Living Advent Calendar

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Trail Map
A leaflet with a map showing the locations of the windows is created each year and is available at outlets throughout the village or to download:
> Download 2018 Living Advent Calendar map here (.pdf, 2MB)

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 1st 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 Social Media, for those who can't get there in person. At the last count the Facebook followers alone totalled over 3,500 people from over 45 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 2018 looks set to be our best year yet!"

The Saltaire Living Advent Calendar 2018 is generously sponsored by Edward Street Bakery and Linley & Simpson:

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Christmas Cards - New Designs for 2018!
Our new Christmas Cards, featuring photographs of windows opened in 2017's Living Advent Calendar, are now available in packs of 12 cards for £6 from Salts Mill, Dandelion Cafe, Salt Pots and Linley & Simpson.

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Creative Workshop
Join us for our Living Advent Calendar creative workshop, run by Bradford-based artist Morwenna Catt. Morwenna will be on hand with lots of inspiration and ideas to help you create your top-secret Living Advent Calendar window design. If you’re not doing a window in 2018 but have an interest in the Living Advent Calendar, please come along for some crafty fun!
Morwenna will have lots of new, unusual and exciting materials for you try out. She will be able to answer targeted questions around lighting or construction for example, or simply inspire you with a new way of doing something that you hadn’t previously considered.
All materials are provided. The workshops are free to all.
Tuesday 27 November at Saltaire Methodist Church
Drop in between 6.30pm - 8pm

To find out more about the event, past, current and future, like the Living Advent Calendar Facebook page or follow on Twitter @SaltaireArt