THE WINDOWS of Saltaire are once again illuminated with colourful mosaics and wintery scenes as the Saltaire Living Advent Calendar returns for another year.

The festivity has been a staple of the Christmas season since 2006 as anticipation builds for the top-secret designs to be unveiled each day in December.

More than 14 windows will be 'opened' on the first night varying from traditional religious depictions to quirky, pop-culture inspired compositions.

It has earnt its name as one of the longest running living advent calendars in the country with people from across the globe tuning into the spectacle via social media.

Gillian Allmark, marketing manager of Saltaire Inspired, told the Telegraph & Argus: "One of the nice things about the designs is that they're all kept quite secret.

"It's become a really nice tradition. People look forward to it every year. It's such a community focused event.

"There's people who've been new to the area and they've found it a really nice way to get to know people.

"We've also got a big following on social media. We've got people following us from all over the world.

"It's something for everyone. It's a really nice family event."

The workshop was attended by one of the biggest crowds yet with 38 windows set to go on display in total.

A leaflet with a map showing the locations of the windows is available from shops in Saltaire or can be downloaded at

Windows will be illuminated from 4pm - 10.30pm each evening, until the 1st of January.