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Jingle all the way!

Here's some top festive suggestions:

Ackworth Garden Centre's Winter Wonderland - Looking for the bushiest Christmas trees, the most sparkling lights or simply the shiniest of baubles? Well they have everything you need to decorate your home this Christmas. With internet beating prices, staff to give help and advice, plenty of free parking, gifts galore and not forgetting Santa Claus in their Winter Wonderland Grotto, they would fill Ebenezer Scrooge himself with the festive spirit!

The town of Malton that inspired Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas Carol, is one of five market towns in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, working together to put the Spirit back into Christmas this year. They have launched a festive season, which includes the region's first-ever Dickens Festival starring BAFTA-winning actress Miriam Margoyles, and promises to be the perfect antidote to the soulless crush of our city centres.

Have a Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park this year, as Yorkshire's most unique attraction welcomes guests for a blend of active outdoor fun, theatre, magical illuminations and unique sculpture. Enter the Enchanted Forest and you'll discover a world of fairytale creatures lurking around every corner. The Forest is packed with hand-made sculptures and interactive features, including beautiful illuminations and sounds that greet guests as they walk through the Forest. Throughout Christmas the four Adventure Zones will feature a variety of activities, including the only artificial Nordic ski trail in the UK, an outdoor skating rink, illuminated Yew tree maze, plus a giant witch's hat and T-pot slide!

Eat, drink, shop and get creative with all the family this Christmas at The Hepworth Wakefield. See the new ranges for autumn/winter in their shop, including exclusive collaborations, ideal gifts for Christmas. See the award-winning ice-sculpting experts, Glacial Art demonstrating their skills by recreating Barbara Hepworth sculptures in the gallery garden and join in the many adult and family friendly workshops, from wreath-making to paper sculpturing!

Sing-a-long at Churches Conservation Trust this Christmas at one of the many Christmas carol concerts and services! You can get into the spirit of Christmas and donate to a great cause helping them save these precious buildings. Visit their events page and find out what's happening near you.

The Ice Factor at Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland is one of York's favourite Christmas attractions and this year is, once again, the centrepiece for this exciting festive event. This year, The Ice Factor, will return to their usual home at York Designer Outlet from 21st November to 3th January with the North of England's largest outdoor ice rink, traditional funfair and the new PapaKitchen at The Ice Factor bar and café.

Hansel and Gretel at Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. It is dinner time and once again, and as usual the children push around the food on their plate, complain and act rudely. So tonight instead of dinner, Mother tells the story of Hansel and Gretel. As the story evolves of two hungry children abandoned in the forest by their parents and their capture by a wicked witch, the family embraces their roles and find a Happily Ever After ending.

For the gifts that you just can't buy anywhere else, Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre's extensive shop is full of locally sourced goodies, including
a range of real ales, fine wines, biscuits, crackers and chutneys - you can even make up your own unique hamper full of Wensleydale cheese goodies.

A Christmas Carol at Brodsworth Hall - Scrooge meets the unusual Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, but will he repent in time for Christmas, or is Scrooge doomed to a life of misery? This performance takes us through Dickens' classic novel and makes it easily accessible for young and old alike.

Head to Kiplin Hall for A Dickens of a Christmas, Friday - Sunday 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th December. Dip into their Dickensian Christmas Compendium of celebrations and enjoy the Hall decked with real Christmas trees, fresh flowers and greenery. This year, Kiplin volunteers and local groups are creating a Victorian Christmas using the Christmas novels of Charles Dickens as their theme. Local craftspeople and traders will have stalls at the Christmas Gift Fair in the Maryland Study Centre, offering cards, festive foods, tatting and lace knitting, sewing and crafts, sculpture, prints and paintings, silk handbags, jewellery, original artwork, hand painted china, walking sticks, bone handled cutlery and more.

Join the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Santa specials at Oxenhope, Haworth or Keighley Stations for a ten-mile return journey on our steam train, lasting around an hour. Experience nostalgia and the magic of Christmas in our specially decorated coaches, with festive music to get you into the mood. Santa and his pixies visit each child during the journey, delivering presents and the grown-ups are served with a mince pie and seasonal drink: the perfect way for you and your family to start the Christmas season.

Try out "Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells" at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre: Experience a classic Christmas at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre! Visit the nativity scene in the cosy stable, meet friendly farm animals and take a peek in the manger. Hitch a ride aboard a magical sleigh on your way to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting grotto. Sip a warming glass of mulled wine, sample delicious hot chocolate and homemade festive goodies, then browse a selection of festive stocking fillers in the Jungle Gift Shop.

Get yourself along to one of the many great Yorkshire pantomimes. Some suggestions would be York Theatre Royal, City Varieties in Leeds, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, Victoria Theatre in Halifax, Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre or the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr has a magical series of events for the whole family this Christmas. Why not decorate your own ginger bread man, write and post your letter to Santa before he leaves for the North Pole and see if you can spot the hidden presents around the garden in Santa's Secret Trail. Wrap up warm and make a day of it with plenty of gift ideas in the shop and yummy treats at Bettys Café & Tearooms.

SNO!zone Castleford has a 170metre long slope that is covered with over 1500 tonnes of fresh snow, as well as a dedicated lesson slope for beginners and novices to build their skills and confidence before progressing onto the main slope. Youngsters and the young at heart will love whizzing down the slopes on daily tobogganing and ice slide sessions.

Join Yorkshire Sculpture Park this Christmas for fun-filled festivities. Get into the festive spirit this winter at YSP with an abundance of activities and events, glorious food and a treasure trove of treats to meet all your Christmas shopping needs.

Explore, Shop, Eat and be Merry this Christmas at Castle Howard. From the elegant decorations and music in the House, to festive food, gifts and audiences with Father Christmas, there is something for everyone this Christmas at Castle Howard. The magnificent interiors sparkle with soaring trees adorned with lights and baubles and twinkling with candle and fire-light, children will love the festive trail searching for the mischievous mice who have hidden themselves among the decorations. Outside the tree-lined drive shimmers with lights in the dusky winter light and the gardens taken on a beauty of their own.

Browse a range of shops for everything you need for the perfect Christmas and treat yourself to something indulgent at one of the cafés.

The Balloon Tree Farm Shop, Gate-Helmsley, are holding their very, very popular Christmas Wreath Workshops again this year. They are to be held on the 7th, 8th and 9h December, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The cost will be £15 which includes refreshments and of course, your wreath to take home. (don't forget your own secateurs!). Some decorations will be provided but you can bring your own if you prefer. Please phone 01759 373023 or call into the shop to book your ticket.

A visit to Burton Constable at Christmas is the perfect chance to lift your spirits for the festive season ahead. Meander upstairs and downstairs through 30 evocative rooms filled with fine art and furniture that will be transformed with seasonal floral displays, stunning decorations and garlands. Looking for that special gift or tasty treat? Then the very popular Christmas Crafts, Food and Gift Fairs will be held on Sunday 22nd and 29th November in the Indoor Riding School 11am to 3pm and entry is free. Also, why not get creative with the Family Christmas Craft Activities available Saturdays and Sundays 11.30am to 2.30pm in the Stable Block.

Located at the bottom of Parliament Street and nestled in the heart of the St Nicholas Christmas Festival, THOR'S tipi bar - playing on York's Viking heritage - will be a novel experience for Christmas shoppers and revellers alike. Two linked canvas tipis will form the bar, festooned with lighting and decked out with wooden tables and benches, cosy furs and a fire pit. An outdoor heated area will allow customers to soak up the festival atmosphere whilst watching the hustle and bustle around them.

The Festive Trail at Swinton Park - Get in the festive mood and wonder the site finding all the clues on our handmade trail to retrieve your Christmas prize!Our cosy café is open so that you can get a lovely hot chocolate to warm yourselves up afterwards. Taking place from 1st December to 5th January. £4.00 per child, includes the trail and a Christmas Goody Bag, and adults are free. No need to book, just pop in to shop and pick up your booklet.

Father Christmas will be in the caves at Stump Cross Caverns, taking last minute orders for presents on: Saturday the 12th of December, Sunday the 13th of December, Saturday the 19th of December, Sunday the 20th of December, There will also be a special Christmas Fairy Door hunt! Come down to join the fun!

Carols By Candlelight at Bettys. What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a sumptuous three-course dinner at Bettys, while listening to some of the region's most beautiful voices?

The Winter Wagon: Christmas at The Tetley: The Winter Wagon offers a refreshingly creative way to enjoy the festive holiday season this year. At a time of year saturated by festive schmaltz, The Tetley offers a unique, creative experience by extending themes from our winter exhibition The Feast Wagon, into events, activities, food and drink and creative workshops- all with a seasonal twist.


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