Council prepares for festive fun

Date: 28/10/2014

From next month (November), Christmas comes to Wakefield with lots of festive activities taking place, including:

Get your skates on and come down for a spin at the Ice Skating Rink
Friday 21 November – Wednesday 24 December
Open 11am to 5pm Monday – Saturday (4pm Sunday)

Following its popular introduction last year a bigger and better synthetic ice rink will run for four weeks. Sessions will run for 30 minutes costing £2. Hot food and drinks will be available overlooking the ice rink along with festive drinks. Tickets can be purchased from Wakefield Visitor Centre when it's open and from ice rink staff outside these hours

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a festive market!
There are a whole of treats at the market including:
• Hot street food overlooking the ice rink
• Festive drinks

The market will run over three weekends:
Friday 21 November – Sunday 23 November
Friday 28 November – Sunday 30 November
Friday 5 December – Sunday 7 December

It will be open from 10am to 5pm Friday & Saturday (4pm Sunday)

Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 21 November at 6pm – Wakefield Cathedral Precinct
Monday 24 November at 6:30pm – Pontefract Market Place
Tuesday 25 November at 5:30pm – Castleford Carlton Street

The switch-on events in Castleford and Pontefract will also feature Christmas markets and a range of community entertainment.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We are really getting into the festive spirit with so much happening across the district from the return of the bigger and better synthetic ice rink to the switch on our festive light events. But it doesn't end there – we are also welcoming back the seasonal Christmas Market with hot food and drinks and a variety of special presents perfect for your loved ones."

For further details visit, the Council's Facebook page on or join in the conversation by using #WakeyChristmas on Twitter. ​