Three ways to feel thoroughly festive
We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to get that festive feeling. No matter how old you are, or what makes your reindeer bells jingle we have something for you.
1. Sing a carol or two
“While Shepherds washed their socks…la la la” bring back those childhood nativity memories and spend an hour or two singing and listening to Christmas Carols and songs.
(PS. You probably should use the correct words, but I won’t tell if you don’t!!)
Carols in the Garden (18 December)
On Sunday, 18 December at 2pm – join the Friends for ‘Carols in the Garden’. The Toots Brass Junior Band will accompany the singing in the Heritage Memorial Garden behind the museum. Then, after why not enjoy a mince pie and some mulled wine?
Christmas concerts (12 and 14 December)
Phillip McCann and the University of Huddersfield Brass Band are performing their annual Christmas concerts which will include plenty of carols to sing and old favourites to hear.
- Huddersfield Town Hall – Monday 12 December at 1pm
- Dewsbury Town Hall – Wednesday 14 December at 12.30pm
Tickets cost just £5 and can be purchased from the box office online www.kirkleestownhalls.co.uk or by calling 01484 225755.
2. Enjoy the winter wonderland
Nothing feels better than some crisp fresh air, blow away the bah humbugs with outdoor activities in some of our parks and open spaces
Search for Santa (from 20 December)
All the family can enjoy a walk around Oakwell Hall Country Park and young ones can search for Santa with a festive trail challenge. They will need to solve clues and hunt down the answers hidden in the gardens.
The hunt start on Tuesday, 20 December, and runs until Tuesday, 3 January,
The trail is self-led and sheets, priced 50p each, are available from the Visitor Information Centre.
The Visitor Information Centre is in the courtyard next to the car park at the top of Nova Lane.
Winter Solstice Walk (21 December)
On Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 8am – join Castle Hill Ranger Julian Brown for a ‘Winter Solstice Walk.
The walk takes place at sunrise to mark the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Winter Solstice is the ancient belief that the sun stood still for 12 days in the middle of winter. Our ancestors would light a Yule log during this time to conquer the darkness and banish evil spirits and to welcome the rebirth of the sun and longer days and bring luck for the coming year.
The walk will be 5 miles and starts at the car park at the top of Castle Hill in Almondbury, Huddersfield, and will last around three hours.
Walkers will need good footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs.
No dogs allowed except assistance dogs.
The walk is free but places must be booked in advance by contacting Julian on 07968 426312.
3. Get out for a day of festive fun
Venues across Kirklees have a range of traditional crafts and activities on offer to get all the family in the spirit for the big day.
Red House’s traditional Christmas (11 December)
On Sunday 11 December, 12noon to 4pm – Red House Museum in Gomersal is hosting a festive firework finale.
During the afternoon celebrate a traditional Christmas with music, food and activities.
The house will be decorated as it would have been in the 1830s when it was a cloth merchant’s home. Staff in period costume will greet visitors with complimentary mulled wine and there will also be Christmas delicacies to taste.
The Nonsuch Dulcimers, the Oakenshaw Community Choir and the Yorkshire Traction Honley Brass Band will add a festive atmosphere with seasonal music, and children can enjoy Christmas craft activities.
The Friends of Red House will be serving refreshments in the Cartshed.
Throughout the afternoon there will be a free shuttle bus service between Red House and neighbouring Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, where visitors can enjoy the Oakwell Christmas Craft Fair in the Visitor Centre Barn.
See Santa at Castle Hill! (17 and 18 December)
December is upon us and it is time to get those Christmas wishes whispered in Santa’s ear.
Children can visit Santa when he visits Victoria Tower on Castle Hill on 17 and 18 December between 11am and 3pm.
The ever popular Yule tree will once again be on show and in full decoration for this special time of year which is also the Winter Solstice, when it is time to celebrate and look forward to the coming year!
The tower will be open for Christmas on 17 to 22 of December and again on the 29 to 31 December from 11am to 3pm.
Cost of entry is £1.85 for adults, 55p for children and £3.70 for families (2 adults and 2 children). Free for Kirklees Passport holders.
Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger said:
“We are delighted to give the opportunity for people to once again visit us in a most magical place in mid-winter and also meet Santa!”
Visit our markets (throughout December)
Get into the Kirklees festive spirit this Christmas. Come along to our markets at Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Holmfirth for festive fayre and enjoy free parking too.
For a little Christmas fun take the family to one of our Kirklees markets and pick up your gifts, the Christmas dinner or enjoy a catch up with friends.
Throughout December, in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Holmfirth Kirklees Council are taking a little stress out of Christmas by offering free parking on certain days/times.
You can also see Santa at Queensgate Market in Huddersfield on 17, 18, 19 and 24 December.
Children’s activities at Oakwell Hall (20 and 21 December)
Oakwell Hall is hosting pre-Christmas activity sessions for children.
- On Tuesday, 20 December, from 10am to 11.30am – under 5s can make Christmas crafts and enjoy stories and games at a bush babies session. The cost is £3 per child, including a juice drink. Children must be accompanied.
- On Wednesday on 21 December – children over 5 will be able to build a Rudolph. The session is from 10.30am to 12noon and costs £5 per child. Children aged eight and under must be accompanied.
Places on both sessions must be booked in advance by contacting the Visitor Information Centre on 01924 324761.
Children’s activities at Tolson Museum (22 December)
Keep excited children occupied in the run up to Christmas with craft activities at Tolson Museum, Huddersfield, on Thursday, 22 December.
It is the museum in Ravensknowle Park’s last day of opening before the big day so the crafts take on a Christmas Eve theme.
They will be getting out the glitter so you don’t have too! Children will be able to create snow globes, decorate a Christmas stocking and make a picture of Rudolf.
There will also be a hunt to find the mice hiding around the museum, staying as still as possible on the night before Christmas in the hopes of a visit by Father Christmas.
The activities run from 12noon to 3pm and the cost is £1 per child; there is no need to book.