Five Towns to be lit up for Christmas

Pontefract Christmas light switch on 2013. (P513F348)
Pontefract Christmas light switch on 2013. (P513F348)

The Five Towns will be transformed into a winter wonderland as the countdown to Christmas begins.

A range of festive activities will be taking place during the next few weeks.

The build up starts in Pontefract with the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights on Monday, November 24 at 6.30pm.

There will be entertainment, fairground rides and Pontefract Lioness Club will hold a Santa’s grotto in St Giles’ Church from 3pm.

Festivities will get underway in Castleford on Tuesday, November 25 on Carlton Street.

There will also be live entertainment and rides before the switch-on by district councillors at 5.30pm.

Lights will be switched on in Featherstone at 6pm on Wednesday, November 26.

There will be festive activities and stalls in Featherstone Methodist Church, Wilson Street from 4pm.

An ice skating rink near Wakefield Cathedral precinct opens on Friday, November 21.

It will be open every day until Christmas Eve between 11am and 5pm each day and until 4pm on Sundays.

Sessions will run for 30 minutes and cost £2.

The Christmas market will also return to Wakefield city centre.

It will run on three consecutive weekends starting on Friday.

Wakefield’s Christmas lights switch on also takes place on Friday.

The city will be lit up at around 6pm.

Coun Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “We are looking forward to celebrating the festivities with many events and activities taking place throughout the district, there is something for everyone.

“So whether you want to get on your skates and come down for a spin at the Ice Skating Rink, pick up some unique last minute gifts at the Christmas market, or fancy getting in the mood for Christmas with our light switch-ons – make sure you get the dates in your diaries – to have a great time celebrating this festive period.”