Christmas Lights Switch-On

Lights will guide you through the district this Christmas.

Wakefield’s brand new Christmas lights will be switched on by Wakefield Trinity RLFC, and local councillors on Friday 16 November at 6pm, in the Cathedral Precinct.

Ridings FM will be hosting live entertainment from 4pm which will include local musicians Mickey Johnson, Simon Walker and The Wakefield Singing Mums. There will also be donkey rides and an animatronic reindeer.

The city will also be home to a fantastic Christmas-themed market throughout the day from 10am. Families can also visit Santa for free in his snow globe grotto from 1pm. There will also be funfair rides in the Bull Ring from 12pm.

There are also special switch-on events in Pontefract and Castleford.

Local councillors will be joined by the Haribo Bear to switch on the Pontefract Christmas lights on Monday 19 November at 6pm in the Market Place.

A Christmas market will run throughout the day from 10am, and there will also be funfair rides and live entertainment, including Saint Giles Panto, Scott Phoenix, Lindsey Brain and Pro Dance Group from 4pm.

Castleford Tigers Rugby Club will be switching on the Castleford Town Centre Lights on Tuesday 20 November at 6pm in the town centre.

They will be joined by local councillors and community groups. There will be live entertainment including Lock Lane Dance Group, Mickey Johnson, Mark Stringer and Civic Centre Panto Sleeping Beauty.

A Christmas Market will also run throughout the day from 10am.

Wakefield Christmas Lights Switch-On

Friday, 16 November at 6pm

The market will be open 10am - 6.30pm

Traders - want a stall or to provide catering?

Stall and catering application forms


Pontefract Christmas Lights Switch-On

Monday, 19 November at 6pm

The market will be open 10am - 7pm

Traders - want a stall or to provide catering?

Stall and catering application forms


Castleford Christmas Lights Switch-On

Tuesday, 20 November at 6pm

The market will be open 10am - 6.30 pm

Traders - want a stall or to provide catering?

Stall and catering application forms

Contact us

Specialist Markets and Events Team

Wakefield One
PO box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01924 307825