Festive cheer could be stuck in the shadows in Birstall unless money can be raised to illuminate the village.
Birstall Chamber of Trade hoped to purchase Christmas lights for 10 trees in the Market Place, but plans have been dashed because of a lack of cash.
The group only has enough money to light up three trees, which cost £500 each, and hopes a fund raiser can help it reach half the target.
But the group has sold only half of its tickets for the race night, which leaves the plan in doubt.
Angie Handon, owner of The Pet Shop, in Bond Street, said: “We sold around 50 tickets but we were hoping to do twice as many as that. If we can raise enough for five or six trees then it will make a big difference in the village. The event is going to benefit everyone. Some people have been really generous but we need more support.”
Birstall Chamber in Trade has organised a race night, which raises money through horse and race sponsors as well as bets placed on filmed horse races. The group is hoping to raise around £1,500 from the event, with the cash being donated to the Christmas lights fund.
The switch on will take place on Tuesday December 3 in the Market Place.
Chairwoman of Birstall Chamber in Trade Anne Thompson believes the switch on helps bring the community together. She said: “Hilary Wainwright is organising the fete, which is always a good night for the children. This year there will be a special guest and it is always a lovely evening. We just hope we can raise the money for a few more trees.”
The event takes place on Thursday November 7 at the Irish Nash in Birstall, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 and include a pie and pea supper.
The evening will also include a raffle and an auction.
Tickets are available from High Ridings Travel, Seaspray, Irish Nash, Bishops Bakery, Fashion Workroom and The Pet Shop, in Bond Street.