Dewsbury Christmas Lights 2021

The biggest Lantern Parade yet is planned for Dewsbury's Christmas Lights switch on event on Saturday, 4th December.  With more than twenty classes in primary schools across Dewsbury busy in lantern workshops over the last two weeks the organisers have high hopes for a big turnout.  

"Christmas is all about the children" remarked Bruce Bird, leading the volunteers of The Dewsbury Partnership community group behind the organisation. "That's why we've invited our local showman, Harry Hamer, to fill Market Place with his children's carousels for the day, we have glow light spinning tricks from the Travelling Light performers, donkey rides and Frost Fairy stilt walkers, plus multiple styles of music and dancers leading up to the children's own Lantern Parade and Children's Choir".   Naturally, Santa will also be putting in an appearance in his Grotto to make sure that the children can put in their requests directly to Santa. 

photo of the Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band

The Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band

Entertainment will start from the Town Hall at 3pm with both the traditional Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band and the Sully Khan Dohl Drummers providing a taste of their music at both ends of the town centre before returning to the Town Hall for the launch of entertainment from the Town Hall stage.

Sully Khan Dohl Drummers

Travelling Light

Travelling Light are a unique blend of circus tricks and dance harnessing the power of light. 

The group are performing courtesy of Creative Scene who work in North Kirklees to put on a whole range of arts and creative events.   

photo of Shimmer and Sparkle Frost Fairies

Shimmer & Sparkle

photo of the Travelling Light performers

Travelling Light

Frost Fairies

Two Frost Fairy characters named Shimmer and Sparkle will also be visiting the town centre. They'll be hard to miss once the light fades as they light up in the dark and spread a little magic wherever they go!

Community song and dance

While community contributions are down this year due to Covid causing some to pull out or being unable to rehearse the Thornhill School Ukulele Band will be performing together with a Romanian family group led by singer Ecaterina Trif-Albu (call her Caty for short!). 

The Batley and Leeds based Dazl Dance group will be showcasing their work with three dance routines and the Earlsheaton Starlites Majorettes will be appearing several times.

Dewsbury Christmas Carol - and Dickensian treasure hunt!

In 2020,  Dewsbury Community Outreach worked with Creative Scene to produce a  7 minute video of the Dewsbury version of Dickens' Christmas Carol including social distancing in order to overcome Covid restrictions.

Although viewable online, this will be the first public showing of the result - and will be supported by a Dickens treasure hunt trail between 1-3pm.  Visit the Community Outreach stall to pick up your clue sheet.

Kinaara - a Punjabi/British trio

Punjabi singer, Satnam Galsian, teamed up with guitarist, John Hogg, and drummer, Simon Henry, in 2018.  Starting with the folk songs of Surinder Kaur and the popular songs of Noor Jehan they have been exploring the connections between the music of Punjab and the west. 

photo of the Kinaara trio

Kinaara's first single, the Punjabi folk song Lang Aaja and EP 'Across the River' were issued earlier this year.

Kinaara appears courtesy of Manasamitra, the Dewsbury based cross cultural group

The Thanda Trio

Thandanadi Gumede - Thanda for short, is a vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa now based in Leeds.  His music draws heavily from his dual Zulu and Xhosa heritage amalgamated with Jazz, Neo-Soul, Gospel and other contemporary styles.

Photo of Thanda at Manchester Jazz Festival 2021

Thanda at Manchester Jazz Festival 2021

Thanda has entertained the Royal Family (2015), appeared at the Manchester, Leeds and London Jazz Festivals (2018-2021) and on the BBC Proms (2021). 

The Thanda Trio appears courtesy of Manasamitra, the Dewsbury based cross cultural group

Lantern Parade and Massed Children's Choir

How big will be the Lantern Parade and the Massed Children's Choir?  We really don't know.  But what we do know is that there has been fantastic enthusiasm among local schools both to get involved in the lantern making workshops and with the school choirs.

Lantern Parade and Choir in 2019

Lights On by star teacher Peter Simons

Dewsbury is always keen to celebrate local successes and the Lights will be switched on by the 2020 winner of Primary School Teacher of the Year Award, Peter Simons from Thornhill School.

Closing set by Kelly James

Kelly James is a local female vocalist and a favourite in local venues.

Kelly spans a wide range of genres and will close the evening with her version of some familiar sounds. 



What's Happening & When


Children's Carousels open


Community Market Opens


Santa's Grotto Opens


Travelling Light walkabout in the Market


Yorkshire Imperials & Sully Khan


Frost Fairies walkabout


Earlsheaton Starlites


Thornhill School Ukelele Band


Travelling Light performance




Sully Khan Dohl Drummers walkabout


Dewsbury Christmas Carol video




Frost Fairies


Earlsheaton Starlites


The Thanda Trio


Lantern Parade led by the Yorkshire Imperials, Sully Khan and the Frost Fairies


Dazl Dance


Dewsbury Schools Children's choir


Interfaith blessing


Lights Switch On


Kelly James




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