WITH just a few days to go until the big day, people across the south east of the district have been getting into the festive spirit.
Crowds packed into school halls for Christmas productions and Express readers donated hundreds of toys to our Toy Appeal.
At Hemsworth Arts and Community College more than 400 people watched a production of Peter Pan.
Eight weeks of hard work and rehearsals all paid off as more than 60 students from years 7 to 13 took part in the production.
Principal Pam Massett said: “The students have once again pulled out all the stops to put on an excellent show.
“It always makes me immensely proud when I see the talent and confidence on show in the productions at Hemsworth.”
Meanwhile younger children at Grove Lea Primary School also impressed the crowds with two performances of their Christmas show.
Deputy headteacher Sally Henshall said: “The kids and the parents have really enjoyed it. We have been packed to the rafters - it was standing room only.
“We were really happy with how it went and really proud.”
And hundreds of children will get the Christmas to remember thanks to Express readers who have donated toys to our Toy Appeal.
The gifts will be handed out to families who cannot afford to buy presents this year.
Asda Distribution Centre, on Elmsall Way, South Elmsall, generously donated almost 100 presents.
And South Elmsall Town Council a donated £685 from their annual Christingle event on Friday to purchase gifts.
St Joseph’s Catholic Junior and Infant School helped raise cash by singing a variety of carols and holding a raffle.
Clare Baxter, clerk of the town council, said: “We are sincerely grateful to local businesses in South Elmsall, including Rogerthorpe Manor in Badsworth who donated gifts and prizes to make 2012 another special year.
“We were overwhelmed with the generosity of shops and working men’s clubs within our town.”
Mandy Batten, team manager at Wakefield Family Services, located in Hemsworth, will distribute the presents to families who will benefit most.
She said: “It has been such a fantastic response again this year and I can’t thank people enough.”