Experience the start of the festive period in Wakefield this Christmas 2022 with Christmas Light Switch Ons, Markets and Fayres in Wakefield, Pontefract & Castleford

Things to do, places to go & days out with the kids in Christmas Holidays 2023

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Castleford Christmas Lights Switch On

Tuesday 21st November 2023

Get in the festive spirit as you explore the speciality market with a Christmas twist, meet an elf whilst taking selfies in the giant snow globe and enjoy the fairground rides! Watch the live stage entertainment hosted by Rhubarb Radio and don’t forget to pop into the market to place your festive orders and post a letter to Santa. Don’t miss the iconic Christmas light switch on from 5.30pm!

Normanton Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 24th November 2023

Ossett Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 25th November 2023, 10am – 7:00pm


Christmas market in the precinct, Santa in his grotto, fairground, donkey rides, live entertainment, beer & mulled wine, birds of prey, street food, indoor market, Town Hall illuminated

Lights switch on at 5:30pm

Pontefract Christmas Lights Switch On

Sunday 26th November 2023


On Sunday 26 November Pontefract Town Centre will kick off the festive season with a wholesome Christmas themed day out including the traditional switching on of the Christmas lights at 5:30pm!

Join us from midday on the picturesque Market Square of Pontefract to explore the Christmas Speciality Market bursting with local produce and those essential little stocking fillers! Warm up with some hot chocolate and yummy street food whilst listening to Christmas Carols & enjoying the funfair. From 4pm you will be able to see the towns key buildings in all their beauty as we light up The Town Hall & St. Giles Church.

Don’t forget to pop into the indoor market hall to place your festive orders and check out the North Pole Letter Box where you can post all your letters to Santa.

The stage entertainment with local acts and community groups will kick off from 2pm. Stage entertainment will carry on throughout the afternoon until the main switch on of the towns lights at 5:30pm.

Santa will be warming his toes within the Town Hall Nelson Room, organised by Castleford & Pontefract Lions Club supported by Pontefract Civic Society. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the big man himself and receive a small present if you’ve been good this year (£5 charge with all proceeds going to local charities)

The Hepworth Christmas Market

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2023

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 2023



The Hepworth Wakefield’s Christmas Fair has quickly established itself as one of Yorkshire’s top Christmas shopping destinations and takes place over two weekends.

Treat yourself and your loved ones from a variety of stalls selling textiles, ceramics, jewellery, prints, handmade cosmetics, candles, stationery and homeware from some of the UK’s most talented artists and designers.

Our Christmas Fair offers a fun and festive day out for the whole family featuring a programme of festive performances and free family activities


10am – 4pm
£2 entry / FREE for Members and Under 16s

Wakefield Hospice Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Sunday 13th November 2022, 10am – 3pm


With over 60 exhibitors we have a fantastic range of crafts and gifts to browse and shop for this Christmas.

Free parking and free entry. The fair will be held in the sports hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.



154 Northgate, Wakefield WF1 3QX