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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!

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.

Nightshade Productions presents: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the York Castle Museum. Walk along the cobbles of Kirkgate for an immersive and intimate production that will bring the magic of this much-loved Dickens Christmas classic to life. Find the true meaning of Christmas with Ebenezer Scrooge and enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie in these enchanting surroundings.

Burton Constable Hall - A visit to this fascinating country house 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. The Stables Tearoom and Gift Shop is the perfect way to start and end your visit to Burton Constable Hall. Our small but perfectly formed gift shop is stocked with unusual gifts for all the family and the tearoom will be serving a seasonal menu alongside a delicious selection of homemade cakes. Why not indulge in a traditional afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco? What better way is there than to spend the day at Burton Constable where you can soak up the seasonal atmosphere!

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 will run until the 2nd January 2017.

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!

Enchanted Christmas Garden at Brodsworth Hall - Enjoy a magical experience as our gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland. As the night draws in colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of warming seasonal food will fill the grounds of Brodsworth. Wander our illuminated trail to explore multi-coloured displays bringing our tree canopies, plants and iconic garden features to life through beautiful light. Come with hungry tummies to enjoy seasonal fayre including mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies, a festive BBQ and more. Families also have the chance to meet Father Christmas at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, and enjoy yuletide stories before receiving a present from the jolly man himself.

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. If you're taking a trip to capital this Christmas, Cinderella at the London Palladium is not be missed!

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.

Glittering baubles, twinkling lights and flickering candles combine with foliage, fruits, trees and twigs for an unforgettable start to the festive season at Castle Howard. Each of the rooms will inspire a host of decorations, from sweeping garlands of greenery gathered from the estate and ascending the grand staircase, branches of oak selected from the woodlands and decked with baubles to real trees covered in hundreds of decorations and an inverted Christmas tree suspended as the centrepiece in the Long Gallery. Seasonal favourites including daily live music, chritsmas market, audiences with father Christmas and twilight visits return in 2016.

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.

Hop on board a YorkBoat Santa Cruise, York's most unique Santa experience and YorkBoat's most magical cruise. Meet Santa and friends whilst cruising along the beautiful River Ouse for an enchanting hour. Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa. Refreshments, fun and surprises will guarantee a Christmas cruise to remember.

Visitors are in for a treat when they visit Kiplin Hall near Scorton to see the beautiful Christmas decorations! This year's theme is Christmas Carols, which are depicted in flowers and fresh greenery throughout the house.

Head on down to Magna Science Adventure Centre on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of November for the annual Christmas Family Fayre. With seasonal craft & gift stalls, food and drink, festive entertainment and free parking; it really is fun for all the family! Children's festive activities and fairground rides alongside a visit to Santa in his grotto make for the perfect family day out in the run up to the big day.

Join The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery for a crafty Christmas Party on the 17th of December! Bring along all the family and get into the festive spirit, with a mince pie or two and seasonal snacks and songs. Inspired by the University's wonderful art collection, make your very own Christmassy crafts.

To celebrate the launch of their brand new Chocolate Café, White Rabbit Chocolatiers are hosting a weekend choc-a-block full of fun and Christmas Spirit! With a free mini chocolate rabbit lolly for the first 50 customers on both days, Café deals, make-your-own chocolate lolly in the shop, and Christmas goodies galore, make sure you pop in and join the fun!


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