Bradford Council’s Markets are offering individuals the opportunity to engage in free festive activities in the upcoming weeks.

On Saturday, 9 December, those visiting Keighley Market can try their hand at crafting their own festive framed picture. Artist Naseem Darbey and Keighley Creative will be conducting a workshop demonstrating the creation of a festive collage frame. Participants can then engage in a still life drawing using seasonal items to enhance the frame.

This family-friendly workshop is a free drop-in session, suitable for children of all ages and abilities, running from 11 am to 3 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Saturday, 16 December, artist Emily Parkin and Keighley Creative will host a workshop at Keighley Market on making Scandinavian-style corn decorations. Attendees can fashion corn hearts, hoops, or angels by braiding stalks of wheat. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to adorn a wooden bauble or create paper snowflake tree decorations. Once again, this activity is suitable for children of all ages and abilities, with the requirement that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Keighley Market will also feature free face painting and Santa on 16 and 23 December. Local children’s author Simon Wilkinson will be present at the market on 9 and 16 December to read his book, “The Mammoth and the Moonstick.”

In Bradford, the Oastler Centre will host its final Christmas events before closing next year to make way for the new Darley Street Market. Local arts community group Sponge Tree will conduct festive workshops on 9 and 16 December from 11 am to 4 pm.

The activities will encompass rug-making, fabric crafts, wreath making, and creating Christmas decorations from upcycled materials.

Santa will make appearances on 9, 16, 20, 22, and 23 December. Free face painting will be available on 9, 16, 23, and 20 December. Free donkey rides will be offered on John Street from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, 16 December.

The Salvation Army brass band will play festive music in The Kirkgate Centre from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, 16 December, and at the Oastler Centre from 12 pm to 2 pm on Wednesday, 20 December. Free face painting will be available at the Kirkgate Centre on 9, 16, and 23 December.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “There’s plenty here to keep families entertained and create some unique Christmas gifts or decorations. We hope people will also use this opportunity to visit our markets.”