45 Magical Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2023

Christmas events in Yorkshire – well, I can imagine that you, like me, are really looking forward to Christmas this year with all our usual lovely Christmas days out and traditions!  

Here is a great list of suggestions for events and things to do at Christmas in Yorkshire with the kids (or without!).  Have a look at our list of Christmas markets, Winter Wonderlands, attractions and Christmas festivals in York and the rest of Yorkshire.  I’ll add more Yorkshire Christmas events as they appear.   I have reviewed as many of the Christmas events as possible (because I LOVE Christmas!), so do read the individual reviews if you get chance.


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If you are not from Yorkshire and are looking for somewhere to stay while you are here, have a look at some of the Yorkshire Hotels we have reviewed for a fab festive break!

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A scene from Christmas at Castle Howard from last year


Spilmans Christmas Festival 2023

Church Farm, Thirsk YO7 3NB

Selected dates from the 25th Nov 2023 to the 24th Dec 2023

Magic is in the air at Spilmans!

Jack and Lilly are busy preparing for Christmas on the Farm. Watch them as they embark on a magical adventure, when they find a mysterious family treasure in their attic! Enjoy a festive tale like no other, as they find themselves on a winter wonderland adventure and welcome you along to join them.

This is a two-part live stage show production where the audience are invited to move through the farm to follow this festive tale.  Throughout the experience, children are invited to take part and join in the festive fun.

Join Father Christmas as he welcomes you into his warm and cosy cabin to tell you a story that will warm all your festive hearts.  Sitting on cosy cushions, you will see Santa sitting in his chair by his fire, where he will read a special festive tale.

Find out more about Christmas at Spilmans.

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Christmas at Spilmans


Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire

11th November 2023 – 2nd January 2024

Christmas at Castle Howard – Take the second star to the right, and straight on to Castle Howard! This Christmas, get lost on a magical adventure in Neverland as we invite you to a Christmas experience like no other.

Fly into the adventure of a lifetime bursting with fairies, mermaids, and pirates. Vast ships will cruise into our great galleries, Lost Boy-laughter will echo through our halls, and our beautiful rooms will transform into tropical lagoons.
Follow the boy that never grew up into a fantastical festive world that will re-ignite your belief in fairies and leave your heart full.

See all the details of Castle Howard at Christmas.



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Candlelit Concerts – Candlelit Christmas

St Olaves Church, York

November 30, December 1st and 2nd 2023  8PM to 9PM

There will be a series of candlelit concerts from September until Christmas with different themes.  Check out all the details at Ignite Concerts

Buy Candlelit Concert tickets here.

Enchanting harmonies beneath flickering flames: A timeless celebration of Christmas with our mesmerizing candlelit concert and captivating string quartet. Set in the beautiful St Olaves church in York, a string quartet will take you on a festive journey with classic Christmas songs, from the likes of The Pogues and George Michael to Christmas carol favourites. Enjoy a mulled wine and take in the magical atmosphere.


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Big Christmas Concert with Alistair Griffin

The 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of December 2023 – 7.30-10.30pm

Taking place at Q Church (9 Priory St, York YO1 6ET).  A brass band will play you in, then Alistair Griffin’s Big Christmas Concert will take you on a musical journey from acoustic versions of traditional carols through to Wizard, Slade and The Pogues.  Sing along and sip mulled wine whilst enjoying the fairytale of old York.

We have done this before and loved it!

Buy Tickets for the Big Christmas Concert here.


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Uredale Mill (ex Carrs Billington Yard), Station Rd, Askrigg., DL8 3HZ

This is a fully indoor experience.

After check in, your magical journey starts with an appointment with the Head Elf at the naming station, because as we all know, you cannot attend the elf academy until you have your secret elf name.  All elf trainees will be issued with their new name badge and a certificate which they will complete by acquiring stamps along the way, to enable Santa to fully certify them later on, as Elf qualified.

The first thing any new elf trainee needs, is to look the part. With this in mind, all students are invited to personalise their own elf hat from the vast array of decorations provided, under the supervision of an academy tutor. With hat complete, they are then asked to help Santa with the enormous task of finding his way around the world in dot-to-dot puzzle form.

Our eager young recruits are then ushered through to boot-camp. The Elf Master explains there are some key things to learn if the students are to become fully qualified Elf assistants and earn their completed certificates.  Some of these lessons include learning the elf motto and how to properly Ho-Ho-Ho,  and of course, how to address a reindeer.

Onto the North Pole sorting office, where your elf postmaster is busy sorting and weighing all the letters from the good and bad children of the world. The young elves will sit at their desks and it’s time to write their wish-list to Santa before posting it off to the North Pole.

Having completed training,  all that is now required is the final sign-off from Santa. We embark on a journey to the North Pole to see Santa himself.  We start this magical journey going through a faux-fur lined wardrobe into Narnia and an encounter with the Snow Queen in her sleigh, who will mesmerise them with an enchanted tale, and then send them on their way with a sweet treat.

An unexpected diversion takes the travellers into the fantasy world of Dr. Suess, and right to the middle of Who-ville itself. It’s now over to our intrepid elves to help the residents in preventing The Grinch from stealing Christmas. This will be done with various activities, including asking the eagle-eyed youngsters to spot where the Grinch turns up. 

With Christmas saved, it’s time to go onward to our traditional Victorian themed area where children will enjoy filling their containers (provided) with reindeer food to take home for sprinkling on their own doorsteps on Christmas Eve.

And so, It is now time for the main event. Santa resides in his grotto which is surrounded by light-up reindeer and Christmas trees. Your individual family visit (max 5 minutes) will give you the opportunity to take photos, have a chat with Santa,  and all paying young elves will receive a small gift along with Santa’s authentication of their personalised certificate.

The fun doesn’t end there! The whole family can now join in the North Pole 9-hole mini golf course to complete their experience. Putting the ball through wintry obstacles and icy challenges will be fun for the new elves and their parents alike.  This themed area will be full of sparkle and magic, and is the perfect end to a memorable visit.

Buy tickets here.

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Stockeld Park, Wetherby

18th November 2023 until the 8th of January 2024

Christmas in Yorkshire is more magical than ever here at Stockeld Park!

What was once but a simple Christmas Tree shop, from this small acorn grew what came to be Stockeld Park’s most famous adventure season. Since then, every year the most magical Christmas events for families in Yorkshire happen right here at Stockeld Park, and we can’t wait for you to join us.

Christmas in Yorkshire has never been more exciting, with plenty of things to do with children of all ages in our amazing, glittering Christmas Wonderland.

Christmas Fun for the Whole Family in Yorkshire.

Meet Santa, enjoy our Winter Illuminations in the Enhanced Forest, discover the secrets of our Snowflake Maze, or whizz around our ice rink: these and many other Christmas events and activities for children of all ages are waiting for you at Stockeld Park. You can even bring a little bit of the magic of Christmas at Stockeld Park home with you by purchasing one of our beautiful real Christmas trees, grown right here on the Stockeld Park Estate -the biggest plantation in Yorkshire!

Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within our beautiful woodland. This truly is the home of Christmas magic!

Read more about the Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park.


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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas

Ripon Cathedral – Thursday 29 November 2023 – Time: 7:30 p.m – 9:15 p.m. 

Hear Vivaldi’s stunning Four Seasons live.  Exceptional classical performances from the Piccadilly Sinfonietta. The perfect way to celebrate the festive season

Age requirement: CityMusic Promotions events are not suitable for children under the age of 5 years old (babies will not be admitted)

Concert Details


  • The Piccadilly Sinfonietta
  • Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Violin soloist to be confirmed

Book tickets for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas.


Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

From 25 November 2023 to 7 January 2024

From 25 November 2023 to 7 January 2024, families will make memories to last a lifetime as they enjoy a magical day out at the Edwardian stately home just outside of Leeds, embarking on adventures with fairies, elves and Father Christmas himself. 

Steeped in Christmas magic and excitement. Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk through the Captains Wood around the estate, make the turtle doves fly, walk through the five gold rings and be one of our drummers drumming! Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet our elves helping in their workshop.

Marvel in the splendour of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories, and everyone can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or warm snack under our twinkling canopy. More wonderful Christmas days out Yorkshire. 

Look at our review of Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience here.



The Ginger Cow Santa’s Grotto

Bookings will reopen at the start of October 2023

At The Ginger Cow Company, “Our Elves will be here to guide you through your visit to Santa, making sure it’s extra special.

Tickets to see Father Christmas include a private 1-2-1 meeting with Santa, where each paying child will receive a small Christmas gift.

During your visit, your children will also be able to make a small bag of special reindeer food to take home with them ready for Christmas Eve!

Tickets priced per child, accompanying adults go free. Please be sure to book for the correct number of additional children. Babies who do not wish to receive a gift are free, but all children wishing to see Santa, receive a gift and make reindeer food, must have a pre-purchased ticket. Adults numbers are limited to 3 per time slot.

The tea room will also be open with a selection of hot & cold drinks and freshly made cakes & bakes to purchase on the day, or why not add a festive afternoon tea for two at £30 for two people, £15 for each additional person. Afternoon teas are available for pre-order only – please contact us by 30th November to book yours or to book a table for the café”

Book tickets for The Ginger Cow Company’s Santa’s Grotto here.


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Swing into Christmas

Saturday 16th December, Royal Hall, Ripon Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SY.  Doors: 19:00. Tickets: £30.00-£60.00. Box Office: 01423 502116

Celebrate the festive season in style with the vocalists and instrumentalists of Down for the Count Orchestra, as they Swing Into Christmas!

This is a festive celebration like no other, as Down for the Count recreate the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many more in a luscious 28-piece orchestral setting evoking the sounds of the great Capitol Studios recordings. 

Expect to hear faithful recreations of the best music of the swing era including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Let’s Face The Music and Dance and ‘S Wonderful, alongside original arrangements of jazz and festive standards written by the Orchestra’s principal conductor Mike Paul-Smith and featured on our new album Swing Into Christmas, including Winter Wonderland and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting).

The show is full of joie de vivre and fantastic musicianship – and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face this Christmas. Grab your family and friends and join us as we Swing Into Christmas!


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Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough

SAT 25 NOV 2023 – SUN 24 DEC 2023

Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical, memory-making Christmas experience.

Wander through the gorgeous winter woodland to see the enchanted Christmas Village, festooned with festive delights and merry displays to marvel at along the way.

  • See Santa (socially distanced)
  • Meet Chief Elf Chestnut
  • Optional add-on purchase of a special soft toy gift to receive from Santa’s Elf Helper whilst you meet Santa
  • Winter Woodland Walk
  • Festive Displays & Scenes
  • Christmas Post Office
  • Adventure Playground*
  • Cave where Mother Shipton was born*
  • Petrifying Well*
  • Gift Shop
  • Museum
  • Wishing Well
  • Wishing Logs
  • Take-Away refreshments available to purchase
  • Picnic tables available & toilets open
  • Dog Friendly (on a lead, the only place that dogs can’t go is inside the adventure playground)

Read all about Mother Shipton’s at Christmas here.


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Visit Santa at Mother Shipton’s


York Christmas Festival

16th November to 22nd December 2023 

There’s usually lots going on in the centre of York over Christmas (even if there wasn’t, Christmas in York is so pretty it’s always worth a visit!). St Nicholas Fair, the York Christmas market is planned to return this year, with lots of food, festivities and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere to soak up.  

Take a look at our full review of York Christmas Market.


Scarborough Sparkle

24 Nov 2023 – 26 Nov 2023

Scarborough Open Air Theatre – Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PF

From the 25th to 27th of November, Join us at Scarborough Open Air Theatre for Scarborough Sparkle, a Magical, enchanting Christmas wonderland on the North Bay of Scarborough. Our Tipi bar will be open for food, drinks and toasting marshmallows by the fire, perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit! Free Entry to all.


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Christmas at Roundhay Park – Illuminated Trail

To be announced for 2023

Christmas at Roundhay Park – A new Christmas trail featuring larger than life illuminations and much-loved seasonal music, will light up Roundhay Park in Leeds one of the biggest city parks in Europe, between 8 December 2022 and 1 January 2023.

Tickets are on sale now for this captivating light trail, where you will spend quality time with loved ones, as you create everlasting memories in this unique park. Christmas at Roundhay Park offers you the chance to wander between striking light installations designed by a range of international artists, all carefully choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved festive music. 

From the flickering fire garden, wild wicker sculptures to magical and whimsical light creations, it’s ‘instant Christmas’ providing picture perfect moments all the way.


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The Polar Express™ Train Ride at Wensleydale

Friday 10th of November – Saturday 23rd December 2023 (various dates)

Wensleydale, North Yorkshire

Join us at The Polar Express Yorkshire for a magical Christmas Experience. We are the ONLY licensed Polar Express in Yorkshire. This Christmas experience is unlike any other. Brought to you by the organisers of the number 1 voted Polar Express in the World, Wensleydale Railway hosts The Polar Express Yorkshire.

Your journey begins just like the 2004 Motion Picture where The Polar Express will pick you up to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet all the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully dressed in PJs, will experience and fun filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole.

Throughout your journey you will tangle with the Caribou, see the magic of the Northern Lights and have the story of The Polar Express told you by the singing Chefs. Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic Hot Chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Read our full review of The Polar Express here.


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G4 Christmas – Beverley Minster

Wed. Nov 15, 2023 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting…

Selling out every year, G4 will be back on the road in 2023 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 34 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered exquisitely in some of the UK’s most iconic historical venues.

VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm for all  “G4 Christmas” tour dates.




Santa Experience on York City Cruises, York

25th November – 23rd December 2023 (Selected Dates)

Join Santa for a marvellously magical festive cruise on the River Ouse at Christmas! 

You might think that Santa is far too busy to drop in to York to see all the good boys and girls, but you’d be wrong! Santa is a big fan of City Cruises (we’re his favourite) and loves coming to see us every year to spread festive cheer!

You’ll be welcomed into Santa’s Grotto at our Boatyard, hidden underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge in the centre of York. As you enter, your Captain will check that children are on the special VIP guestlist we receive from Lapland.

Don’t worry if you are bringing a pushchair, you’ll be able to park it in the safety of our Reindeer Pen! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph – are all away on business with Santa. 

Once on board, you’ll be greeted warmly by one of Santa’s good friends, Mary Christmas or Ernie/Ellie the Elf, who will show you to your reserved seating, ready for our magical departure! Santa doesn’t let us say too much more about what happens next, as that would spoil the magic, but we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board – there’s a reason why families come back year after year to experience this truly fabulous festive treat, after all…


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A Christmas Carol

30 Nov 2023 and 1 Dec 2023 at Sheffield Cathedral

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to bring you A Christmas Carol, Charles Dicken’s timeless tale of hope and redemption, this Christmas. A Christmas Carol follows the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge as he embarks upon a journey through his past, present, and future, learning along the way to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. 

With dazzling musical sequences and authentic period costuming, this production promises to be the perfect accompaniment to the festive season. Join family and friends at the most magical time of the year and be swept back in time nearly two centuries to the world of Scrooge’s London.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering and Grosmont

25 & 26 November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December.

Join Santa and his special team of elves at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

🎉 Santa Special Details:

Dates: 25 & 26 November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December.
Departure Times: 10.00 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.15 pm.
Location: Departing from either Pickering or Grosmont Station.
Fare: £30 per person with a present for each child.

🎅 Santa’s Enchanting Journey:

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the stunning winter landscapes of North Yorkshire aboard our beautifully decorated steam train. As you step aboard, you’ll be greeted by the warm smiles of our friendly elves, spreading the festive cheer all around.

🎄 Family Fun On Board:

Get ready for a delightful experience for the whole family! Our Santa Specials feature enchanting activities and on-board entertainment throughout the hour-long journey. Kids can enjoy engaging with our merry elves, who will be sharing stories and playing games.

🎁 A Gift From Santa:

Every child will have the opportunity to meet the one and only Santa Claus! Watch their eyes light up with joy as they receive a special gift from the jolly man himself. Don’t forget to capture this precious moment on your mobile phone/cameras! 📸

🍬 Festive Refreshments:

Warm up with our delicious seasonal treats from our tea rooms! From hot chocolate with marshmallows to tasty gingerbread biscuits, our festive refreshments will keep you cosy and satisfied.

Come and join us for a day filled with cherished memories and holiday cheer on the Santa Specials! We can’t wait to share the magic of Christmas with you and your loved ones. Tickets for the Santa Specials are limited, so don’t miss out and secure your seat on this festive-family journey.

See you on board! Ho Ho Ho!

Visit nymr.co.uk/santa-specials

See our full review of The Northern Lights here.


The Northern Lights Express - Christmas at North Yorkshire Moors Railway


Christmas at York Castle Museum

Plans for 2023 are yet to be announced (the below is from a previous year and an idea of what might happen)

Kirkgate, the Victorian street within the Castle Museum in York is bedecked with Christmas decorations for their ‘Dickensian Christmas’ event.  Costumed actors wander round, keen to chat to you in character.  There is also a lovely theatrical ‘Audience with Father Christmas’ to enjoy too.

Read our review of A Dickensian Christmas at York Castle Museum.


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Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York

Open until the 7th of January 2024

York’s award-winning festive destination – Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York – is back for its 18th season with a new look. The popular attraction, which comprises the North of England’s largest outdoor rink of real ice, a Santa’s Grotto, as well as a funfair.

Tickets for a one-hour skating session at The Ice Factor are priced at £14.50 for adults and £13.50 for children and concessions. Family packages are available for families of three, four or five. Tickets for parents and toddlers aged 4 and under are priced at £14.50 from Monday to Friday during term time.  Special packages are also available for parties, schools, clubs and youth groups, with discounts applying to groups of 20 or more. 

Read all about our Christmas visit.



Christmas at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

The Grade I listed Piece Hall in Halifax is the only remaining former cloth hall in the country and is often compared to the stunning piazzas of Venice and Vienna. At Christmas, The Piece Hall transforms into a magical destination complete with a festive fair, a Victorian carousel and a magnificent circus-style Salon Perdu tent, which hosts an array of cabaret, comedy and live music events throughout December. There is also a treasure trove of more than 40 independent shops offering locally made gifts as well as a range of special festive menus at the many cafés, bars and restaurants. Visitors can also shelter from the cold with some warming food and drink in the cosy courtyard Deluxe Bar, which arrives especially for the festive season.


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Murton Park, York – Yorkshire Farming Museum

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

Visit the annual Santa Special Extravaganza at Murton Park, the Yorkshire Farming Museum. Ride on the Santa train, then take a guided tour of Santa’s village to see how the Elves are getting on at ‘Yule School’. 

Have a look at this review for more detail.


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Santa’s Sweet Adventure at York Chocolate Story

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

On Santa’s Sweet Adventure, children will join our elves on the most important of missions; saving Christmas! Filled to the brim with festive fun, this hour-long, interactive-grotto experience contains games, seasonal secrets and – of course – a meeting with the big man himself. 

We reviewed Santa’s Sweet Adventure here.


Santa's Sweet Adventure at York's Chocolate Story


Fireside Stories with Father Christmas at Raby Castle

Santa returns to Raby Castle for 2023 – more details to come.

Come and meet Father Christmas this winter season in the spectacular setting of Raby Castle. Follow our festive footmen through glittering halls and gather round our roaring fire in the Entrance Hall for a special story with Father Christmas. He might even bring a present or two! Complete with song, dance and laughter, this magical experience at Raby has become a wonderful Christmas tradition for our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you this year.


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Beningbrough Hall, York

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

From a previous year – Father Christmas is making his way to Beningbrough for his annual holiday. As he glides through the skies, dodging the typical British weather, disaster strikes and his case falls off the back of his sleigh. His elves come to the rescue, finding his case and all its content. However his clothes need a bit of TLC, but thankfully Beningbrough has some fantastic washing facilities. Find Father Christmas in the Victorian Laundry for a brand new and unique tale for his Yorkshire guests.

Book your place at one of the sessions across the weekends usually from the end of November. Every child can go to see him, have a photograph taken and if you want to, give him your list. Then there’s a small gift to take away and either put under your tree or open early.

Call the elves on 01904 472014 to book

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Let Loose!

Hull Rd, Woodmansey, Beverley HU17 0RS

Let Loose is tipped to be one of the best places for believers to experience a magical Christmas this year, this immersive family-oriented experience promises to get you into the Christmas Spirit in style. Wrap up warm for the Christmas Train Ride, a Wonderland of Pine Trees and Glittering Lights, discover Christmas round every corner and a beautiful Nativity Scene. Father Christmas will be waiting with a Special Gift for you.

A Magical Carousel ride will finish your treat and leave you with lasting memories.

You may linger for up to 1 hour extra in our themed cafe, write a letter to Santa and post it in our post box for Express Christmas Mail to Lapland and buy a selection of Sweets & Treats to take home with you.

What’s Included:

  • Baby Ticket – Please purchase at least 1 Adult Ticket with this ticket. Includes: Christmas Train, Forest of Lights, Christmas Scenes, Father Christmas Grotto & Gift. (see accessibility statement below)
  • Child Ticket – Please purchase at least 1 Adult Ticket with this ticket. Includes: Christmas Train, Forest of Lights, Christmas Scenes, Father Christmas Grotto & Gift, Carousel Ride.
  • Adult Ticket – Please purchase at least 1 Child or Baby Ticket with this Ticket. Maximum 2 Adult Tickets per order. Adult Ticket Includes: Christmas Train, Forest of Lights, Christmas Scenes, Father Christmas Grotto, Carousel Ride.
  • Accessibility: Pushchairs and wheelchairs will be able to go on the Christmas Train and the rest of your Christmas Adventure is accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs.

See more details, photos and a video of Let Loose at Christmas.


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William’s Den, North Cave, East Yorkshire

 Sat, 25 November 2023 – Sun, 24 December 2023

Experience the magic of Christmas at William’s Den this year.

Witness the arrival of Father Christmas to East Yorkshire on November 25 and 26 as he checks everything is in place for this year, then get our full Christmas experience every weekend from December 2 right up until Christmas Eve.

We’ve got a whole host of festive surprises lined up so you can cross magical Christmas memories for the whole family off your list!

Tickets will launch on September 2 at 8am so get your elf ready for our new Christmas Experience at William’s Den.

We can’t wait to share this magical time of year with you at William’s Den. So don’t miss out and book your tickets now.

Read our review of William’s Den at Christmas Also have a look at our review of William’s Den from over the summer.


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Great Yorkshire Vegan Christmas Festival

South Leeds Stadium, Indoor Bowls and Athletic Centre, John Charles Approach, Belle Isle, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

The Great Yorkshire Vegan Christmas Festival takes place on Saturday 25th November 2023 from 10.30am to 4.30pm at South Leeds Stadium, Indoor Bowls and Athletic Centre, John Charles Approach, Belle Isle, Leeds, LS11 5DJ. Entry is £5 payable on the door (with under-16s going free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from Eventbrite to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers. To find out more information please visit www.veganeventsuk.co.uk or find them on Facebook.



Lightwater Valley – Alice in Winterland

Dates for 2023 to be released

Lightwater Valley at Christmas – Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland.  Hundreds of giant illuminated lanterns will illustrate stories from Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Discover a giant chess board, watch the Mad Hatter prepare for his crazy tea party, marvel at the four-metre tall Alice lantern and come face to face with the infamous Queen herself. 

See all the details on Lightwater Valley at Christmas here.


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Burton Agnes Hall, Nr Bridlington

14 November 2023 to 23 December 2023

There were lots of Christmas related events happening at Burton Agnes Hall last Christmas.

We’re thrilled to announce that our Christmas opening will run from Tuesday 14th November to Saturday 23rd December, from 11am until 5pm daily. The house will be decorated with original, handmade decorations, with many crafted from flowers and foliage cropped and dried from the walled garden. This year, dried hops and statice from the walled garden will adorn the Great Hall. Helichrysums, echiums, teasels, eucalyptus and bamboo from the garden, and the hydrangea flowers that encircle the house in autumn, will be brought indoors, too. There will be many pieces crafted in card, paper and other recycled and sustainable materials.

There will be a trail of giant, hand-carved and painted candy canes in the woodland behind the house. With 24 giant canes – one for each day of advent – hidden in the branches, will you be able to find them all?

Young visitors are particularly welcome, and can find a handmade felt snowman doll hidden in each room by the Cunliffe-Lister children. When dusk falls, Christmas cheer flourishes: with Christmas-light-strewn topiary bushes, the fireplaces glowing warmly and twinkling lights in each room, visitors will be inspired with the abundant joys of Christmas.

We will be serving wood fired pizzas, spiced hot drinks, home baked cakes and lots of other treats, and the gift shop will have beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts for sale.

See my review of Pirates and Princesses at Burton Agnes.


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Piglets Adventure Farm, York

Dates for Christmas 2023 to be announced.

For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season!

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.  Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a magic key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present from a huge selection.

See what we thought when we visited Piglets here.


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Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds

Dates to be announced

Encounter Harewood’s traditionally untraditional Christmas this coming winter, as Yorkshire’s most vibrant country house celebrates the Christmas Tree in a most unexpected way.

Artists and makers from across Yorkshire and beyond will bring a contemporary festive twist to the State Floor, creating trees (and ‘trees’) inspired by the natural world, winter rituals and Harewood itself. Long Live the Christmas Tree! will conjure the playfulness, joy and warmth of the season. 

Christmas at Harewood

A great day out for the whole family, the stunning decoration of the House continues Below Stairs, with activities for children and Harewood’s beautiful Christmas Shop.

Take in beautiful winter strolls around the Gardens and Grounds, lit with thousands of twinkling lights. Seasonal snacks and drinks from our cafés and kiosks will keep you warm; for an extra special festive treat, book a Festive Afternoon Tea by the Harewood Food & Drink Project at the Terrace Tearoom.



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Things to do at Christmas in Yorkshire with Kids


RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
See Harlow Carr all aglow this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls and see the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside, Doric columns and Alpine House all aglow. Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday – Saturday, except Boxing Day) from 4.30pm – 8pm, with last entry at 7pm. RHS Members and guests half price. Non-member adult £10; non-member child (5-16) £5; non-member family £27.

Children’s Storytime
Bring your little ones along to Harlow Carr’s Library for a 10.30am seasonal storytelling session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-fives. Normal garden admission.

December: RHS Members’ Gardening Advice

RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from a friendly RHS advisor every Monday and Friday from 1pm – 3pm, except Bank Holidays and 21 December – 1 January inclusive. Come to the advice desk in the entrance conservatory. Normal garden admission.

Stories with Santa
Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift. Tickets for Stories with Santa go on sale on 16 September and must be booked in advance at 

The Magic of Christmas
Put on your best Christmas jumper and get in the festive spirit on a Christmas trail. Enjoy Christmas crafts and make your own reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve. Normal garden admission.


Christmas events at Harlow Carr


Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend – Christmas events Yorkshire

December 2nd & 3rd 2023

The Victorian Weekend at Robin Hood’s Bay is organised by the RHB Tourism Association and will see the return of children’s favourite – Santa. Other exciting activities usually take place such as Welly-throwing on the beach, Victorian games, a Christmas card competition, a costume competition, a Sheep Hunt, talks about the Dickensian era and Smuggling in Victorian times.  There will be music everywhere you go, in the streets, in the pubs later on, in churches and a Variety Concert and a Pie & Pea supper.

Feast your eyes at the art exhibition and old crafts, visit period cottages and discover Robin Hood’s Bay on a guided walk, learn about St Hilda’s snakes and sea monsters, follow your duck in the annual RNLI Duck Race and marvel at the beauty and ingenuity of all the Christmas trees in St Stephen’s Church.  Carollers, Hand-bell ringers, lucky dips, tombolas, draws, spinning demonstrations, ganseys, mince pies, plenty of music and surprises await you.


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Treasurer’s House, York

13 November to 17 December 2023, Saturday to Wednesday

Gifts from Afar

Expect the unexpected this Christmas as the stories found in Frank Green’s travel journals take centre stage. His far flung, and at times far fetched, tales are the inspiration for a truly unique Christmas offer.

Inside the period rooms, 1920s design elements will mingle with modern touches to create a timeless Christmas and you’re invited to wander at your own pace, making memories as you explore. Many of the decorations are hand made by the talented team of volunteers who decorate the house. This season promises to be the biggest Christmas yet.

Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm (last entry 3.15pm), booking not required and tours are paused during the festive season.

We reviewed Treasurer’s House over the summer.

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Christmas at Barley Hall, York

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

This is your chance to discover the hidden history of the use of charms, potions and magic during Christmas celebrations in medieval York at our beautifully decorated townhouse, Barley Hall.  Enjoy the greenery and colour as you are transported back in time to explore the beautifully decorated rooms of Barley Hall, each dressed to reflect the different activities that would have taken place in the home and around the city in Lady Snawsell’s time.


Winter Wonderland at Bolling Hall, Bradford

Check their website for 2023 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

Bradford’s historical Bolling Hall Museum and Library will be transformed in to a Winter Wonderland for a Christmas event on Saturday 7 December from 11am to 3pm.
The event which has been organised by The Friends of Bowling Park will feature a number of market stalls and activities in the beautiful old hall.
There will be a cake stall, a tombola, sweet stall, craft stalls, face painting and winter crafts. Children will also get the chance to meet Father Christmas for a small charge.
Entry to the event is free, although donations will be welcome.

Lizzie Llabres, Curator of Industrial and Social History at Bolling Hall Museum, said: “The Winter Wonderland event has become a great annual event, encouraging people to visit our wonderful Bolling Hall Museum and helping them to get in to the festive spirit as they prepare for Christmas. There are some lovely stalls where people can pick up some early Christmas presents.
“The Winter Wonderland event is one of a wide range of events and activities as part of the Sparkling Bradford Christmas campaign. The campaign brings together all the fantastic things that people can see, do or take part in during whole of the festive season.”



The Snowman

Waiting to see if this is returning this year

The iconic Christmas film, The Snowman is being shown in York Minster again this Christmas.  We saw it there a few years ago and it truly is a magical experience.  The film is projected onto a large screen and has a live orchestra accompanying it.  They have a local child singer to sing ‘Walking in the Air’.  Tickets sell out fast, so get booked in!


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Also look at my other round ups for different times of the year, Things to do in Yorkshire with the kids at February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer Holidays, October half term and at Christmas


Piglets Santa Sleigh Ride


Christmas at Stockeld Park


10 thoughts on “45 Magical Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2023”

  1. Wow so much to do! I don’t know which one to book in first but I’m feeling very festive just after reading this!

    • I am very sorry Mr Hatter – all of the Yorkshire Wonders are big fans and I have now added you (deservedly) to our list.

  2. Can’t wait !there’s so much going on! We’re setting off soon with our son and grandchildren to Castle Howard,looking forward to a fun filled day! Stocked park next week!,😀😀

  3. Wow! So many things to choose from, I knew about a couple of the events but there are a few more there for us to try this year. Thank you.

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