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.
Make the most of winter evenings this December with an enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is transformed into an illuminated world. Follow the charming trail to discover our garden in a new light taking in the magic with everything from fairy lights to a talking tree along the way. Throughout the illuminated trail look out for friendly fairies, who have made their home among twinkling lights.
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. New for 2018 Christmas opening will run from 17th November until New Years Eve (31st December).
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.
The Ivy Harrogate has collaborated with Slingsby Gin of Harrogate to transform its terrace into a magical winter botanical garden in celebration of the restaurant’s first birthday. Working with renowned Harrogate-based florist, Helen James, the outdoor, heated terrace has been given a special festive touch, turning into a beautiful winter garden. The Ivy Harrogate’s bar manager has also worked closely with Slingsby Gin’s team to craft three new, speciality festive cocktails that will be available in the restaurant for a limited period, both as part of the cocktail menu and set menu.
The three tipples – two cold and one hot – will feature the finest gins from Slingsby’s collection and will act as the perfect yuletide cocktails to enjoy in The Ivy Harrogate’s winter botanical garden and restaurant.
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.
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!
A magical destination like no other, The Piece Hall in the heart of Halifax will be bursting with festive cheer until 31 December. The Grade I Listed former cloth hall, which re-opened in August following a multi-million-pound transformation, provides a striking backdrop for a series of seasonal events that includes a Yorkshire Christmas market, cosy Hygge Tipi and grand Spiegeltent showcasing live cabaret, comedy, music, storytelling and performances for all the family.
Visit Father Christmas in our beautiful Winter Wonderland Grotto. The ‘no queue’ system means you can wander around the beautifully decorated trees and the visit Santa in his grotto. The cost is £12 and includes a really good quality gift and photo.
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.
Get ready for lots of FREE fun and entertainment as the Merrion Centre celebrates the launch of the festive season with “Merrion’s Magical Christmas” fun day on 10th November! Between 12pm-6pm, PEPPA PIG will be joining at regular intervals throughout the day, as well as some other fantastic guests including the AMAZING Snow Lion & Snow Queen, Singers, Dancers and other family friendly acts that are sure to please lots of little visitors on the day.
On December 2nd, pop along with the family to enjoy Santa’s Street Party, with special guests Father Christmas, Three Wise Men on Camels, Leeming Bar Military Wives Choir and many more. Enjoy a full stage programme from 12-5pm with a mulled wine or hot soup and join in the carol singalong, marvel at the Flash-mob Nativity and do some feel good Christmas shopping in the Good Cause Market. Visitors can enjoy street food, live entertainment and see Santa arrive at midday and depart as the town lights up for Christmas at 4pm.
This Christmas get ready to jump with Enzo and his Energi Elves in York. On the 22nd and 23rd December you can enjoy a themed jump session at Energi Trampoline Park in York with a present from Enzo and selfies galore.
Our annual festive lights walk through will run from the 5th – 23rd December from 4:30pm until 7pm. This year we are asking for a minimum of £2 per person with 100% of proceeds going to our chosen charities – Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Prince of Wales Hospice, who both do an incredible job.