Christmas officially kicks off in Huddersfield on Friday, 30th November!

23rd November 2018

Not-for-profit community group Huddersfield Live has unveiled an action-packed schedule of events featuring the community, for the community, that the whole family can get involved with.

It’s official – Huddersfield is ready to get into the Christmas spirit as it prepares for the return of the popular Huddersfield Winter Festival.

The traditional Scandinavian Sami teepees will once again be bringing festive cheer to visitors on St George’s Square every Wednesday to Sunday from 11am until 9pm, between 30th November and New Year’s Eve with a roaring fire, cosy seating areas, licenced bar and freshly-cooked food from local restaurants and caterers.

Huddersfield Live co-director Poppy Stähelin said “Huddersfield Winter Festival is a celebration of our community, and its events schedule is no exception. We’re proud to feature local musicians, performers and craftspeople, and several Kirklees College students will be assisting with the smooth running of the event as part of their work placements”.

Huddersfield Winter Festival will also be supporting local community groups, such as One Big Family – Helping the Homeless, by accepting clothing and food donations.

Co-director Sam Watt added “we’re passionate about helping those in our community at a cold and often lonely time of year, and we encourage anyone feeling alone and in need of friendly company to join us for a cuppa and a chat”.

It’s not too late for businesses to get involved with the Huddersfield Winter Festival. For more information on how your business can become part of the Huddersfield Winter Festival Advent Family, please contact Sam or Poppy on 07725 783746/07816 008935. Alternatively, you can email 

Highlights of the Winter Festival include:

Friday, 30th November
Launch event – featuring the popular local singer Alexandra Carlos (7pm)

Friday, 7th December

Greenhead College Brass Ensemble – leading the visitors in a singalong of favourite Christmas carols (2pm)

Sunday, 9th December

Local singing sensation Emeli Mumford and some members of the Dear Santa Choir will be performing her single ‘Dear Santa’ (all proceeds from single sales go to Save the Children charity), (1pm)

The Ticket Collectors (alt-acoustic original songs from 4pm) and Highway 62 (rock/pop/blues covers from 6.30pm)

Thursday,13th December

Fishing for Compliments Original, melodic Huddersfield five-piece band will be bringing its unique indie/folk/pop sounds to the teepee (7pm)

Thursday, 20th December

Orange Box Choir – spreading its own brand of festive cheer, this choir is made up of young people with varying abilities and creates a huge confidence boost and a positive experience for all involved 3pm

Saturday, 22nd December

Local favourites Boo Collective & Platform 5, Good Earth Collective, the Part Singers will come together to perform – with a seasonal twist! 2pm-6pm

Soloist Alexandra Carlos will also be singing from 7pm

Here’s a schedule of festive-themed events the little ones can get involved with:

Friday, 30th November

Bongo Beats – come along and have some musical fun; dance, sing and play with Bongo the Dog (1.30pm, suitable for under-5s)

Saturday, 15th December

Chol Theatre will be bringing its ‘Winter Wonderland’ kids’ workshop to the teepee (11am) open to children aged 4-11 (must be accompanied by parents/guardians). Based on the ‘Imaginary Communities’ workshop, they will combine story-making and drama to create a fun and exciting imaginary winter world!

Saturday, 23rd December

Christmas Family Day – come and meet Santa in the teepee before he returns to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Eve! Kids will also be able to get involved in fun crafting activities and festive face painting. 

To see the full schedule of events, check out Huddersfield Winter Festival’s Facebook page.

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