CHRISTMAS lights will be switched on in the city centre tonight (Thursday) as a Victorian festival gets underway.
The four-day festival opens at 10am and includes a special market of gifts, crafts, food and drink, plus live music and entertainment.
Free craft workshops will take place inside a Victorian Craft Emporium on the Bull Ring, giving people the opportunity to make Christmas crackers, baubles, candle-holders and gift wrapping.
And there will be carol singers, jazz music and a brass band at the Queen’s Head Ale Bar, which is also on the Bull Ring and is being run by the Cricketers Arms.
In the evenings street entertainers will re-create the mysterious side of Victorian life, and shops will remain open late.
Wakefield’s Christmas lights will be switched on by Mayor of Wakefield Coun Elaine Blezard tonight at 6pm, after a lantern parade to the Cathedral steps.
And the festival will continue until Sunday.
It runs from 10am until 7pm each day, apart from Sunday when it closes at 4pm.
Trinity Walk’s lights will also be switched on at 6pm, following an afternoon of festive activities.