Huge crowds expected at Christmas Festival

Date: 18/11/2014

As the countdown to Christmas begins, Wakefield Council is anticipating huge crowds to join in the festive fun.

A total of 50,000 people enjoyed the Christmas festival last year in Wakefield and the Council is now getting ready to welcome everyone once again.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We are looking forward to building on the success of the Christmas celebrations from last year, with many different activities taking place.

"So get the dates in your dairy, bring your skates and enjoy the programme of events taking place – from the fun of the Ice Rink – to the festive mood at the light switch-ons and the brilliant Christmas market."

The synthetic Ice Rink will make its return later this week from Friday November 21 to Wednesday December 24 opening from 11am to 5pm Monday – Saturday (4pm Sunday). RidingsFM will also join in the festivities as they host their breakfast show on Friday November 21 outside Wakefield Cathedral from 7-9am.

The celebrations will also include a Christmas market giving residents the chance to buy perfect festive gifts, along with a selection of treats including hot street food overlooking the ice rink and festive drinks. The market will run over three weekends: Friday 21 November – Sunday 23 November, Friday 28 November – Sunday 30 November and Friday 5 December – Sunday 7 December. It will be open from 10am to 5pm Friday & Saturday (4pm Sunday).

Christmas lights switch-ons kick off in Wakefield at the Cathedral Precinct on Friday November 21 at 6pm. Other light switch-ons in the district include Pontefract Market Place on Monday November 24 at 6.30pm and at Castleford Carlton Street on Tuesday November 25 at 5.30pm. The switch-on events in Castleford and Pontefract will also feature Christmas markets and a range of community entertainment.

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