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Bradford gets ready for festive fun
Bradford will be getting into the festive spirit next month as Christmas celebrations kick off in the city.
Late-night Christmas shopping will start in Bradford on Thursday, November 15, before the Christmas lights switch-on and annual reindeer parade at the weekend.
The lights are set to be switched on at around 6pm on Saturday, November 17 in City Park, with entertainment starting at noon and circus attractions, fireworks and live music all promised.
The festivities get going with midday music and street performers and at 5pm the main show will begin with carol singers.
There will then be an aerial show from French street art company Transe Express, who will be raised 200ft above the park, creating an orchestra of bells and performing trapeze tricks.
After the lights have been switched on, a fireworks display will entertain those who have turned out to watch. The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Dale Smith, will be attending the lights ceremony with his wife, Margaret, the Lady Mayoress.
He said: “It will be a super night and I invite families to come down to see and enjoy this dazzling spectacle in our beautiful City Park.
“I know traders also look forward to the switch on which gives city centre businesses a welcome boost in the run up to Christmas and keeps Bradford busy.”
The lights will illuminate Bradford City centre through the Christmas period until Saturday, January 5.
Kirkgate Shopping Cen-tre’s annual reindeer parade will take place on Sunday, November 18 at 10am.
The parade will be taking a new route this year, heading along Kirkgate and Sunbridge Road.
The reindeers will be joined in the procession by Santa and two babies and, as well as two horse drawn glass carriages and a new reindeer mascot.
The Lord Mayor’s car will also take part in the procession, and music will be provided by the fire brigade band. After the parade, the reindeer will be on display to the public in a pen at the Centre, and Santa’s grotto will open for children.
City Park will be hosting festive entertainment every Saturday until December 22 in the build up to Christmas.