PICTURE GALLERY: Christmas kicks-off early in Elland

With two Christmas markets to visit last weekend, shoppers could be forgiven for thinking they’d stepped into a winter wonder-El-land.

For the second year running, Elland businesses organised a Christmas fayre and Overgate Hospice hosted their annual Christmas market, on Sunday November 24.

Elland Christmas Fayer at Berties at La Cachette.'Poppy Moles, six, with the reindeer.

Elland Christmas Fayer at Berties at La Cachette.'Poppy Moles, six, with the reindeer.

After last year’s success and in a bid to spice up business in Elland in the build up to the festive season, proprietor of Lippylicious Helen Moles organised the fayre in which 28 stalls at Berties and No1 Brook Street sold a range of items from clothing and jewellery to hampers and reindeers made out of reclaimed materials.

Santa and his gang even made an early appearance ahead of their busy schedule travelling the world to deliver presents.

Organiser Helen Moles said: “Between 500-600 people visited us. This year it was easier for shoppers to browse comfortably as stalls were spread over two sites.”

She said: “Of the 28 stalls, 13 were businesses that trade in Elland. We hope the market will benefit businesses in the rest of the year.

“We want people to know we’re not a dying town; we are alive.”

Friends of Halifax organised a Christmas market to raise much needed funds for Overgate Hospice through merchandise sales of gifts from scarves to home-made foods. Visitors enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies to the acoustic sounds of a male and female duo. Children had the opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto.

Overgate fundraiser Lauren Ingram said: “We would like to thank the friends of Halifax for organising the fundraising Christmas market. It was lovely to see the day hospice so full and vibrant with people shopping ahead of the festive season.”