Towns get set for Xmas switch-on

Christmas lights switch on at St George's Square, Hebden Bridge.
Christmas lights switch on at St George's Square, Hebden Bridge.
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FESTIVE fun and frolics are on the way as the countdown to Calderdale’s Christmas lights switch-on begins.

Towns and villages are getting ready to twinkle with Hebden Bridge the first to be lit up on Thursday November 24.

The town’s junior band will play in St George’s Square from 4.45pm and the Mayor will hand out sweets to children ahead of the switch-on at 5pm.

The band and Mayor will also be at Mytholmroyd’s event on Saturday November 26.

The cast of Mytholmroyd St Michael’s Amateurs’ production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will lead carol-singing and the lights, including three designed by local children, will be turned on at 5pm.

Halifax’s big switch-on also takes place on the same Saturday with festivities at the Piece Hall kicking off at noon.

The event boasts an Alice in Wonderland-themed grotto, fairground rides and performances by Baby Ballet, Bazzmatazz and Strickland Cook.

There will also be entertainment from the cast of the Victoria Theatre’s Aladdin and a preview of Square Chapel’s Pinocchio.

Santa and his real-life reindeer will be at the Woolshops before the switch-on at 5pm.

Brighouse will also be illuminated that day, when the glad tidings will begin early with a Christmas market from 9am to 3pm.

Local school bands and choirs will be playing before Santa flies in at 4pm on his sleigh.

Todmorden’s switch-on also takes place the same day with an event in the Peace Garden by the town hall.

Hipperholme will be lit up on Thursday December 1 at 6pm, followed by Sowerby and Sowerby Bridge on Friday December 2.

There will be a service at St Peter’s Church, Sowerby, at 6pm before the switch-on at 7.30pm. Times for Sowerby Bridge have yet to be confirmed.

Warley’s lights will be illuminated on Saturday December 3 after a Christmas fair from 2pm to 4pm at Warley Town School.

Elland will be the last to be lit up with an event on Thursday December 8 at 3pm.

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