Honley Christmas Festivities and Christmas Tree Lights Switch On

by | Nov 1, 2022 | News

Honley’s Christmas Elves

Our little elves are working hard to deliver Christmas to Honley this year.

A small group of wonderful people are determined to bring festive cheer to our fabulous village.

Thanks to them, several festive events have been planned, including free and reduced cost family fun and entertainment.


Creating Memories

Key to it all is Honley Business Association (HBA) and Honley’s Lynne Green of Creating Memories.

True to the values of her business, Lynne and a handful of volunteers have been working hard to ensure we all create memories in Honley this Christmas.

Lynne said: “This year we are focusing on family fun and entertainment.

“Due to the current financial climate, Honley Business Association has subsidised the cost of the Christmas party and Santa’s Grotto. We want everyone to come and enjoy Honley’s festive cheer.”


Christmas in Honley

As we have fewer volunteers this year, we can’t have the big park event or the large village parade that we have all loved to see, but there will be lots of Christmas lights and plenty of cheer.

The trees and lights are being installed thanks to Philip Lofthouse of Stead Robinson Accountants and his band of merry men.

Have your costumes ready and head to Honley Liberal Club on Saturday, November 12, between 2pm and 4pm for HBA’s children’s Christmas fancy dress party. For £3 per child, walk into the magical world of Elsa and Santa’s Elves. Enjoy games, dancing, photo booth, prizes and a Frozen sing-along.

This is a ticket only event. Tickets are available now from Zebra or ChainReaxtion. Every ticket is entered into a FREE PRIZE DRAW for a cute Snowman Teddy.

Join us for a special FREE ‘Christmas Storytime’, hosted by HBA at The Gallery Café, at 4:15pm.

Local author Claire Culliford will be reading her book ‘Penny Helps Protect The Polar Ice Caps’.

Claire is an author, screenwriter, poet and lyricist who is best known for her environmental and social children’s book series, ‘The Little Helpers’. Her series of climate conscious children’s books were written to support the United Nations’ ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.

The Gallery Café will be serving festive paninis and chocolate orange flavoured hot chocolates. There will also be face painting at a HBA reduced price.

Then head to Honley People’s Park for 6pm. Elsa and Santa’s Elves will follow you there and bring their magic into the park.

As well as Honley’s Christmas lights, the evening’s festive fun includes Honley Silver Band, which will be playing from 6pm until 6:30pm, and HD9 Community brass band, which will play from 6:45pm until 7:15pm. There will be carols around the Christmas tree and sweet treats will be handed out.

You can visit Honley’s food and drink establishments to take advantage of festive offers, and enjoy some late night Christmas shopping.


Santa’s Post Box

Between November 12 and December 3, organised by HBA, Santa’s post box will be at ChainReaxtion.

Write your letters to Santa and post it here for free. Your reply from the man himself can be collected after December 12.

Grotto Santa by Sandie
Mulled wine volunteers by Sandie


Santa’s Grotto

And just when you think it’s all over, Father Christmas will be arriving at his grotto in Honley Conservative Club on Saturday, December 3, between 10am and 4pm.

For £3 per child, let little faces sparkle with a gift from Santa. You will also find nearby a face painter, teddy tombola and street entertainment and lots of sweetie giveaways. Ensure you capture the moment on little faces in the FREE Elfie selfie booth.

HBA’s Church Street Christmas Market, organised by HBA secretary June McLean, will also be held on Saturday, December 3, from 10am until 4pm. As well as the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts, bacon and sausages will sizzle on the BBQ in the morning, followed by sausages and beefburgers in the afternoon. Hot drinks will include tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or a festive tipple of mulled wine. Listen out for the music playing around the village.


Thank You To …

Events like this are not possible without the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers.

We are sure you will join us in saying a huge thank you to members of HBA and, in particular, to the following people:

Volunteers are always welcome. Anyone who can spare a few hours to help support any of these events should contact HBA.

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