School Holiday Activities & Camps Selby, Tadcaster and Goole

Christmas Holiday

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Are you running or attending a great Christmas Holiday event or activity?

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

We are adding to this page all the time, so please keep checking back.

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Christmas Craft Inspiration

Mini Mumbler made Christmas cards can be a great way to get crafty at home. They’ll love it and it will give them something to do on those cold and wet days when all you want to do is stay indoors.  Here’s some of our favourites.  We’ve also thrown in a couple of extra christmassy crafts for you to try out.

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‘A Coastal Christmas’ is coming to Bridlington

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2018

A brand new festive event is coming to Bridlington this year: ‘A Coastal Christmas’ will take place near the new RNLI building near Bridlington Spa between 12 noon and 8pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday.

The weekend will include rides on a decorated festive land train; traditional fairground rides; appearances by Father Christmas during both days; a range of stalls including local food producers and sellers, and the RNLI; carols by local choirs and brass bands; and donkey rides (in daylight hours).

Entry to the event will be free, but some elements (such as the rides and the donkey rides) will have a small charge.

The event is being organised by the RNLI and the council’s foreshores team, and is being held for the first time this year. More details of the programme will be issued in due course.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “This event sounds like a wonderful addition to what we can offer in Bridlington, and is a further step towards making the town a year-round attraction. I hope that residents and visitors will put the dates in their diaries now.”

For more information about the event, contact

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Child Free Christmas Shopping – Courtesy of Summit Indoor Adventure – Selby

Who’s thinking about what they are going to do with the kids whilst they do the Christmas shopping? 🎅

Stress no more… Sat 24th Nov, Sat 1st Dec and Sat 8th Dec we will take the kids for the day and keep them busy!!

All the activities of Summit and looked after by our brilliant team.

Limited spaces, so don’t wait to book their spot…Do it today 01757 293292

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Christmas Eve Box Inspiration

While our Mini Mumblers adore receiving their Christmas Eve boxes, there should be no pressure to do a box. That said, we know it’s something that some of our Mumblers are wanting to try, so we thought we’d put together some ideas and inspiration to give you a helping hand.

Firstly, grab a box, it really can be any kind. An old cardboard box decorated with paper, a gift box, or a personalised Christmas box (you only have to google ‘Christmas Eve box’ and you’ll find hundreds you can buy) How and when you give it to them is completely up to you, it’s the Elves who tap at our door and we send the little ones to open it. We explain that Santa can’t bring it as he is so busy loading the sleigh at the North Pole, but he sends his Elves instead to deliver it and have one last check that you’re being good.

  • New PJ’s to wear on Christmas Eve
  • Christmas socks or slippers
  • Cuddly toy
  • Christmas jumper or special outfit to wear on Christmas Day
  • Christmas cup, plate or cutlery
  • Chocolate coins, chocolate reindeer or Santa.  Chocolate sprouts were a hit at STAG HQ
  • Hot chocolate kit with marshmallows
  • Christmas film to watch
  • Special bauble or decoration to hang on the tree
  • Carrot for Rudolf and mince pie for Santa (to put on the Christmas plate)
  • Special Christmas book to read to them at bedtime on Christmas eve
  • Christmas colouring books or festive crafts
  • Board game

Whatever you get up to on Christmas Eve, we hope you have a super time.  Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New Year.

Caroline and Kathryn x

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Christmas Gift Ideas From Some Of Our Lovely Local Businesses And Fellow Mumblers

Anne’s Wellbeing Therapy 

A perfect gift for mum this Christmas. Beautiful setting, relaxing music, pamper time and more, what’s not to love?

Even better, when they book, if they mention STAG Mumbler, they’ll receive 20% off.

You can read all about Anne’s Wellbeing here.

Flutterbabies Gift Vouchers

As Christmas approaches Flutterbabies wants to spread more awareness to cut down on the amount of children’s toys bought and then thrown away. So, how about the gift of swimming?? It’s not only magical, enhances the child’s learning and development, but it’s is one that lasts forever.

Voucher are available in any denomination or in full payment towards a course. They can be tailored to individual needs.

You can read all about Flutterbabies here.

Water Babies Gift Vouchers

A perfect gift, one that will last them a lifetime. These can be purchased by contacting the Water Babies office on 01904 607110 or emailing

Lots of our swim toys make lovely stocking fillers for little swimmers, or even for playing with at home in the bath. We also have two award winning products, our bath book and tiger teethers.

“Spread some Water Babies magic this Christmas! Free Bubba Float between now and 11th November when you spend over £25 – add the product to your basket and use SANTA18 in the promo code box at the checkout. Last order dates for Christmas 2018; Std delivery – order before 18th December, Express delivery – order before 20th December”

You can read all about Water Babies here.

Tickets for Disney On Ice

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice is set to take over UK venues next spring.
The latest edition of the popular arena spectacle will feature characters from across the Disney world, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse and favourites from Frozen, the Lion King and beyond.
The event will land in London, Aberdeen, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiff, with tickets on sale at 9am on October 12.

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Family Christmas Party – Brayton Community Centre – Selby

Saturday 8th December 10:30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 4pm

£3 per child attending. Free entry for adults. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Games for children up to 10 years old – such as pass the parcel, candy cane pick up, Santa says and slam dunk the Christmas present!Visit to Santas grotto. Personalised present for each child. Snack box for each child. Free photo of child / family with Santa. Complimentary refreshments for adults. If present need batteries – then batteries provided and fitted for free. Re Read Doncaster will also be giving away children’s books for free.

Tickets go on sale Saturday 20th October 2018 at 11am from Moore’s Allsorts Confectionery, 5 New Lane, SELBY, North Yorkshire, YO8 4QB

100 free tickets for those on benefits via Selby Community Furniture Store
More details on our Facebook group at

Brayton Community Centre, Foxhill Lane, YO89EL Selby

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Make Your Christmas Extra Special With Our 12 Days Of Christmas

Here at STAG Mumbler, we know how hard it can be when Christmas is fast approaching and how busy and challenging this time
of year can be for many parents and carers.

Perhaps some of these things are going through your mind as you read this….

Who’s coming for Christmas this year? Who do I need to buy for? What do I buy them? Where can we hide all the presents?

Should we send cards or do charitable donations, adopt a donkey, or perhaps spend a crafty afternoon trying to do homemade cards with the children?

What on earth am I going to do, the limited edition doll they want is out of stock everywhere!!


Well we’ve put together a few ideas to give you some inspiration for things to do that may just help you make Christmastime that little extra special and a little less stressful!

Our Top 12

  1. Spend an evening choosing all of your favourite family Christmas songs and make a CD/playlist all ready for Christmas Day
  2. If you like the main tree to look extra special (i.e. done by you to your high standards), why not buy a baby tree for the
    children to decorate themselves and then they can have their very own special tree.
  3. If you can manage to have a free day all together as a family, why not spend it baking some lovely festive treats. You can have a little competition for the Star Baker. You could wrap any spares up and give them as presents to family, friends or neighbours. You could also make individual place cards for the Christmas dinner table.
  4. Have a special Christmas movie night. Put on your PJ’s, pile into the lounge, bring down the pillows and duvets, light the candles or put on the fairy lights, grab your popcorn and snuggle up as a family and watch your favourite Christmas films together. Here’s our previous Hygge night blog for more inspiration.
  5. Buy a Christmas book, or if your budget permits, buy a personalised Christmas book online (you know the ones where you can insert family names so the story becomes all about you). Find a point on Christmas Eve to sit down and read it as a family. Write a little message inside as a nice way of remembering that night and then read the same book every year, always adding a little note in it from that year. The book can then be passed down the family tree. Imagine reading the same book you knew your grandparents had read to your parents each Christmas Eve and reading their memories and imagining what it was like for them.
  6. On Christmas Eve, make a picnic, put on your best PJ’s and go for a family ride out in the car looking for the best decorated homes and gardens. No car, no problem, wrap up nice and warm and go for a walk round your neighbourhood decoration spotting. You could even take a flask and some treats and stop on your way round for a mini picnic.
  7. On Christmas Eve, just before you go up to bed, tape a large piece of Christmas wrapping paper over the door and in the morning the children will have to burst through the paper to see if Santa has been.
  8. You know that feeling when the children rip open all their presents and you suddenly panic….’How will we send thank you’s when I have no idea who bought them what!?’ Create a Christmas notebook, as each present is opened, make a little note of who bought it and it will make those thank you cards a whole lot easier. If you use the same book each year, it would be lovely looking back as the children grow up and you’ll be able to reminisce over all the gifts they received ‘From Santa’ and family over the years.
  9. Christmas is a great time for taking family photos, but not everyone likes to pose. Make it more fun with this little game. Get everyone to write a series of poses, animals or celebrities etc on a piece of paper and put them in a bowl. Take it in turns to pull out the paper, strike a pose to match the paper and let everyone guess who or what you are. Nominate someone to be on standby with a camera for each one and you’re guaranteed to get some great and no doubt very funny pics.
  10. Christmas morning can often include little ones ripping opening all their presents in a matter of minutes, challenging if you were hoping this would take all morning or you’d hoped they would save a few until the family arrive. Why not create a little treasure hunt. This will keep the children busy as they go off in search of their presents and include time gaps in the clues, e.g., play with this toy and at 11am, go to x where you you’ll find x’. It could keep them busy all day!
  11. Make a special 2018 memories jar. Take a jar, have fun decorating it and on New Years Eve place it somewhere everyone can
    reach. Place alongside it little pieces of paper and a pen and then all throughout the year when you do something special, someone in the family has something to celebrate etc, make a note of it on a piece of paper and pop it in the jar. On NYE 2018, you’ll be able to sit and read all the little notes and reminisce over the wonderful memories you made together in 2018.
  12. Don’t forget that Christmas is for grown ups too, so make sure you enjoy all the festivities just as much as your Mini Mumblers.

Wishing all of our wonderful Mumblers and their families, a super special Christmas and amazing New Year.

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Sinfonia Viva Orchestra – The Boat and The Blue at Bridlington Spa

Sinfonia Viva will be presenting The Boat and The Blue at Bridlington Spa on Friday 30 November 2018 at 1pm and 5pm.

This is an interactive musical journey for under-eights, with live drawings and animation – join Sinfonia Viva for a magical afternoon for the whole family.

Winner of ‘best family event’ at Family Friendly Arts Festival Awards, The Boat the and Blue tells the story of Rowan’s adventures on the high seas, diving headfirst into an ocean teeming with life.

Presented by composer and guitarist Jack Ross and accompanied by Grammy-nominated orchestra Sinfonia Viva, the concert features new music and a host of musical favourites.

Experience life on the ocean wave and the sort of creatures you might find there. Frogs, duck, a blue whale and many more will be imaginatively portrayed and complemented by the wonderful illustrations of visual artist Eleanor Meredith, whose stunning live drawings and animation will be projected on a big screen behind the orchestra.

Tickets are available now priced £6 for adults, £5 for children, from Bridlington Spa box office on 01262 678258 or online at

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Smiles & Miles Tutoring Christmas Themed Taster Sessions

Read our STAG Mumbler Review of Smiles & Miles here

Smiles&Miles Tutoring is offering local KS1 and KS2 students the opportunity to experience a one off taster Maths or English tutoring session with a Christmas theme for half of the usual price!

Why not have fun learning together by choosing the option to have a session with up to three friends of a similar age for a further discount per student.

Sessions will take place in the comfort of your home. The learning activities will be fun with a focus on boosting confidence and enjoyment of learning for guaranteed smiles!

Sessions are available on the following dates:
Saturday 1st December between 10am and 6pm
Sunday 2nd December between 10am and 6pm
Sunday 9th December between 10am and 6pm
Saturday 15th December between 10am and 6pm
Sunday 16th December between 10am and 6pm
Sunday 23rd December between 10am and 6pm.

For further details and for bookings contact us on FACEBOOK or by emailing

Mention STAG Mumbler when booking to receive a further 10% discount!

Please note that these are one off taster sessions and there is absolutely no obligation to book future sessions. Existing Smiles&Miles primary aged students may take up this offer in addition to their regular booked sessions. All taster sessions will be delivered by Sarah Oliver- the Smiles&Miles founder.

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The Magic Hatter Christmas Cracker

🎄 TICKETS NOW ON SALE for The Magic Hatter Christmas Special 🎄

The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker 2018 is NOW ON SALE! Shows are selling out fast, so early booking is strongly recommended!

FOURTH SHOW ADDED to meet demand! Early booking recommended!

Magic, comedy, Santa and much more!

Saturday 8th December 10.30am-12.00pm and 3.30pm-5.00pm
Sunday 9th December 10.30am-12.oopm and 3.30pm-5.00pm

The HIVE Studios, Manor Academy, York

Click here to book your tickets.

Reviews of previous shows

‘A superb alternative to a Christmas panto. We were sat on the front row and our boys haven’t stopped talking about the show!’

– P. Martin

‘Incredible Christmas show at The Hive this year! Electric atmosphere, really made the kids laugh for the whole time! Everyone loved it – can’t wait for next year’s show, and will definitely be coming to see him again throughout the year!”

– AJ Durling, audience member 2017

‘Wow! Amazing show! My daughter and friend loved every minute. Very festive, can’t wait to book for next year!!’

– A. Pipes, audience member 2017

T: 0845 475 2124


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TinyTalk Christmas Class

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Standering Hall, Selby

TinyTalk Christmas class is open to anyone whether you are a regular class attendee or not. We will have fun with Seasonal songs and Christmas signs. In social time babies can enjoy toys and social interaction and adults get the usual hot drink and biscuit as well as some extra festive treats and tunes. £5.50 for this class. Suitable for all babies aged 0-2 years.

Beauty and the Beast – Leeds

November 23 – November 30 2018

After the hugely successful Jack and the Beanstalk, Paul Holman Associates returns to Carriageworks Theatre for Winter 2018 with their magical pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

Be our guest on a journey of enchantment in one of the most loved fairy tales of all time. Featuring spellbinding special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes, magic and mayhem, Beauty and the Beast guarantees to be the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Relive one of the most enchanting and magical stories of all time as the Carriageworks Theatre brings this timeless classic to life for all the family.

Carriageworks Theatre, 3 Millennium Squarem The Electric Press, Leeds, LS2 3AD

T: 0113 376 0318

Bounce and Wobble Christmas Party – Selby

Friday 14th December 2018 at 11am

Enjoy a very festive 3 hours and a visit to see Santa.
Each child will get a gift from Santa
Face painter, Christmas disco, plus all our fabulous soft play and bouncy castles.

Tickets are only £10 and numbers are limited so please get in touch if you’d like to purchase any.

Brayton Community Centre, Foxhill Lane, YO89EL Selby

Breakfast and Supper with Santa – Garforth Garden Centre

Enjoy a special Breakfast or Supper with Santa this Christmas
Whilst you tuck into your freshly cooked meal Santa will arrive with his magical sack of presents.
Enjoy our festive activities, write your very own letter to Santa and colour in one of our favourite Christmas pictures. Finally for those who have been extra good this year Santa will hand out a special gift for you to take home.

8th, 15th, 22nd
and 24th December 9.00am
£9.95 per child
Thursday 20th December 5.00pm £10.95 per child

Bookings can be made in store…Santa is looking forward to meeting you all!

Breakfast with Santa – Capricorn Restaurant, Goole

Sunday mornings in December. Tickets are now on sale – numbers are limited.
Buffet includes bacon/sausage butties and a range of cereals, muffins & yoghurts. Tickets must be collected in advance from the restaurant.
£8 for children, £7 for adults. Price includes a small selection box gift for children plus playbarn entry!

Carlton Christmas Lights Night

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 6pm – 9pm

A walk of the village to explore the Christmas lights, festive feel with refreshments in the village hall.

The village hall will be open all evening, the bar will be open, there will be mulled wine, mince pies and festive music.
Maps will cost £1 and will provide you with a route to walk the village to see the best dressed houses for Christmas. Vote for your favourite and there will be a prize for the best dressed house.

If you want to bring glow sticks, lanterns, torches or anything else to glow…it all ads to the fun

Carlton Village Hall, Carlton, DN14 9PB

Carlton Towers at Christmas

Dec 2nd, 9th – Santa Sunday Lunch (Three course festive lunch with Santa’s grotto and free gift)

Dec 3rd, 10th- A Very Merry Open House and Tea Room (see the house dressed for Christmas and visit the tea room)

Dec 5 and 6th – Festive Frolicks (Christmas crafts, live music and seasonal food and rink as well as Santa’s grotto)


Christmas at Castle Howard is a spectacle like no other

Nov 17 – Dec 31 2018

Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Castle Howard Estate, Malton, YO60 7DA

T: 01653 648333

Christmas Break Basketball Camp

Tadcaster Christmas Break 2018/19 Basketball Camp will be hosted at Tadcaster Grammar School (LS24 9NB) on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Details below, email Coach Mark at 07912 178917.

➡️ 9am-4pm (with 8:30am drop off and 4:30pm pick up available)
➡️ Tadcaster Grammar School, Toulston, Tadcaster LS24 9NB
➡️ Open to Boys & Girls aged 4-13 (Pre-school through to Y8)
➡️ £20 per child per day

Christmas Gift and Craft Fair – Howden

Sunday 25 November 2018 at 11 AM – 3 PM

A great chance to start your Christmas shopping and to get into the Christmas sprit. Lots of local traders under one roof.

Laxton Victory Hall, Station Road, DN14 7TW Howden

Christmas Market – Parsonage Hotel (Escrick)

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 6pm

Free entry!

Come along to our annual Christmas Market and find that perfect gift! With Lots of local stall holders attending you are sure to tick plenty of gifts of your list! Enjoy a glass of mulled wine with our compliments.

The Parsonage Hotel & Spa, Escrick, North Yorkshire, YO19 6LF

Christmas Shopping and Taster Event – Bert’s Barrow

Saturday 10th November 2018 – 10am-3pm

Come and get your Christmas food & shopping sorted. Hampers will be available with 10% discount or make your own and we can store them until the big day. Samples of cheese, pate and more. There will also be stalls with gifts and Christmas trees & wreaths will be available to pre order. Have a look at our order form and put a great big tick next to your Christmas dinner.

Bert’s Barrow, Austfield Farm, Austfield Lane, Hillam, LS25 5NQ Leeds

Cliffe Christmas Market

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Market stalls selling crafts, gifts and decorations. Festive food and drink and tea rooms.

Elftastic Workshop and Christmas Grotto at The Escapologist

Elftastic Workshop Escape Room Experience:

You will use Santa’s sleigh to fly to the North Pole, finding your way to Santa’s grotto. Where Santa will tell you your next steps as to how to help the Elf’s in the ELFtastic Workshop. All the puzzles are made to engage children from the age of 6 upwards.

The wonders of the snowy Christmas come to life in an extravagant ELFtastic Adventure. Make sure you help finish the toys in time for Christmas!

Every Sunday 10-12 we will also be opening a Santa’s Grotto for people to visit for £3.50 for one ticket or £5.00 for  tickets. You will get a little present from Santa after being able to post your Santa’s letter, so don’t forget your Santa letter when you visit.

The Escapologist, Selby (01757) 247500

Jingle Bell Bop – Tadcaster Riley Smith Hall

Sunday December 16 2018

Santa’s head Elf, Elfie, will guide you through the show and introduce you to the rest of our characters as well as Father Christmas himself. Unlike a conventional sit down panto we encourage children to be on their feet during the show and between each short stage act there are dance for the children to join in with

Junction Goole – Christmas Performances

7th – 9th December – Read’s Warblers Christmas Extravaganza

Join Read’s Warblers POP and SHOW Choirs along with Yorkshire Wolds Versatile Brass Quintet as they get into the full swing of Christmas. This rousing programme includes old favourites as well contemporary hits to really get you into the Christmas spirit. No humbugs allowed!


14th December – 22nd December – Sleeping Beauty

Friday 14 December, 6.30pm Saturday 15, 2pm & 6.30pm Sunday 16 December, 12pm & 4pm Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 December, 6.30pm Friday 21, 2pm & 6.30pm Saturday 22 December, 2pm & 6.30pm

TaleGate Theatre Productions are back at Junction for their ninth year with the pantomime of your dreams! Help Prince Valentine defeat the evil fairy, Malevola, and wake Sleeping Beauty with true love’s kiss. Sleeping Beauty promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever! Packed with songs, silliness, audience participation and a spectacular fire breathing dragon, this panto extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family! Running time 90 mins (plus interval).


Leeds Santas Dash

Sleigh Bells ring, are you listening? On Lands Lane, we’ll be waiting, a beautiful sight, seeing so many in red and white, dashing in a winter wonderland.

Have you heard the news? Santa Claus is coming to town! Here’s the catch; there won’t just be one, two or even 10 Santas heading to Leeds this year, there will be hundreds taking to the streets for the Santa Dash in Leeds City Centre to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice. This year we are hoping to make it our biggest event ever with over 1,000 Santas all coming together to support St Gemma’s Hospice.

So it’s time to dust the snow off your running shoes, earn those mince pies, and sign up for this amazing festive event on Sunday 9th December 2018!

Raising vital funds for St Gemma’s Hospice is a great way to start the festive season, helping St Gemma’s bring joy and happiness to their patients. Depending on your ability you can dash through the city, taking in the Christmas sights, for either 1 or up to 5k. The dash is suitable for Santas or Eeves of all ages and abilities (wheelchair/pram friendly route).

Once again we will be rewarding our festive fundraisers who are able to raise over £10 in sponsorship by Sunday 9th December with a special Santa pin badge! All you need to do is bring your sponsor money or show your online fundraising page at the dash.

There will be lots of seasonal cheer from the crowds to get you on your way. A warm up to loosen those limbs will take place at the start, led by a live brass band to get you in the festive spirit. Plus hundreds of other Santas to dash, dance or prance the pavements with. Don’t forget to warm your fingers and toes with hot drinks and free food at Little Tokyo after the dash!

Make sure you end the year on Santa’s nice list by being part of this fun and festive event, embracing the spirit of giving.

• £10 Adult including a Santa Suit (13+, one size fits all)
• £5 Adult without a Santa Suit but I will wear fancy dress.
• £5 Child including a Santa Suit (4-13)
• £free Child without a suit but I will wear fancy dress.

Please note: Children’s Santa suits are suitable for ages 4-8, children 9+ will be given an adult one size fits all suit. We do not do any group discounts for this event.

The start line is outside WH Smiths on Lands Lane, Leeds City Centre, LS1 6AW. The run starts at 9.30am but we suggest arriving between 8.30 and 9am to make sure there is enough time to collect your Santa suit.

Dogs on leads are more than welcome to take part in the run and the festivities of the day.

If you have any questions or if you would prefer to register over the phone please contact the event organiser Alice Coggan on 0113 218 5570 or email

Living North – York Racecourse

8th November 2018 – 11th November 2018

Back in our home town for this lovely Christmas event. 4 days of Pallet festive wares and gifts.
Thursday 10-4
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4

York Racecourse, Knavesmire Road, YO23 1EX, York

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

23 November – 23 December 2018

Yorkshire’s ultimate festive day out!

Steeped in Christmas magic and excitement. Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk through the Captains Wood around the estate, make the turtle doves fly, walk through the five gold rings and be one of our drummers drumming! Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet our elves helping in their workshop. Marvel in the splendor of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories, and everyone can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or warm snack under our twinkling canopy.

Love Actually – Live Concert Tour with Full Orchestra

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Following a sold out 2017 tour, Love Actually will once again be screened live across the UK with a full orchestra performing its enchanting score – just in time for Christmas!

A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score at these shows, with the film being projected onto a huge screen.

York Barbican, Paragon St, YO10 4NT York
T: 0844 854 2757

Matilda the Musical – Manchester

Runs until Saturday 24 November 2018

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

Palace Theatre & Opera House, 97 Oxford Street, M1 6FT Manchester

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

‘The NYMR is one of the worlds greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Railway conservations, run by volunteers, not for profit.’ NYMR, Aug 18

There are lots of festive things taking place on the NYMR this Christmas.

T: 01751 472508

Piglets Adventure Farm

‘Treat the kids to a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun inc Bale Play Barn, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Golf, Pink Barrel Train, Tractor rides and more!’ – PAF

There are lots of special festive events taking place at Piglets this winter.

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

T: 01904 499700

RHS Garden – Harlow Carr

‘Open all year round, this family friendly garden on the outskirts of harrogate will inspire and delight all ages. Get the children exploring the natural play features in the garden including the Logness Monster and the cradle Top Tree House.’ – HC, Aug 18

Harlow Carr is also home to a Betty’s Tearoom.

There are lots of special Christmas festivities taking place at Harlow Carr this Christmas.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

T: 01423 565418


Ripley Castle Christmas Fair

Nov 22 at 9 AM – Nov 25 at 4 PM

Indoor festive fair in luxury heated marquee in historic Castle courtyard featuring 155 top companies selling everything you could want to thrill family and friends at Christmas from sensational festive decorations; wow factor wreaths; unusual food; gorgeous gifts and stunning stocking fillers to decorative accessories for your home and garden; charming children’s products; dazzling jewellery; arresting art; tempting toys; fabulous fashion and fashion accessories. Food hall; champagne bar; two restaurants; free parking in village car park with free minibus running from 9.30am. Please note: pushchairs are not allowed in the marquee. We offer free baby backpacks and a free buggy park. This does not apply to wheelchairs.

Ripley Castlem The Courtyard Harrogate, HG3 3AY

T: 01423 770152

Santa at Cannon Hall Farm

Visit Santa at Cannon Hall Farm’s enchanting grotto experience – where we’ve had help from the North Pole to create a truly magical experience that is sure to delight and dazzle.

Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through our elf check in. Our diligent elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf check-in scanner.

They can then make their way to our magical grotto to meet Santa himself.

Please note, this Santa experience includes all day farm entry, a trip through the elf check-in and a visit to Santa in his grotto and a high-quality present.

The sessions must be prebooked in advance (booking fees apply).

Children (two and over) – £14.95
Children (two and under) – £8
Adults – £6.95

Tickets on sale now!

OUR SANTA SPECIALS (Breakfast or Lunch With Santa and our elves workshops) will be running on these dates too.

All tickets must be prebooked online.


Santa Claus is coming to the… North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Timetable for trains departing from Grosmont Station: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 December 2018

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Departing from Grosmont Station, the Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year! Age appropriate present for each child.

Approx. 75 minute journey on board the Santa Express.
Christmas Activity Bag. Mince Pie, Hot Drink & Alcoholic Tipple for each adult.
*Under 12 months can travel on the service free of charge. A seat will not be provided or a gift. If you would like to provide a present, we will allow Santa to hand this out.

Please see website for tickets and timetable.

Santa Fun Run – York Knavesmire (Racecourse)

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM

Bring your family, babies, dogs, friends and colleagues and get into the Christmas spirit on the first day of December. Work off those office party mince pies and run, jog or walk round the course! The registration fee covers the costs to us of putting on the run so please raise as much sponsorship money as you can.

Santa Special – Murton Park, York

ADULT £7 CHILD £10 – NO BOOKING REQUIRED (Various dates throughout December)

Once again we are delighted to say that Santa and his elves will be coming to Murton Park this December.
As always the Derwent Valley Light Railway shall be running heritage passenger trains on which children will receive an early present from Santa. Join Chief Elf Bauble for a guided tour of Santa’s village to meet the elves who are busy at work preparing for the big day. There are rumours that the elves are also getting ready for the big baking competition, this could get messy! Take a look through Father Christmas’s House which as you would expect is very tastefully decorated with traditional decorations and a wood burning fire to warm yourselves.
On your return from the cold adults will receive a complimentary sherry (or orange juice) and mince pie in the farmhouse kitchen and get chance to fully warm yourselves up.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, YO19 5UF York
T: 01904 489966

Santa’s Reindeer are Landing! – Thirsk

Friday, November 23, 2018 at 12pm – 5pm

Come and visit Santa’s reindeer at Thirsk Garden Centre! Landing on Friday 23rd November, the reindeer will be here until Christmas Eve. We will add more details nearer the time about who we have with us this year. We would suggest making sure you visit by Sunday 23rd December, as the reindeer will need to set off early on Christmas Eve morning to collect Santa and begin their journey around the world.

Thirsk Garden Centre, Blakey Lane, YO7 3AB Thirsk, North Yorkshire
T: 01845 523032

Santa’s Story Grotto – The Rainbow Factory, Leeds

Join us on an enchanting journey as we adventure with Santa’s Elves to help get everything ready for Christmas.

Step into Santa’s Workshop to make, bake, play and sing before getting to meet Santa himself. If you have been good this year, he may just have a special present waiting for you.

Event lasts 1 hr

Dates & Times:
1st & 2nd December
Various time slots between 10am-4pm

£12.50 per child (inc. Present from Santa and 2 adults)
Additional Adults £4
Under 1s Free with full paying child

SCRAP cic Christmas Shopping Event/Craft Fayre – Selby

Saturday 24 November 2018 10am-2pm

Christmas shopping event and Craft Fayre. Tables so far include …Handmade crafts …Partylite..Grandads toy shop … sweets … cakes …face painting …A fantastic raffle ..Tombola ..The Lions…. Jewellery and Avon .. Tea ;coffee; hot chocolate… Bacon and Sausage cobs …

SCRAP cic, Profiles Building, YO8 4YR Selby

T: 01757 211214

Snaith & Cowick Christmas Market and Christmas Lights Switch-on

Saturday 1st December 2018 4.30pm-7.30pm

The Market will be officially opened by the Deputy Town Mayor at 4:30pm, where we have over 50 stalls this year selling seasonal festive goods, food and drink and other tempting treats and gifts. Stalls will line Market Place, up on to High Street and then into The Priory where more festive goods await you, along with Santa’s Grotto! The traditional switch-on of the Christmas Lights, followed by a short Carol Service around the Christmas Tree will also take place. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will also be available in The Priory to warm you up on a cold winter’s day so please come along and enjoy a free, fantastic family event to get you into the festive spirit. Parking will be available for the event so please look out in the local press and social media for further information closer to the time. We look forward to seeing you there!

Market Place, Snaith, DN14 9HE

Discover the Magic of Christmas at Cave Castle, South Cave

Saturday 24th November 2018 from 5pm – 9pm

Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club are honoured to be working in partnership with South Cave Parish Council.

Bring your family and join us for a truly atmospheric celebration of Christmas as the village & hotel are transformed into a traditional festive market. There are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sights, smells and festive ambience of Christmas and of course all your favourite Christmas treats and eats!

Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club, Church Hill, HU15 2EU South Cave

T: 01430 422245

Stockeld Park – Between Harrogate and Leeds

‘Adventure day pass activities include: 5 adventure play areas, roller skating, enchanted forest, fun filled maze, indoor inflatables, outdoor giant slide, outdoor jumping pillow, go karts and more’ SP

Halloween and Christmas Adventure – 25 Oct to 7 Jan 19

SAT Nav: LS22 4AN

T: 01937 586333

Tadcaster Christmas Market 2018

Sunday 2nd December 2018 10am-5pm

Christmas Market is a wonderful day with tons of activities and shopping stalls on Kirkgate and Riley Smith Hall. Full details and times for 2018 to follow.

The Coca Cola Truck Tour is BACK!

Join this event to keep up with all the info & locations of the Coca Cola truck!


The Snowman and The Nutcracker – Leeds Town Hall

Arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season is the score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.

The December the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music live in all its heart-melting splendour to a screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Before the screening, live narration transports us to a magical land of toys and sweets in a suite from Tchaikovsky‘s ballet music The Nutcracker.

Tickets: £26.50, £24.38, £22.26, £20.24, £16.96.
Children: £5 off, Over 60s £1.50 off.
Box Office: 0113 376 0318

York Christmas Festival

15 November – 23 December 2018

Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine this season, as fairs, family fun and festival flavours transform York into a festive fairytale.

York Ice Trail 2019

It’ll be ICE to see you on the 2 Feb 2019

The Ice Trail will be returning with a NEW DATE and will be back bigger and better with over 50 frozen creations for you to seek out plus the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

We have some big surprises lined up for you so keep your eyes peeled on our website

NEW for 2019 – Don’t miss the must-see sculpture, where ice meets fire and the fierce elements pit battle against each other.

York Theatre Royal – York

St Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD

Don’t forget their fabulous annual Christmas Panto!

T: 01904 623568