Free event Family friendly


Wed 16 Nov 2022 - Sun 04 Dec 2022


16:00 - 21:00

It’s back! Following last year’s success, Light Up will return this autumn with a series of events lighting up the district to coincide with the start of the festive season. Look out for Light Up events happening in Wakefield, Castleford, South Elmsall, Pontefract and Knottingley, including Christmas light switch-ons, festive markets, street entertainment, choirs and more.

The  Light Up programme will also welcome partner activity from The Hepworth Wakefield and the National Coal Mining Museum.

From 18-20 November, Light Up Wakefield will invite visitors to explore trail of light installations throughout the city, while partners Wakefield BID, Trinity Walk, The Ridings Shopping Centre and Wakefield Cathedral will host festive activities including choirs, fair rides, live music, face painting, Santa’s Grotto, lantern making workshops and much more.

Save the dates!

  • Wednesday 16 November: South Elmsall Light Up

  • Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November: Wakefield City Centre Light Up

  • Tuesday 22 November: Castleford Light Up

  • Wednesday 23 November: Knottingley Light Up

  • Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November: National Coal Mining Museum Light Up

  • Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 November: Pontefract Castle Light Up

  • Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 November & Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 December: The Hepworth Wakefield Light Up

  • Sun 27 Nov: Pontefract (town centre) Light Up

Follow the events and keep up with the latest news on social with the hashtag #LightUpWFD