Festive fun and light switch on

Last year: 2011's Halifax christmas lights swith on at The Piece Hall.
Last year: 2011's Halifax christmas lights swith on at The Piece Hall.

Calderdale wil be a festive extravaganza later this month and into December as community leaders put the final touches on Christmas celebrations.

In Halifax the light switch on will take place at the Woolshops Shopping Centre this year on December 1, with entertainment from 1.30pm.

There will be late night shopping every Thursday night throughout December and the Woolshops will also be opening late for the full week from December 17. Because Sunday trading regulations restrict shops to being open six hours on Sunday December 23, Marks and Spencer’s Halifax store will open its doors at 12.01am on Christmas Eve to help shoppers snap up some last minute goods. There will also be Christmas Markets at the Piece Hall from December 1 and 2 and the next three weekends after.

The Piece Hall will also host a Winterland Fun Fair from Saturday December 15 with many rides and amusements including the waltzers.

Elsewhere, organisers in Brighouse say this year’s Christmas market will be “bigger and better than ever” on Saturday November 24, with more than 60 stall holders setting up shop on Commercial Street, Market Street and Park Street. A real reindeer will be in town from 2pm with Santa making an appearance at 4.30pm for a parade through Brighouse, before the lights switch on at Commercial Street. The Valley of Lights - a 10-day parade along the canal - across the Calder Valley will include the lights switch ons in Todmorden on Saturday November 24 at 4.30pm, Hebden Bridge on November 29 at 5.45pm, Mytholmroyd at 5.15pm. Hipperholme and Baillif Bridge’s will both be on November 30 from 6pm.