Thousands get in festive spirit at Pontefract lights switch-on
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This was the moment Christmas truly arrived in Pontefract.
The annual festive lights switch-on always attracts thousands of people and this year was no different.
The Haribo mascot Goldbear is pictured doing the honours and flicking the big switch alongside local councillors last Monday.
Staged entertainment took place earlier in the day with vocal performances from Kaci J, Why So Serious, Simon Walker, and Stagecoach Performing Arts plus a Christmas Panto snippet from Saint Giles Pantomime Society.
A Christmas market was also held with a funfair, donkey rides and entertainment for all the family.
As well as doing the big switch-on, Goldbear was out and about meeting and greeting the many children who had turned out in the cold.
Councillor Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The switch-on events and special markets mark the start of the festive period.
“It allows family and friends to enjoy the entertainment and start some Christmas shopping.”