BRIGHOUSE is preparing to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with its biggest street market on Saturday.
The town will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 65 stalls taking over Commercial Street, Market Street and Park Street and Father Christmas arriving in style to switch on the Christmas lights.
The bumper event has been organised by members of Brighouse Business Initiative, backed by the Totally Locally campaign.
Hundreds of people are expected to visit Brighouse between 9am and 3pm and stay on for the lights switch-on at 4pm. Father Christmas is set to arrive on a sleigh drawn by two reindeer and parade through the town centre before the countdown to the switch-on gets underway as darkness falls.
Children from 11 schools will be singing and playing music throughout the day and there will also be dance performances and a musical roadshow.
Lesley Adams, chairman of BBI, said: “The response to the Christmas market has been amazing. It has definitely developed from the success of the first two markets and we have had lots of requests from people wanting to get involved and take stalls.
“People are fed up with travelling out of town to do their Christmas shopping and getting stuck in endless queues.
“At the Christmas market they will be able to come down with their families, shop for unusual gifts, food and crafts, enjoy live music, have something to eat and then watch Father Christmas arrive. The first two markets were really well-supported and we are hoping for a magical day.”
Burgers, a hog roast, stir fry and Asian cuisine will be available to eat and refreshments will be served up during the day at Brighouse Rest Centre.
Chris Sands from the Totally Locally campaign said: “The Brighouse Christmas market promises to be something special.”
n That’s entertainment ! Attractions are planned throughout the day from the moment 65 traders begin setting up their stalls.
Commercial Street -10am: Rastrick High School Jazz Band; 10.30am: Woodhouse Junior School Choir; 11am: St John’s Primary School Choir; 11.30am: Longroyde Junior School Choir; noon: St Andrew’s Infants School Choir.
12.30pm: Kirklees Music Brass Band; 1.30pm: Brighouse High School Band; 2pm: Musical Roadshow - Total Awareness Promotions; 2.30pm: St Andrew’s Junior School Choir; 3pm: Musical Roadshow - Total Awareness Promotions.
Park Street - 10am: Carr Green Primary School Choir; 11am: St Joseph’s School Choir; noon: Rastrick Independent School Choir; 1pm: Brighouse High School Band; 2pm: Studio One School of Dance; 3pm: Field Lane Primary School Choir.
Brighouse Totally Locally Food and Craft Market: 9am to 3pm.
Donkey rides from 10am onwards. Reindeers arrive from 2pm. Father Christmas arrives at 4pm and will be pulled by his favourite reindeer in a parade round Brighouse town centre. He will finish at Commercial Street to switch on the Christmas lights.