Getting in the festive spirit

Christmas light switched on with fireworks in Halifax
Christmas light switched on with fireworks in Halifax

Calderdale is being decorated with festive sparkle with more Christmas lights switch-ons scheduled for this weekend.

Halifax’s Christmas lights switch-on will take place tomorrow in Russell Street in the town centre, with choral, dance performances, children’s entertainment, Neil Hurst from the Victoria Theatre Pantomime, singer Lizzie Jones and Danny & Rosie from Pulse 1’s Breakfast Show

The stage headline act will be Tom Bleasby who featured on ITV’s X Factor.

The Woolshops Shopping centre will be holding a special one-off Christmas Market on the cobbles between 10am -6pm on the same day.

A special guest appearance from Father Christmas himself will all culminate in the Halifax Christmas Lights being switched on by local celebrities and the Mayor of Calderdale at 4.30pm and will be followed by a fireworks display sponsored by the Woolshops Shopping Centre.

The Todmorden switch on will take place as part of the Lamplighter festival also on Saturday.

The festival, produced by Hebden Bridge based Handmade Parade, will begin with a lantern parade including giant illuminated puppets and community art at 6pm, to be followed by a host of fire shows, illuminated installations and street theatre taking place from 7pm to 9pm.

It will be a busy day for Todmorden with Kidsfest taking place in Todmorden Town Hall from noon to 3pm, the town’s Christmas Lights being switched on between 4pm and 4.30pm, the Made in Tod Christmas market which runs from 10am to 8pm at the Masonic Hall in nearby White Hart Fold and a late-night Todmorden Market which runs through the day to 8pm (and Father Christmas will be there between around 6.30pm and 7pm).

Brighouse’s switch on will happen as part of the town’s Victorian Christmas Market, also on Saturday, November 28.

Steven Lord of the Harrison Lord Gallery who helped organise the event said: “This year we have visitors coming from Europe as well as all the UK. It really makes Christmas feel special as the whole town turns the clock back to Victorian times and it’s a great free family day out with lots to entertain the children whilst mum and dad can enjoy the Christmas market.”

Sowerby Bridge will also be hosting the Totally Locally Christmas Market on Saturday, December 6, from 9am-3pm, where there will be an appearance by Father Christmas and his Reindeer - and even a sprinkling of snow.

Ripponden Christmas Market will take place on Sunday December 13.

Festive indoor and outdoor decorations, handcrafted cards, gifts, jewellery, bags and home accessories will be showcased alongside artisan foods including bread, oat delicacies, handcrafted biscuits, venison and pies.

The market will be situated at its usual place on the Brig Royd Surgery car park and will open from 10am – 2pm.