On Wednesday 12th December 2012, MakeBelieve Arts transformed the library and unwrapped the festival season early, for the final event of the year.
The party was the third in a series of three seasonally themed events, taking place as part of the partnership between MakeBelieve Arts, Beecroft Garden Primary and Crofton Park Community Library, and it followed the capacity-busting success of our Pumpkin Party in October 2012.
As the event-goers queued outside they were serenaded with live jazzy Christmas classics until the doors were opened up into a wintery wonderland.
Every corner of the library was filled with Christmas cheer, merry activities, twisted tinsel and twinkling lights. As the guests entered they were greeted by Author/Illustrator, Louise Yates (winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize). Louise gave the children the opportunity to draw in ways they may never have tried before, in her illustration workshop.
The children and guests also got the chance to create a perfect Christmas scene with professional craft designer and Author, Jane Bull. Engaging their creative minds, they made angels from plates, snowflakes, paper chains and decorated their own stockings.
In another corner of the library there was the ever popular face painting, with Polly Thorpe, which has proving to attract snaking queues and this time has resulted in lots of Father Christmases’, Angels, Reindeer and Christmas tree faces around the event.
Beecroft Garden Primary School choir got the library swaying with their modern twists on classic Christmas songs which, with the help of song sheets, got the whole library singing along.
And what’s a Christmas event with treats!? Free hot chocolates and mince pies were on offer, all evening, to keep those active craft makers and carol singers fuelled.
Finally, the cherry on the Christmas pudding, was our beautifully crafted Santa’s Grotto. Our Administrative Director, Laura with help from set designer Amanda Mascarenhas, spent the day constructing a grotto from poles, string, light stands, fabric, curtains and even hula hoops. The end result was amazing, the children couldn’t be more excited to get inside the magical grotto and come out with magic painting books and a chocolate.
Everyone enjoyed the event and we were overwhelmed with fantastic feedback from the guests, of all three events, this year. We are so happy to have made such a mark on the community and hope to do something similar in the future.
Thank you to Random House for putting us in touch with Louise Yates and for providing 80 books to hand out at the event.
Images by MakeBelieve Arts.