This week's round-up of family-friendly events across West Yorkshire includes lots of Christmas fun.

From a woodland grotto and a lights-switch on to a Christmas tree festival, Huddersfield and beyond is getting into the spirit of the season.

Here's some family friendly fun things to do in Huddersfield and beyond this week:

Wacky Wednesday, National Coal Mining Museum

Head over to the National Coal Mining Museum for a dose of fun at the Wacky Wednesday event which has a Christmas flavour this week.

Aimed at under 5s, the session includes stories, songs, craft activities, special guests the Hey Diddles and more.

There are two sessions: 9.45am to 11.45 and 12.30 to 2.30. £5 per person, adults and children. Booking is essential. Call 01924 848806 to book. The Museum is at Overton, WF4 4RH.

The Hey Diddles, from left, Zoe Scott, Sally Norton and Lisa Kendall

Woodland Grotto, Ogden Water

A wonderfully scenic place for a dog walk or bird watching, Ogden Water is also a great spot to take the kids.

And on Saturday, December 10, the kids can visit Santa in his woodland grotto. £7.50 charge includes a present. Ogden Water is off Ogden Lane, Halifax, HX2 8XZ. Book online - further details at

Take a stroll around the reservoir at Ogden Water and Country Park
Take a stroll around the reservoir at Ogden Water and Country Park

Lindley lights switch-on

Lindley will be getting into the festive spirit on Tuesday evening at the Christmas lights switch-on when shoppers will be treated to street performers, choirs and a variety of stalls on Lidget Street, which will be closed to traffic.

There will also be late night shopping for those who want to get some gifts.

The celebrations run from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone is urged to go along to support local shops and businesses.

Lindley Christmas shopping event, Lidget St, Lindley. Young dancers entertain the festive shoppers on Lidget Street.

Breakfast with Santa in Golcar

There’s a coffee morning with a twist at Golcar Providence Methodist Church - Santa will be along too!

Have breakfast with Santa from 9am to 11am on Saturday; the £3.50 admission includes breakfast and a gift.

The festival coffee morning runs from 10am to noon. There will be cakes, Christmas tombola and seasonal stalls. The church is on Knowle Road, Golcar, HD7 4AN.

Christmas Tree Festival, Kirkheaton

A wonderful display of creatively decorated Christmas trees is the focus of a two-day event at St John’s Church, Kirkheaton, on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be live music, light lunches and refreshments, activities for children - and lots of lovely trees. Entry is free, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

The event will close with carols around the trees on Sunday. Church Lane, Kirkheaton, HD5 0BH.

Examiner reporter Samantha Gildea's finished Christmas tree
Examiner reporter Samantha Gildea's finished Christmas tree

Winterlight Festival, Sowerby Bridge

If you fancy heading a little further afield, why not drop in on the Winterlight Festival, an illuminated street festival with giant puppets which takes place in Sowerby Bridge on Sunday.

People will gather at dusk at Sowerby Bridge railway station. Featuring music, performances and fireworks. Free event.

The festival takes place in the area around Hollins Mill Lane, HX6 2QG. Details at

Pugneys Reindeer Trail

Children aged 10 and under will be sure to enjoy the Christmas Pugneys Watersports Centre and Country Park Reindeer Trail on Friday and Saturday.

Actvities include a supervised walk around the lake to find Santa’s nine reindeer, arts and crafts, and a visit to Santa’s grotto. Costs £3.50 per child and booking essential. Warm clothes required.

Located off Denby Dale Road, WF2 7EQ. Book by ringing 01924 302360.