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Officer Blog: Season's Greetings ❄️

Friday 23-11-2018 - 15:33
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Over the festive period, Huddersfield has so much on offer for you all to get involved in. With events, shows and volunteering taking place all over Kirklees, I am sure there is something for everyone so bring your whole family!


As soon as we get into December, Huddersfield is turning all things Christmas. First things first, our Christmas week begins on Monday the 3rd December and we’ve got events for everyone; including our Festive Photobooth, a Christmas Cinemas and a #GiveItAGo Pimp Your Hot Chocolate. Not ending on campus, there are lots of Christmas events across the whole of Huddersfield and beyond to get involved with. The Honley Christmas Market Fayre is on Saturday 1st December, where there will be rock climbing, cake and craft sales, performances, games and loads more! It only costs £1 to attend the fayre, and all proceeds go towards allowing disadvantaged young people take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Also on the 1st December is the Huddersfield Lion Santa Dash. Starting at The Slug and Lettuce at 9:30am the Lion Santa Dash is a fun run around Huddersfield Town Centre to raise money for charity.


All throughout December, the Lawrence Batley Theatre and Huddersfield Town Hall have so many shows, performances and concerts on it’ll be hard to choose which to go to! The standout show of the season will, of course, be the LBT’s fantastic pantomime – Aladdin, which is running from Friday 7th December all the way until Sunday 6th January! The other must-see performance will be the Kirklees Gospel Carol Concert at Huddersfield Town Hall. With the help of our very own Education Officer, Emmanuel Haruna, on Sunday 2nd December the Christian Societies and groups of Huddersfield will be uniting in the Town Hall for the very first time for a celebration of festivities and gospel carols.


No plans for Christmas day, or maybe you want to give something back? Every year, the Jubilee Centre hosts a team of around 40 volunteers who provide a Christmas meal to over 100 people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. Find out more on how you can take part or get involved here. **Edit** Great news! We've now heard that the Jubilee Centre is full for volunteers, with just a few positions left for drivers. If you'd like to join them for a meal please contact them by the 15th on 01484 551551.


Need to burn some of that Christmas dinner off? The Boxing Day walk on Marsden Moor will be a great way to spend the day. Whether it is with family or friends or everyone you know, this scenic walk will get some fresh air into your lungs, and empty those bellies’ for some more Christmas treats!


I have just picked out a few of the things that are taking place this winter, check out what’s going on this festive period by visiting our Give It A Go map or consulting our list below.

… and don’t worry you won’t miss Santa, he’ll be at Cannon Hall Farm waiting for you to have lunch with him!


Happy holidays! 🎄

Tom Bowden
Community Officer


Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Lots of events around Huddersfield 16th November - 25th November


Bagshaw Museum
Drop in Christmas Crafts 1st December


Oakwell Hall
Christmas crafts Weekend - Starting 8th December
Christmas with the Batts 16th December
Carols and Poems in the Garden 16th December


Lawrence Batley Theatre
The Flint Street Nativity 4th December– Saturday 8th
Aladdin 7th December - 6th January
LBT Comedy Cellar 18th December- Wednesday 19th December
‘Twas the night before Christmas 22nd December - 24th December


Huddersfield Town Hall
Kirklees Gospel Carol Concert 2nd December 5:30pm
Christmas with Honley 8th December 7:15pm
Kate Rusby at Christmas 9th December 7:30pm
Orchestra of Opera North: The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat 13th December 6pm
Black Dyke Band Christmas Concert 14th December 7:30pm


Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Festive music at YSP 2nd-15th December
Cantabile Choir 2nd December 2-2:30pm
Shepley Band 9th December from 11:30am
Wakefield Orchestral Wind 15th December 1.30-3pm


National Coalmining Museum
Santa’s Underground 24th November- 23rd December
Christmas Lunches 26th November- 22nd December
Pocket Panto: Dick Whittington 4th-6th December
Festive Brass at Pit 10th December
Wacky Wednesday Christmas Special 12th December
Christmas Parties 1st-17th December
Mini Miner Mondays 8th-17th December


Cannon Hall Farm
Elves workshop, See Santa at Cannon Hall, Santa’s special (breakfast or lunch with Santa) 17th – 21st December


Christmas Live band party night at John Smith’s Stadium - package includes live band, DJ and disco, choice three-course dinner, tea and coffee with mince pies, decorations, novelties and late bar. 8th December


Winter wonderland Huddersfield cathedral House
Christian fellowship presents a day of seasonal fun with Santa’s grotto, a bouncy kids’ adventure zone, face painting, craft and food stalls plus a hog roast, festive burgers and cakes. Free entry, for 8th December


CUBE Choir Christmas Concert - Christmas songs and readings performed by individuals, sections and the full choir. 9th December 7:30pm


Carols on the Cliff - Sing carols and watch the sunset from one of the best vantage points in Holme Valley. Santa will be there, as will Hade Edge B Band and warm refreshments. Bring warm clothes, stout footwear and torches. 16th December


Winter Solstice Walk- A refreshing walk with castle hill ranger Julian Brown on the shortest day of the year. Meet at the top car park on castle hill. No dogs allowed, accept assistance dogs. 21st December


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