BURLEY-in-Wharfedale Community Trust is putting the final touches to this year’s annual Christmas market, craft fair and Christmas lights switch on, which takes place on Saturday, December 2nd.

The Christmas Lights will be turned on by a special TV personality at around 4.30pm.

Burley Main Street will be closed from midday until 6.30pm and a diversion will be set up for traffic via Back Lane, Grange Road and Station Road. Parking restrictions will be in place along Station Road and Grange Road, and the X84 bus will be diverted along this route.

Festivities start at 11.30am when the Methodist Church will open with a festive window display and they will be serving refreshments. In the Salem church, there will be a Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust (Mali) display and refreshments will be served in the Church Hall from 2.30pm. The Queens Hall will open at 1pm and is the venue for a craft fair and cafe run by Burley Guides. Over 15 stalls will be there selling a range of gifts, crafts, food, artwork and books. Entry is free.

At 2pm the Street Market and mini funfair will open on Main Street near the Grange with over 20 stalls selling a range of food, produce and drinks.

The Lights switch-on build-up starts at about 3pm with performances from the Community Choir, Love Pop Choir and the ever-popular combined Burley Oaks and Burley Woodhead schools choir.

New vicar, Phil Bishop, will be giving us his Christmas thoughts at about 4pm and Father Christmas and his sleigh will be outside the Grange as well to say hello to all the young children.

Finally Burley Cricket Club will also be opening their doors at 4pm for an after-lights party with more entertainment, food and drinks.

Burley-in-Wharfedale Community Trust organises this annual village event as part of their many events and activities.

A spokesperson said: "Our trustees will be out and about with collection buckets, and collection tubs are also available in the shops and the businesses around the village. Please give generously towards this annual festive celebration to ensure that the tradition carries on. If you would like to find out more about the Trust or join as a member please visit our website at www.burleyinwharfedalecommunitytrust.org"