AN illuminated reindeer, talented singers and a taste of Victorian food all marked the start of the Christmas celebrations.
The city was lit up by colourful lights outside the cathedral and at the new Trinity Walk shopping centre last Thursday.
A Victorian Market also lined the streets until Sunday, allowing shoppers to sample a range of food and craft.
Mayor of Wakefield Ros Lund, who had the honour of switching on the city centre lights, said: “The event was a big success, with an impressive turn out and everyone joining in with the festive spirit.
“The entertainment this year was outstanding with something for everyone and the Victorian Market was just as popular as previous years have been.”
More than 3,000 people also crammed into Grammar Square at Trinity Walk with entertainment provided by the Wildcat Dolls and Kittens and singers Craig Bevan and Brandan Fowler.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player Andy Raleigh, assisted by Wakefield College students, switched on the outdoor shopping centre lights which included a reindeer and silver tree.