After the success of the 1940s Festival in June, which saw tens of thousands of visitors come to Brighouse, the town will be turning back the clock even further this month with a Victorian Christmas Festival.
Starting on Saturday 30 November with the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights and one of Brighouse’s famous food and craft markets, this time stretching over two days with more stalls than even before, the Festival will continue throughout December.
During the Festival, shops will be decorated in Victorian style with shops assistants in 19th century dress and there will be street entertainers throughout the town every Saturday.
The opening weekend of the Festival (30 November and 1 December) will see a huge range of attractions and events taking over the town centre, including Carol Services with school choirs, a Victorian Glass Carriage pulled by two white Shire horses and even a visit from Queen Victoria herself. For Foodies the Christmas Market is going to be a major draw.
On Saturday evening (30 November), a lantern parade will begin at 4pm led by Father Christmas and travelling throughout the town centre to the switch on of the Brighouse Christmas Lights.
The event is being organised by the Brighouse Business Initiative and supported by shops, businesses and organisations throughout the town.
Lesley Adams, from the Brighouse Business Initiative, said:
“Brighouse has put itself on the map with our events that take over the town centre and bring the community and businesses together. Our 1940s Weekend drew tens of thousands visitors to the area and the stalls at our regular food and craft markets are booked up as soon as the dates are announced.
“We are going bigger and better than ever before for our Victorian Christmas Festival with celebrations throughout December beginning with an exciting weekend packed with activities including the switch-on of the town’s Christmas Lights on Saturday 30 November.
“There is something for everyone taking place – from school choirs and bands, Punch and Judy shows, fairground rides and a Santa’s Grotto. Whether you have never been to the town before or are a regular visitor, we look forward to welcoming you to Victorian Brighouse.”
Full details of the Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival can be found on www.victorianchristmasfestival.co.uk