Outdoor Adventure and Events
There is still plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors this Christmas.
Nature reserves and canal towpaths are open throughout the county along open along with those ever-important communal parks. A limited number of attractions and heritage site will also be welcoming local visitors throughout the festive period.
While you're enjoying the festive sights of Yorkshire make sure you pick up a local takeaway coffee or cake along the way and give some love to those special local independents.
Step out of the cold and into a magical snow-covered world where Christmas comes alive at York Castle Museum. Snow has fallen on the famous Victorian street, Kirkgate, transforming it into a glistening stage where large-scale projections dance across the walls, bringing to life famous characters from the Nutcracker. Oversized Christmas decorations sparkle above your heads, Nutcrackers, ballerinas and toy soldiers adorn the street and festive music plays, immersing you in a new and truly unique Christmas experience on Kirkgate.
Skipton is celebrating "all things bright and beautiful" this December, welcoming locals to a covid-safe environment. Their magnificent Christmas lights display is sure to get you in the festive spirit while you explore the independents of Skipton High street, grab a hot chocolate or a bite to eat at a local restaurant. The shops are also offering late night shopping until 8PM on Thursdays in the lead up to Christmas, with various activities running throughout the month as well.
Lightwater Valley will be offering a truly unforgettable Christmas experience this year. Travel on an adventure to meet the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and of course, Alice herself in their stunning giant Alice in Wonderland lantern display. Discover the Festive Fairground with its twinkling lights and traditional rides, before being dazzled on stage by Santa and his glowing helpers in the Christmas Magic puppet show.
The Ilkley Playhouse is retelling the Nativity story this Christmas in their open air theatre. A Christmas story with a difference told through the eyes of 2020 suitable for adults and older children. This festive journey starts outside Ilkley Playhouse for a socially distanced glass of mulled wine (or orange juice) and a mince pie. Then you will move through the darkened gardens to hear the Christmas story re-imagined.
Come together this Christmas for a full festive day out each weekend in December and every day in Christmas week. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to Fountains Abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights.
Enjoy a yuletide experience like no other at the National Park Centres at Danby and Sutton Bank at the North York Moors National Park. Little ones can explore exciting trails including Brigantia's Box of Delights and The Big Bank Bauble Hunt, whilst adults can relax and browse the range of special gifts from artists and artisans and enjoy seasonal food and drink. There's also an exclusive appearance from you know who ho ho!