Dec
1
Sat
Otley Methodist Church Lost Sheep Trail @ Otley
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm

In December Otley Methodist Church’s toy sheep go shopping and get lost in the town. Help the church find them ahead of the Christingle Service at 4pm on December 24 by seeking them out on this fun trail around the town’s shops. Answer sheets are available at Otley Library, Otley Methodist Church and the Victorian Fayre. There will be a small prize for the first set of correct answers drawn on Christmas Eve.
Various locations around town, free entry.
See wandamethodists.org.uk

Otley Snowman Trail 2018 @ Otley
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm

Pick up a free trail map and use it to make your way around the town to discover the various snowmen hidden away in shops and people’s gardens. Decide which are your favourites and vote for them to win one of the coveted category prizes.
Various locations around town, free entry, donations to the Snowman Trail charity Hang on to a Dream are welcome.
See otleysnowmantrail.weebly.com

Dec
12
Wed
Otley Christmas Tree Festival, December 12, 2018 @ Otley Parish Church
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This magical festival sees 40 Christmas trees dressed by local charities and community groups, with visitors encouraged to drop a few coins in the buckets under their favourite trees. Musical performances take part throughout and there is also a café.
Otley Parish Church, noon-6pm (Dec 12) then 10am-6pm (Dec 13, 14, 15), free entry, charity donations welcome.
See otleychristmastreefestival.co.uk

Dec
13
Thu
Lunchtime Classical Recital: “A Victorian Christmas” with Martha Hayward (Soprano) and Matthew Lazenby (Piano) @ Otley Courthouse
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

An afternoon of long-lost Victorian Christmas songs and piano solos to amuse, entertain and remind us where many of our now common traditions began. Stories of sorrow, joy, merriment and intrigue, this is not a concert to miss. “Accompanied at the piano with a large glass of port.”

Otley Christmas Tree Festival, December 13, 2018 @ Otley Parish Church
Dec 13 @ 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This magical festival sees 40 Christmas trees dressed by local charities and community groups, with visitors encouraged to drop a few coins in the buckets under their favourite trees. Musical performances take part throughout and there is also a café.
Otley Parish Church, noon-6pm (Dec 12) then 10am-6pm (Dec 13, 14, 15), free entry, charity donations welcome.
See otleychristmastreefestival.co.uk

Dec
14
Fri
Otley Christmas Tree Festival, December 14, 2018 @ Otley Parish Church
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This magical festival sees 40 Christmas trees dressed by local charities and community groups, with visitors encouraged to drop a few coins in the buckets under their favourite trees. Musical performances take part throughout and there is also a café.
Otley Parish Church, noon-6pm (Dec 12) then 10am-6pm (Dec 13, 14, 15), free entry, charity donations welcome.
See otleychristmastreefestival.co.uk

Romeo and Juliet @ Otley Courthouse
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Romeo and Juliet @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Performed at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, this is a recorded screening of this ballet featuring classic choreography to the immortal notes of Sergej Prokofiev. Conducted by Patrick Fournillier. Romeo and Juliet debuted in January 1938 in Soviet Russia and it took three years for Prokofiev to get his adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ill-fated lovers to the stage. The ‘drambalet’ (dramatised ballet) is a masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s enduring romantic tragedy, and has since performed all over the world. 

The production was later adapted by leading choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, who pays great attention to human relations, lyricism and psychological tension, without neglecting moments of humour through emotion. The title roles in this production are played by Italian star Roberto Bolle and world-renowned American ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

The screening is 173 minutes including intervals.

Dec
15
Sat
Father Christmas Grotto, Dec 15 2018 @ Stephen H Smiths
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Take the children along to meet Santa and pick up an early Christmas present. Father Christmas will be popping into Stephen H. Smith’s on weekends throughout December to take Christmas requests from the little ones. All proceeds go to Otley Lions.
Stephen H. Smith’s, 10am-4pm on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, £6.

Otley Christmas Tree Festival, December 15, 2018 @ Otley Parish Church
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This magical festival sees 40 Christmas trees dressed by local charities and community groups, with visitors encouraged to drop a few coins in the buckets under their favourite trees. Musical performances take part throughout and there is also a café.
Otley Parish Church, noon-6pm (Dec 12) then 10am-6pm (Dec 13, 14, 15), free entry, charity donations welcome.
See otleychristmastreefestival.co.uk

Christopher’s Christmas @ Otley Courthouse
Dec 15 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Christopher's Christmas @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

From the company who brought you the festive favourites The Lost Present…A Christmas Adventure! and Sorry! Christmas is Cancelled…Katie Saves the Day! comes a new wintery tale for the whole family to share.

Its Christmas Eve and Christopher Nibble and his family are putting the finishing touches to his tree when their festive fun is interrupted by a shocking radio announcement. Father Christmas is lost! His Sat Nav has broken and he can’t find Dandeville! The guinea pigs gather together and hatch a plan to save Christmas… but everything they do seems to cause chaos and calamity. Suddenly there is a power cut and it seems like all is lost. Does Christopher Nibble have the seasonal spirit to save the day? Or will the guinea pigs of Dandeville wake up to empty stockings this year?

Told using beautiful puppets and stunning scenery, Christopher’s Christmas is a collaboration between the creator of Christopher Nibble, Charlotte Middleton, and Claire Alizon Hills of Topsy Turvy Theatre, written especially for children aged 2-7 and their families.