In pictures: How Wakefield celebrated Christmas in the 1990s and 2000s, with a Victorian market, carol singing and lights switch on events

With bright lights, busy streets and a joyful atmosphere, the festive season in Wakefield truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 1:31 pm
In pictures: How Wakefield celebrated Christmas in the 1990s and 2000s

But while we might not be able to engage in all the usual celebrations this year, there's plenty to celebrate, and many of us are looking back at Christmases gone by to help mark the festivities. We've pulled together some of our favourite Christmas photos from across Wakefield in the late 1990s and early 2000s to help with the festive feeling this December. Can you spot any familiar faces in the gallery below?

Paul Scholes, 10, from Wakefield, won a Yorkshire Evening Post competition to switch on the Christmas tree lights at Leeds Parish Church in 1995
Kathryn, of Thornes, Wakefield, looking at some of the Christmas drawings by children which were on display at the Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield in January 2004.

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Volunteer Helen Brown with the Top Hall Christmas tree at Nostell Priory in December 2003. The huge tree remains a key feature of Nostell's festive celebrations
Stallholders Lewis Wood of Castleford and Bridget Lee, of East Ardsley, near Wakefield, looking the part at the Victorian Christmas Market in 2001
Christmas shoppers flood the streets of Wakefield in late 1997. Do you remember walking up Kirkgate in the late 90s?
Magical Christmas decorations adorn the Ridings Shopping centre in 1997.
Shoppers enjoy the festive atmosphere of Westgate while Christmas shopping in December 1997.
Joe, Rosie and Max singing carols at the Kirkhamgate Christmas tree in the centre of the village near Wakefield
Christmas decorations adorned every surface of the centre.
It was costumes on all fronts at the Christmas lights switch-on at the Ridings in 2004.
Santa and his fellow presenters put on a show ahead of the big event.
Villagers singing carols at the Kirkhamgate Christmas tree in the centre of the village
Christmas illuminations at the Ridings in November 2004
Pat Malpass from the 'Country Faire' stall at Wakefield's Victorian Christmas market in 1999.
Christmas shoppers on Kirkagte in 1997 - if the fashion didn't give it away!
The 'Christmas unwrapped' roadshow at Lofthouse Gate J and I School in 2004. Trussed up like Christmas trees are Ben and Samuel with roadshow host Jonathan Robinson.
Daniel, Joe and Brooke with the toy stall at Flushdyke J+I School's Christmas Fair in November 2005.
Police Community Support Officers join in the fun at the Wakefield christmas lights switch on in 2005. From left: Helen, Snowy the snowman and Vicky.
Val and Natalie pose outside their well-decorated house in Gawthorpe in December 2005.
Families enjoy a funfair at the Christmas Lights switch on in Normanton, November 2005.
Paul and Hatije Taylor on their candle stall at Wakefield's Victorian Christmas market in 1999.
Santa arrives at the Normanton Christmas lights switch on in November 2004.