Look no further than the Wakefield district this autumn for non-stop festive fun! With Christmas lights, street entertainment, Christmas craft & gift markets, live music, Santa and much more, start planning your Light Up adventure today.
Fri 17- Sat 19 Nov 2023
Light Up Wakefield
Get ready for 3 days of family festivities in the city centre! Get cosy at the tipi bar, head to the Christmas craft & gift market to pick up the perfect present, meet an elf and be captivated by street entertainment including The Usherette and her shadow show ‘Eek’! And don’t forget to come along at 5pm on Friday 17 Nov for the spectacular traditional Christmas lights switch-on.
Experience a trail like no other and discover the city in a whole new light! Experience mesmerizing light installations throughout the city including LEAP, a projection mapping piece which combines heartfelt storytelling, stunning animations, and a live singer.
Get your camera at the ready as you discover an immersive light experience with The Glasshouse by Wayne Sables. Head to Nocturno for Funky Town – a Westgate windows boogaloo by Tony Wade and Helen Thomas and see Beautiful Hazards lighting up the windows of Theatre Royal Wakefield.
Event partners Trinity Walk, Wakefield Cathedral, The Ridings Shopping Centre and The Art House will also host festive activities including crafts, light installations, Santa’s Grotto, and much more!
Tue 21 Nov 2023
Light Up Castleford
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!
Fri 24 – Sun 26 Nov 2023
Light Up Pontefract
First up, Light Up heads to Pontefract Castle for 2 days of festive cheer including live music at the tipi bar and a whole host of family activities including a carousel and ice carving workshops on the Saturday. Get ready for an experience like no other as we illuminate the grounds and welcome For Peace.
Visit Pontefract town centre on Sunday 27 November for live stage entertainment, speciality market, fairground rides and of course the traditional light switch-on.
Fri 24 – Sat 26 Nov 2023
Illumine at National Coal Mining Museum
The man with the bag, Santa returns to collect coal for his stockings, and to kick off his grotto meetings with lucky visitors Underground (pre-bookable). Over the weekend you can enjoy pop-up activities around the site, brass band and choir performances, plus plenty of festive treats and food. Families are invited to get crafty and join in our lantern-making workshops over the weekend ready for Sunday evening’s unmissable lantern parade to close the festivities.
Fri 17- Sat 19 Nov 2023
Light Up at The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield will present Nectary – six huge glowing flowers handcrafted from recycled materials that invite visitors to experience them from the viewpoint of a pollinating insect. Created by artist Alison Smith and scientist Dr. Chris Hassall, experience this light and sound installation in The Hepworth Wakefield Garden and take part in creative family activities inspired by the installation in the learning studios all weekend.
Fri 17 – Sat 18 Nov 2023
Light Up at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Join YSP for magical evening events. Light Organ will be animated through performances by musician Aron Kyne with a special guest vocalist. The coffee shop will be open for warm drinks and snacks before you walk through the Park to the Chapel by torchlight for a unique experience.