Join your YEP Leeds as we go Christmas crazy

DANCER AND PRANCER: Father Christmas with his reindeer at the Merrion Centre in Leeds.
DANCER AND PRANCER: Father Christmas with his reindeer at the Merrion Centre in Leeds.
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the first door on the advent calendar is open and the Yorkshire Evening Post is going Christmas crazy.

As we count down the days to December 25 we will be bringing you details on all the festive frolics taking place across the city.

We will also be gift-wrapping an array of treats, such as reviews of crackers, trees and decorations, plus heart-warming pictures of school concerts and nativity plays.

And we want you, the YEP readers, to join in too by sending us your cute Christmas selfies and festive feel-good photos and telling us about the yuletide of yesteryear.

Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, said: “This is such a magical time of year and we want to share in your festive fun.

“We can’t wait to hear from you and see what you are doing to make this season sparkle.”

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to see Santa in his grotto and the Merrion Centre is offering that treat for free.

Father Christmas will be meeting youngsters in Leeds right up until his busiest night of the year – Christmas Eve. And Dancer and Prancer will be taking a break from the forest and fells of Lapland and flying in to join him on December 6, 14 21.

Keep checking your YEP for this year’s most tinsel-tastic events. In the meantime, send us pictures of your school’s festive production or invite us along to photograph it.

Email: picture.desk@ypn.co.uk with the details.

All pictures and requests need to be received by December 12.

Or why not become a YEP consumer champion and tell us which mince pies get your tastebuds tingling, where to find the best stocking fillers and anything else you would like to share?

VOICE OF AN ANGEL? ENTER OUR XMAS-FACTOR CONTEST...

Could you be a Christmas cracker of hidden musical talent? Then don’t miss our Xmas-Factor singing competition!

Show us your singing talents by sending us a video clip of a traditional Christmas carol, hymn or song.

We will show the videos on our website and you could become a video star, with a trophy for the winner.

We have two categories - one for 16s and under, and another for adults.

The videos should be no longer than 90 seconds and the winner will be announced early in the new year.

Please remember that for copyright reasons, performances of pop or other commercial songs are not allowed - but you can record any traditional music such as carols, or hymns or classical music.

To enter CLICK HERE and upload your video. Don’t forget to include name and contact details in the submission box and a contact number for a parent or carer if you are under 18.

Each video must not be bigger than 50MB. The closing date for entries is December 26. The winner will be decided by text vote and email.

SHOW US YOU SPARKLING STORYWRITING SKILLS

We are searching for budding young writers who can conjure up a wintry wonder of a tale.

Following the success of the YEP Scary Story competition at Halloween, we are running a Children’s Christmas Story writing contest. We want youngsters aged 16 and under to use their imagination and write 200 wondrous words on a festive theme. The winner will collect a £20 book voucher.

All you need to do is finish off our introduction with up to 200 words that will wow your readers.Entries must be emailed to hannah.start@jpress.co.uk – titled ‘YEP Christmas Story’ and give the entrant’s name, age and contact details – before Wednesday December 17, 2014.

You can also post entries to Hannah Start, Editorial, Yorkshire Evening Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE.

“As darkness fell on a frosty Christmas Eve, Adam put on his pyjamas and rushed to bed.

“As he closed his eyes, all he could think of was what Santa had planned for him this year.

“Soon enough he was fast asleep, dreaming of snow and sleigh bells. Crash! Adam jumped out of bed in the middle of the night, what was that sound..?”

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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