COLOURFUL lights are shining bright on community Christmas trees and town centre streets.
The decorative displays were turned on in Featherstone, Castleford, Hemsworth and South Elmsall last week to celebrate the start of the festive season.
And hundreds turned out to enjoy the switch on events.
In Castleford, there was a festive market, children’s rides, a community lantern parade and a performance roadshow to spread festive cheer ahead of the main switch on at 5.30pm last Tuesday.
Organisers Wakefield Council said on social media afterwards: “What a great turnout for Castleford Christmas lights switch-on.
“Thanks to the hundreds of people who braved the cold to enjoy the festivities. We hope you had a great time.”
On Wednesday, it was Featherstone’s and South Elmsall’s turn to host community Christmas celebrations.
South Elmsall Town Council worked with events organiser Craig Tucker to provide fairground attractions and market stalls ahead of the switch on at 6pm.
There was also a snow machine, performances from Frickley and South Elmsall Brass Band and ‘Princess Elsa’ from Disney’s Frozen movie as well as an appearance from Santa Claus.
South Elmsall Community Facilities Ltd provided a buffet at the Westfield Centre which was open to all the community.
And the night finished with a bang, with a display from Galactic Fireworks.
Festivities in Featherstone began at 4pm, with entertainment including donkey rides, stilt walkers, clowns and a fun fair.
North Featherstone J&I choir performed Christmas songs, and the lights were turned on at 6pm.
A Christmas tea dance was held the following day at the community centre.
Featherstone Town Council said: “We hope that all who attended enjoyed the Christmas lights event. And what a great afternoon at the tea dance. Thank you to everyone who attended. We think that it was one of the best yet.”
The final switch on of the week took place in Hemsworth on Thursday.
A Christmas market was held in the town throughout the day and there was carol singing from Hemsworth Churches Together, St Helen’s School, Kinsley Academy, Grove Lea School and Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy.
Hemsworth Town Council clerk Tina Pattison said: “The lights were switch-on by some local children with the help of Coun Ann Westmorland and the Chairman Coun Tony Upson.
“The day ended with a concert at the Community Centre with music provided by Altofts and Normanton Brass Band.
“Thanks go to the staff at Hemsworth Town Council and Wakefield Council for their help in ensuring the event was a success and for the assistance given by Iceland and Home Bargains.
“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hemsworth Town Council.”