Lots to do this Christmas in Yorkshire
Here's some top festive suggestions:
- 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!
- The Ice Factor at Yorkshire's Winter Wonderlandis 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 22nd November to 4th January with the North of England's largest outdoor ice rink, traditional funfair and the new PapaKitchen at The Ice Factor bar and café.
- The Craft Centre and Design Gallery has seven showcases to dazzle visitors this Christmas as well as the usual great stocking fillers and unique gifts for loved ones to choose from. Jewellery, ceramics, limited edition prints, glass, wood and textiles all handmade by the very best of UK designer makers in a unique visitor experience away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. Now open every day up to Christmas Eve.
- Aladin at Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Come with Aladdin and Princess Badroulbadour on a whirlwind adventure as Andrew Pollard's family Christmas fantasy delivers a modern twist on a traditional tale.
- 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.
- Ghost Stories for Adults at Christmas at Brodsworth Hall - The Lady and Gentleman of the house bring to life a unique evening at Brodsworth Hall telling Victorian inspired ghost stories to adults. Experience the Hall after dark and after hours, lit by candlelight and chillingly atmospheric. Not suitable for children under 14 years.
- Edwardian Christmas at Kiplin Hall. 28 November. December 1913, the last Christmas before the outbreak of the First World War. Friends, volunteers and local groups dress the Hall for this most opulent celebration of Christmas. The dining-room is set for Christmas lunch, and the candles lit for this very special occasion.
- 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.
- There's festive fun for all the family at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this Christmas. The museum will be transformed into a Victorian Winter Wonderland with Christmas Crafts and Wintery guided talks and tours. A Victorian style Santa's Grotto will open its doors every weekend and Santa, wearing a traditional green, Victorian costume will invite each good little girl and boy to pick a present.
- 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.
- 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 Christmas trees and festive twigs, decked with hundreds of baubles and lights, lead the way through this enchanting family home. Enjoy the dramatic 18th century interiors, beautifully lit by fire and candlelight, transformed in spectacular style by The Hon Simon and Mrs Howard.