s a must-see for fans and a revealing window into the world of one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.

Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed. Live With Chris And Rosie Ramsey at Connexin Live

Date and time: Wed 15 and Thur 16 Nov 2023 @ 6:30pm

Chris and Rosie Ramsey, the dynamic podcasting duo, bring their real-life hilarity straight from their living room to Connexin Live. Known for their hit podcast ‘Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.’, they’ve amassed a dedicated following keen on their brutally honest and humorous take on life, relationships, and the chaos of parenting. This show promises a live rendition of their popular banter that will leave the audience in stitches.

Christmas Lights Switch-On at Queen Victoria Square

Date and time: Thu 16 Nov 2023 @ 5:00pm

Get into the festive spirit with Hull’s annual Christmas Lights switch-on. This much-anticipated event is set to light up Queen Victoria Square with holiday cheer. The switch-on ceremony will feature special guests and performers, ensuring a magical evening for families and friends alike as Hull twinkles into the festive season.

Health Stars Charity Comedy Night ft. Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets

Date and time: Thu 16 Nov 2023 @ 8:00pm – 10:15pm

HA HA Health Stars is a comedy night in aid of Health Stars brought to you by The Hull Comedy Festival. There’ll be an INCREDIBLE line-up of local and regional comedy talent with a very special Eurovision Sock Contest brought to you by Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre! They’re aiming to raise lots of laughs and money for Health Stars, who work in partnership with the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust. They enhance the community and mental health services provided to over 800,000 people living within the trust’s service area.

Hull & East Riding climate futures workshop – receive £25 for participating

Date and time: Fri 17 & Sat 18 Nov 2023 @ 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Join the Royal College of Art in a workshop at TimeBank Hull & East Riding to explore climate change and the future of living by the water. Each participant will contribute towards an upcoming exhibition at the Design Museum and receive a £25 voucher for their involvement in the workshop. Both workshops will be preceded by community walks in the morning in Hornsea and Withernsea respectively.

Home Educators’ Day – Holderness Heroes at The Deep

Date and time: Fri 17 Nov 2023 @ 10:00am – 6:00pm

Dive into The Deep’s special Home Educators’ Day dedicated to exploring the Holderness Heroes of the deep blue. Interactive workshops promise to engage children in a hands-on learning experience about marine life, coastal geography, and conservation. It’s an educational and fun day out for home-schooled children of all ages.

Burlesque at Connexin Arena Featuring The Hull Monty

Date and time: Fri 17 Nov 2023 @ 6:00pm – 12:00am

A dazzling night of dance and decadence awaits at the Connexin Arena with a Burlesque show featuring The Hull Monty. Prepare for an evening of entertainment and charity as the event supports Dove House Hospice, blending sophisticated burlesque routines with the comedic charm of The Hull Monty performers.

The Nutcracker at Connexin Live

Date and time: Sat 18 Nov 2023 @ 2:30pm

The timeless holiday classic, The Nutcracker, graces the stage at Connexin Live, inviting audiences to a magical world of dancing snowflakes, sweets, and enchanting music. This ballet is a seasonal favorite that continues to captivate with its fairy-tale charm and unforgettable score.

The Lightbulb Princess at Junction Goole

Date and time: Sat 18 Nov 2023 @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The festive season faces a blackout, and only The Lightbulb Princess can save it! This electrifying performance combines science, adventure, and song. Tutti Frutti Productions have crafted a show that’s perfect for the whole family, illuminating the science of electricity in an entertaining and educational light.

Santa Arrival Parade in Hull City Centre

Date and time: Sun 19 Nov 2023 @ 11:15am

Join the festive fun as Santa Claus parades through Hull City Centre, marking the official start of the holiday season. The parade, featuring a host of characters, is sure to bring joy and excitement to kids and those young at heart.

Talk: The Vikings by Andy Hunting at Hull Guildhall

Date and time: Tue 21 Nov 2023 @ 7:30am – 8:30pm

Step back in time with Andy Hunting as he presents an engaging talk on the Vikings at Hull Guildhall. Delve into the lives of these formidable seafarers, their expeditions, and legacies that still fascinate us today. This informative session promises to enrich your knowledge about these legendary warriors and explorers.


Victorian Christmas, Pinocchio and more in next week’s Hull events roundup | 22 – 28 Nov 2023

As November continues to unfold, Hull & East Yorkshire are brimming with an exciting variety of fun and festive events, from the nostalgic melodies of ABBA and Sinatra to the twinkling magic of The Nutcracker. Whether you’re looking to laugh out loud with top comedians, delve into Hull’s history with insightful talks, or immerse yourself in musical extravaganzas, our vibrant region is buzzing with activities!

There are plenty more events going on too, and even more outside of this article. Don’t forget to check out our events listings for all of them!

ABBA Reunion Tribute Show at Beverley Minster

Date and Time: Fri 24 Nov 2023 – Sat 25 Nov 2023 @ 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Beverley Minster is set to host the electrifying ABBA Reunion Tribute Band Christmas Shows on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of November 2023. Featuring the original ‘Frida’ from the world-renowned London West End Show, this event promises to be a night of nostalgia and fun for ABBA fans. Attendees can expect a remarkable performance that recreates the magic and timeless tunes of one of the world’s most beloved pop groups. It’s a golden opportunity to relive the ABBA experience in a historic and stunning setting.

Christmas Light Switch on Craft Fair at Hessle Memorial Hall

Date and Time: Fri 24 Nov 2023 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Kick off the festive season with the Christmas Light Switch on Craft Fair at Hessle Memorial Hall. This special event coincides with the Hessle Christmas Light switch-on, adding extra sparkle to the evening. Guests will be treated to live music by members of the East Riding of Yorkshire Band, creating a cheerful atmosphere perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. Explore an array of unique craft stalls, perfect for finding that special Christmas gift, all while enjoying heartwarming Christmas music.

Bottomless Crisp Party at Kicks

Date and Time: Fri 24 Nov 2023 @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Kicks is hosting a Bottomless Crisp Party that’s been making waves in the news and even on ITV’s This Morning. This unique event invites guests to indulge in a 90-minute feast of their favourite crisps, from classic favourites to retro varieties. Not just a snack fest, the party also features a bar with a variety of hand-crafted cocktails and beers. It’s an unconventional and exciting way to spend an evening, munching on crisps and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of Kicks.

Pinocchio at Hull Truck Theatre

Date and Time: Fri 24 Nov 2023 – Sun 31 Dec 2023 @ 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Hull Truck Theatre presents a magical festive experience with their rendition of ‘Pinocchio.’ Adapted by Mike Kenny, this classic tale is reimagined with original songs by composer John Biddle, promising an action-packed production filled with music, spectacular sets, and stunning costumes. Perfect for family audiences, this show offers a captivating and heartwarming theatrical experience, making it a must-see this holiday season.

Roy Chubby Brown at Hull City Hall

Date and Time: Sat 25 Nov 2023 @ 7:30pm

Roy Chubby Brown, a veteran of the comedy scene, brings his unique brand of humor to Hull City Hall on November 25th. Celebrating 50 years in show business, Brown’s show is a testament to his enduring appeal. Known for his bold and controversial style, this performance is geared towards audiences who appreciate his unapologetic and straightforward comedic approach. It promises to be a memorable evening of laughter, reflecting on half a century of entertainment.

90’S Party Night at Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel

Date and Time: Sat 25 Nov 2023 @ 7:00pm – 1:00am

The Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel is set to turn back the clock with a 90’s Party Night, an ultimate throwback to one of the most iconic music decades. Guests can sing and dance to a catalogue of 90’s hits, all while enjoying a delicious 2-course hot buffet. The event is perfect for those looking to relive the nostalgia of the 90s with friends and family, in an evening filled with music, food, and fun.

Russell Howard Live at Connexin Live

Date and Time: Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov 2023

Russell Howard, one of the top comedians globally, is set to enthrall audiences at Connexin Live on November 25th and 26th. Known for his unique perspective and hilarious commentary on global events, Howard’s new live tour promises to deliver laughs and insights in equal measure. As the world grapples with numerous challenges, Howard’s show is an opportunity for audiences to enjoy humor that is both timely and timeless.

Victorian Christmas at Museums Quarter

Date and Time: Sat 25 Nov 2023 – Sun 26 Nov 2023 @ 11:00am – 4:00pm

Step back in time this November as Hull’s Museums Quarter transforms into a Victorian Christmas wonderland. On November 25th and 26th, visitors can join Queen Victoria and Prince Consort for a series of festive activities that capture the essence of a traditional Victorian Christmas. The event will feature a range of activities and entertainment, offering a glimpse into the historical origins of many modern Christmas traditions.

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra – November 2023 at Hull City Hall

Date and Time: Sun 26 Nov 2023 @ 4:00pm

The Hull Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to an enchanting family concert at Hull City Hall on November 26th. The performance promises a magical journey through a repertoire of beloved melodies, celebrating the lead-up to Christmas. The concert will feature familiar figures like Harry Potter, the Snowman, and the Sugar Plum Fairy, making it an ideal event for families and music lovers of all ages.

Donny Osmond at Connexin Live

Date and Time: Tue 28 Nov 2023 @ 7:00pm

Legendary pop icon Donny Osmond is set to perform at Connexin Live on November 28th, bringing his electrifying Vegas show to the UK. With a career spanning six decades and a plethora of gold records, Osmond’s performance is a rare opportunity to witness a music legend live. Fans can look forward to an evening filled with classic hits and new favorites from a true music legend.

Calendar Girls The Musical at Hull New Theatre

Date and Time: Tue 28 Nov – Sat 2 Dec 2023 @ 7:30pm

Hull New Theatre is proud to present ‘Calendar Girls The Musical,’ a brand-new production of the award-winning musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. This show features a reimagined book and new music, bringing together a cast of renowned music, stage, and television stars. The musical offers a heartfelt story of friendship, resilience, and the power of community, making it a must-see for theatre lovers.

Talk: From the Bronte’s to Banksy – The life of a Yorkshire Conservator by Richard Hawkes at Hull Guildhall

Date and Time: Tue 28 Nov 2023 @ 7:30am – 8:30pm

Richard Hawkes, an Accredited Conservator-Restorer, will be presenting an insightful talk at Hull Guildhall on November 28th. The talk will cover his extensive experience in conserving works for museums, institutions, art dealers, and private individuals. Attendees will get a glimpse into the fascinating world of art conservation, touching upon the works of the Brontes, Banksy, and more.


Visit our events directory here for all the info and details about these events and more. Some events may also be sourced from other locations, including Hull Theatres and Visit Hull. Enjoy a fantastic week in Hull and East Yorkshire!

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