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Father Christmas Comes to The Piece Hall 5 December 2020 to 24 December 2020
Father Christmas Comes to The Piece Hall 5 December 2020 to 24 December 2020
Dates and times 5 December 2020 -
24 December 2020
Sessions between 10am - 4.30pm
Ticket pricing
£13.95 per person
The Piece Hall



5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2020

10am - 4.30pm, site-wide

Ticketed: £13.95 per person. A £1 ticket admin fee will be added per booking.

Group tickets available for bookings of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 only


The Piece Hall is delighted to announce the inaugural Father Christmas Comes to The Piece Hall a specially created Christmas experience in partnership with Sneaky Experience. Join us for this never seen before show as you are welcomed on a magical journey of storytelling and festive imagination.

Follow The Tellers who will lead you on an enchanting interactive tour around the spectacular site to meet Father Christmas himself.

The Tellers are a funny sort of folk. They’ve lived under the arches of The Piece Hall for generations – collecting and telling stories of the townsfolk that come and go. They fumble and bumble and ring tiny little bells to let you know that a tale is being told.

This Christmas, the Tellers are on a mission to bring the magic of storytelling back to Christmas with the help of their very jolly friend - and huge fan of stories – Father Christmas himself, and of course some extra special guests – that’s you!

Bring yourselves, your imaginations and your Teller’s Bells and join us on an amazing adventure. There’ll be jokes and rhymes, laughs and games as you follow these funny folks around The Piece Hall, Piece-ing together a brand-new Christmas story.

Your ticket allows you to enjoy a site wide 35 minute interactive experience where you’ll meet Father Christmas and your children will receive a Santa Activity Bag, after which the family can discover the festive pack in the courtyard spaces or take away to do in your own time.  

Audiences are limited in numbers to 24 per group to ensure the event will be run with strict social distancing to keep you, your family, and of course Father Christmas and The Tellers, as safe as possible.



  • Tickets are £13.95 per person
  • Tickets are available for groups bookings of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 people only.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Under 2s are free but need to be registered at time of booking. Should they wish to receive a Santa Activity Bag then they must have a pre booked ticket purchased for them
  • Tickets available for Piece Hall members from 6pm on Monday 12 October and general on sale from 6pm on Tuesday 12 October
  • A £1 admin booking fee will be added per booking
  • All tickets must be pre-booked in advance to allow us to register audience members and manage the event according to Covid19 safety guidelines.

Please make sure you have selected the correct date and time when booking tickets. Unfortunately, we will not be able to move any bookings after a booking has been made. Please take into consideration your availability, and any travel times that may impact on your visit as tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.



5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2020

Sessions start every 15 minutes at

10am / 10.15am / 10.30am / 10.45am / 11am / 11.15am / 11.30am / 11.45am / 12pm / 12.15pm / 12.30pm / 12.45pm / 1pm / 1.15pm / 1.30pm / 1.45pm / 2pm / 2.15pm / 2.30pm / 2.45pm / 3pm / 3.15pm / 3.30pm / 3.45pm / 4pm / 4.15pm / 4.30pm



  • Duration: 35 minutes for Christmas Experience followed by activities which can be done at your own pace, we suggest you allow 60 to 90 minutes in total for the package but you may wish to make a day of it at The Piece Hall
  • Recommended for children up to the age of 8
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of the show start time to allow sufficient time to have tickets checked and follow Covid19 safety guidelines
  • Pushchairs are not permitted but can be safely left in the buggy park so please make sure young babes can be carried in arms if attending
  • You will be required to walk between locations and climb up and down a flight of steps for the complete experience, should this not be possible please notify Box Office at time of booking
  • Elements of the show may mean you are outdoors for short periods of time so please come prepared for all weather conditions



If you have any access requirements, please contact the Box Office at time of booking



  • If you exhibit any of the signs of Covid19 before or on the day of the event you are planning to attend, you must not attend the session or venue. Please contact the Box Office as soon as possible.
  • For Covid19 Track and Trace guidelines, the venue needs to be able to contact at least one person from each booking in case there is a need to share information with public health track & trace system.
  • Appropriate checks will be made on your arrival at the venue. These may include checks of your temperature, contact details, tickets and hand sanitisation. 
  • The audience will be limited in numbers. All performance spaces are large enough to accommodate the limited capacity audience and ensure each audience members or household group attending have room to observe social distancing rules.
  • The team will be on hand to manage audience movement and ensure Covid19 secure measures are being observed at all times.
  • You will be required to wear a face covering when you enter indoor rooms and while walking in the stairwell areas. This is not required for children under the age of 11.



What time should we arrive?

Please arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of the show start time to allow sufficient time to have tickets checked, follow Covid19 safety guidelines and means shows can start promptly. 

Please be aware if you are late for your session start time, it is not possible to join the group mid experience and we cannot transfer your ticket onto another later session so please ensure you allow enough time to guarantee you don’t miss out.


What should we do upon arrival? 

On arrival make your way directly to the meeting point outside the Welcome Centre where you will be met by one of the team who will check your ticket booking.

Your group will be registered and then met by one of The Tellers who will begin your interactive experience.

All attending must have a pre-booked ticket.

The Box Office is located at the Welcome Centre should there be any queries or assistance required.


Where is the event taking place?

The event will start in The Piece Hall courtyard then move to various locations around the site, including the colonnade balcony level before ending back in the courtyard


Can I bring a pushchair/buggy?

Pushchairs are not permitted on the experience, as space is very limited, and you will be navigating flights of stairs and narrow walkways as you promenade around the site. They can be safely stored in a pushchair holding area outside the Welcome Centre on arrival. Please ensure you take any bags or valuables with you.


What will happen at the event?

There will be a maximum total of 20 children or adults in each session. The Tellers will take the group on an interactive journey of storytelling and imagination which culminates in meeting Father Christmas. Santa Activity Bags will be given to each child at the end of the meeting before returning to the courtyard where this section concludes. Families are then invited to discover their festive activities pack which encourage children to play and do creative tasks in the courtyard spaces in the own time and give them something special to take away. Activities include a Christmas Find and Seek Trail around the building and designing a postcard which can be delivered to our special post box to be sent all the way up to the North Pole along with a few extra surprises.


What else is on offer to make a day of it?

The event will take place against the stunning architectural backdrop of The Piece Hall, which has a fascinating heritage story. The site will be decorated and home to the sparkly Christmas tree and have a programme of live music playing from the bandstand. The popular grand traditional carousel will be resident in the courtyard for the season open for rides for an extra treat.

The Piece Hall’s vast range of diverse independent retailers offering a vast range of crafts, art, toys and quality products for lots of opportunities to get unique gifts and complete the Christmas shopping.

Local traders will serve seasonal food and drink pop ups in the courtyard to enjoy a warming bite or tippler alongside the resident tenants.

Look out for exclusive offers available for ticket holders only across The Piece Hall


What happens if the event is cancelled by The Piece Hall & Sneaky Experience because of Covid19?

The event has been designed so that it can take place safety within the local lockdown restrictions. If national restrictions change and new measures make the event unviable then organisers may need to cancel at short notice. In this circumstance all tickets will remain valid for new 2021 dates. If ticket holders are unable to attend the new dates, they will have 30 days to have their full ticket cost refunded less the admin booking fee.


What happens if I can’t attend because I’m self-isolating for Covid19?

Generally our tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable but we are aware that if you are self isolation because of Covid 19 you will not be able to safely attend. Please inform the Box Office at your earliest opportunity and they will be in touch to discuss ways to exchange your booking for another visit.



Tickets are £13.95 per person. A £1 ticket admin fee will be added per booking.

Tickets are available for groups bookings of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 people only. Due to the nature of the show there are no individual tickets available
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets will be released via The Piece Hall website with priority booking for Piece Hall members available from 6pm on Monday 12 October and general on sale opening at 6pm on Tuesday 13 October. To become a member and receive access to priority booking for The Piece Hall's exciting winter events, as well as exclusive access to tickets for a wide range of entertainment throughout the year ahead of general sale, please click here.

All tickets must be pre-booked in advance to allow us to register audience members and manage the event according to COVID-19 safety guidelines.


….The lovely reindeers shown in our marketing material are for creative purposes only not representative of the experience.


Essential Information

For Christmas booking T&Cs please click here.

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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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