The big Spen switch on!

LIGHT NIGHT Isobella Stephenson, four, was named the Princess of Light after designing the winning poster for the switch on.
LIGHT NIGHT Isobella Stephenson, four, was named the Princess of Light after designing the winning poster for the switch on.

Spen towns are to be lit up in a blaze of festive glory this weekend.

Today, Roberttown will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas wonderland.

The switch on is at 5.45pm in the children’s garden, and Santa will walk through the village handing out sweets before meeting children in his grotto.

Shops will be open and there will be stalls and mince pies and carols with a brass band round the Christmas tree. There will be bell ringers in the church at 7pm.

The event will finish at around 9pm.

Tomorrow, Heckmondwike’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by the town’s own Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model contestant Emma Ward, and Dewsbury’s star boxer Gary Sykes.

The event starts at noon in the market place, with stalls in Green Park and a craft fair at the Comrades Club. There will also be entertainment from Raspberry Tortoise and singer Sarah James. Co-op Funeralcare is offering soup, drinks and biscuits for a donation to its 2013 charity Carer’s Trust.

And on Sunday, Birkenshaw’s switch-on is staged by the Village Association, Birkenshaw Scouts and Guides and StPaul’s Church.

The event starts at 2pm, with entertainment from Victoria School of Dancing, Birkenshaw Primary School Choir and community carol singing.

In the Scout headquarters there will be stalls, refreshments and competitions. Drinks and mince pies will be served in the community hall.

Santa will be in his grotto in the community hall from 2pm to 4pm.

The lights will be switched on at 4.15pm by four-year old Isobella Stephenson who won poster competition. Posters will be on display in the community hall.