THERE's plenty to enjoy in the Bradford district in the final week before Christmas. 

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:

Festive Film Screenings

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

December 17 to 23

Watch all the festive favourites on the big screen at the National Science and Media Museum this December. With family classics like The Polar Express and Home Alone there is something for everyone this Christmas.

Real Food Ilkley Christmas Market 

The Grove, Ilkley

December 19

An extra market featuring  regular and guest stallholders especially for Christmas. Real Food Ilkley offers produce from fresh bread, cakes and gluten free bakes to curry sauces, cheese, condiments and crepes. Stalls also include organic meat and veg, brownies, truffles, and herbs from local producers and independent retailers.

Nativity Weekend

Main Street, Haworth

December 18 to 19

For a traditional Christmas atmosphere in the heart of Brontë Country, visit Haworth Main Street for a nativity celebration. Gather at the Christmas tree and meet Mary and Joseph as they search for a place to rest. 

Riddlesden Festive Trail


December 20 to 29

With more than 20 festive winter scenes, explore the village of Riddlesden to find the snow people. Wrap up warm for this perfect excuse to stretch your legs before Christmas Day.

The Crickmore: Crewe Chrismas Show

Topic Folk Club at Groove Pad, Shipley

December 23

Back with their annual  show, the Crickmore: Crewe four piece band returns to perform Gallery Carols and Christmas Curios with a programme full of festive songs. Conjuring a rustic, seasonal atmosphere, the performance features old classics and less familiar tunes.

Saltaire Living Advent Calendar


Runs until January 1

It’s not too late to catch this Christmas spectacle. Each day, a new window in one of the village houses, shops, schools or churches is illuminated with a festive scene. Join the community every day until January 1 to see the full calendar and explore the world renowned village.

Santa Specials

Shipley Glen Tramway

December 19

Catch up with Santa before the big day. Head to Shipley for a fun tram ride and woodland walk followed by a visit to Santa’s Grotto. Wrap up warm for the perfect day out for families and friends, and a great chance to enjoy the festive season.

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.