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Town Centre Christmas Events

24th November 2023

Christmas Market

The Christmas Market is returning to Barnsley town centre for the first time in almost ten years!

The Glass Works Square will come alive with over 55 festive stalls.

The market will make Christmas shopping easy with a range of gifts, crafts and homeware alongside live festive music to enjoy while you browse.

The ever-popular street food vendors will combine traditional Christmas fare with flavours and tastes from all over the world, including Italy, Greece and Mexico!

But it isn’t all about the food. You can make a day of it with live festive music and three bars serving the finest beers and cocktails.

The opening dates and times of the Barnsley Christmas Market are:

  • Thursday 7 December – 10 am to 5 pm
  • Friday 8 December – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday 9 December – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday 10 December – 11 am to 4 pm

12 Tricks of Christmas 

Friday 8th December, 3 pm – 6 pm

Join the Barnsley Un-Naturalists for a festive performance combining street theatre, magic, and music in Barnsley’s town centre. 

Be wowed by one of the 12 tricks of Christmas and join in with some festive carol singing in various locations around Eldon Steet and the Victorian Arcade.

Christmas is coming to Barnsley Town Hall

Sunday 10th December 

This year’s free festive event will take place on Sunday, 10 December, between 11 am and 3 pm. Santa will be waiting to welcome you to Barnsley’s splendid Town Hall.  

The welcome return of this popular event following the pandemic is made even more special this year as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Barnsley’s iconic town hall. What better way to celebrate than to fill it with Barnsley families enjoying festive activities, crafts and treats? 

One of the hugely anticipated attractions will no doubt be the man in red himself – Father Christmas, who will be eagerly waiting in his grotto with his elf helpers to meet the children of Barnsley and hand out gifts to those on his good list (booking essential). There will be plenty of other activities on the go throughout the day for all the family to enjoy – here’s a festive flavour of the fun and treats in store:  

  • Get creative and have fun with a range of Christmas crafts and activities, including our festive tombola – with all money raised going to the Mayor’s Charities
  • Join our Family Hubs team for lots of activities and festive fun. 
  • Enjoy listening to festive tales with our storyteller.
  • Enjoy a mince pie or two whilst enjoying festive music and entertainment from the Barnsley Singers and local school children.  
  • Meet the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr James Michael Stowe, who will be offering children (and adults) the opportunity to dress up as him in the traditional mayoral robe and chains. 
  • Meet our local councillors and take a seat in the Council Chambers, where important decisions are made.   
  • Find out about our services and how we can help and support you and your family with a number of our services showcased.  

Please note that Christmas at the Town Hall is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend anytime between 11 am and 3 pm. However, due to the popularity of Father Christmas, to avoid long waiting times, booking will be essential. Time slots and booking details will be released next week, so please keep an eye out for details. 

Pine Lodge Tipi Bar

Thursday 14 December to Sunday 7 January

Open Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm in The Glass Works square.

Make it cosy and bask in the warmth of a blazing open fire while surrounded by twinkling lights and snug furs.

Discover delicious draught beers, mulled wine, and ciders galore alongside an epic line-up of local and regional artists ready to rock your world with live music every Friday from 7 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm and Sunday afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm.