Christmas in Halifax

We’ve got a fabulous feeling that Christmas in Halifax is going to be a real cracker this year.

With events, activities and decorations all over town, plus special help from our friends at Quality Street, this promises to be a fun-packed and family-focused Christmas like never before. We’re going big on the theme of ‘local’ too –bringing our communities and residents together, and helping our shops and services thrive.

As well as firm annual favourites like our post box competition and gift-wrapping elves, we’ve got a few ‘firsts’ too, like a hamper draw, amazing window art, and our Letter from Santa children’s activity. As always, we’re expecting the star of the show to be our Christmas Lights Switch On, and we’ve even moved it for this year to accommodate the growing crowds. It’ll showcase our stunning new ‘chocolate’ Christmas lights, and we’ll have fantastic acts and performers, including Danny and Rosie from Pulse FM.


Remember, the great thing about Christmas is that it really is Halifax at its very best! Along with the usual fantastic shops, stalls, galleries and boutiques, there will be gorgeous Christmas displays in lots of places, and deals, discounts and giveaways too. The Borough Market will be lively and fun, and this year it’s also hosting a special ‘charity tree’ to make donations at. While you’re in town, don’t forget to stay for a festive bite or brew, or how about Christmas drinks, seeing a show, or catching a gig at one of town’s intimate little venues. Rest assured: whatever you get up to this Christmas, we’ve been working our hardest to make it a merry one!


Hold on to your bobble hats, everyone… this year our Christmas Lights Switch On is set to be bigger and better than ever before! In fact, it’s going to be so big we’ve moved it to George Square to accommodate the crowds, and we’ve also stretched it out for more of the day, to fit in all the fabulous acts and activities.


A fun and festive event for all the family, expect plenty of music and merriment with comperes Danny and Rosie from Pulse Radio. We’ll have local acts too, including a performance by Halifax vocalist Callum Butterworth from the hit BBC show, The Voice.


All this entertainment leads nicely up to the actual ‘switch-on’ at 4:30, when the switch is flicked on our better-than-ever Christmas light show, complete with stunning new ‘chocolate’ lights, part funded by Quality Street (practise your catching – there might be an edible giveaway or two!). Immediately after the switch-on, Bulsara and his Queenies will really rock the house with their amazing Queen renditions. Expect a brilliant performance from the guys who wowed crowds at this year’s official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party in Montreaux. We can’t wait!


That’s right, folks, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this easy-to-enter prize draw! We’ll run two draws this year, each offering a prize of £500 to be spent in Halifax through our exciting new gift card scheme. It’s perfect for helping with the cost of Christmas and also helping local businesses too.


Just look out for the entry forms, find them on flyers and inside various publications like Go Local and Halifax Courier. Post your completed form in one of the special temporary ‘post boxes’ around town. Remember the draw dates too: we’ll be picking the winners on the 30th November and 14th December 2019.


Winners will receive a £500 Halifax gift card to spend at any participating business in Halifax. Last but not least, good luck!


When: entry forms available through November and December in local press and magazines. Prize draws take place on November 30th and December 14th 2019.
Where: six temporary post boxes at various locations around Halifax town.
Open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm.

Xmas Gift Wrap in halifax

Back by popular demand, our fabulous free gift-wrap service achieves the impossible: it saves you time and money as well as entertaining the kids! Our elves have been specially recruited to wrap your Christmas presents beautifully while you wait. Better still, there’s no limit to the number, shape or size of presents they’ll wrap, so it’s good news if you’re giving someone a scooter or rocking chair! All the wrapping bits and bobs are provided by us, so you don’t even need to think about digging out your sticky tape or learning to tie a ribbon!



Kids will love this service too, because we’ve chosen elves who are dressed for the part and love interacting. There’s even a cute ‘elves workshop’ to look at, and a catchy Christmas soundtrack to complete the festive fun. Just like last year, each day an elf will hide a special Golden Ticket gift card worth £100 with a randomly chosen present. That means you or someone you love could be in for an extra surprise when the big day comes! Don’t forget to ask us about the Halifax BID and how it helps our town – we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

We’re a teeny bit obsessed with Christmas lights, but who can blame us when they look as good as the ones in the shop windows around Halifax this year. Don’t worry, many of our shops are using LED lights to keep them low energy – it’s all about responsible fun.


While you’re out and about enjoying the Christmas buzz, keep your eyes peeled for some wonderful window murals. Created by Jenny Tribillon, these beautiful seasonal scenes capture a different gift from the classic Christmas song, ‘The 12 Days Of Christmas’.


Pick up our Christmas Activity guide and keep the little ones occupied by finding all 12 of the murals, snap a selfie with each and tag us on Social Media with @discoverhx.


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