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Christmas lights switch-on events across Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:36 13 November 2017

Christmas in Beverley by George Holtby

Christmas in Beverley by George Holtby

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The Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of the festive period in the centre of our towns and villages, We’ve compiled a list of what’s happening in your area.

9th November

Leeds Christmas lights switch on

The Leeds Rhinos will get the festive season officially underway as guests of honour at this year’s fantastic Leeds Christmas lights switch on.

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16th November

York Christmas Lights Switch On

The Coppergate Shopping Centre’s 2017 grand Christmas lights switch on returns with Adam and Anna from BBC Radio York and Members of the cast from Aladdin.

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16th November

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

The Harrogate at Christmas Group have been working hard all year to raise the necessary £20,000 to fund the Harrogate Christmas Lights. The Big Switch On takes place at The Piazza, Victoria Shopping Centre

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17th November.

Whitby Christmas Festival

Whitby Town Council are bringing together a spectacular programme of festive fun over the weekend of 17 – 19th November on Endeavour Wharf. On Friday evening, a spectacular community lantern procession from the Pannett Art Gallery to the festival site will precede the light switch on

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18th November

Huddersfield Christmas Lights Switch On

The Piazza Shopping Centre will host this year’s big event and the special guest star is Jake Quickenden, star of The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity.

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18th November

Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights Switch-On November 18th  

There's a full programme of events from 12pm to 5.30pm on the 18th of November with a Christmas Market, entertainment by the Peace Artistes and Hebden Bridge Brass Band and a firework display. Lights Switch On at 4.30pm 

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19th November

Sheffield Christmas Lights Switch On

The Peace Gardens in Sheffield hosts the annual Christmas lights switch-on presented by the team from Heart Radio along with live music, panto stars and family entertainment.

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22nd November

Barnsley Town Centre Christmas Lights Switch On

Join special guests Ben and Holly from TV children’s favourite The Little Kingdom, along with other exciting entertainment at the spectacular switch-on of the town centre Christmas Lights in front of the Town Hall.

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23rd November

Hull Christmas Lights Switch On

Queen Victoria Square will again play host to the city’s Christmas lights switch-on outside Hull City Hall. As we come to an event Hull 2017 we’re looking forward to what they have in store.

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23rd November

Beverley Christmas Lights Switch On

CBBC presenter Ben Shires returns to his home town to switch on the festive lights at the Market Cross in Beverley

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25th November

Halifax Christmas Lights Switch-On   

A day of entertainment and activity across Halifax begins with a live broadcast by Pulse Radio from 2pm followed by entertainment on stage from 4pm.  . The light switch on will take place at 5:30pm at the top of Woolshops.

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25th November

Brighouse Christmas Lights Switch-On 

The Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival takes place on the weekend of November 25th - 26th with the town’s Christmas lights being switched on by Father Christmas in his horse drawn sleigh at 4pm on Saturday 25th November.

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2nd December

Thornton-le-Dale Village Christmas Lights Switch On

Probably the quaintest lights switch-on we have listed here. This is a true community led event with musical contributions from local groups and the school choir.

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2nd December

Helmsley Christmas Lights Switch-On   

Local celebrity the Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton, will be in town to perform the switch on of Helmsley’s Christmas lights at 5pm, before the first public opening of the popular annual Christmas Tree Festival, which this year follows the theme of ‘Stars’

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