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Thursday, 16 November 2023

Hebden Makes Christmas

2-3 December 20233

Hebden Bridge will come alive with the true spirit of Christmas this December 2 and 3 as over 100 local artists stage "Hebden Makes Christmas" - an art, craft and open-art-studios spectacle and festive gift shopping experience.

Local artist and Hebden Bridge Open Studios organiser Dorothy Ann Simister said, "For the second year, artists and makers from the Hebden Bridge area will gather to put on the best Christmas event in Yorkshire. We hope to re-establish that old-style gift-giving spirit of Christmas, where people can find gifts that aren't just for the Christmas season, not even just for the year ahead - but gifts that will be treasured, appreciated, talked about and used for a lifetime. These are not things you can find on the high street.

Local Self Portrait Artist Roo Waterhouse added, "Hebden Makes Christmas gives people a wonderful and rare chance to meet the maker, creating a truly memorable Christmas gift buying experience. Just imagine in ten or twenty years, referring to that painting on your wall, or drinking from that precious mug you gifted your sibling or friend and remembering the time you met the artist who made it with their very own hands?"

Organiser John Noble Milner said, "'Hebden Makes Christmas' will be like the Christmas Markets of old - a chance to gather together in the village, drink mulled wine, celebrate the festive season and to find one-off handcrafted gifts. The added bonus of Hebden Makes Christmas is you get to meet the maker - an experience that just isn't possible to gain on the high street.

"Our local artists are renowned for the quality of their work and we're lucky to have such a wide variety of talent offering pieces ranging from jewellery, sculpture, glassware, ceramics and carpentry to landscape watercolours, oil paintings, illustrations and photography," John said.

Entry to all events is free and we welcome everybody to our fun and festive Christmas experience!

For further information please visit the website: hebdenbridgeopenstudios.org