Slideshow: Mayor flicks the switch on Wakefield’s Christmas lights

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The festive season was officially underway when the city’s Christmas lights were switched on last weekend.

Mayor of Wakefield Coun Janet Holmes did the honours of lighting up the cathedral precinct in front of a bustling crowd.

The busy scene in Westgate at the switch on of Wakefield Christmas lights.

The busy scene in Westgate at the switch on of Wakefield Christmas lights.

There were performances by Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band and the cathedral choir in the lead-up to the big switch-on.

Coun Holmes said it was an honour to switch the lights on, adding: “The evening was full of festive cheer, with people of all ages out enjoying the festival. The event was a big success with an impressive turn out and great entertainment. If you’ve not already been to the Christmas market or the ice skating rink yet, then I would recommend you give them a visit.”

The mayor was accompanied to the switch-on by the winner of the mini-mayor competition, Kelsie Dearlove, seven, of Wrenthorpe J&I School.

The event was part of Wakefield Council’s three day Christmas Festival which boasted a synthetic ice-rink – which will be open on the Bull Ring until Christmas Eve – and a market with hot food and gifts. There was also a visit from Santa’s reindeers, street entertainment, creative craft activities and children’s rides.