Christmas lights switched on across Calderdale

Christmas lights and late night shopping in Halifax town centre'Commercial Street and Harveys
Christmas lights and late night shopping in Halifax town centre'Commercial Street and Harveys

FESTIVE cheer was in rich supply as Calderdale lit up for Christmas.

Wind and drizzle did little to deter crowds who came to enjoy switch-on ceremonies across the area.

Halifax christmas lights swith on at The Piece Hall.

Halifax christmas lights swith on at The Piece Hall.

Santa and his reindeer even flew in to join the fun in Halifax and Brighouse.

Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri, who was at the Piece Hall festivities, said: “There were hundreds and hundreds of people there, aged two to 92 and all ages in between.

“It was a real pleasure to be there with my family and it was lovely to see all the youngsters and not-so-young enjoying themselves. I’m delighted the countdown to the Christmas season has started.”

Hollyoaks actor Paul Opacic switched on the lights as a finale to an afternoon of family fun.

Attractions included an Alice in Wonderland-themed grotto, fairground rides and performances by dance and theatre groups.

In Brighouse, more than 60 Christmas market stalls groaning with festive goodies lined the streets.

School choirs and bands serenaded visitors with carols while children enjoyed donkey rides.

The big switch-on was performed by Santa himself as he paraded around town on a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

The shops lit up one by one before the countdown to the main street lights switch-on.

Organiser Lesley Adams, from Simply Flowers, said: “We had a very good turnout, considering the weather.

“There were lots and lots of people there. The streets were packed all day.”

More than 100 people got into the festive spirit at the Hebden Bridge switch-on.

Mayor of Hebden Royd Scott Trickett led carols played by Hebden Bridge Junior Band in St George’s Square.

He was joined by Father Christmas who handed out sweets and fruit to the children in the crowd.

Coun Trickett said: “It has been a fantastic evening with a great turnout.

“There’s children from all the local schools and it’s testament to the community spirit here in Hebden Bridge.”

Mytholmroyd was also illuminated with celebrations centred around St Michael’s Square.

The cast of St Michael’s Amateurs’ production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe led carol-singing before the lights, including three designed by local children, were lit.

The next place to be lilluminated is Hipperholme on Thursday. Sowerby and Sowerby Bridge will follow suit on Friday, then Warley on Saturday. Elland will be the last, on Thursday December 8.