Ten Magical Christmas Events with the Kids in Yorkshire 2017

Ten Magical Christmas Events with the Kids in Yorkshire 2017

There are some fabulous Christmas Events coming up in Yorkshire this year!

The Snowman – at York Minster

16th December 2017 at 2.30pm and 7pm.

This year will see a special screening of The Snowman in York Minster – accompanied by a full orchestra – how magical will that be?  Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are bringing their Snowman magic to York Minster on 16 December with two performances.  They will also be showing The Nutcracker.  I suspect tickets will sell out for such a unique event, so do get in quick.  There are screenings at other cathedrals throughout the UK, including Liverpool, Lichfield, Durham, Worcester and Coventry Cathedrals – as well as the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom and beautiful Hull City Hall.

Photography © Tom Bangbala

York Christmas Festival 2017

There’s lots going on in the centre of York over Christmas (even if there wasn’t, York is so pretty at Christmas it’s always worth a visit!). St Nicholas Fair runs from the 16th of December 2017 to the 22nd of December 2017, with lots of food, festivities and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere to soak up. Try and get to see the Ice Trail (what I think used to be called the Festival of Angels) taking place on the 9th and 10th of December 2017. Last year there was 30 ice sculptures around the city.  The 18th and 19th of November see York hosting a Brass Band Weekend (I think a brass band epitomises Christmas!).  On the 2nd and 3rd of December there will be a ‘Family weekend’ which interests me a great deal – I will update this post when I have more info!



Stockeld Park, Wetherby

Halloween & Christmas Adventure opens from 20th October 2017 – 8th January 2018

The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park is always amazing. With real ice skating, the illuminated maze and the enchanted forest, it’s a real festive treat on a cold and crisp winter’s day. 

See my review of the Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park.


Castle Howard, Malton


The house is dressed for Christmas from the end of November until they close for Christmas on the 23rd of December. We visited Castle Howard at Christmas last year and it was stunning, and so festive! They also run their popular ‘Audience with Father Christmas’ from the 26th of November.  

See my review of A Day out with kids at Castle Howard.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering 2017

Santa Specials run from the 2nd of December 2017 onwards on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You’ll have a fabulous journey on board one of the heritage steam trains and the children will get the chance to meet and receive a present from Santa himself. 

See my review of our Hogwarts Express trip on NYMR here.


Murton Park, York

Visit the annual Santa Special Extravaganza at Murton Park. Meet Santa during a train ride, then take a guided tour of Santa’s village to see how the Elves are getting on at ‘Yule School’.  See their Santa Special page for details.



Burton Agnes Hall, Nr Bridlington, 2017

Burton Agnes Hall  will be decorated for Christmas from the 14th of November until the 23rd of December.  Have a look at their website for all the info!
See my review of Pirates and Princesses at Burton Agnes.


Piglets Adventure Farm, York

Fancy a ride on a magical Christmas sleigh? Then head on down to Piglets Adventure Farm where you can meet Santa in his twinkling woodland village.   The children will even be given a key to his toyshop to choose their own gift. Experience daytime and evening sleigh rides from the 25th of November to the 24th of December 2017.

See what we thought when we visited Piglets here.


Magical Lantern, Roundhay Park, Leeds


The Magical Lantern Festival made its debut in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year.  I am just waiting to see if it will return for 2017 (recent updates on their website look promising!)

They “promise visitors a truly amazing experience, a visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of Europe’s largest city park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways.”

We visited the Magical Lantern, Yorkshire and you can read our review here!


Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York 2017

Fancy trying real ice skating? The Ice Factor at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns again this year. Perfect for Christmas.  Experience Ice Skating, Festive Food and a Funfair at the Designer Outlet in York. You can maybe do some shopping while you are there or try a hot chocolate in the Thornton’s café…! 

Read all about our Christmas visit.


Harlow Carr, Harrogate

NEW for 2017  ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations
23 November – 30 December Thursdays – Saturdays
See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of
magic with an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees, shrubs and lake as dusk falls. 3pm – 8pm, last entry 7pm.
Reduced entry applies after 3pm.

On various dates between the 1st and the 24th of December 2017

Harlow Carr: Get in the festive spirit on the Christmas trail, put on your best Christmas jumper and join our fluffy polar bears and penguins in the photo booth for a festive family snap. Get creative and make your own ‘Thank you Santa’ Christmas Eve kit. Storytelling sessions with Santa also take space at selected times and must be booked in advance; early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.


Flamingo Land, Malton, Yorkshire

in 2016 Flamingo Land ran a ‘Storytime with Santa’ event from the end of November.  They have not released any info as yet for this year, but will update when they do!

I have reviewed Flamingo Land during the summer, and at Halloween.


York Castle Museum 2017

York Castle Museum will have decorated their Victorian Street, Kirkgate for Christmas, from late November until the 24th of December.  More info will be appearing on their website soon.

I have reviewed the York Castle Museum here.





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