With Bonfire Night and Halloween out of the way, attention turns to Christmas. Yes, you can’t ignore it any longer. Santa will be making his way around LS29 next month, but when do the festive illuminations appear? Here’s the guide to Christmas lights events near Ilkley.
Christmas Lights Events Near Ilkley – Map
- Address: The Bandstand, the Grove, Ilkley LS29 8HB.
- Entertainment from 1pm, lights on after 5pm.
The 2017 Ilkley Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Saturday 25th November. Centred around the bandstand on the Grove, you can take in the entertainment on show, join in with the carol singing and browse the Christmas market. Real Food Ilkley traders, who take part in the regular markets in town, will be selling locally sourced and produced wares. Father Christmas will turn the lights on and the event is hosted by Stray FM’s Nick Hancock.
- Address: The Swan, 106 Main Street, Addingham LS29 0NS.
- Event runs from 2pm until 5:30pm.
Addingham’s Christmas lights event takes place in the car park of the Swan on Main Street. Organised by Totally Locally Addingham, a collective of village businesses, you’ll be able to buy food, drinks and Christmas gifts from local stallholders, with Father Christmas and the Gala Queen turning the lights on at 4:30pm.
Sunday 26th November 2017
- Address: Town Gate, Guiseley LS20 9JA.
- Event runs 2pm until 6pm.
The Christmas lights in Guiseley come on after an afternoon of entertainment in Town Gate. There will be a market, funfair, Santa’s grotto and a firework display to celebrate the beginning of the festive period.
- Address: Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley BD21 3QQ.
- Event from 4:30pm.
The Keighley Christmas lights turn on at the Airedale Shopping Centre is always a big event. The centre partners with local radio station Pulse 1 to bring exciting musical entertainment to the stage before the lights go on. The 2017 event kicks off at 4:30pm.
Monday 27th November 2017
- Market Place, Otley LS21 3AQ.
- Entertainment from 5:30pm with lights and fireworks at 7:30pm.
Otley does big events in style, from streets lined with flags and fantastic parades to top notch entertainment in Market Place. The Christmas light switch-on in the town is the start of a month of festive celebrations, which includes the famous Victorian Fayre.
Saturday 2nd December 2017
- Address: The Roundhouse, Grange Park, Main St, Burley-in-Wharfedale LS29 7BU.
- Market and craft fair from 2pm, lights from 4:30pm.
Stalls selling local food and drink as well as Christmas gifts line Main Street during Burley’s popular Christmas lights event. There is also a craft fair in the Queens Hall, before crowds gather by the Roundhouse in Grange Park for the big switch-on. The village gains plenty of plaudits from visitors, including the Mayor of Bradford.
This Year’s Burley-in-Wharfedale Lights
Sunday 3rd December 2017
- Address: Victoria Hall, Victoria Rd, Saltaire BD18 3JS.
- Event runs from 4pm to 6:30pm.
There will be carols around the tree outside Victoria Hall on the day of the Christmas lights switch-on. Inside the hall, a host of local groups run stalls offering information on fun activities to join in with in Saltaire. The lights will go on between 6pm and 6:15pm. You an also take part in the fabulous Living Advent Calendar too.
Favourite Christmas Lights Events Near Ilkley
Which are your favourite Christmas lights events near Ilkley? I’m biased, living in Burley, but the village does Christmas so well. However, you’re guaranteed a fun time at any of the events and you should be able to get hold of a mince pie and glass of mulled wine to go with the Christmas carol singalong, whichever one you attend.
One of my favourite light switch-on memories is around ten years ago, when Christa Ackroyd, of the BBC’s Look North at the time, spent much of the build up to the Ilkley lights talking about her favourite hairdressers in the town. I certainly hope she got a free demi-wave out of it.
Are there any more Christmas lights events near Ilkley to add? Let me know in the comments.