Christmas in the district

Come and join us for some festive fun this November!

We have switch on events taking place in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford.

The events take place on the following days:

Wakefield Christmas lights switch-on

Friday 17 November 2017

As part of the switch-on we will also be hosting a special Christmas Market next to the Cathedral on the Friday and Saturday 18 November. The Market includes a free carousel and live music on both days and donkey rides on the Saturday.

The light switch-on will take place at 5.30pm on the Friday night. The fun starts from 4pm with entertainment provided by Ridings FM and local singer Micky Johnson. This year’s switch-on stage is kindly sponsored by Arnold Clark.

Pontefract Christmas lights switch-on 

Monday 27 November 2017

A Christmas Market will be held all day from 10am-6pm with a funfair, donkey rides and staged entertainment. There is also a Santa's Grotto in St Giles church.

The Pontefract Christmas lights will be switched on by local councillors and the Haribo Bear at 6.30pm.

Staged entertainment from 4pm with vocal performances from Kaci J, Why so serious, Simon Walker, and Stagecoach Performing Arts plus a Christmas Panto snippet from Saint Giles Pantomime Society.

Castleford Christmas lights switch-on

Tuesday 28 November 2017

A Christmas Market will be held all day from 10am-6pm with a funfair, donkey rides and staged entertainment.

Staged entertainment starts at 4pm where Jack Walton will be entertaining the crowds alongside performances from Lock Lane Community Group and Castleford Tigers Cheerleaders. The lights will be turned on by Cllr Denise Jeffery and Jack Walton at 5.45pm.

Let us know you're coming to one of our switch-on events by following one of our groups on our Facebook Page

Contact us

Markets and Major Events

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01924 305 751 / 01924 305 126