Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Courtesy of Santa’s Elmwood elves.
For some of us, Christmas represents a once-a-year opportunity to place extreme demands upon the National Grid. House exteriors are strung with cascades of Christmas lights, while illuminated reindeer frolic in the garden, looked on by inflatable glowing Santas. In the West Yorkshire village of Saltaire however, residents have joined together and taken a rather more restrained approach.
Saltaire’s distinctive arched windows are being used to display festive scenes, effectively creating a living advent calendar across the village. One new window will be revealed each day from the 1st to the 24th of December, and shops and businesses in the area will be adding to the spectacle with windows of their own. The windows will remain illuminated until Twelfth Night, 5th January, and then like magic they’ll disappear for another year.
As a World Heritage site, Saltaire’s residents are accustomed to visitors peering through their windows. Whether they’re prepared for people knocking on their doors and demanding chocolate is another matter.