Jingle all the way!
Here's some top festive suggestions:
Visit Yorkshire's most unique attraction which welcomes guests for a blend of active outdoor fun, theatre, magical illuminations and unique sculpture. For our inner child, get closer to the magic of Christmas with special events such as an exclusive breakfast with Santa himself and a chance to get that dream present this year at Santa's Grotto. In addition to the four adventure zones, enjoy the dazzling lights and sights of Stockeld Park's diverse range of Christmas trees and don't miss out on your chance to bring one into your home.
Experience a classic Christmas at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre. Visit the nativity scene in the cosy stable, meet friendly farm animals and take a peek in the manger. Hitch a ride aboard a magical sleigh on your way to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting grotto. Sip a warming glass of mulled wine, sample delicious hot chocolate and homemade festive goodies, then browse a selection of festive stocking fillers in the Jungle Gift Shop.
As the night draws in colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of warming seasonal food will fill the grounds of Brodsworth for our biggest event of the year. Families also have the chance to meet Father Christmas and enjoy yuletide stories before receiving a present from the jolly man himself. Wrap up warm, pack your camera and enjoy an enchanting Christmas experience for all the family.
This Christmas a host of angels will descend on Castle Howard to surprise and delight visitors. Inspired by the family art collections, fabulous creatures from elegant heralds to mischievous cherubs will populate the grand state rooms to spectacular effect: flamboyant floral creations and inspired decorations will create a unique festive ambiance. Favourite features returning include the awe-inspiring 25 foot dressed Great Hall Christmas tree and the fairytale gingerbread house.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is home to the North of England’s largest and best-loved outdoor ice rink – The Ice Factor – with its magical setting, giant Christmas tree and rinkside Alpine-themed café. With a unique collection of vintage funfair rides and games stalls dating from as early as 1933, Santa welcoming visitors in his enchanting log cabin, live weekend entertainment and of course Christmas shopping at York Designer Outlet with designer brands for up to 60% less, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone.
A visit to this fascinating country house at Christmas is the perfect chance to lift your spirits for the festive season ahead. Meander upstairs and downstairs through 30 evocative rooms filled with fine art and furniture that will be transformed with seasonal floral displays, stunning decorations and garlands. Children can experience the magic of the hall at its twinkling best as they search for the Christmas crackers hidden in each room.
For the first time ever, the Museum Gardens opens its doors at Christmas to a magical after-dark illuminated walk, inspired by the landscape itself. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour. Begin your journey in the edible garden with the 12 Frames of Christmas, then take a walk through the forest of trees glittering with LED lights. Pause at the spectacular video projection on one of York’s best kept secrets, St Mary’s Abbey ruins and the gardens will even make magical music for you as you reach the 14th century Hospitium.
Don’t worry if there is no snow outside this year, Snozone in Castleford have plenty of the white stuff indoors! If you’ve always wanted to try Snowsports or you’re planning a skiing or snowboarding holiday, Snozone’s expert coaches, who have taught more than 1.8 million people to ski and snowboard, will inspire you with confidence and ensure you make the most of a unique day out.
A Country House Christmas
This year the chosen theme is A Country House Christmas, an Edwardian Christmas depicted in flowers and fresh greenery throughout the house. Local flower clubs, Kiplin Volunteers and staff will decorate the Hall to welcome visitors for the Hall’s annual Christmas openings. Admire their handiwork and enjoy the atmosphere as you stroll through the house.
Set the best time amongst your group, and you become Santa! As Santa you will then give all your group a present. Your job then as Santa is to chase all the other drivers – and for each one you catch, you get their present back. As Santa you might end up with all the presents, some of the presents or none of the presents!
Step onto York Castle Museum’s world-famous recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, where traditional garlands, a glistening Christmas tree and decorated shop windows will take you back in time to historic York. Visit the sweet shop, the chemist, the drapers and more where Victorian residents will be waiting to show you how Christmas would have been celebrated 100 years ago.
Ride on the train and receive an early present from Santa. Adults; there will be a mince pie and sherry for you! After this, come on a guided tour of Santa's village to meet the elves busy at work. There are rumours that elves have decided to go into politics... so which elf will you vote for?