THERE is so much to do this winter in the Bradford district.

Sparkling Bradford - - details the huge and diverse range of events, activities, entertainment and performances to help plan days and trips locally.

Here is a small selection of things to do in the district this week.

Great Yorkshire Chorus Christmas Spectacular 

St George’s Hall, Bradford

Friday, December 10

Tickets: £18 + Booking Fee

Get into the Christmas spirit with the wonderful voices of the Great Yorkshire Chorus. For this concert, talented young singers from Bradford and Airedale Youth Choir will be joining the choir for an evening of festive delights. A wonderful show to get visitors in the mood for Christmas.

Christmas Music Weekend

Main Street, Haworth

December 11-12

Visit beautiful historic Haworth in the heart of Brontë Country for a traditional Christmas atmosphere every weekend leading up to Christmas. Throughout the weekend, traditional Christmas carols and festive favourites will be performed down the Main Street. Spend the weekend in Haworth shopping for Christmas and having fun.

Winter Magic in the Courtyard 

Ilkley Manor House

December 11-12

With new performers each day, find a weekend of festive music at the picturesque Ilkley Manor House this weekend. On Saturday, Moornotes Community Choir performs winter songs and carols, followed on Sunday by Ilkley Playhouse and Two Rivers Band Carol Players with carols and festive readings.

The Melrose Quartet, A Bright New Year 

The Live Room, Saltaire

Sunday, December 12

Tickets: Standard, £14, TLR Chorus members, £12

An evening of music, dressing up, games, prizes, and plenty of choruses to join in on; this fun, seasonal performance won’t be one to miss. With a reputation for making music that connects with people, the Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet promises a night to remember.

Percy the Park Keeper's Winter Wander Trail

National Trust East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley

December 11 and 12

Tickets: £2 plus admission

An adventurous weekend walk in nature with Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends. Take a walk around the delightful gardens of East Riddlesden Hall, and look out for wildlife on the way. Don’t forget your hat and scarf for this perfect winter weekend treat with all the family.

Thornton Chirstmas Tree Festival

St James Church, Thornton

Until December 11

A stunning collection of expertly decorated Christmas trees; with over 50 trees from local groups, visitors are bound to find plenty of ideas to make homes perfectly festive in time for Christmas.

Polar Express IMAX 3D

National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

December 18 to 23

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (from Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for an inspiring Christmas treat based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Don’t miss the chance to see it in spectacular 3D on the immersive IMAX screen.

Polaris, The Polar Bear

The Broadway, Bradford

December 11 and 12, between 11am and 3.30pm

Meet the adorable animatronic polar bear, Polaris. Polaris will also be accompanied by a cheeky Christmas Elf.

The Sparkling Bradford winter campaign works to boost the visitor economy by showcasing the visitor experience on offer across the Bradford district during winter 2021 delivered by partners VisitBradford, The Broadway Bradford, Bradford Business Improvement District (BID), Ilkley BID and Bradford Council.