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21 Magical Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2019

21 Magical Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2019

Christmas events Yorkshire 2019 – Are you looking for events and things to do at Christmas in Yorkshire with the kids?  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.

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!


York Christmas Festival 2019

14 November – 22 December 2019

There’s 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 runs from the 14th of November 2019 to the 22nd of December 2019, with lots of food, festivities and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere to soak up.  

Murton Park, York (Yorkshire Farming Museum)

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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The Snowman – at Beverley Minster

Wednesday the 11th December 2019 at 1.30pm, 4.00pm and 7pm.

This year will see a special screening of The Snowman in Beverley 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 Beverley Minster on the 27th of December with three performances.  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, so if you are travelling at Christmas, have a look for the one nearest you.

We reviewed The Snowman at Beverley Minster last year.

christmas in beverley yorkshire
Photography © Tom Bangbala


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Santa’s Sweet Adventure at York Chocolate Story

23rd November 2019 – 24th December 2019

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

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York

The below details are for last Christmas – but I will update when they have released their dates!

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.

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

Beningbrough Hall, York

Beningbrough Hall’s Christmas celebrations usually run over the weekends building up to Christmas.  Father Christmas and a few of his elves are coming to have a holiday at Beningbrough ahead of their very busy day. You’re invited to join him with a small group of other families for a story in the library in the hall. There’s time for every child to meet him for photographs, give their list and if they’ve been good (or even if not), get an early gift.

NEW for 2018 was a unique tale created by the man in red himself, just for his Beningbrough guests.

In the hall before your stories write your letter to him, spot the elf presents and have an elfie-selfie.  Timed sessions throughout the day, lasting around 30 minutes.  £9 per child with one adult place. Further adult places can be purchased. Plus normal admission charges on the day/free to National Trust members and under fives.  Booking essential to see Father Christmas on 01904 472014 – if the elves are busy leave a message and they will get back to you.  We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

Beningbrough Hall at Christmas



Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience 2019

Dates to be announced for 2019

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 splendor 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.

Lotherton Hall at Christmas

William’s Den, North Cave, East Yorkshire

William’s Den get festive for Christmas with lots of Christmas trees and twinkling lights and an ice skating rink!

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

Christmas Ice Skating in Yorkshire

Lightwater Valley – Alice in Winterland

22nd November – Monday 30th December 2019

Lightwater Valley at Christmas 2019 – 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.

Lightwater Valley Christmas

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

14th November – 6th January

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.

Christmas at Stockeld Park

The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker, York 2019

Friday 6th December 5.00 til 6.30pm
Saturday 7th December 10.30 til 12 noon AND 3.30 til 5.00pm
Sunday 8th December 10.30 til 12 noon AND 3.30 til 5.00pm

We are big fans of the Magic Hatter and he has entertained at our birthday parties before.  We’ve also seen the Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker four times now and love it every year, so it’s a firm recommendation from us.  At £30 for a family of four it’s very reasonably priced and a fab Christmas treat.  Its really easy parking too.  Book early for the best seats!

Magic Hatter's Christmas Cracker

Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire

The house is dressed for Christmas from the end of November until the 5th of January and you can visit Santa too.  We always visit Castle Howard at Christmas and it’s always stunning, and so festive! They also run their popular ‘Audience with Father Christmas’ from late November, but make sure you get in quick for tickets!

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

Christmas at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering and Grosmont 2019

Santa Trains Yorkshire –

Santa Special Departure dates from Pickering and Grosmont Stations: 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 2019.

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Departing from Pickering and Grosmont Stations, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

  • Meet Santa on board the train during this festive period
  • Age appropriate present for each child.
  • Approx. 75-90 minute journey on board the Santa Express.
  • Christmas Activity Bag.
  • Mince Pie, Hot Drink & Alcoholic Tipple for each adult.

Santa Special Tickets are just being setup and will be available from this Summer.

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

Things to do in Yorkshire at Christmas - NYMR


Burton Agnes Hall, Nr Bridlington, 2019

14 November 2019 – 23 December 2019

There are lots of Christmas related events happening at Burton Agnes Hall this Christmas.

Christmas craft Wednesdays 
Every Wednesday in the Hall, guides will demonstrate how to make the crafts that you see at Christmas time and reveal the secrets behind the handmade decorations in the Hall. Normal Hall admission applies.
Talk: Christmas through the ages at Burton Agnes Hall
On Thursday 5th December at 2pm, discover the secrets of Christmases past at this talk with Head Guide Pauline Waslin. Normal Hall admission applies.
Christmas twilight weekend 
Join us on the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th December for our inaugural Christmas twilight weekend. Enjoy the bountifully decorated Hall with an extended opening until 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Every visitor will receive a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival. During the weekend, children can visit Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto and everyone can enjoy carols in the Hall as well as relishing the Hall’s decorations twinkling in the twilight. Normal Hall admission applies.
Twilight carols by the fireside 
On Thursday 19th December, 5-9pm, join Simon Cunliffe-Lister for grand piano-led carols by the fireside and enjoy mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas shopping and the Hall’s decorations twinkling in the twilight. Normal Hall admission applies.
Christmas Activities and Events for Children
Christmas Hall Trail
Children are invited to enjoy a festive trail around the Hall, seeking snowmen and hunting for clues as they visit each room.
Meet Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto
Visit Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto, where every child will receive a special Christmas gift. Weekends in December (except 1st, 28th and 29th) from 12-4pm. £5.00 per child; booking is not essential.
An Audience with Father Christmas and his Head Elf
Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st, and Sunday 22nd December. Performances at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Join Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and Jingles the Magic Elf for a performance of magic and song, a special gift and photographs. 
£12.50 child, £11.00 Adult, £10.50 Senior
Booking essential.

Admission Prices
Adults £11.00, Seniors £10.50, Children £5.50, Under 4’s FREE

See my review of Pirates and Princesses at Burton Agnes.

what to do at Christmas in Yorkshire


Piglets Adventure Farm, York

24th November until 24th December 2019

For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season! (Taking place every day from 24th November until 24th December.) Tickets will go live on Friday 7th September.

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.

Piglets Santa Sleigh Ride


Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds

The below details are for last Christmas – but I will update when they have released their plans!

Harewood House are hosting ‘A Victorian Christmas’ this year as well as Meeting Father Christmas, Twilight Tours and Christmas Wreath Making. 

Read all the details on our Harewood at Christmas page.

Harewood House at Christmas

Santa Experience on York City Cruises, York

Various times and dates between the 30th November and the 23rd of December 2019

Fancy meeting Santa on a boat?  There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse!  Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.  Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

Things to do at Christmas in Yorkshire with Kids


Harlow Carr, Harrogate

‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations

What was on last year (I’ll update as soon as I can!)

Enjoy RHS Garden Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. See the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as you’ve never seen them before. Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday–Saturday) from 4pm – 8pm, with the last admission at 7pm. Reduced entry applies after 3pm. 

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. 

The Magic of Christmas

30th November – 24th of December

10.30am – 3.30pm.  Put on your best Christmas jumper and get in the festive spirit on a Christmas trail at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Enjoy a range of Christmas crafts and don’t forget to enter our design a Christmas jumper competition. 

See Santa at Harlow Carr


York Castle Museum 2019

The below details are for last Christmas – but I will update when they have released their plans!

Step back in time to Victorian York and experience the magic of Christmas past at York Castle Museum.

Take a stroll along the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street, Kirkgate, dressed for Christmas with draping evergreen garlands and a glowing Christmas tree. Meet our Victorian residents and admire the shop displays to discover Victorian toys, treats and trinkets from this bygone era.

Don’t miss an unforgettable visit to Father Christmas. Follow the clues and solve the mystery of the broken toy soldier to find Father Christmas who is waiting in ‘Elf School’ with a traditional gift.

This year, escape the cold blustery nights for a winter warming evening with Father Christmas as York Castle Museum opens its doors after hours for a truly unique twilight experience.

I have reviewed the York Castle Museum here.


Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend – Christmas events Yorkshire

Festival, December 6th, 7th & 8th 2019

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.

Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough

Mother Shipton’s opened for the first time last Christmas. Children meet Santa, then choose from an array of wonderful gifts in his Toy Shop. Be greeted by the Holly Berry for story time and don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo opportunity in Santa’s Sleigh! Create a wish to hang on Mother Shipton’s Wishing Tree and post a letter to the North Pole. As you take in the magical surroundings treat yourself to hot drinks and mince pies. Children can also buy and decorate their very own Christmas treat. Wonderful gifts and decorations are available in our new pop-up Christmas shop.

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE ONLY, selected dates until 23rd December. For more information visit Places are limited, don’t miss out!

Treasurer’s House, York

The below details are from Treasurer’s House for last Christmas – but I will update when they have released their plans!

Enjoy and Edwardian Christmas at the Treasurer’s House, York.  A perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle and get in to the festive spirit with home cooked food and our delicious Christmas pudding scone.  Also on the 16th and 17th of December – Father Christmas has had to make a emergency landing on the rooftops. Grab a hard hat for exploring and enjoy stories and a gift plus craft activities.


Christmas at Barley Hall, York

Dates to be released.

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.



It’s a bit further afield (Like London!) but also have a look at my review of Lapland UK.

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


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