Family friendly Christmas events, attractions and shows in Selby, Tadcaster, Goole and surrounding
Here at STAG Mumbler, we are always keen to hear your recommendations of things for our Mumblers to do during the holidays. If you have any suggestions, or you’re running an activity, simply drop us an email telling us all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are adding to this page all the time, so please keep checking back.
“Emma hosted a fabulous build-a-bear Zoom party for my daughter’s 5th birthday. It was so much fun singing songs, playing games, colouring and building our own unicorn bears with friends! I would thoroughly recommend ARTventurers and Emma.” NT, Feb 21
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Saturday 18th Dec – 12pm or 4pm, Sunday 19th Dec – 12pm or 4pm, Monday 20th Dec – 12pm or 4pm, Tuesday 21st Dec – 12pm or 4pm, Wednesday 22nd Dec – 12pm or 4pm
Join us at the farm this Christmas where you can enjoy a set lunch in the tearooms with sandwiches, mince pies/cakes and hot or cold drink.
Then take a trailer ride to Santa’s grotto where each child will receive a special gift from the big man himself.
Children (1- 12yrs) £15, Adults (13 +, no present) £10, Babies £7 (under 1, if not eating but requiring a present)
Advance booking and full payment is required as places are limited. The session is limited to 2 hours with lunches served at the beginning of your booked session. Trailer rides to Santa are after food has been served. 48 hours cancellation required for refunds.
Boston Park Farm, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 6DS
T: 01302 844818
Come to the newly renovated Clayfever, now under new ownership and enjoy the kitsch creativity! Take part in one of our many amazing art classes, or pop in for a relaxing paint session and choose one of the many pottery options to paint. We truly have something for everyone, and for all ages! Why not try a spin on the pottery wheel and learn to throw down with a 1:1! Release your inner kid, have an American coke float, sno-cone, or a luxury coffee whilst you channel your inner artist! You don’t have to be artistic to enjoy Clayfever!
“We had a fab time and believe it or not it was the big kid that took the longest . Lovely selection of items to paint, fantastic drink and a brilliant atmosphere. (Mainly the fabulous lady who runs the studio sorry I’m rubbish with names). We will be back.” DT, July 22
“My friend and I brought our two toddler boys this morning (and my 7month old) To the toddler session. Great relaxed atmosphere, perfect length of time for them. Danielle was lovely with the children (and us adults) very welcoming. A little snack and juice included and hot drinks for the adults, great value for money. Will definite attend a session again.” GH, June 22
We also host many parties including birthdays, Hen-do’s, Baby Shower’s and more! We offer several amazing party packages and aim to make your special event even more special!
At Clayfever we specialise in Belly Casting for Mums-to-be, baby clay prints and painted prints as well as personalised memories for the nursery!
We also cherish all our furbabies at Clayfever, which is why we also specialise in personalised pet portraits, animal clay paw prints, and painted prints! We will literally do any print for any animal that’s how much we love it! We can come to you or you can bring your furbabies to the studio!
Clayfever also has a range of adorable takeaway kits and gifts readily available!
Come see what all the fuss is about and become a Clayfever convert! We promise you’ll love us!
30 High Street, Tadcaster, LS24 9AT
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, or you simply want to have some much needed mummy or daddy me time in the lead up to Christmas, this Spa package from the Cloisters Spa at the Parsonage Hotel is perfect.
Make lasting memories with your family at our magical and unique Christmas Experience.
A wondrous event including an audience with Father Christmas himself, meeting his Elves and his reindeers Donner and Blitzen as you wander round the animal park and enter the Winter Wonderland. There you will find Father Christmas planning his Christmas Eve adventure, maybe check if you are on his “Nice List!” If you are very lucky the Elves may have a gift for you too.
Dazzling Darren and Michael Jordan will showcase his Christmas Magic performances, six in total including our Elf on the Shelf show. A jam-packed day with lots of laughs and wows guaranteed.
Then take a walk into our Christmas Fair for unlimited rides on our Double Carousel, Helterskelter, Balloons, Pony Express, Formula, Miami, Sizzler, Apple Coaster, Cups and Saucers, Bulls and new Waveswinger – fun for all ages
If you need to warm up head to our indoor play with ample to keep the children amused from babies through to bigger children. Parents can relax and enjoy a hot chocolate or glass of wine!
There is also the fun of outside adventure park, where children can let off steam and enjoy all the activities available.
Twinkling lights, Christmas trees and Festive Characters.
A full day of family fun with lots of activities and Christmas joy, not to be missed!
Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH
Then check out our new Local Theatre page. Here we’ll list all the great family friendly shows on in and around STAG. Are you hosting or performing in a show? Tell us about it at email@example.com
The district council’s car parks will be free all day in Selby on Saturday 4 December, Saturday 11 December and Saturday 18 December 2021. This supports local businesses at this busy time of year.
The leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said: “I encourage our residents to consider their local independent businesses when doing their Christmas shopping this year. Retailers across the district have worked hard to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and make their premises safe and secure. We have a really fantastic range of retailers in our district who I hope residents will support at this busy time of year.”
Free parking returns on weekends in December before Christmas
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet has approved free parking for the four weekends in November/December running up to Christmas. The popular scheme, which the council has run for the past thirteen years, will apply to all council-run on-street and off-street car parks.
Pay and display machines in these locations will be clearly marked to let shoppers know there is no charge for the weekends of 27-28 November, 4-5 December, 11-12 December and 18-19 December, from 8am on Saturday until 8am on Monday.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “As has been the case in previous years, free parking in the run up to Christmas will once again be offered in the East Riding.
“This scheme provides real and tangible benefits for the local economy by providing a timely boost at what is an important time of the year for traders. It also helps our residents and visitors to the area who are preparing for the festive season.”
Whilst parking charges are suspended, motorists are advised that normal parking rules still apply, such as those around disabled parking bays, maximum stays and controlled parking zones (CPZ).
Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.
Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?
At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!
After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.
Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.
Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.
27 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
The Christmas Experience at Lotherton returns this year, with Santa and his elves ready to welcome visitors from across Leeds and beyond.
BRAND NEW for 2021 is our Festive Woodland Walk which will include larger than life Christmas traditions including interactive elements for all of the family to enjoy. Also new for this year are our Elf crafts in the courtyard and Mrs Claus in the house!
The Hall will be dressed up in all of its Edwardian festive finery, the Fairy Dell will be twinkling and Wildlife World will be open during the day for a full day out experience.
Every visitor must have a pre-booked ticket before visiting, no payment will be taken on the gate.
Please ensure all visitors have a Christmas Experience estate entry ticket.
Santa’s Elf Village – Under the Wishing Tree. Running from 3pm weekdays and all day on the weekends and school holidays from 27 November – 24 December.
Come along to our elven bivouac to meet Santa, Snowy Flake and his friends under the magical wishing tree for stories and elf tales. Visit Dizzy Bells outside the Reindeer Emporium and take home some magical reindeer feed for Rudolph on Christmas Eve. Pop by and say hello to Postmaster Pippin McJingles outside Ye Olde Post Office Central to ensure your letter to Santa is safely on its way. Finally meet the main man himself outside Santa’s Cabin for a special Christmas one to one, and a little present for the journey home.
Santa’s Cabin (preschoolers)- Running Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 2pm from 29 November – 17 December.
For the smallest of little people, we are offering an opportunity to say hello with Santa outside his cabin and receive a special Christmas gift. This is a great opportunity for little people’s first visit to Santa, who may struggle engaging in the full 30-35 minute ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ experience.
Relaxed sessions for children with additional needs – Tuesday 7th December. Can be booked from the 5th October by calling our box office on 0113 3760318
Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959
Tickets for Christmas at Mother Shipton’s can be purchased ONLINE ONLY for selected dates through November 2021 and December 2021. Places are limited, don’t miss out!
What to expect this Christmas:
· 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
· 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)
*Subject to weather conditions
Tickets are for timed sessions. Most sessions allow up to 2.5 hours within the attraction.
Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
T: 01423 864600
Sunday 12th December 3pm – 6pm
• Booking is Essential •
Hot chocolate, craft activities, marshmallow toasting and a gift from Santa are included in the children’s ticket price.
Adult tickets include hot chocolate or mulled wine and tasty homemade treats.
Under 2’s have refreshments and gift from Santa included in their ticket price.
There is also a small Christmas market with locally made gifts for sale.
And don’t forget your letter to post in Santa’s magical postbox!
Saturday 27th November 2021 10am-4pm
Join us for our annual Christmas Fair
We will be joined by lots of stall holders who will be selling gifts and hosting activities. There will be something for everyone!
Wednesday 1st December 2021 6pm
Christian Aid Big Sing
Come and hear local school children and Selby Abbey Choir sing, join in carols and hear about Christian Aid’s work around the world. Donations towards Christian Aid welcome – suggested donation 5 pounds.
Friday 3rd December to Sunday 5th December 10am-4pm every day (excluding service times) 10am-4pm
Christmas Tree Festival
Come and see 35 Christmas Trees designed by local schools, charities and organisations. Donations welcome towards Selby Abbey. Free.
Sunday 5th December 2021 4pm-5pm
Join us for our annual Christingle Service. Booking is not required for this service but this is subject to change in line with government guidance and regulations.
In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!
Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.
Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!
In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!
Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!
Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!
For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit www.stockeldpark.co.uk
Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.
The Fat Abbot at The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
The Fat Abbot at The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
“Highly recommended, 5 stars!” – York Mumbler
A Cracking Celebration (LIVE)
Celebrating TEN magical years, join The Magic Hatter and friends for a very special Christmas party show!
Featuring Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and even SANTA CLAUS! Festive fun for all the family…’yule’ love it.
December 4th and 5th at Manor Academy in York. £10 adults, £9 children or £32 for a family of four. Shows sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended!
“Definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year!” A. Malone
The Christmas Express (DIGITAL)
All aboard for some festive fun inspired by The Polar Express!
Join The Magic Hatter on a virtual journey to meet Santa at The North Pole. Meet Aunty Madge as she tries to make hot chocolate, laugh at Frostbite the Penguin’s silly antics and enjoy plenty of magic along the way!
All booking options come with free printable train tickets! Launches late November, but available to pre-order now.
“They haven’t stopped watching your digital shows, they love them! And I get a quiet cuppa!” – The Honest Parent UK
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, or you simply want to have some much needed mummy or daddy me time in the lead up to Christmas, this 2 night break from the Parsonage Hotel is the perfect escape.
The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
Whether you’re looking for a grown ups night out, a family get together, or your annual works do, then a festive party night can be the perfect solution.
The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, York, YO19 6LF
The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.
You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!
Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.
Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.
The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.
The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.
There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.
You can book your magical potions experience online
9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ
We would like to invite you to come join in some festive fun, with our unique Christmas experience with your children on Tuesday 30th November 2021 from 1:30 -3.30pm.
Fun for ages 0-5, you can enjoy making reindeer food, use your creative skills to make Christmas decorations and enjoy a stay and play in the setting with your child.
If you would like to attend, please get in touch with the nursery on the following contacts. Photo ID will be required.
Telephone – 01405 767630
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
We can also arrange for you to look around our nursery during this time if you would like a tour.
Sunday 21st November 2021 from 1pm-4pm
Gilberdyke War Memorial Hall
Seeing Santa and sharing their Christmas wishes with him, is a truly magical experience for your little ones. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that Father Christmas will be visiting our restaurants again this year!
Each 30-minute visit with a small group of children will include storytime with Father Christmas, a photo opportunity, and a gift for your little ones. Adults can sit back and relax with a hot drink whilst their little ones enjoy their visit.
Visit Times: 11.30am – 12pm 12.15pm – 12.45pm 1pm – 1.30pm
Tickets: ADULTS Club Individual members price: £12.50 Non-members price: £17.50 CHILDREN UNDER 11: Club Individual members price: £15.00 Non-members price: £20.00 Download our app & become a member by following the link below & using the code SOPHIEB as promotional code https://clubindividual.app/
Join us afterwards for lunch & the children’s meals are on us! *All bookings require a full pre-payment at the time of booking. Children eat free when dining from the bambino menu only. Children under 1 can attend free of charge however if you wish for them to have a gift and a photo with Santa, there will be a £5 charge.
Harrogate – 4th December book by emailing email@example.com
Leeds, The Springs – 5th December book by emailing Sophie.Beresford@Ginodacamporestaurants.com
Hull – 5th & 12th December book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds, Park Row – 12th December book by emailing Sophie.Beresford@Ginodacamporestaurants.com
Friday 3rd December 2021 – Sunday 2nd January 2022
A NEW SPECTACULAR FAMILY PANTO
WE’RE HAVING A BALL AND EVERYONE’S INVITED
York Theatre Royal presents the most magical pantomime of all, Cinderella!
In this timeless rags to riches story, relocated to our very own city of York, expect magical transformations, sparkling sets, stunning costumes, catchy songs and heaps of hilarity.
Our brand new pantomime will be a fabulous fun-filled treat for your whole family. Join us for a lavish, spectacular production where everyone can have a ball.
Starring CBeebies Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy and the Oddsocks’ Andy Day (Dandini), The Travelling Pantomime’s Faye Campbell (Cinderella) and Robin Simpson (Sister), Paul Hawkyard (Sister), Crackerjack’s Max Fulham (Buttons), Benjamin Lafayette (Prince Charming) and Sarah Leatherbarrow (Fairy Godmother).
Don’t be late, get your tickets before the clock strikes midnight!
FAMILY TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES!
Simply add your Adult and Under 18 tickets to the basket and your family ticket discount will be automatically applied. Our family ticket offer is not valid on band 3 and 4 tickets or in conjunction with any other offer, discount or concession. Limited to one family ticket per customer.
We’re parading into Christmas with style here at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park! Join us every weekend in December leading up to Christmas as Santa and his band of merry elves parade through the Wildlife Park!
See Santa and his friends’ parade through the Wildlife Park at 12:00PM and 13:00PM each day on the 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th December 2021!
Sold out Book your place for the long-awaited return of Father Christmas to Beningbrough’s Victorian laundry. Join a small group for stories, list checking and gifts.
Beningbrough, Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027
3rd & 10th December December 2021
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. Cost: £20-£50
Michael le Belfrey Church, High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2021 10am-4pm
Get into the festive spirit and explore a collection of fine gifts, food & drink in the beautiful surrounding of the Bishops Manor Winter Artisan Market. Shop for unique & meaningful gifts crafted by local artisans & enjoy delicious food from That Tea Room of Howden throughout the day. Free entry.
Bridlington Spa has announced that panto will return to the venue for Christmas 2021 with The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan running from Tuesday 14 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022.
More info to follow
Saturday 13th November 2021 – Monday 2rd January 2022
Step through the wardrobe into an enchanting adventure this festive season. An icy 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? Whilst Castle Howard is open from 10am daily, you can also join us after dark for the most enchanting ‘Christmas in Narnia’ experience.
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333
20th November 2021 – 24th December 2021
As Christmas draws near, the park is converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas theming throughout and the annual opening of the wonderful ‘Night before Christmas’ ride. Climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest to arrive in style at Santa’s Magical Grotto.
Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford, DN22 0HX
Experience our festive cruises this November and December! Find your special event cruise in York. Choose from our daily festive sightseeing cruise, with 7 departures a day, or our “ho-ho-ho” Santa Experience.
The Boatyard, Lendal bridge, York, YO1 7DP
T: 01904 628324
“Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero, an adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favourite Disney stories. Join fearless wayfinder Moana and demigod Maui as they bravely voyage into uncharted territories to return the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Journey alongside Anna and Elsa on their quest to protect the kingdom. Dive “Under The Sea” and test the power of true love with The Little Mermaid. Get tangled with Rapunzel as she dares to explore the world outside her own. And be there as Belle boldly tames the fearsome Beast. Discover that courage, determination and heart are all part of the hero in you! See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and stars from Moana, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled.” Disneyonice.co.uk, Sept,21
Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
28th – 31st October 2021
AO Arena, Manchester
3rd – 7th November 2021
Utilita Arena Newcastle
9th – 12th December 2021
16th – 19th December 2021
The O2, London
22nd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022
A range of experiences to bring your festive period to life, including First Class, Premium Compartments, Breakfast with Santa and more.
Every experience includes a one-hour steam train ride, departing from our station at Bolton Abbey, a present for children, festive entertainment and a visit from Santa at your seats on-board. Truly magical.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF
T: 01756 710614
Each weekend in December and every day from 19 December to 3 January. Come together this Christmas for a full festive day out each weekend in December and every day in Christmas week. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights.
You can experience Christmas here all day but the lights will start to show as it gets darker in the afternoon. Last entry to the estate is at 4pm.
Normal admission charges apply. You will have to pre-book a ticket to visit.
Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing and your torch (it’s dark by 4pm).
Saturday 11th December 2021 – Sunday 9th Jan 2022
The Grand Opera House are delighted to announce York legend Berwick Kaler will be dusting off his frocks and making his much-anticipated, triumphant return to panto to star in Dick Turpin Rides Again this Christmas!
The star of pantomime in York for 40 years, Berwick’s critically acclaimed performance as dame has solidified his reputation as a true York institution having delighted generations of festive theatregoers every year. Dick Turpin Rides Again reunites Berwick with his band of pantomime favourites, Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, AJ Powell and David Leonard in a production packed full of madcap comedy, spectacular song and dance, and a Wagon Wheel or two!
T: 0844 871 7615
11th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022
Mirror, Mirror on The Wall, Hull New Theatre’s panto will be the fairest of them all! Starring musical theatre and Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, panto favourite Neil Hurst and the ultimate panto dame Nigel Ellacott this year’s Hull New Theatre panto will be the ultimate fairy-tale adventure for you and your family. Brought to you by Crossroads Pantomimes, the world’s biggest panto producer, you can be sure of a show packed with special effects, comedy in abundance, beautiful costumes and stunning sets.
T: 01482 300 306
Kingston Square, Hull, HU1 3HF.
Friday 26th November 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022
All aboard as E Nesbit’s classic story steams into Hull this Christmas! Join Bobby, Peter and Phyllis in this warm-hearted, uplifting tale of hope, friendship and family. With their Father gone, the family is forced to leave their comfortable home in London. Here in Yorkshire they experience a life of adventure by the railway, whilst struggling to make ends meet. Through the kindness and generosity of friends and neighbours they continue to have faith that it’ll all come right in the end.
T: 01482 323638
Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB
4th -11th December 2021
As the arch villain King Rat wreaks havoc across London Dick Whittington arrives from his home town of York seeking adventure. Can he stop King Rat’s spree of thefts in its tracks as he joins Dame Dora and Duncan as a guard at Fitzwarren’s bank?
Come and find out as Rowntree Players present song, dance, slapstick silliness and twisted plots all bound by the same old jokes in this rollicking romp of a traditional family pantomime.
T: 01904 501935
11th – 14th November 2021
Living North’s Christmas Fair is the most established Christmas shopping event in the North.
As ever we are delighted to provide the perfect excuse for friends and families to enjoy a special day out and experience the best Christmas shopping, all under one roof. So come and soak up the festive atmosphere at York Racecourse, as you peruse our carefully-chosen exhibitors, who work passionately to bring you original and handmade gifts and treats year-on-year. Alongside the many ideas for gifts are some of our favourite food producers offering enticing treats in our Festive Food Hall.
27th November to 22nd December 2021
Step this way for a magical Christmas experience in Santa’s village. Meet the big man himself in his cosy winter cabin where children will receive Santa money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop. Then take a walk through the village and be enchanted by the elves and peek inside their homes and workshops.
Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
Sunday 28th November 2021 – 1-5pm
Stalls, Food & Drink, Santa, Rides and Music in the Town Centre.
Sunday 19th and Monday 20th December 2021
Join us to meet Santa in the magnificent Wenlock Library. You and your family can immerse yourselves in Christmas and get in the festive spirit. Enjoy delicious hot chocolate and mince pies around the Christmas tree and get creative with some seasonal crafts. Each child will receive their very own key to Santa’s toy box to unlock a Christmas gift. Pre-booking required.
T: 01904 727600
Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick Park, YO19 6EU
18th – 23rd December 2021
With its magical blend of vivid story-telling, original music and creative puppetry, you’re in for a treat!
Christmas brings surprises and not all of them are nice. It’s a crackling mix of hopes and fears and they’re definitely getting closer. Finn is on the run. Can stories help to untangle things? If only someone would listen to Suzy Pettiskew before she bursts. Or stop Barney Box’s dog from growing bigger night by night. And can anyone really ‘blotzsh the Glim’? ‘Shoes are very good story tellers. You experience a lot by stepping into someone else’s shoes’.
For all children aged 5+
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York. YO1 9SL
T: 01904 613000
Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting special presents to the children onboard – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!
Pickering Station, Pickering, YO18 7AJ
T: 01751 472508
The market will run from 10am-5pm, lots of live performances to keep you entertained. The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Selby at 4pm.
YorkMix Radio will be in attendance with fun and games throughout the day and counting down to the switch-on. Watch out for Santa!
Friday 26th November to Sunday December 19th 2021
Magical woodland walk – Take a seasonal stroll with the alpacadeer through the festive farm woodland. Experience includes: Festive alpacadeer walk through the wintery woods – Meet the elves and feed the alpacadeer – Meet the super-soft baby alpacadeers and learn about their unique and amazing fleeces, and more.
Goodness Farm, Sheriff Hutton Road, Strensall, York, YO32 5TP
T: 07307 890529
SELECTED DATES FROM 27th NOVEMBER – 23rd DECEMBER 2021
A MAGICAL IMMERSIVE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Come on down to Spilman’s Farm this winter for some magical festive fun… and instead of picking your own fruit and veg….you get to PICK YOUR OWN Christmas!!! Includes storytelling with Santa, a trip to Mrs Claus’s Gingerbread Toy Workshop, and more!
Church Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB
November 20th 11am – 3pm 2021
30 unusual stalls from small local businesses – The Grand Raffle – Paint a Christmas Tree Bauble – Tombola – Meet Father Christmas – Shop and Cafe open as usual – All in support of ‘Helping hands for Nepal’.
The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW
T: 01759 305420
Friday, 3 December to Thursday, 23 December 2021
Sewerby Winter Woodland will take visitors on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights. Visitors will discover that The Snow Queen has cast a spell on the beautiful woodland, which has come alive with light and sounds. Joining the Sewerby polar explorer on his expedition, visitors will travel through an illuminated tunnel into the winter woods, and embark on their quest into the Snow Queen’s domain. The house itself will be filled with Christmas decorations and trees, and the lighting in the house will add a magical feel. Visitors will also be able to sample local craft stalls, a bar, and vintage fairground rides.
On Selected Dates from November 2021 to January 2022
Step foot into a Christmas tale at York Castle Museum this winter and rediscover all the magic of the season!
Our famous Victorian Street, Kirkgate, will be transformed into a glistening snow-covered ‘stage’ where spectacular large-scale projections present a very special Christmas story full of festive cheer!
18 November to 23 December 2021
The hugely popular St Nicholas Fair is returning in 2021. The best way to start Christmas is with a stroll along Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, both hosting wintry alpine chalets. Each chalet is stocked with unique products selling everything from stocking fillers and extra special gifts, to delicious tasty treats. Visitors to the market an enjoy a bite to eat or sip on some warming mulled wine in the cheery, buzzing atmosphere.
11th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Come join us this Christmas as we meet Jack, Jill, Dame Trott and the rest of the gang at the magical Theatre@41 on Monkgate.
Christmas in York just wouldn’t be complete without a family outing to the Pantomime! Producer Nik Briggs, and York Stage, are excited to be presenting a brand new professional panto this year.
Please visit the York Stage Ltd website for full event details and covid specific information.
Thursday 25th November – Friday 3rd December 2021
From the producer who brought SHREK, The Sound of Music, Ghost: The Musical and many more West End and Broadway titles to the Grand Opera House York, this festive spectacular is set to wow audiences once again.
Based on the much loved 2003 film, starring Will Ferrell, ELF: The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
T: 07584 048030
Our assignment from the North Pole this year is to spread Festive joy to everyone. This December, get ready for a Christmas covered in Chocolate! From our expert chocolatiers showing off their skills and teaching you some tricks of the trade, to Santa himself making an appearance. There is a chocolate filled Christmas event to suit everyone.
York’s Chocolate Story, King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
T: 01904 261262
The Yorkshire Air Museum is the perfect place to visit over Christmas and New Year. Discover our incredible aircraft in the hangar, see what Christmas was like on a wartime airfield and grab something to eat or drink in our refurbished café. Your ticket allows repeat entry for 12 months!
Yorkshire Air Museum,Elvington,York,YO41 4AU
T: 01904 608595
Various dates between Friday 20th November 2020 and Sunday 17th January 2021
This not-to-be-missed event will be the biggest lantern display in Yorkshire this year. Featuring over 2,400 metres of illuminated trails filled with awe inspiring giant lanterns themed as animals, mystical creatures, Jurassic dinosaurs and more, this shimmering spectacle promises an experience unlike anything seen before. Save 25% off all tickets when you use discount code ‘light25’
Please visit the YWP website for full event details and covid special restrictions.
Warning Tongue Ln, Bessacarr, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB
Friday 19th November 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022
The Ice Factor – the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq. m – will once again have a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. Surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform, this magical setting makes for the perfect festive experience for all ages.
York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, York, YO19 4TA
T: 07985 331802
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