Posted On: 25 Sep 2019

The Piece Hall has today announced its spectacular programme of festive events for all the family, as the courtyard transforms into a winter wonderland. You can also find a treasure trove of independent shops offering locally made gifts and enjoy a range of special festive menus at the many cafés, bars and restaurants.


Let the festivities begin!

From the 22 November until 31 December, The Piece Hall courtyard will be home to a twinkling Victorian carousel and cosy Deluxe Bar, set around a towering Christmas tree, where visitors can enjoy warming drinks with friends and family.

A Christmas Fair showcasing some of the region’s favourite independent craft stalls, artisan makers and pop-up food and drink traders takes place from Friday 29 November – Sunday 1 December. The season continues from Friday 6 December with the magnificent circus-style Salon Perdu, showcasing a fantastic programme of family shows, live music, stand-up comedy and cabaret. Musical highlights include Badly Drawn Boy on Wednesday 18 December; much-loved Yorkshire band Hope & Social on Thursday 12 December, and classic carols at The Big Sing on Christmas Eve. The season will come to a close on New Year’s Eve, with the outdoor Courtyard Party featuring live music, DJs and entertainment.

The Heritage & Learning team have curated a wonderful series of workshops to keep both kids and adults busy in the lead up to Christmas. Little ones can celebrate the Halifax Christmas lights switch on by making their very own lantern, while adults can learn to make a poured candle, a textile wreath, glass decorations and more.

From Saturday 30 November – Saturday 21 December, kids can step back in time at our Victorian Winter Wonderland, where they will huddle round the fireplace for a story, play some Victorian games and create a beautiful handcrafted gift to take home. Younger kids will love our Christmas special Little Lambs and Tinsel Tots sessions, complete with sensory storytelling, movement and music.

Members priority booking opens on Thursday 26 September at 10am. General tickets go live on Friday 27 September at 10am.

View the full Christmas programme.


Independent Christmas gifts

The Piece Hall is the perfect place to pick up a unique gift; from retro and vintage furniture and collectables at Al’s Emporium, to elegant fabrics at Gingerbread. The Rug and Table Shop is THE place to pick up beautiful bespoke rugs and hand-crafted tables, and the family-run Harvey’s of Halifax is filled with well-known brands including Molton Brown, Cath Kidson and Neom Organics. Pick up some delicious edible gifts including traditional sweets at Spogs & Spice and indulgent handmade chocolates at The Chocolate Box. Fashionistas can head to Joseph Chance, House of 925 or Jitterbug Jean, and Shop 4 Little Horrors where there is both high street and designer kid’s clothes.

Totally Awesome offers classic board games and retro stocking fillers and Replica stocks a range of collectable die-cast vehicles, the perfect present for car-loving youngsters. Culture vultures are catered for by independent book shop, Book Corner or there is original artwork from The Yorkshire Gallery and limited-edition art, jewellery and textiles at The Handmade Gift Shop. Pick up a personalised piece of art at Custard Create or an unusual caricature or cartoon from Off The Wall.

Loafers offers new and used vinyl and limited-edition artwork, ideal for any music aficionado, and those looking for something a bit alternative can head to Creative Crystals or pick up artisan treasures at Mystical and Magical.


Winter warming food & festive drink

All that shopping and festive fun can be hard work, so don’t forget to refuel at one of our many independent cafés and restaurants. The Piece Hall’s resident restaurant, The Trading Rooms, offers a range of fabulous Christmas menus, featuring dishes made with locally sourced produce. Enjoy a special two or three course festive menu at Elder, which offers a quirky take on classic British flavours. For lighter bites visit The Deli café or enjoy a freshly baked cake and coffee at the family-run G’s Cakes. Those looking to celebrate with a festive tipple or two can enjoy wines from around the world at The Wine Barrell, expertly paired with artisan chocolates, or choose from more than 100 quality gins at Gin Lane.

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
The Piece Hall is independently managed by The Piece Hall Trust, a registered charity, number 1156948. Registered in England and Wales, number 08906735.
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