I don't know if other cities do the same thing, but Bradford usually has some kind of festivities in the city centre to mark the 'Grand Switching-on of the Christmas Lights'. It always seems too early to me to be thinking about Christmas in mid-November, but I guess the shops need the trade, particularly at the moment.
This year's 'Spectacular' was on the theme of 'Fire and Ice' so I went along to see what it was all about. These two young ladies were walking around on stilts, looking rather beautiful and mysterious. I suppose they were Ice Maidens or Ice Queens.
I didn't stay for the show at dusk, when there was to be some kind of theatrical event and fireworks. (Not much is allowed to come between me and my Saturday night viewing of the TV show 'Strictly Come Dancing'!)
The building behind the girls is Bradford's ornate City Hall, another beautiful building built in Italianate style. Designed by Saltaire's architects, Lockwood and Mawson, it was opened in 1873, shortly after Saltaire was finished.