THE CHRISTMAS festival with a themed Victorian market and fairground is coming back to the town centre of Cleckheaton on Saturday, November 16 as part of the Christmas light switch on.

The event starts from 9am with activities taking place around the town from seasonal craft and gift stalls, to fairground rides, festive entertainment and children’s festive activities. The light switch on itself will take place at 5pm and the market and food stalls will continue until 7.30 pm. This year a total of 57 stalls will be spread across the town centre. Festive entertainment will also take place on the main stage, located on Market Street throughout the day. Shows include local bands, choirs and dance schools, all hosted by DJ Gemz and Bob DJ with volunteer stage marshals from local charity Focus for Hope.

The Savoy Square will be home to Father Christmas and Christmas craft making and George’s Bistro will transform into a Winter Wonderland. Nichola Garland, Treasurer of the Chamber and event organiser, said: “The Christmas Festival is Cleckheaton’s biggest event of the year, in fact, it is one of the biggest festive events to take place in North Kirklees. The day attracts everyone, from those looking for unique gifts from our stallholders and independent shops, to families who want to enjoy a fun-filled day out.” “We expect to see people from far and wide attend, allowing us to showcase what the wonderful town has to offer, as well as our Christmas Lights display, which is partly funded by donations made by the community and the Spenborough Chamber of Trade.” There will be road closures on the day, but Kirklees has granted unlimited access to our main carparks, allowing free parking all day if required. For further information, please visit or follow our Facebook page, @visitcleckheaton for regular updates.