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A guide to Christmas fairs, markets, Santa parades and festive events in and around Huddersfield

Santa parades, Christmas markets and church festive fairs

Christmas procession through Honley village centre

There's plenty of Christmas activities to get you and your family in the festive spirit.

From Christmas markets to church fairs, there’s loads going on in our communities.

Here’s a guide and if you know of others send the date, time and details to joanne.douglas@examiner.co.uk.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17:

Huddersfield Winter Festival, open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 9pm, from November 17-January 1, St George’s Square.

Huddersfield Live bring the unique winter festival to town in partnership with Hygge Tipi.

There will be three decorative teepees – providing a comfy space for people to relax, a bar selling hot drinks and a performance space for groups to put on entertainment.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18:

Santa arrives at Kershaw's Garden centre on Halifax Road in Brighouse at 11am, followed by a family fun day including free face painting.

Honley Christmas Lights switch-on in Honley Park including fairground rides, plus on stage entertainment from local groups and musicians commencing at 3pm through to 7.30pm. The entertainment includes Hope Bank Works Community Choir and Youth Band performing traditional Christmas music and carols. Santa will be in his grotto and children can take part in a special Santa Treasure Hunt throughout the park. It has been organised by Honley Business Association and there will be 140 Christmas trees lit up throughout the village.

The traditional Christmas parade congregates outside St Mary’s Church at 6.15pm where the Yorkshire Traction Honley Band will lead the procession, including Santa on his sleigh. They will proceed down Church Street, along Westgate and into Honley Park, where the big lights switch on will take place at around 7pm performed by Honley’s very own pet shop boys.

Honley Christmas Lights switch-on. Packed Honley Park with Yorkshire Traction Honley Band. Photo by Sandie Nicholson

Holmbridge Rural Christmas Fair:

From 10am-4pm, at Holmbridge Parish Hall, Woodhead Road, Holmbridge.

A Christmas Fair with quality stall holders selling handmade crafts, gifts, cards, decorations and produce. For the little ones there is a Santa’s Grotto and face painter.

There is an on-site cafe serving coffee, lunches afternoon teas, and a homemade mulled wine stall.

Fairtrade and Ethical Christmas Market:

Hosted by Fair and Funky at Huddersfield Methodist Mission, Lord Street,

From 11am. Free admission and child friendly.

Children at the craft workshop run by fairandfunky

The Mission will be filled with over 20 stalls of local businesses - showcasing upcycled, handmade, Fairtrade and ethical products.

Music from local choirs and music groups and a free craft workshop for children.

St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick Christmas Fair:

From 11am-3pm in the Parish Centre in aid of church funds.

There will be a large number of stalls selling a variety of goods including, cakes, home produce, handbags, Christmas decorations and cards, sweets, books and bric-a-brac, along with Father Christmas in his grotto. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Kershaw's Garden Centre, Brighouse:

Santa arrives at Kershaw’s on Saturday November 18 at 11am, on a sleigh pulled by Rudolph the vintage tractor launching our family fun day.

There will be free face painting & mince pies, fun and games, Competitions, Balloon magic, Christmas Crafts and special offers for mums and dads, with music from Emley Brass Band

Santa will be at the garden centre every weekend until Christmas.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25:

Christmas Fayre at Shelley Sports and Social Club:

From 12pm-4pm at Far Bank, Shelley, there will be lots of craft stalls, Younique Beauty, cake stall, face painting, children’s lucky dip, a raffle and the bar will be open for refreshments.

Christmas Fayre at St Cuthbert’s, Birkby:

From 2-4pm, stalls include gifts, children’s toys, books, children’s tombola, bric-a-brac, cakes, games and raffle. Refreshments in the cafe.

Cliffe House Christmas Market, Shepley:

Showcasing a wide array of gifts, Christmas goods and cards in an outdoor Christmas market.

Cliffe House, childrens outdoor educational activity centre, Shepley

Try delicious festive food served between 11am and 5pm and treat yourself to a warming mulled wine with a mince pie. Santa will arrive at 11am for visits in his grotto.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2:

Colne Valley Museum, Golcar, a Victorian Christmas:

From December 2 & 3, 12pm-4pm. Also on December 9 & 10.

Celebrate Christmas the Victorian way at the Colne Valley Museum – lots of old fashioned games, mince pies and Father Christmas sitting by the fire.

Traditional crafts at the Colne Valley Museum

Honley Christmas Tree Festival at Honley Trinity Church:

The church is filled with Christmas trees provided by village organisations. There’s a Santa’s Grotto and Honley Band, Ladies’ Choir entertain.

On the same day from 10am the Christmas Market takes place throughout the village; Church Street Free Village Hall, Scout Hut and Southgate Theatre,

There’s activities at Honley Library: in the morning there will be LEGO Club; 1pm-1.30pm - Storytime for under 5s with Father Christmas; 2pm-3pm - Make and illustrate your own Christmas cards with Ali O’Neill, professional illustrator - suitable for children aged five-10yrs, organised by the Friends of Honley Library.

Oakwell Hall, Birstall Christmas Weekend:

Oakwell Hall captured in its true splendour at night

Craft stalls, music, food and Santa too at Oakwell Hall and Oakwell Hall Country Park

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 11am-4pm, Free entry.

Greenhead Park:

The Friends of Greenhead Park and Gledholt Male Voice Choir invite everyone to a free concert of Christmas music and carols in the Greenhead Park Conservatory on Saturday December 2.

There will be mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale from 3.30pm and the concert starts at 4pm.

Proceeds will go towards the project to provide a play train in toddler playground and money raised from refreshment sales and a seasonal raffle will go towards this. There will be a collection at the end of the concert in aid of the Choir.

New Road Independent Family Church, Rastrick:

A December Fayre coming up on December 2 at the New Hey Road, Rastrick.

It starts at 2.30 and costs 50p entry,with stalls, games and teas available. It finishes with Christmas carols at 4.30pm.
The following day the church hosts a toy service at 2.15pm, where toys are donated to the local Salvation Army for distribution to families in the community.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3:

Huddersfield Lions Santa Dash and Reindeer Run, Huddersfield town centre:

Adults will be putting on Santa suits while youngsters sport festive reindeer antlers, complete with a flashing nose, and all will be dashing, running, walking, skipping or hopping for one mile.

The registration and start will be at The Slug and Lettuce, 40/44 King Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2QT. Participants should come early to change into their Santa outfits. The event is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Entry costs are £7.50 to include a five piece Santa outfit. Children under 11 years of age cost £4 and receive a pair of Rudolph’s antlers and red nose.

For online applications go to the link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/huddersfield-lions-santa-dash-reindeer-run-2017-tickets-36936753825?aff=es2

Marsden Golf Club:

The Club hosts a Christmas Fayre on Sunday December 3 from 10am till 2pm. Free entry.

It features home made cakes and mince pies with mulled wine. Missing Label clothes, Natural body products, Grahams Hand crafted wood work, handmade cards and more. All welcome.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9

Winter Wonderland 2017 at Cathedral House:

From 10am-4pm, there’s a Christmas market, reindeers, a food kitchen, stalls and kids activity zone, plus a Santa’s Grotto.

Christ Church, Linthwaite:

There will be a Christmas Fair and Festival of Carols represented in Art and Decorations A rich variety of craft stalls, refreshments and a warm welcome at the Church Lane church on Saturday December 9 from 10am until 4pm including music by the Valley Flutes - an all-age group of flute players.

There will also be a Linthwaite Silver Band concert at 6.30pm.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 10

Carols in the Park, Marsden:

Hosted by the Friends of Marsden Park, there will be a band playing and a community sing-along from 3-5pm.

Santa Parade and Carol Concert, Beaumont Park:

Santa leaves main gate at 2pm and the procession then goes to the Bandstand, where Kirklees Musica will play carols. There will be mulled wine, mince pies, hot turkey sandwiches and hot/cold drinks served from 12.30pm. The Visitor Centre will be open from noon where the Colne Valley Community Choir will be singing carols from 12.30pm.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 17

Greenhead Park:

The Friends of Greenhead Park is hosting a Breakfast with Santa in the Park Conservatory on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 December from 9.30am to 11.30am.

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