Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas lights switch-on dates for 2019 are:

  • Wakefield Friday 15 November
  • Pontefract Monday 18 November
  • Castleford Tuesday 19 November

Wakefield’s Christmas lights will be switched on by Wakefield Trinity and councillors on Friday 15 November at 6pm in the Cathedral Precinct.

Ridings FM will be hosting live entertainment from 4pm which will include live stage entertainment from local musicians and a ‘Time to Shine’ winner.

The city will also be home to a fantastic Christmas-themed market throughout the day from 10am, children’s funfair rides and themed entertainment. 

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 18 November at 6pm in the Market Place.

A Christmas market will run throughout the day from 12noon, and there will also be funfair rides and live entertainment on stage from 4pm with Ridings FM hosting.

On Tuesday 19 November a Christmas Market will run throughout the day from 12noon, with the Castleford Town Centre Lights switch on at 6pm in the town centre.

Local councillors and community groups will join in the light switch on alongside live stage entertainment hosted by Ridings FM from 4pm.

Wakefield Christmas Lights Switch-On

Friday, 15 November at 6pm

The market will be open 10am - 6.30pm

If you are interested in trading on a stall or providing catering at the event, please follow the link to the application forms.

Stall application form

Catering application form

Pontefract Christmas Lights Switch-On

Monday, 18 November at 6pm

The market will be open 12noon – 6.30pm

If you are interested in trading on a stall or providing catering at the event, please follow the link to the application forms.

Stall application form

Catering application form

Castleford Christmas Lights Switch-On

Tuesday, 19 November at 6pm

The market will be open 12noon - 6.30 pm

If you are interested in trading on a stall or providing catering at the event, please follow the link to the application forms.

Stall application form

Catering application form

Contact us

Specialist Markets and Events Team

Wakefield One
PO box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01924 307825