Pontefract Castle to be filled with Christmas spirit as it hosts Light Up event

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Pontefract Castle will host two days of festive cheer at its Light Up event on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25.

Visitors can experience the castle in a new light with a 125-metre-long light installation, which begins with a leisurely walk that subtly turns into a run, but the run has the speed of light.

Entertainment for the whole family will include Jacks of Frost, a frosty pair of stilt walkers, and new for 2023, the castle will host an ice carving workshop on Saturday, as well as bookable dungeon tours on both days.

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Families can take a magical free ride on the carousel before exploring the Homemade Christmas Craft Market.

Pontefract Castle Light Up event is set to happen on November 24 and 25 - followed by the traditional Pontefract light switch on November 26Pontefract Castle Light Up event is set to happen on November 24 and 25 - followed by the traditional Pontefract light switch on November 26
Pontefract Castle Light Up event is set to happen on November 24 and 25 - followed by the traditional Pontefract light switch on November 26
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Coun Michelle Collins, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “We’re really excited for Light Up to return to Pontefract Castle again this year.

“There’s something for everyone to enjoy, including a spectacular light installation, street food, fairground rides and a craft market.

"So get your Christmas started and pay us a visit.”

Other highlights include live music and entertainment at the heated tipi bar, as well as a range of street food. The Castle Cafe will also be open with food, hot and cold drinks and sweet treats.

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Light Up then heads to Pontefract town centre on Sunday, November 26 to kick-off the festive season with a Christmas themed day out including the traditional switching on of the Christmas lights at 5.30pm.