The Piece Hall is one of Halifax’s architectural gems. Its ornate Georgian exterior and large open air space is the perfect place to enter into the festive spirit this winter. Christmas at the Piece Hall is set to be a cracker of a season, featuring a programme packed with markets, workshops, comedy, music and more.
The season starts with The Piece Hall’s Christmas Markets. Running on the last three weekends of the month, you can peruse 50 stalls from the best artisanal local makers, creators, jewellers and bakers. Whether you’re there to find a unique Christmas gift or looking for a heart warming mulled wine and live music, there’s something for all tastes.
In the evenings, the hall will be brought to life with performances from musicians such as Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd-Webber, Craig Charles, Kimberly Wyatt (formerly of the Pussycat Dolls) and Dick and Dom (DJ set). Amongst the big names you can also find more local acts such as Black Dyke Brass Band, Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra and Sheffield Community Choir bringing Christmas cheer, classical bangers and a feel good atmosphere to the hall.
Boxer Johnny Nelson will also be appearing in conversation in the Hall’s Salon Perdu Spiegeltent. Other non musical events happening over Christmas at the Piece Hall include an alternative Christmas Movie Marathon, stand-up from the Comedy Store and Bazzy’s Bingo, plus a night of number-fuelled debauchery from Halifax’s choreo queen, Dame Shirley Bazzey.
Throughout the season there will also be a selection of workshops to get hands-on with. Make your own Christmas cards and presents with glass decorating, wreath making and lino printing. In these sessions you can leave the chaos of Christmas activities behind and spend a mindful afternoon crafting handmade treasures for your loved ones.
In addition to the big names and seasonal activities, don’t miss your chance to visit the hall while it is adorned with Christmas decorations that combine beautiful tradition with modern design. Nothing puts the festive spirit into you more than taking in a 45 foot Sitka Spruce Christmas tree, topped with elaborate sparkle and joyful baubles.