Family entertainment as celebrations begin

Halifax Lights switched on at the Piece Hall, Halifax. Father Christmas  with the Mayor of Calderdale and Neil Hurst switch on the lights.
Halifax Lights switched on at the Piece Hall, Halifax. Father Christmas with the Mayor of Calderdale and Neil Hurst switch on the lights.

Excitement is building ahead of this weekend, as Halifax prepares to flick the switch on the Christmas lights.

The celebrations will take place tomorrow, from 2pm until 6pm and will feature live entertainment from local dance groups, choirs, children’s entertainers and some well-known mascots, rugby stars, cheerleaders, radio presenters and Halifax panto star Neil Hurst.

The Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen, alongside radio presenters Danny and Rosie from the Danny Mylo Breakfast Show of Pulse 1 and April and Arthur, (Amelia Flanagan and Alfie Clarke in real life), from TV soap Emmerdale will perform the switch on ceremony at Russell Street, Halifax, at 4.30pm

A Christmas market will also be running from 10am until 6pm at the Woolshops with plenty of festive gifts, free donkey rides and a special appearance from Father Christmas.

Meanwhile Brighouse will play host to the Victorian Christmas Festival tonight, tomorrow and Sunday with a market on show with tons of locally produced foods and crafts.

The festival will kick off today at Brighouse Civic Hall with a Variety Show at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10.

Over the weekend, hundreds of food stalls and entertainment will be lining the Brighouse streets and will open to the
 public at 10am tomorrow and Sunday.

Hipperholme will hold its festive lights switch on today at 6pm by the crossroads. A carol will follow at Christ Church, Hipperholme.

And Bailiff Bridge residents will bring the Christmas spirit to the village on Friday, December 5 with lights switch on celebration event from 5.30pm until 8pm at the Community Centre.