Christmas isn’t cancelled as Barnsley Bright Nights returns

Show your Barnsley Christmas Spirit with online entertainment and craft packs; explore winter windowland and feature in Barnsley’s Christmas card

Christmas isn’t cancelled in Barnsley town centre this year as Barnsley Bright Nights returns in a safe and secure way to kickstart the town’s festive season.

We want you to show your Barnsley Christmas Spirit by taking part in our first ever virtual Barnsley Christmas card – featuring festive photos and videos of your decorations and celebrations.

After a difficult year, we want to finish it on a festive high note by showing the country how we have a Merry Christmas in Barnsley. Whether it’s photos of your house lit up or decorations inside, a video of you wishing Barnsley a Merry Christmas or footage of the family singing carols (or even Christmas hits!) we want to see.

Barnsley’s Christmas card will be broadcast on Barnsley Council Facebook and Barnsley Council YouTube on Saturday 19 December – part of Barnsley Bright Nights Online.

Also taking place on Sunday 20 December, Bright Nights Online will feature a unique panto with MarkMark Productions, Christmas stories with Barnsley Libraries, a unique version of A Christmas Carol with Strata Brass plus lots more.

Meanwhile, from 1 December, you’ll be able to download Christmas craft packs from the Barnsley Council website.

The whole family can get creative at home with lots of illuminating festive activities, including the chance to make stained-glass stars, snowflake dancer, a flickering tea light village or your very own winter window to brighten your street.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without lights. If you’re shopping in town from Tuesday 8 December to Friday 8 January 2021, you’ll be able to see Barnsley’s winter windowland.

Shops, businesses and buildings across the town centre will light up for Christmas. And you can take part, too. Send us photos of your winter windows and we’ll feature them in Barnsley’s Christmas card and on our social media.

Don’t forget Barnsley’s markets have got everything you need to get your Christmas wrapped up. When non-essential retail reopens, head down to the market for all your Christmas needs – and stop by Market Kitchen to take advantage of the independent food court’s festive menus.

You can also stop by Library @ the Lightbox to grab a Christmas craft bag while a limited amount of ‘My Pet Star’ books will be given away from 12 December to Christmas Eve. There’ll also be also got online Christmas story videos read by special guests that you can watch via Barnsley Libraries’ Facebook page.

Experience Barnsley Museum and the Cooper Gallery have got creative this year to ensure people can enjoy their festive activities at home with digital activity packs, online stories and online crafts running throughout December.

For more information about how we’re safely celebrating Christmas in Barnsley this year, visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/Christmas. Follow the Christmas events page on Facebook, and use the hashtag #BarnsleyChristmasSpirit.

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