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Christmas at Skipton Town Hall

A spectacular feast of Christmas craft fairs, film, dance and theatre is taking place at Skipton Town Hall throughout December.

The Christmas craft fairs will run on Sunday December 3 and Sunday December 10 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Entry is free to this celebration and showcase of crafters, makers and artists from the local Craven Dales and wider Yorkshire region, and there are some fantastic Christmas gifts available to buy for friends and family.

Christmas craft fairs will include a café, which on December 10 will be run by Friends of Aireville Park as part of their fundraising campaign. 

And the Hub at the Hall will also be open for some festive winter warmers like mulled wine, baileys hot chocolate and other Christmas treats!

Christmas at the Town Hall is a real community affair - Long Preston & Hellifield Guides will also be fundraising on the setts outside the Town Hall on December 3 and SELFA will be singing carols under the tree on December 10, so do come along and support them.

The festive programme continues with the Christmas Special Tea Dance on Tuesday December 5, from 1.30pm to 4pm. This popular seasonal special of the regular event features John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower resident organist since 1987. Tickets are £8 including sweet treats and unlimited tea and coffee.

Danielle Daglan, Programming & Venue Development Manager at Craven District Council, said: "The Christmas craft fairs are a fabulous opportunity to grab some unique Christmas gifts so please do come along and support local and regional artists and makers. Our Christmas Tea Dance was incredibly popular last year - it sold out fast with more than 100 people attending so make sure you get your tickets quickly!

"We're so excited about Christmas at the Town Hall this year as we will also have the first outing of our new stage screen which will show some family-friendly modern classics in the run-up to Christmas."

The new stage screen is over 6m wide, with a state of the art projector and new sound system, and the Town Hall now has improved acoustic glazing and black out blinds, along with the new comfortable raked seating, which along with the new Hub space complete with bar and refreshments, makes for an excellent event experience.

Elf will be shown on Saturday December 16 at 2pm and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will be on Saturday December 23 at 7pm. Tickets cost just £5 or £3 for under-18s.

Closing the Christmas programme will be a fantastic theatre performance - after the success of Quantum Theatre's production of Alice through the Looking Glass this summer, they are back with A Christmas Carol on Saturday December 23 at 2:30pm.

Adapted and directed by Michael Whitmore, this delightful production from Quantum Theatre captures all the warmth and humanity, anguish and eerie portent of this festive classic. All tickets are £7.50. 

For more information on all the events taking place at Skipton Town Hall over the Christmas period, please go to http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/concerthall

Tickets for events are available from the Box Office, situated in the Tourist Information Centre 01756 792809.