Take a closer look at November as the nights draw in the lights switch on, there’s a touch of magic waiting to brighten up your every moment in the beautiful Bradford district. Embrace the autumn season and immerse yourself in the wonders it brings with captivating light installations and twinkling Christmas lights.

Broadway Christmas Tree

The Broadway Christmas Tree

Start the Festive Cheer

Begin the festive season in Bradford, Keighley, Shipley, and Ilkley! Join us this November for the most enchanting Christmas light switch ons.  As darkness falls, watch in amazement as the streets become a dazzling display of twinkling lights, transforming the city and towns into a winter wonderland.  So come and enjoy the celebrations and let the magical lights leave you feeling merry and bright with the excitement.
Step into a world of enchantment and wonder at the St James' Church Christmas Tree Festival in Thornton. Explore a sparkling display of beautifully decorated trees and admire the creativity that has gone into decorating these magnificent trees, each one telling its own unique story. But that's not all! Keep an eye out for - Santa Claus! With his rosy cheeks and hearty laughter, Santa is ready to spread joy and cheer to a11.

Christmas Tree Festival Thornton

Christmas Tree Festival in Thornton

Illuminate Your Creativity

Looking for a fun and creative way to spend your autumn days? Light up your life with a unique neon sign! The Craft House in Bingley is offering a fun and creative workshop on Saturday, 18 November where you can design your very own neon masterpiece. From motivational quotes to your favourite song lyrics, the possibilities are endless. Experienced artisans will guide you through the process, ensuring your creation reflects your unique style.

Unleash your inner creativity with an exciting lineup of workshops happening throughout November in various venues across the Bradford district. From the Little Craft House in Saltaire to Tyro Studios in Shipley, Mrs Dutton's Wondrous Workshops in Ilkley, and Cobbles and Clay in Haworth, there's something for everyone. Sign up today!

Glowing Autumn Trails

Follow the Thornton Winter Windows Trail as part of BD is LIT in Thornton Village. On Sunday, 26 November, see the stunning light displays on businesses and homes along this illuminated trail. The theme, 'Apricity - the warmth of a beam of sunlight in Winter,' creates a beautiful contrast. Launch day will include a Makers Market, Thornton Lights switch on, live music, and free mulled wine or hot chocolate for participants.

Explore the stunning autumn landscapes of the Bradford district and experience the warm glow of the season. For those seeking adventure, head to Ilkley Moor and discover the many routes. Take in the breathtaking beauty of nature as you wander through the fields and charming hedgerows of Brontë Country. After a day of adventure, unwind in a charming local pub by a crackling fire. 

Go on a variety of autumn walks in the Bradford district that will make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Ilkley Moor

Ilkley Moor

Rain or Shine, We'll Make it Fun!

When November brings rainy days, find the perfect indoor escape in the Bradford district. Engage in thrilling activities like indoor climbing in Ilkley or ice skating in Bradford. Alternatively, you can relax and enjoy a film at the historic Picture House in Keighley.  With a variety of options, there are many activities to keep you entertained and bring a warm glow to your day.

The Bright Lights of Theatre Await You

Discover culture after dark at Bradford Theatres by booking a show and find something to brighten your evening, like The Night Sky Show at George's Hall in Bradford on Saturday, 18 November. It will be amazing and bring the universe to life like never before. With mind-blowing visuals, this show takes you on an epic journey through the cosmos.
Check out exciting theatre shows happening this autumn! Now is the time to start planning your top Christmas festivities.


BD is LiT

BD is LIT returns again this November to bathe the district in a series of beautiful light shows.

Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Event
St James' Christmas Tree Festival

Start the Christmas season with a visit to St James' spectacular 'Christmas Tree Festival' in Thornton.

Thornton Winter Windows Trail
Self Guided Trail
Winter Windows - South Square

South Square is proud to present Winter Windows for the Fifth year running! This year Thornton Winter Windows is part of BDisLit, where the village windows are lit up using the theme set by artist Rosie McAndrew. This community event sees Thornton residents, businesses and organisations getting together to create a very special festival just for you. Thank you to everyone for taking part! Seek and find the addresses listed on the map to find festive displays and undiscovered parts of the village you never knew existed. You can follow the map in any order. Rosie has set the theme to be ‘Apricity - the warmth of a beam of sunlight in Winter.'  Creating a contrast of warmth and cold.

The Night Sky Show
Live entertainment
A picture of stars against a deep blue sky

Adrian West, the renowned astronomer and author, invites you to embark on a breathtaking journey at St George's Hall in Bradford.



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