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Christmas lights switch-on events across Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:06 06 November 2018

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.

8th November

Leeds Christmas lights switch on

World boxing champion Josh Warrington 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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15th November

York Christmas Lights Switch On

The annual Christmas lights switch on marks the opening of the popular St Nicholas Fair.

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15th 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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15th November

Hull Christmas Lights Switch On

This year will see an enhanced and extended Christmas lights switch-on event with a programme performers on City Hall Balcony and light and sound installations in Queen Victoria Square.

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16th November.

Whitby Christmas Festival

Whitby Town Council are bringing together a spectacular programme of festive fun over the weekend of 16th – 18th 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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17th November

Huddersfield Christmas Lights Switch On

The Piazza Shopping Centre will host this year’s big event and the special guest star is Amelia Lilly, star of The X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother.

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17th November

Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights Switch-On

There's a full programme of events from 12pm to 5.30pm on the 17th of November with entertainment including a live band, ice carving crafts, storytelling, facepainting and a visit from Father Christmas. 

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18th 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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23rd November

Beverley Christmas Lights Switch On

Plans for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on at Beverley’s Flemingate centre include a special guest, a choir, a Nordic tipi bar and a fantastic firework finale.

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24th November

Halifax Christmas Lights Switch-On   

Pulse Radio will be broadcasting live from Halifax, with entertainment on stage and a whole host of entertainers across the town centre. 

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24th November

Brighouse Christmas Lights Switch-On 

The Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival takes place on the weekend of November 24th - 25th with the town’s Christmas lights being switched on by Father Christmas in his horse drawn sleigh on Saturday 24th November.

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1st 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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