Children from across West Leeds will be helping MP Rachel Reeves turn on the Christmas lights at Kirkstall Forge on Thursday, 25 November.
The lucky children are all winners of the MP’s Christmas card competition and include Maya from Valley View, Mikeyla from Whitecote and Caitlin from Kirkstall St Stephen’s.
All of the Christmas card designs submitted by youngsters will be displayed at the event and the community is invited to join the festivities, which will run from 4pm. They include:
- An artist from Leeds Circus doing walkabout performances to entertain visitors
- Circus performance art workshops – learn how to plate spin, keep a diablo in the air and other circus feats
- Music from local band Music in the Attic
- A chance to start your Christmas shopping at the variety of stalls with local independent traders selling jewellery, candles and clothes to toys and hampers selling jewellery, candles, clothes, toys and much more…
- Fun activities for children of all ages are being organised by the Kirkstall Forge Life Team and Kirkstall Valley Development Trust.
Rachel Reeves MP said:
“I am looking forward to beginning the Christmas celebrations at Kirkstall Forge, along with welcoming the fantastic winners and runners up of my Christmas card Competition. It’ll be a delight to start the festivities together, helping launch Christmas at CEG this year – and for my first mince pie of the season!”
The event is also set to raise much-needed funds for Heart Research UK with a Christmas raffle now running here – enter for your chance to win a race day package with lunch, a supercar race day, escape room challenge, a White Company gift set, luxury hampers and much more.
Lucy Renshaw, strategic marketing manager at CEG explains:
“We were keen to organise some free Christmas festivities for the local community and hope people will pop down to the site, sample some festive fayre from Butlers café and deli and join in some of the activities. For those keen to shop, we are delighted to be supporting an array of local independent businesses with our Christmas market.
“We look forwards to welcoming our local MP, Rachel Reeves, along with the winners from the Christmas Card Competition for the light switch on and look forwards to seeing everyone at The Forge from 4pm on the 25 November for an early festive fete.”