The big switch on

Brighouse Victorian Festival. Image to be used for the feature.'Stephen Lord at Lords Photography needs to be credited for the image supplied.
Brighouse Victorian Festival. Image to be used for the feature.'Stephen Lord at Lords Photography needs to be credited for the image supplied.

Halifax will be brighter and lighter in the Christmas Lights Switch On 2013.

The Piece Hall will take centre stage on Saturday November 30 with dance performances by LW Danceworks, Bazzmatazz and Dance Mill warming up the show from 12.45pm.

Audiences will be entertained with musical performances by local group Psychoslinkys, Square Chapel Cube Choir and Halifax Amateurs operatic society from 2-4pm.

At 4.15-4.30pm Halifax’s theatrical man Neil Hurst stops fooling around in the Christmas Dick Wittington Victoria Theatre pantomime to officially turn on the festive lights at the Piece Hall and throughout the town centre. As Halifax’s Piece Hall and town lights up so will the sky above in firework display from the nearby roof of the Orangebox centre.

After entertainment will spread out into the town with events planned at Westgate Arcade, the Woolshops and Halifax Borough Market.

Brighouse will be transported back to Victorian times as the businesses launch the town’s first Victorian Christmas festival, Saturday November 30 - Sunday December 1.

Due to the popularity of the Christmas Market it is now being held over two days with over 80 stalls full of locally produced foods and crafts.

There will be entertainment throughout both days with Christmas carols being sung by local school choirs, fairground organ, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and street entertainers.

Saturday’s market will draw to a close with a lantern parade, Christmas light switch on and community carol singing with a special visit by Father Christmas in a Horse Drawn Carriage pulled by two white shire horses.

Last weekend, the Calder Valley’s towns signalled the start of the festive period when Christmas lights were switched on in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge in Todmorden.

Civic heads in each town did the honours, with Mayor of Hebden Royd Coun Karl Boggis doing the honours first at Mytholmroyd late last Friday afternoon before attention switched to St George’s Square on Saturday afternoon for Hebden Bridge’s big event.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band played a selection of Christmas music at both events, and Father Christmas was also on hand to greet children, accompanied at Mytholmroyd by some of his reindeer!

At Mytholmroyd, children from the choirs at Cragg Vale School and Burnley Road Academy added to the atmosphere performing some seasonal music.

Around half an hour after the Hebden Bridge lights were switched on, it was Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth’s turn to throw the switch as Todmorden became a blaze of colour, the town’s lights being those designed over a number of years by local youngsters in competitions run by Todmorden Town Council.

Switch-on events in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge were on the same day as other events - the Reet Royd Do and a Macmillan charity market in Mytholmroyd, and the Kidsfest and Lamplighter Festival in Todmorden.