Saltaire Living Advent Calendar has been run by Saltaire Inspired since 2006. Each year windows in Saltaire homes are illuminated with a festive scene with one scene being ‘opened’ daily from 1st of December until 24th December and then remaining to view until 5th January. With extra windows in some of the shops and businesses in the village visiting is well worth it right from the beginning!
The design of each window remains a strict secret until the day it is illuminated, although, from past experience, the variety of themes are likely to range from humorous to topical concerns to traditionally seasonal and wintry. Although the village has a large artistic community, the emphasis of the event is to let everyone take part, although we’re always happy to see returning regulars, such as the Primary School and churches.
The event attracts hundreds of visitors to the village to view the windows which are simultaneously 'opened' on Twitter and Facebook, for those who can't get there in person. At the last count the Facebook followers alone totalled 1,500 people from 35 countries around the world. "Every year we aim to delight and illuminate the village with what is a unique and genuinely heartwarming event" says Kate Thompson, volunteer coordinator for the event, and 2015 was our best year yet.
Thanks goes to Edward Street Bakery for sponsoring the 2015 Living Advent Calendar | @edwardstbakery
A leaflet with a map showing the locations of the windows is created each year and is available from the Saltaire Tourist Information Office and other outlets and online See the Living Advent Calendar Map 2015. (pdf) here.
A new initiative for 2015 was the production of Christmas cards featuring previous year's designs. Available in packs of 12 cards for £5 from local outlets in Saltaire at: Saltaire Visitor Information Centre, Saltaire Bookshop and Salts Pots and online, they were a huge success and we'll be designing a new set for 2016
If you live in Saltaire village and are interested in opening a window in December 2016, email firstname.lastname@example.org and say hello. We'll forward your details to the team.