City centre sparkles with three days of Christmas lights switch-ons


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This year Wakefield Council's City Centre Christmas lights will be switched on by popular football pundit Chris Kamara at a special event on Friday 18 November.

The Sky Sports presenter will be joined by the Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Harry Ellis, on the Bull Ring at 5.30pm.

Attractions on the day will include a Christmas market alongside Wakefield's new outdoor market from 10am. Music from a road show hosted by Ridings FM starts at 4pm and there will also be stilt walkers entertaining the crowds and hot food available to get everyone in the festive mood.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We're really pleased that Chris Kamara, who's lived in the district for over 20 years, is coming to help turn the lights on in Wakefield. 

"He's very popular and there's already been a great reaction on social media. I hope that lots of people will come into the city centre, enjoy the festivities and see our celebrity guest."

The city centre will be host to three days of Christmas light switch-on from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 November.

Trinity Walk's event on Thursday 17 November will feature pirates Cook and Line from Cbeebies' Swashbuckle. The cheeky pirates will perform a live show at 4.40pm and will be joined by Santa and characters from the Theatre Royal Wakefield panto beforehand. The fun starts at 4.15pm.

The Ridings Shopping Centre is switching on its Christmas lights on Saturday 19 November from 12pm – 3pm, with event hosts Dixie and Emma from Heart Breakfast. They'll be joined by Castleford born singer Jack Walton, Bloxed Beats beatboxers, the Wakefield Community Gospel Choir, Priory Players and two choirs from Wakefield Girls' High School. Wakefield Trinity will reveal their 2016/17 home shirt along with their dancers Trinity X.

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


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