Christmas fun planned for Spen

Heckmondwike Christmas Lights 2011:  The cast of Cinderella which is being presented by Circus Mondao took part in Santa's parade through Heckmondwike, along with reindeers Naughty and Nice.
Heckmondwike Christmas Lights 2011: The cast of Cinderella which is being presented by Circus Mondao took part in Santa's parade through Heckmondwike, along with reindeers Naughty and Nice.
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SPEN will be bathed in festive lights as towns and villages turn on their Christmas illuminations.

Cleckheaton’s big switch-on takes place on Saturday. Santa will flick the switch at 6pm after a parade through the town but there will be a funfair and live entertainment from 10am.

The parade gathers in Scott Lane at 5.45pm, travelling down Northgate and Bradford Road to Savoy Square where Santa will do the honours. He will also have a grotto in the Market Arcade in Horncastle Street, which kids can visit throughout the day.

Viv Laycock, chairwoman of Spenborough Chamber of Trade, said: “The grotto is looking amazing and will be a real focus for the town at Christmas. We want everyone to come down and support the local community and have a great time.”

On Friday November 30, Roberttown will be transformed into a Victorian wonderland. Santa will switch on the lights at 5.45pm then will drive through the village on his sleigh giving out sweets before welcoming children in his grotto.

Church singers will perform carols round the Christmas tree and mince pies and sherry will be available, with orange juice and sweets for the children. Food will be available to buy and shops will trim up in a Victorian theme. From 8pm, there will be a concert in the Working Men’s Club in Roberttown Lane with singers and a raffle.

Birkenshaw’s switch-on is on Sunday December 2 from 2.30pm to 5pm. Drinks and mince pies will be served in the community hall in Bradford Road. Stalls, prize draws and more will be in the Scout hall at St Paul’s Church. Lights will be switched on at 4.30pm by the Prince or Princess of Light, winner of the Birkenshaw Village Association colouring competition. Beforehand there will be carol singing, dancing and music, Santa will arrive on his sleigh at 4.15pm to present prizes to the poster competition winners and hand out presents.

Heckmondwike’s event takes place on December 5. Details to be confirmed.