Wakefield District festive family fun!
Wednesday 08th November, 2017
Lights will be shining across the district this Christmas, as the details for the Christmas light switch-ons and special festive markets are announced.
The Wakefield Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor, Cllr Kevin Barker, on Friday 17 November, 5.30 pm in the Cathedral precinct. The fun starts from 4pm with entertainment provided by Ridings FM and local singer Micky Johnson.
The city centre will also be home to a special festive market on Friday 17 November, 10am - 6pm, and Saturday 18 November, 10am - 4pm. The Christmas market will run alongside the regular outdoor market. The market will include a free carousel in the Bullring, live music, street entertainment plus donkey rides on the Saturday. ENGIE and Arnold Clark have kindly sponsored this event.
The Council is also holding special switch-on events in Castleford and Pontefract.
Deputy Council Leader, Cllr Denise Jeffery, will be switching on the Castleford Christmas lights at 5.45pm on Tuesday 28 November. Cllr Jeffery will be joined by Castleford singer and X Factor star, Jack Walton and local community groups.
There will also be a Christmas market throughout the day in Castleford, from 10am to 6pm, with children’s rides, donkey rides and lots of family entertainment. Staged entertainment starts at 4pm where Jack Walton will be entertaining the crowds alongside performances from Lock Lane Community Group and Castleford Tigers Cheerleaders.
Children coming to the Castleford switch-on can also take part in the annual lantern procession leaving at Lock Lane Community Centre at 4.45pm on the day. For more information about how to take part in the procession please visit the Wakefield Council website.
The Pontefract Christmas lights will be switched on by local councillors and the Haribo Bear at 6.30pm on Monday 27 November in the town centre. A Christmas market will be running throughout the day, from 10am to 6pm, with a funfair, donkey rides and entertainment for all the family. Staged entertainment from 4pm with vocal performances from Kaci J, Why so serious, Simon Walker, and Stagecoach Performing Arts plus a Christmas Panto snippet from Saint Giles Pantomime Society.
For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/Christmas
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