Lighting up for a fab Christmas

Pupils from West End Middle School spelling out Cleckheaton Xmas Lights 2011. (d08111101)
Pupils from West End Middle School spelling out Cleckheaton Xmas Lights 2011. (d08111101)

CHRISTMAS is around the corner and our towns and villages are planning a series of illuminating events to celebrate the festive season.

Huddersfield Town legend Andy Booth will light up Heckmondwike when he switches on the town’s lights on Wednesday November 23.

Andy will press the button at 6.45pm, but there will be events throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Heckmondwike is the birthplace of Christmas lights – its first display in 1868 was also the first in the country.

Other attractions organised by Heckmondwike Chamber of Trade include fairground rides, Santa’s grotto, entertainment and dancing from Stuart Stage School.

The Spenborough Chamber of Trade is planning a full day of fun for all the family when Father Christmas switches on Cleckheaton’s lights next Saturday. From 1pm, there will be more than 20 stalls selling home made items, including jewellery, with entertainment on two stages showcasing the best musical talent for the crowds.

There will also be a treasure hunt, organised by the Rotaract charity, during the afternoon.

The switch on takes place at 6pm and is followed by a raffle where the top prize of £500 is on offer for the lucky winner.

School children have been designing a new Christmas light and the winner will be announced on the day.

Chamber president Viv Laycock said: “This is a community event and it has been organised through hard work and dedication from the chamber and we want to involve the whole community.”

In Roberttown, Santa Claus will switch on the lights in the Jubilee Garden, Church Road, at 5.45pm on Friday November 25, before moving on to his grotto to give out presents. There will be a Christmas carol singalong at 6.45pm round the Christmas tree in the garden and mince pies and drinks with Santa. The Huddersfield Youth band will play from 6pm to 8pm in the village and the Victorian evening with food and entertainment runs at the same time. Roberttown Lane will be closed to all traffic from 5.30pm to 8pm

Birkenshaw lights will be switched on during festive celebrations on Sunday November 27.

The fun begins at 2.30pm with stalls, prize draws and refreshments in the community hall and the Scout headquarters in Bradford Road.

A children’s Christmas poster competition to find the Prince or Princess of Light is under way. The winner will switch on the lights at 4.30pm.

Before the switch-on there will be carol singing and a dancing display before Santa presents prizes to the poster winner and runners-up.