The Hunslet Club opened their doors once again to the local South Leeds Community for its Free Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday (4 December 2022).
Local families trickled in, and soon the main hall was full of young people, parents and guardians having a festive time. An endless stream of Christmas music became the backdrop for some festive fun involving face painting, bauble decorating, Christmas poster colouring and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus.
But, first, each guest gravitated towards the arts and crafts section! The Hunslet Club had over 130 wooden ornaments of various Christmas shapes, which each young person could decorate, and then take home to put on their Christmas tree. No ornaments were left in the end, meaning many Christmas trees in the South Leeds area will now feature a personalised wooden ornament.
The arts and crafts section also featured a colouring section, where even the adults got involved in colouring in Christmas scenes. There were many colourful elf drawings, reindeer and more!
Volunteers from Leeds Building Society helped on the sweet stall and the arts and crafts section, with The Hunslet Club volunteers taking to the face painting stalls to give young people a festive design!
Of course, the main attraction was waiting in Santa’s Grotto. Santa’s merry elves greeted every young person who wanted to see Santa, and some excited adults as well, and each one went into the grotto to meet Santa! Every child received a free gift from Santa; many took photos to remember the special occasion! Santa greeted each child with a joyful Ho Ho Ho and asked questions about what they wanted for Christmas.
The Hunslet Club feels grateful that they can bring the community together at events like this. It was incredible to see children’s faces light up when they met Santa or how proud they looked when they finished their wooden decorations.
The festive fun doesn’t stop there, as The Hunslet Club has a whole sleigh full of Christmas activities planned, including:
- Friday 9 December – Social Action Project
- Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December – Disney fundraising sing-along showcase
- Thursday 15 December – Junior Youth Club Christmas Party
- Friday 16 December – Senior Youth Club Christmas Party
- Monday 19 – Friday 23 December – Christmas Activity Camp
Every child deserves to have a magical Christmas, but many don’t have the means to do so, which is why The Hunslet Club aims to bridge that gap. Every child should have a magical Christmas, a fun-filled Christmas with cheesy Christmas music, festive baking, and more, and The Hunslet Club aims to provide that with one festive event at a time.
This post is written by Lisa Benfield
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