31 Magical Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2021

Christmas events in Yorkshire – well, I can imagine that you, like me, are really looking forward to a proper 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.  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!

 

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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Christmas at Let Loose!

 

Big Christmas Concert with Alistair Griffin

December 3rd and 10th 2021 within St Michael le Belfrey Church next to The Minster

Taking place next to York Minster in the beautiful medieval Michael Le Belfrey Church. 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.

Buy Tickets for the Big Christmas Concert here.

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Candlelit Concert with Alistair Griffin

Sat, 11 December 2021 within Holy Trinity Church, on Goodramgate

Alistair Griffin presents a very special Christmas show by candlelight in the unique Holy Trinity Church. Take a seat or in this case a medieval pew and soak in the festive atmosphere. While you warm your cockles with a mulled wine listen to classic Christmas tunes, acoustic renditions of famous festive numbers and a Christmas carol singalong.

Buy Tickets for the Candlelit Concert here.

 

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The Snowman

Saturday 11 December 2021 – 12.30pm, 3.00pm and 7.30pm

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!

 

 

Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire

Saturday 13th November 2021 – Monday 3rd January 2022

Christmas in Narnia – Step through the wardrobe into a magical adventure this festive season. An ice spell has been cast on this mystical land where it is always winter, but will Christmas spirits be restored and will warmth and joy return?

The grand interiors of Castle Howard will be lavishly decorated, and a series of theatrical installations, lighting, projection and soundscapes will evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter warmers across our catering outlets and complete your Christmas shopping in our Gift Shops, Farm Shop and Garden Centre. And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits!

See all the details of Castle Howard at Christmas.

 

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Castle Howard at Christmas

 

 

Temple Newsam, Leeds

26 November 2021 – 2 January 2022.

Christmas at Temple Newsam sees a new light trail for 2021!  A magical trail, featuring spectacular light installations with classical Christmas tunes will transform the Leeds estate’s ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds and gardens from 26 November 2021 – 2 January 2022.

Wrap up warm and be transported into a winter wonderland at Temple Newsam, where you will discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees illuminated in Christmas colours.

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Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough

Sat 4th December 2021 – Fri 24th December 2021

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 2021

Thursday 18th November – Thursday 23rd December 2021

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.  

The Polar Express™ Train Ride at Wensleydale

19th of November – 23rd December 2021 (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.

 

 

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering and Grosmont

Pickering Santa Specials – 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2021
More details to follow

Grosmont Santa Specials – 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2021
More details to follow

NYMR run Santa specials as well as their illuminated Northern Lights service.

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 2021 are yet to be announced (the below is from 2019 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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Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

Dates yet to be announced

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.

 

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York

Friday 19 November 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022

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.

 

Christmas at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Check their website for 20201details. (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 2021 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 2021 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

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

Join the fun with Santa at Raby Castle as he recounts a Christmas classic with the help of the sparkly Mrs Bauble the Castle Groom, Elvis the cheeky Christmas pony and his friendly Footmen. The Grand Entrance Hall will be adorned with twinkling Christmas trees, a roaring log fire and Father Christmas will meet each child and give them a special gift to put under the Christmas tree.

 

Beningbrough Hall, York

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

From last 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.

The details – Price to meet Father Christmas is £10 per child with one adult place.  Further adult places can be bought at £10 for two.  Normal admissions charges also apply – free to National Trust members and under fives.  Sessions will run for around 30 minutes at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm

Call the elves on 01904 472014 to book

Beningbrough Hall

 

William’s Den, North Cave, East Yorkshire

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

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

Selected dates from 20th November – 23rd December 2021.

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.

 

Lightwater Valley Christmas

 

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

Selected dates from 20th November – 23rd December 2021.

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. Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations! This truly is the home of Christmas magic.

See my review of the Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park.

Christmas at Stockeld Park

 

The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker, York 2019

Dec 4th and 5th 2021

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

 

Burton Agnes Hall, Nr Bridlington

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

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

See my review of Pirates and Princesses at Burton Agnes.

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Piglets Adventure Farm, York

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

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

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

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.

 

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Santa Experience on York City Cruises, York

27th November – 23rd December 2021

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

Check their website for 2021 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

3rd, 4th & 5th December 2021

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.

 

Treasurer’s House, York

Check their website for 2021 details. (The below info is for a previous Christmas)

Tales with Father Christmas at Treasurer’s House – A grotto with a difference

Father Christmas has crashed into the roof again – his GPS is terrible! Don’t worry, we’ve set him up a special grotto in the attic. Grab a hard hat and head to the rooftops to listen to his stories and receive a gift. He’s happy to welcome visitors in this most unusual of places and share his amazing adventures.

Meet Father Christmas on weekends. Suitable for age 5 years and over – you’ll need to wear one of the hard hats provided and adventure through small doors and raised ledges. It’s £8.50 per child with a free adult place. If you want to explore the house, this would need a house ticket or free entry to National Trust members and under fives. Booking ahead is recommended on 01904 624247.

We reviewed Treasurer’s House over the summer.

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Christmas at Barley Hall, York

Check their website for 2021 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 2021 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.”

 

 

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

 

10 thoughts on “31 Magical Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2021”

  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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