Julie Haigh, Christmas Fairy maker, Dalesman Dec 2014

For the December Dalesman Magazine, I visited Julie Haigh’s Christmas Fairy Factory in West Yorkshire, where Christmas Fairies are born.

A Christmas Fairy is the finishing touch for many a family’s Christmas tree.  And in a magical attic near Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, Christmas never stops, as Julie Haigh spends all year making Yorkshire Christmas fairies.  Supported by her ‘Fairy Godmothers’ – her Mother and Mother-in-law, Julie’s Christmas fairies wing their way all over the world.


Christmas never ends at the Fabulous Fairy Factory

Christmas never ends at the Fabulous Fairy Factory

Julie, who named her work room The Fabulous Fairy Factory, says, “I put Christmas wishes in while I’m making them.  I love Christmas anyway, but for me, Christmas never ends.”

“Each one I make, the people say a bit about their tree, maybe it’s traditional, or modern, and somehow, I instinctively get a feeling for them.  It’s the tree fairy that’s going to be handed down through generations: people will say, this is our Christmas Fairy.”

“I get such pleasure from making them, I hope they bring a bit of magic and sparkle.”

Understanding other families’ Christmases means, says Julie, “Customers have become friends.  Maybe it’s because they’re people who like fairies, they’re a nice type of person, and I just like talking to them.”


 Read more in  A sprinkling of Fairy Dust, in  Dalesman Dec 2014

Contact Julie at her Fabulous Fairy Factory,  Tel 07872 023132


About Helen Johnson

Freelance writer specialising in Yorkshire's history and heritage.

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