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Christmas Activities

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!

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience: This will be the ultimate festive day out, steeped in Christmas magic and excitement. Taking inspiration from traditional story-telling the event will spread throughout the estate and Edwardian house. Visitors will enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, an Elf Village where you'll find that Santa's taken up residence to meet the little visitors, plus you can uncover a secret fairy hideaway in the rock garden and enjoy an Edwardian Christmas Weekend in the house.

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. For our inner child, get closer to the magic of Christmas with special events such as an exclusive breakfast with Santa himself and a chance to get that dream present this year at Santa's Grotto. In addition to the four adventure zones, enjoy the dazzling lights and sights of Stockeld Park's diverse range of Christmas trees and don't miss out on your chance to bring one into your home.

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. With over 40 stalls on offer this year, take your chance on what The Guardian called, ‘One of Britain's best Christmas markets'.

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. Located conveniently next to the fantastic York Designer outlet, The Ice Factor boasts Santa's Grotto and a superb funfair, making it an all the more fun filled day out. The season this year has been extended till the 10th January 2017, meaning even more opportunities to revel in the excitement.

Join Pinocchio this Christmas at the Stephen Joseph Theatre for an evening of mischief, magic and hilarity for all the family. Be transported into your wildest imagination as you follow the little wooden boy in his many escapades that will leave you turning in your seats. Part of the new Artistic Director' debut, get into the holiday spirit with a classic holiday tale.

With New Year resolutions still a while way, indulge yourself with the unique, award-winning Wensleydale Creamery, a jewel in the Yorkshire culinary crown. With a wide selection of products on offer, all tastes are sated. And why explore the history of Wensleydale and be inspired to create your own recipes, fuelled by a one of a kind cheese, only made in Yorskhire!

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.

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. Do your part in spreading the good will to the world. With special discounts on offer, enjoy a festive day out on an iconic symbol of Yorkshire: the steam train.

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 let Santa himself weave a magical tale or two if you're very lucky. Wrap up warm and make a day of it with plenty of gift ideas in the shop and yummy treats at Bettys Café & Tearooms.

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. Afterwards, visit the famous festive covered market and browse a wide range of shops, including gift shops, farm shop and garden centre. With so much choice Castle Howard is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.

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

In December between 2nd-4th, The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley will host its annual skating event, with pop-up ice rink and outdoor food and drink stalls, overlooking Helmsley's historic market place and heralding the start of the festive season in this pretty North Yorkshire Market town. The festive-themed ice rink is a generous size (12m squared) and can accommodate up to 50 skaters at one time, with its smart white picket fence and brightly-lit Christmas trees surrounding it, is truly spectacular and suited to adults and children alike, resident and non-residents.


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