The Piece Hall is bringing the festive cheer back to Halifax this winter with an exciting programme of events to make sure there is something for everyone this Christmas.

During November and December, more than 40 events will take place at the Grade I-listed cultural venue including star-studded music performances; a winter makers market; a special Father Christmas experience; and cinema sessions featuring Christmas favourites and sing-along classics.

Setting the scene for a magical season, the venue’s 66,000 sq ft courtyard will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a spectacular 30 ft Christmas tree and traditional carousel.

A host of big-name performances are scheduled for the giant circus-style ‘Spiegeltent’ which is returning to the courtyard. These include Ibiza legend Ellie Sax who is back at The Piece Hall after two sell-out summer shows. Also, following New Order’s highly-acclaimed live gig this September, legendary drummer Stephen Morris and DJ Dave Haslam will be talking life, music, inspiration and best-selling books, before playing some of their favourite tunes.

Meanwhile, the Winter Makers Markets will capture the essence of The Piece Hall’s independent trading heritage, bringing in some of the region’s favourite independent craft stalls, artisan makers and pop-up food and drink stalls for two weekends of traditional winter fun.

Children can also enjoy a magical journey of storytelling and imagination in a specially-created Christmas experience which leads them through an enchanting interactive tour of The Piece Hall, culminating with an opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself.

Taking place from 19 November 2021 to 31 December 2021, some of the key dates in the festive diary include:

  • Legendary New Order drummer Stephen Morris in conversation with DJ and author Dave Haslam - 9 December
  • Ibiza legend, Ellie Sax - 30 December
  • Father Christmas comes to The Piece Hall – 4; 5; 11; 12; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24 December
  • Winter Makers’ Market – 19-21 November; 26-28 November
  • Award-winning Abba tribute band, Abba Revival – 29 December
  • International jive and swing band, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys – 12 December
  • Sheffield ukulele parody band, Everly Pregnant Brothers – 15 December
  • 1940’s and 1950’s dance music artists, Jump, Jive and Wail – 11 December
  • Premier Yorkshire brass band, Elland Silver Band – 19 December
  • Watch out for the announcement of more shows and big-name artists in the coming weeks.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, Chief Executive at The Piece Hall Trust, said:
“Christmas is back at The Piece Hall and we can’t wait. It’s such a special time and more so than ever this year. It’s a time to share with family and friends and remember those who are no longer with us. We want to get back to the true spirit of Christmas, so we’re celebrating kindness, caring, generosity and gratitude but we’ll also be in the party mood and up for some good old fashioned fun.

“We’ve got a wonderful programme lined-up for a magical Christmas including the Winter Makers Market, the Father Christmas storytelling experience, wreath making and kids craft workshops. And in the fantastic circus-style Spiegeltent there are shows from Ibiza legend Ellie Sax and a Q and A with New Order’s Stephen Morris with more big-name announcements coming soon. We want to make sure this festive season is really special for everyone.”

Tickets for the events announced to date will go on sale on at 10am Friday 22 October 2021. Members of The Piece Hall will receive access to priority booking with an exclusive presale taking place from 10am Thursday 21 October 2021. For more information, please visit

The Piece Hall wants everyone to enjoy Christmas safely and will continue to ask all ticket holders aged 11 years and over to show their COVID status upon entry.