The Christmas count down has begun and Barnsley Council are delighted to be hosting an extravaganza of festive fun as they present Christmas at the Town Hall. The doors will be opening on Saturday 2 December between 10.30am and 2.30pm where Santa will be waiting to welcome residents to a winter wonderland for all the family.
Santa will be taking a break from his toy-making duties to meet local children in his grotto and hand out gifts to all the boys and girls on his ‘good’ list. He’ll be joined by his chief elves who’ll be inviting children into their workshop to take part in lots of exciting elf activities!
Joining the big man in red will be the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Jeff Ennis who’ll be offering children the experience of dressing up as a ‘mini Mayor’ by trying on the iconic mayoral robe and chains and taking a sneak peak inside the Council Chambers!
Guests can enjoy listening to live music as they kick start their Christmas shopping at one of the homemade craft stalls or whilst enjoying a mince pie or two! There’ll be festive face painting, Christmas cookie decorating, storytelling and the chance to get creative with plenty of Christmas arts and crafts.
Residents will also have the opportunity to chat to local councillors and ask questions about their role. Guests can also learn more about the services delivered by the council and what else the council can do to help them and their families.
Children (and adults if they wish) are invited to really get into the spirit of Christmas by attending the event in festive fancy dress - they’ll even receive a special gift for their efforts.
Speaking on behalf of the organising working group, Cllr Sharon Howard said: “We’re really excited to be bringing Christmas to the Town Hall. Whether you’re 1 or 101, there'll be something for everyone and it really will be a great way to kick start Christmas in style. Entry and activities are free, so please spread the word and we’ll see you there!”
To make sure Santa brings enough presents, he’s requested that residents register their place to attend and everyone that registers will be entered into a prize draw to win a secret Santa gift.
For more information and to register, please visit www.experience-barnsley.com, follow us on Facebook or Twitter @BarnsleyCouncil #barnsleycth17.