Video: Betty Bauble and Coun David Dagger introduce Christmas in Wakefield

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An ice skating rink will be installed in the city centre for the first time ever, to get the countdown to Christmas underway later this month.

The rink will be introduced as part of Wakefield’s Christmas Festival, running from Friday, November 22 until Sunday, November 24.

'Betty Bauble', Coun David Dagger, Isobel Hook and Joseph Johnson promote Wakefield Council's christmas markets and lights switch-on.

'Betty Bauble', Coun David Dagger, Isobel Hook and Joseph Johnson promote Wakefield Council's christmas markets and lights switch-on.

And it will remain open every day until Christmas Eve, with sessions costing £3.

The festival will include a special market selling gifts and crafts, visits from Santa’s reindeers, street entertainment, creative craft activities and children’s rides.

And it will coincide with the Christmas lights switch-on, on Friday, November 22, at 5pm.

There will also be food stalls serving festive treats.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council cabinet member for culture, said: “There is a lot going on in the district on the run up to the festive season this year.

“The Wakefield Christmas Festival is the perfect way to kick-start your celebrations and at the Christmas markets you’ll find wonderful gifts, decorations and festive foods in abundance.

“And I am delighted that this year the precinct will be home to the ultimate winter activity, ice skating - right up until Christmas Eve.”

The festival will be open from 10am to 4pm each day.