Halifax Christmas Lights switch on: Everything you need to know

Halifax is gearing up for its Christmas lights switch on
Halifax is gearing up for its Christmas lights switch on

The big day has arrived as Halifax get set to greet the festive season in style with its Christmas Lights switch on.

The switch-on in Halifax will see a world record attempt for the biggest ever gathering of people dressed as snowmen.

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A fun-filled programme has been announced for the switch-on event, which last year saw thousands of people in attendance.

Danny and Rosie from Pulse FM will host the event, which marks the official start of Christmas in Halifax, and there will be appearances by pantomime characters from this year’s Victoria Theatre production of Snow White.

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Father Christmas and the Mayor of Calderdale will attend too, as well as jugglers and stilt walkers mingling with the crowds.

Extra money invested in new displays means that the Christmas lights will be more spectacular than previous years, and these will include an amazing new Ceiling of Lights on show in Princess Street.

The switch-on at 4.30pm also coincides with Halifax’s attempt to beat the official record for the world’s biggest gathering of people dressed as snowmen, and the public is invited to join the fun and take part.

The whole event is organised by Halifax BID, a business initiative that helps the town centre thrive.

BID Project Manager, Chloe McNeill, said: “The snowman world record attempt will make it particularly unique and special, and we’re urging people to come down and help us smash the record. We can even help with snowman outfits!

“The switch-on will be a highlight of the Christmas calendar: a fantastic way of showcasing our town.”

The event takes place tomorrow, with events from 2pm onwards, and live entertainment on the main stage from 3pm.