HUDDERSFIELD Parish Church will be launching its Christmas celebrations next week.
On Saturday, November 27, the church's Christmas lights will be switched on at 10.15am by Kirklees Mayor Clr Mary Harkin.
The switch-on of the lights - given by local businesses - marks the start of the church's Christmas celebrations.
After switching on the lights, Clr Harkin will open the church's Christmas fair.
It will feature stalls from charities including the Samaritans, the RSPCA, Save the Children, the Laura Crane Trust and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
There will also be stalls supporting the church's Cornerstone appeal, which is raising money to improve disabled access to the church.
The Rev Catherine Ogle, Vicar of Huddersfield, said: "We're looking forward to Christmas and hope that people will want to visit the beautifully decorated church in the run- up to Christmas."
The decorations include a ``tree of remembrance".
People can write messages to people they are thinking about and attach them to the tree.
Mrs Ogle said: "The tree proved very popular last year. Christmas can be a sad time as well as a happy one, as we remember people we have lost.
"I hope the tree will provide a focal point for prayer and comfort."