Knaresborough prepares for the festive season

Knaresborough Christmas Lights.

Knaresborough Christmas Lights.

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Preparations are well underway to adorn Knaresborough town centre in twinkling lights and a festive atmosphere is brewing.

Plans for the big switch-on of the fairy lights on the tree in the market square on Friday, November 30, are well underway with Mayor John Batt doing the honours this year.

The event will start at 6pm and performances from local singers and dancers will keep people entertained before the tree is illuminated at 7.30pm.

The Silver Band will provide seasonal music from 7.15 and Christmas carols will be sung in the square.

Father Christmas will make an appearance at the event and refreshments, including the Lion’s popular mulled wine, will be available on the evening.

Knaresborough Christmas Market is scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday following the light switch on, making the most of the festive atmosphere.

The annual market organised by the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade, is always popular with independent stall holders selling a full range of locally produced fayre, from cheese to toffees.

Street performances ranging from morris dancing to choirs and brass bands will entertain the crowds at the market over the weekend and a grand finale of fire works set against the dramatic background of the castle ruins and Nidd Gorge is planned for 4.30pm to round off a weekend of festive fun.