New surprises in store at Ripponden

Ripponden Christmas Market. Kerrie Bland, left, and Alix Townsend.
Ripponden Christmas Market. Kerrie Bland, left, and Alix Townsend.

Now in its third year, Ripponden Christmas Market will be held on Saturday December 1 from 11am-5pm with its old favourites and some new surprises too.

The Market starts with the arrival of Father Christmas on a vintage tractor at the head of a 12-strong parade of tractors carrying festive characters at 11am. The parade starts at Heathfield School on Oldham Road and will end at Bridge End, Elland Road.

Over 48 stalls will be at the Market with its usual wide-range of offerings from foods to drinks to festive gifs, jewellery and clothing.

A selection of entertainment will also run throughout the day including brass bands, school choirs, Halifax Sax, Punch and Judy, face painting and a Christmas carol sing-a-long - with a breath-taking laser show and live saxophone performance by Ellie Sax as its Grand Finale at 4.30pm.

Located at Bridge End and in The Old Bridge Inn car park and running at the same time as St Bartholomew’s Christmas Fair, the Market will enjoy road closures.