Festive fun and frolics in town

TRADERS are preparing to get people in the Christmas mood with plenty of festive fun and frolics for all the family.

The town is preparing for another Christmas Market extravaganza, which promises to be even bigger and better than ever before.

Building on the success of the award-winning Totally Locally markets, 60 stallholders will be in Commercial Street, Market Street and Park Street, to help get people in the festive mood on Saturday, November 24.

To give people plenty of time to take in the festive light switch on the market will run for longer this year, from 9am until 5pm and will provide a brilliant opportunity to stock up on locally produced presents and stocking fillers.

A hot food banquet will be available from The Street Pakistani restaurant, a hog roast from GigPig and Mongolian stirfry from Temujin Restaurant, in addition to refreshments provided at the Brighouse Rest Centre in Park Row. As a special seasonal treat, real reindeer will be arriving from 2pm with Santa making an appearance at 4.30pm. The Santa Parade with its magical sleigh and reindeers will pass through Brighouse with Santa and his helpers to sprinkle their fairy dust throughout the town, followed by the countdown to the festive light switch on on Commercial Street.

David Tankard from the Flower Garden in Brighouse, and one of the event organisers, said: “The first Christmas Market and light switch on was really well supported and everyone was so excited to see Santa and the Reindeer that we’ve asked them to come back and visit us again and make this Christmas market and festive light switch on extra special. We hope that this will be a magical day for all of the family.

“The response from businesses throughout the region has been fantastic and it is a pleasure to welcome yet more new stall holders to Brighouse for our festive market.”

The first late night opening in Brighouse has also been hailed a success. Around 20 traders stayed open to give an alternative to the supermarket shop.

And as an added extra some of the stallholders from the Food and Craft Markets were invited into the shops.

The restaurants were supporting the new scheme, which runs throughout the year on the first Thursday of every month, by offering a special Thursday evening deal.

Chair of Brighouse Business Initiative, Lesley Adams, said: “It went well. We weren’t expecting it to be too busy because we need to build these things up.

“The stallholders did extremely well. It was nice just to have the time to talk to some of the customers.”

The next late night opening will be on December 6.

The Christmas light switch on in Hipperholme will take place on Friday, November 30, at 6pm at the crossroads.

Mince pies will be available in Christ Church afterwards.

On the same day between 6pm and 6.30pm the Christmas lights in Bailiff Bridge will be switch on.

Entertainment will be provided in the community centre.