On Friday (14 December), one hundred young people will parade through the town from the Market Place holding willow lanterns..
They will climb the 199 steps and parade through St Mary's churchyard on the cliff top and come together before Whitby Abbey for a festival of light organised by the county council's youth support service.
The festival, which starts at 7pm, will involve young people from youth clubs and six of the town's primary and secondary schools.
Youth worker Jenny Tennant, said: "This festival will give young people a chance to enjoy a wonderful spectacle which is of their own making.
"You can create really exciting sculptures with willow and a festival of light seems so appropriate and exciting and such a positive thing for young people in the town to be involved in at this time of year."