Inspiration

Brontë Treasures by Candlelight

Brontë Parsonage Museum

7th December - 7.30pm

In this special 1 hour session, a member of our curatorial team will share facts & stories about a number of carefully-selected objects, offering a specialist insight into the lives & work of the inspirational Brontë family.

 

Torchlight Weekend

Main Street, Haworth

8th - 9th December

A family favourite, benefiting Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, this sparkling spectacle puts the magic into everyone’s Christmas. As the sun sets on picturesque Haworth village, the torches illuminate the path for the procession up the cobbled street where all are welcome to sing and join in.

Contact Haworth Visitor Information Centre on 01535 642329

 

Candlemass Eve Guided Walk

Main Street, Haworth

8th December 10.30am

A five and a half mile circular walk. Packed lunch required. Meet David Anderson at 10.30am on the Church steps, top of Haworth Main Street for the traditional stroll to Oxenhope and back in time for carols round the tree.

Telephone 01274 432666

 

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Late-night Thursday

13th December 5pm - 8pm

Join us for a glass of sherry, some Christmas cheer and the chance to see the Parsonage dressed for the Christmas season. The Museum shop will be open to buy those last-minute gifts, or you may just be tempted to treat yourself! Entry after 5pm is free to BD22, BD21, BD20 and Thornton residents. Usual

admission prices apply to all other visitors.

www.bronte.org.uk

 

Haworth Christmas Market

Haworth Central Park

1st - 2nd December

Wrap up warm and get into the spirit of the season when you step into Haworth Central Park, the location for the 2018 Christmas Market. You will find 20 unique stalls including jewellery, handmade gifts & local produce, a Festive Bar with a special Artisan Gin & Food Zone, a Winter Bandstand, plus live

music & pop-up theatrics on Main Street in the village.

Contact Haworth Visitor Information Centre on 01535 642329

 

Wreath Making Workshop

Brontë Parsonage Museum

15th - 16th December - 2pm

Price £35 - includes refreshments and museum entry

Make a festive wreath for your front door inspired by the traditional Christmas decorations at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. All materials will be provided, and the workshop includes mince pies and mulled wine to get you in the festive mood!

Contact Haworth Visitor Information Centre on 01535 642329

www.bronte.org.uk

 

Nativity Weekend

Main Street, Haworth

22nd - 23rd December

Gather round the Christmas tree at the bottom of Main Street at 2pm. Meet and greet the nativity donkeys who will be available to pet. Join Jesus, Mary, and the donkeys as they make their way up the stone setts searching for a resting place. Experience the Christmas story anew. All angels & shepherds welcome. The Nativity procession will be accompanied by the Golcar Brass Band on both days.

Contact Haworth Visitor Information Centre on 01535 642329

 

Mince Pie Specials

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Daily from 26th December 2018 - 1st January 2019
Travel in our toasty, Yuletide carriages and see our stunning stations transformed with amazing Christmas displays, real coal fires and gas lights, creating a magical glow as your train rolls in. Relax with free mince pies and an on-train real ale bar serving, not just real ale, but wines, spirits and hot cups of tea and coffee. The only train service in West Yorkshire on Boxing Day

Booking essential - see our website for fares.
Standard ticket prices apply,

contact us for more details:

Web: www.kwvr.co.uk

Tel: 01535 645214

Email: admin@kwvr.co.uk

 

Santa Steam Specials

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

1st - 2nd December 8th - 9th December

15th - 16th December 22nd - 23rd December

24th December

As soon as you board our Santa Special, it feels like Christmas with specially decorated coaches and festive music to get you into the mood. You will be greeted by your steward, who will check your tickets and show you to your seat (and where to find the bar).

Booking essential - see our website for fares.

 

Carol Service Train

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

15th December - 7pm

Our annual event that brings the real meaning of Christmas to the Worth Valley. Join us this year aboard the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on Saturday, 15th December. Starting at Oxenhope, the train travels the Valley with carols, readings and prayers at stations along the way.

Booking essential - see our website for fares.

 

Keighley Light Switch-on

Sunday 25th November 2018- 2pm to 4.30pm

Mylo and Rosie from Pulse 1 will be leading the festivities at Keighley Christmas switch-on and there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day. Come and see Skye and Rubble from Paw Patrol at the Airedale Shopping Centre, and there’s free entertainment throughout the day leading up to the big switch on.

www.discoverkeighley.co.uk

 

Christmas Market

East Riddlesden Hall

8th and 9th December - 11am to 5pm

Head along to the heated barn, adorned with fairy lights for our Christmas market and join in with the magical, festive celebrations. There’ll be a great choice of gifts to buy, food, drinks and lots of festive spirit! Elsewhere, tie your own wish to the Great Hall Christmas tree, see traditional food demonstrations and take the garden trail. The Great Barn will be dressed with greenery and filled with seasonal music. Find a straw bale, get a blanket, a warming drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

£3 per person

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall

 

Christmas at the Castle

Cliffe Castle, Keighley

Sunday 9th December - 11am to 4pm

Join us for a day of festive fun at Cliffe Castle Museum and Park. Even the snowmen won’t believe their little coal eyes when they see the amount of winter wonders that we will have on offer for you! The whole area will be decked with Christmas decorations and cheer, with fun and entertainment inside and out! Father Christmas and his reindeer will be joining us in the magical setting of Cliffe Castle’s Grand Drawing room where each child will receive a special present.

www.bradfordmuseums.org - Santa visit costs £4

 

Wreath Making Workshops

East Riddlesden Hall

See dates on our website

Take a little piece of East Riddlesden Hall home with you this Christmas when you join in with one of the wreath making workshops. You’ll be using natural materials collected from the garden to make a traditional decoration. Tickets include a tea/coffee and a slice of cake.

£20 per person - booking essential

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall

 

Aladdin

The Alhambra

8th December 2018 to 20th January 2019

Our famous panto returns this year with Aladdin, featuring a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and the timeless tale of the Twankey family. Aladdin will transport you to old Peking on the adventure of a lifetime this festive season.

Starring Billy Pearce as Wishee Washee Christopher Biggins as Widow Twankee Simon Webbe as Aladdin Full price tickets from £15.50.

Booking fees apply.

Contact the booking office on:

01274 432000 or visit:

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

 

REINDEER PARADE

Kirkgate

SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Witness real life reindeer and meet Santa

Claus in his FREE grotto at the centre.

 

ELF YOURSELF

Kirkgate

SATURDAY 1ST, 8TH, 15TH, 22ND DECEMBER

Transform into a certified Elf at the FREE

workshop by decorating your very own Elf hat

and gaining rosy cheeks.

Visit Facebook.com/Kirkgateshopping for more information 

The Picture House is once again running a spectacular Christmas programme of movies and live theatre broadcasts for the whole family to enjoy. See our website for the full listings and ticket details.

 

Royal Opera House Live - The Nutcracker

The Picture House at the National Science & Media Museum

Live - 3rd December - 7.15pm

Encore (recorded live) 10th December - 2.45pm

A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. A magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.

Adult: £22, Child (under 15): £10

Concession (student/retired): £17.50, Family (x 4): £64

 

CBEEBIES Christmas Show

The Picture House at the National Science & Media Museum

15th December -11.00am

The much anticipated annual CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen with the family-friendly tale of Thumbelina. This CBeebies Show is a recreation of the live Thumbelina performance and includes an exclusive, additional show made for cinema audiences only. This holiday season, laugh and sing along with your favourite CBeebies Stars and be part of a fabulous show for all the family.

Adult: £10.00, Child (under 15): £5.00

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Picture House at the National Science & Media Museum

24th December - Time TBC

Oscar-winning director Frank Capra’s masterpiece stars James Stewart as everyman George Bailey, whose youthful dreams have been overwhelmed by responsibilities to his community. But on Christmas Eve, a guardian angel arrives to show him how the sleepy town of Bedford Falls would have ended up if he wouldn’t have existed. This profoundly touching reverse-Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.

For times and prices visit www.thepicturehouse.com/bradford

 

Crafternoon Tea

Salt Pots Ceramic Studio, Saltaire

Sunday 25th November - 2pm to 4pm

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea while painting pottery! A perfect way to pass a Sunday afternoon and create a beautiful piece of pottery. Beginners are welcome and we will give you all the help you need to get started. We do have to pre-order food, so book early!

£20 per person - visit www.saltpots.co.uk for more details.

 

Saltaire Living Advent Calendar

Around Saltaire village

1st December 2018 to 5th January 2019

Each year windows in Saltaire homes are illuminated with a festive scene with one scene being ‘opened’ daily from 1st of December until 24th December and then remaining to view until 5th January. With extra windows in some of the shops and businesses in the village visiting is well worth it right from the beginning!

www.saltaireinspired.org.uk

 

Festive Afternoon Tea Chez Shamwari

Secret locations around Saltaire - revealed on booking.

2pm - every weekend in December, up to the 22nd

At Chez Shamwari we can take up to 6 guests, all seated at the same

table. This adds to the unique experience of the cosy and intimate venue.

Our afternoon teas are all hand made and freshly prepared, and will

include finger sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones, bottomless cups

of loose leaf teas and premium roasted ground coffee.

£30 per person - visit www.chezshamwari.com for more details

 

Santa Specials

Shipley Glen Tramway

Weekends from 8th December

Youngsters are in for a magical treat at Shipley Glen Tramway this Christmas with rides up and down a decorated winter wonderland. Meet Santa and receive a gift, plus a trip on the tram, every weekend in December leading up to Christmas.

www.shipleyglentramway.co.uk

 

Bingley Christmas Fayre and Light Switch-on

Market Square, Bingley

24th November - 10am - 5.30pm (lights at 4.30pm)

A full outdoor Christmas market offering quality street food, Christmas themed stalls and more. Children can look forward to a free visit to Santa in his grotto from 10am - 4.30pm with a small present for all children. There’s also free childrens fairground rides, free donkey rides, an indoor Christmas craft fayre, tombolas and much more.

www.bingleychamber.co.uk

 

Clayton Dickensian Market

Clayton Village

1st December

Have a Dickens of a good time! Shop to the accompaniment of live music, enjoy a wealth of festive fayre, including roast chestnuts and hot, spiced drinks. A vast array of Christmas present ideas on offer, as well as greenery to deck the halls!

www.claytondickensian.org.uk

 

Baildon Festive Farmer’s Market

Ian Clough Car Park, Baildon

24th November 9am - 1pm

22nd December 9am - 1pm

Baildon Farmers Market is a much-loved monthly event, and a must for Yorkshire foodies. Around 25 stallholders will have oodles of fresh local produce which they’ve grown, reared, baked or otherwise made themselves. At this extra-special festive market, Father Christmas will be giving out gifts and there’ll be free food & drink samples.

 

Christmas at the Guide Post Hotel

The Guide Post Hotel has a fantastic range of activities for all ages and tastes this Christmas. From breakfast with Santa himself, to a festive afternoon tea, or a night out at one of our popular Christmas Party Nights - there’s sure to be a treat just right for everybody.

For event details and prices, go to

www.guideposthotel.net

 

Entertainment and Craft Market

10th November 2018

Come and meet your favourite Christmas characters, including of course Santa Claus himself. Between The Broadway and the Kirkgate Shopping Centre there will be lots of street entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit. The programme starts at 1.30pm and continues until the switch-on at 6.30pm. Also, Made Bradford, an outdoor arts, crafts and local produce organiser will be hosting a Christmas Craft Market for a great selection of some alternative gift ideas.

www.q20events.co.uk / www.madebradford.co.uk

 

Illuminate Bradford

30th November - 2nd December

Come to Bradford and experience three days of magical acts at a mini festival packed with amazing performances, interactive installations and colourful street theatre. See The Imaginarium projected onto City Hall then wander out and discover surprising happenings around the city centre.

www.cityparkbradford.com/illuminate

 

Family entertainment this Christmas

The Broadway Bradford

24 – 25 November Santagram

24 November Sentinel Squad and Stormtroopers

1 December The Snowman and the Snow Dog

1, 8, 15, 21, 22 December Breakfast with Santa

8 – 9 December The Snow Lion

15 December Titan the Robot
22 December Festive Sing-A-Long

Visit broadwaybradford.com for more details

 

The Snow Queen

Bradford Playhouse

28th - 30th November 7.15pm,

1st December 1pm and 6pm, 2nd December 2pm

“Come with us into the cold north nights... Do you want to build

a snowman? Do you want to see the Northern Lights?“ After the

success of last year’s ‘Big Top Beauty & The Beast’, The Bradford

Players tackle ‘The Snow Queen’.

Adult £12, Concession £10, Family (admits 4) £40

www.bradfordplayhouse.org.uk

 

The Wizard of Oz

Bradford Playhouse

21st - 30th December

We’re off to see...a wizardly wonderful Musical Pantomime

adventure, The Wizard of Oz! Join Dorothy Gale as she befriends

a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man & the cowardly Lion on

their quest to thwart the Wicked Witch Of The West

Adult £15.95, Concession £13.75, Family (admits 4) £54

www.bradfordplayhouse.org.uk

 

Victorian Christmas Market

Bradford Industrial Museum

17th - 18th November 10am - 4pm

Join Father Christmas at Bradford Industrial Museum’s annual Victorian

Christmas Market. It’s not your usual festive market. As well as having

over 80 stalls there will be face painting, a concert band, Sandy Kidz

Sand Art and costumed characters. You will even have the chance to

visit Father Christmas on Bradford’s festive tram! Why not come on

down and join in the festive fun.

www.bradfordmuseums.org

 

Christmas at Bradford Cathedral

Bradford Catherdral

What better way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas than visiting Bradford Cathedral this December. Marvel at the majesty of the building as it builds up to the 25th with Christmas readings, carol services and organ recitals - including this year’s Messy Nativity. See the website for more details.

www.bradfordcathedral.org

 

New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance

The Midland Hotel

31st December - 7pm to 2am

Bring in the New Year in style at our Gala Dinner Dance. A five course, black tie dinner in the splendour of the Princes ballroom, followed by live entertainment from the fabulous Vernon Sisters and dancing with our DJ until 2.00am. Sparkling wine reception from 7.00pm and a glass of champagne at midnight. Residential package also available.

£79.95 per person

www.peelhotels.co.uk

 

Festive Afternoon Tea

The Midland Hotel

Every day in December between 2pm and 5pm

(excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Join us for festive afternoon tea or treat yourselves by adding a mulled wine or a chilled glass of prosecco by our christmas tree and open fire - the perfect setting on a cold December day. Freshly made finger sandwiches, fruit scones with preserves and clotted cream, warm mince pie and a duo of chefs mini cakes with a selection of teas, infusions and coffees. Booking is essential and deposits required for parties of 6 or more.

£15.95 with mulled wine, £19.95 with Prosecco

www.peelhotels.co.uk

 

Ilkley Christmas Teepees

Riverside Gardens, Ilkley, LS29 6AA

7th to 22nd December 2018 - Open Wednesday to Sunday

Gather your favourite people, dust off your Christmas jumpers and join

us at Ilkley Christmas Teepees for festive family fun, food, drink and

Santa’s grotto. We take bookings of 8 or more guests for our 7pm party

sittings Wed-Sun, or we do have plenty of tables available on a first come

first served basis. So pop down with your friends and family, toast some

marshmallows on the fire pit, check in with Father Christmas, slurp some

mulled wine and grab some festive grub!

Telephone 07835 893295

 

Westwood Lodge

1st November - 20th December

Treat yourself to a luxurious Christmas break at Ilkley’s only four and five star, gold standard, self-catering, historic country house, cottages and apartments. Perfectly located in the Yorkshire Dales on the very edge of the world famous Ilkley Moor, just ten minutes walk into Ilkley spa town and railway station, and ten minutes drive to Bolton Abbey. We are offering a generous 20% discount off all regular 3, 4 and 7 night stays, when booked online at their website using code SPARKLING18.

www.westwoodlodge.co.uk

 

Real Food Ilkley

Ilkley

2nd December 10am - 3pm

Real Food Ilkley brings over 20 local producers together, to offer the perfect gifts for keen foodies and those with great taste. We are a friendly and welcoming market with stallholders keen to chat about their products. The market often provides entertainment for the whole family and will be presenting something special at the December Christmas market.

www.realfoodilkley.co.uk

 

Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Station Plaza, Ilkley

26th November 2018 - 2nd January 2019

A feast for all the senses, celebrate in style at Banyan. We’re now taking bookings for Christmas 2018 - so you can relax and let us plan the stylish details of your event. We have loads going on this Christmas, including special offers, and a wide variety of dining to suit every occasion - you can even try your hand at cocktail making with your own personal bartender!

Telephone 01943 608278

www.arcinspirations.com/banyan-ilkley

 

Die Hard 30th Anniversary

Ilkley Cinema

Thursday 20th December

Ilkley Cinema presents the greatest Christmas action film of all time. Witness 40 stories of sheer adventure in this bullet packed season classic. www.ilkleycinema.co.uk

 

Christmas Arts & Gift Fair

Ilkley

30th November. 6pm - 8pm

1st - 2nd December. 10am - 5pm

If you are searching for that elusive special present, come to Ilkley Arts gift fair in the historic and festive surroundings of the Ilkley Manor House. Unique and beautiful artworks for sale including gorgeous handmade jewellery, glassware, unusual silk screen prints and textiles, tactile ceramics, Christmas cards and of course beautiful pictures.

Admission £1

www.ilkleyarts.org

 

A Christmas Carol

Ilkley Playhouse

5th to 7th December 7.30pm

8th December 2.30pm

10th to 15th December 7.30pm

Seven years after the death of his business partner Jacob Marley, a miserable, Ebenezer Scrooge is working in his office. He hates happiness, love, family, generosity and Christmas! This is a joyful celebration of a well-loved tale with authentic carols and traditional dance to entertain and get you in the mood for the festive season.

Adult £12.00, Child £6.00

Snr Citizen £10.00, Student £6.00, Green Room £5.00

www.ilkleyplayhouse.co.uk

 

Dear Santa

Kings Hall and Winter Gardens

9th December - 1pm and 4pm

10th December - 10am and 1.30pm

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to our little hero Sarah. But he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas.

Telephone 01274 432000

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk