Halifax is on the move! This year’s Christmas event changed from a static display to a more exciting and inclusive Christmas experience – a parade creatively produced by our talented team at Handmade Productions. The parade was commissioned by Discover Halifax to launch their busy Christmas programme in the town centre in the run up to Christmas.
The event involved reindeers on stilts, a ‘snow bringer’ on a chariot, and elf puppet characters from A Christmas Wish for Halifax – the town’s own unique Christmas story.
We held puppet and lantern-making workshops across Halifax with local community groups including St Augustine’s Centre, Mount Pellon Primary School, Calderdale Sixth Form College, Brunswick Centre and for the general public inside Halifax Borough Market.
The parade was an absolute delight and the huge crowds certainly enjoyed the spectacle! We want to thank everyone who made the first ever Halifax Christmas Parade such a joy! This includes the huge team of volunteers, handmade productions artists and crew, families, community groups, amazing audiences, everyone at Discover Halifax UK and The Piece Hall.
We’re over from East Yorkshire for a winter break for my husband’s birthday and stumbled across the lantern making workshop yesterday morning. From that moment when we were approached by your lovely colleagues we felt part of the community. My children are 9&11 now and, let’s face it, we’re probably coming to the latter stages of them thinking things are magical! My word will I savour forever the expressions of awe and wonder they had on their faces as they stood at the side of the road with their lanterns and the characters, dancers, musicians were all making them feel involved! I’ve never seen so many smiles on some many generations in such a small geographical footprint! Memories for everyone to treasure forever! Thank you!!! Katie Howie
I really hope we can do it again next year … I’ll be wearing an elf outfit to really get into the Christmas spirit. Such fun! Lynn Honour