Towns and villages across the Bradford district will sparkle with festive cheer as Christmas lights are turned on.
Christmas came early in Bradford city centre and the Broadway when the lights were switched on the day before Bonfire Night, making it the first city in the UK to be illuminated.
But there’s still plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks, with classic Christmas markets, the hustle and bustle of late night shopping, carol singing and magical music displays.
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Haworth: A festive fun-filled weekend will be held in the village. Entertainment will be up and down Main street from November 9 to November 10. Join the Torchlight Procession at around 4:30pm on the Sunday, meeting at the bottom of Haworth Main Street beside the Christmas tree. The procession is followed by a beautiful traditional candlelit carol service in Haworth Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels on the Sunday.
Cleckheaton: The Victorian Christmas Festival will be held on Saturday 11 November with a Christmas Market of over 75 stalls full of foods and a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone. There will be entertainment throughout the day with Live Entertainment on stage, Traditional Brass Bands, fairground attractions, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and street entertainers.
Pudsey: Join people at Pudsey market square for an evening of fun, entertainment and shopping on Friday 17 November. Christmas market opens at 5pm, entertainment on the main stage from 5.30pm, lights switch-on and fireworks 7.30pm.
Bradford Industrial Museum: The museum will hold an annual Victorian Christmas Market, Moorside Mills, Eccleshill, over the weekend of November 18 and November 19. There will be over 80 stalls, includes Scrooge, Santa, costumed characters, brass band and more!
Ilkley: Get into the Christmas Spirit in Ilkley at Ilkley Bandstand, The Grove on Saturday 25 November. Soak up the atmosphere with traditional carol singing and celebrations from 5pm onwards. Do some Christmas shopping, and see the town centre light up!
Baildon: The Christmas lights are switched on at an event on Saturday, November 25, between 5pm and 7pm, at the upper car park at Ian Clough Hall in Hall Cliffe, Baildon. The town’s lights themselves will be switched on at 6pm. The event will also feature music from the Hall Royd Band, carol singing, crafts and market stalls selling hot refreshments.
Bingley: The Market square and Town square, Main Street, are the places to be on Saturday 25 November as a whole host of attractions for the children, a Christmas-themed market, stacks of seasonal food and drink will all be on offer. Festivities start from 4.30pm.
Oastler centre and square, Bradford: A Top of Town Christmas party will be held on Saturday 25 November. The Brick Box, Made Bradford Markets, Sonia Sandhu Vegan food, The Sparrow Pop up bar and loads of Christmas cheer are some of the things that will be available to any and all who come. The party is from 10am to 5pm and will be in and around Oastler market.
Brighouse: Entertainment is non-stop at Dickensian Christmas markets, Brighouse Town Centre, on Saturday 25 November. The place will be teeming with street entertainers, choirs, brass bands and parades, as well as Santa’s grotto, funfair lantern parade and light switch on. The event will be from 10am till 5pm.
Also at Brighouse, Father Christmas will visit Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Rd, every weekend from November 19 to Christmas between the hours of 1pm to 4pm. His grand entrance will be on a sleigh pulled by Rudolph the vintage tractor at on Saturday, November 18, at 11am. His visit will launch the centre’s family fun day.
Keighley: Pulse 1 presenters Mylo and Rosie will once again be leading up to the big switch on at 4.30pm at Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley on Sunday 26th November. There is plenty to keep you entertained through the day. Live music from Alexandra Carlos and Niamh Mirfield Stage, fun and games, guest appearances from Flop and Bing and a Spectacular Pyromusical display.
Otley: The town’s Market place is planning to host an event that will attract large crowds to get visitors into the spirit of Christmas, with entertainment and shows starting at 5.30pm and continuing to the fireworks display at 7.30pm. Come along and join in the fun on Monday 27th November.
Saltaire: The world heritage village’s annual Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on held at Victoria Hall, Victoria Road will be held on Sunday 3 December. Let the music and carols around the tree get you into the Christmas spirit. There’ll be a variety of stalls and local groups present, showcasing the best in local groups, activities and initiatives for you to get involved in within the local area. Event will start from 4pm to 6:30pm, lights will be switched-on between 6pm and 6:15pm.
Haworth: Although the village is not having a lights switch on this year, an event on Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December is going to be full of entertainment as Santa is visiting and there will be live music performances.
Birkenshaw: The countdown to Christmas will be launched in Birkenshaw Community Hall, Bradford, on Sunday 4 December with the switching on of the village Christmas lights. The event will begin at 2pm and the lights will be switched on at around 4.15pm. There will be stalls and entertainments for all the family in St Paul’s Church and the Scout Hall during the afternoon. Oakenshaw Community Choir will be part of the entertainment, as well as singing inside St Pauls Church where you can sit and enjoy the music whilst having a nice cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.