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.
Meet Rocket, the world-changing locomotive which kick started a golden age of innovation in our latest exhibition, Brass, Steel and Fire. Journey through a great age of experimentation when vicars, lace makers and miners breathed life into hissing, steaming miniature locomotives in their homes. Witness 100 years of rapid technological change that captivated the minds of princes and paupers alike, and learn how Stephenson’s Rocket – back in the museum after 30 years - shaped the course of history with its experimental engineering.
Gossiping paintings, singing crockery, hustle and bustle above and below stairs, in addition to festive making workshops with leading artists, children’s craft activities and trails, two market weekends and the return of Terrace Cottage’s beloved annual visitors…Christmas at Harewood is like no other Christmas experience in Yorkshire.
Take your family on a magical journey through the wildlife park to meet Santa and his Elf helpers at his woodland cabin. Pick up your activity trail and discover all the exciting things that await … Gather up all your Christmas wishes in a Letter to Santa and send it on its way to the North Pole at the Owl Post Room and get your Christmas cracker jokes at the ready and join the cheeky Elf onboard their festive tractor sleigh ride
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.
Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland. Families can delight in the festive lights as they embark on a journey of discovery to meet the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice on their magical trip. Hundreds of giant illuminated light sculptures will illustrate stories from Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
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 2019 Christmas opening will run into the new year - until Sunday 5th January 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Join Sportive HQ for some festive fun on one of the biggest Santa Rides around, it’s all for a great cause! This year with a joint theme of festive outfits and Harry Potter themed outfits, optional of course but prizes will be awarded for best female, best male and best team outfits – so go on give it a go.