It’s one of Pudsey’s biggest and most popular community events – and this year sees the welcome return of the Pudsey Christmas lights switch-on.
Last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic but this year’s switch-on aims to bounce back with Pudsey Bear, the Pudsey Carnival Queen and Santa all on hand.
The switch-on is at 6pm on Lowtown and will be followed by fireworks.
There will be a special Christmas produce and craft market in Pudsey from 9am-1pm and 3pm to 7pm.
Entertainment comes from bands Cook in a Stew, The Flow, The Avros and there will be a sing-along with Shane. The DJ Kids from Music Box will be performing between the bands.
Volunteers from Pudsey Christmas lights have installed more than 300 mini Christmas trees across Pudsey, Swinnow and Tyersal.
Bus services will operate as normal, using Kent Road and Valley Road as a diversionary route. All public car parks will remain open.
Shop window competition
There will be a competition for the best Pudsey shop window display. The winner received a shield, with rosettes for second and third places. Previous winners include:
- 2018: Jacob Adams Hairdressing
- 2019: Preloved of Pudsey by St George’s Crypt Retail
- 2020: Jacob Adams Hairdressing
This contest will be judged by volunteers from the Pudsey in Bloom group on Thursday.
The latest incarnation of Pudsey Christmas lights started in 2018 with no reserves, lights, trees and motifs from the previous years.
The group now owns 3km of string lights, 300 Christmas trees, the Merry Christmas Pudsey motif and all the connectors and adaptors that go with it thanks to the fantastic support from local businesses, residents and our willing volunteers.
The switch-on event has been funded by Pudsey’s councillors on the Outer West Community Committee.