18 + Best Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2021 – Meet Santa & More

What a year! If you’re like me you are probably clinging on to some hope of Christmas events in 2021. Surely Christmas can’t be cancelled as well. Luckily there’s a good selection of attractions still planning Christmas events in Yorkshire this year. Below I will cover what there is – but be warned some tickets are selling very fast and some are already sold out, others aren’t available as yet.

Please double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully.

Christmas Events in 2021 across North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and West Yorkshire

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events. Please check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

20 + Best Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2020 - Meet Santa & More

Beetle Bank Open Farm – Visit Santa in his Grotto – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Come and meet Santa in his spacious Grotto and meet Blitzen one of Santa’s faithful Reindeer. Each child will have a one on one experience with the big man himself, and before you leave your child can then pick an early present of their choice! The Cafe will be open for Light refreshments and Chrismassy Treats! Please be aware The Farm is Only Open too Members and Santa’s Grotto visitors. The Playground and Fields will be Closed.

Beetle Bank Farm

Location: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD
Dates: Selected dates in December
How much? £15 per child. Prebooking online is essential.

Beningbrough Hall Gardens – Storytime with Father Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

The man in red is visiting once more to rest and recharge ahead of his busy night on Christmas Eve. He loves welcoming visitors and sharing stories of his adventures during his Beningbrough holiday. Take a seat in the Victorian laundry for thirty-minutes to hear first-hand tales of travels and mishaps along the way. He’s such a generous man and has told us he’ll bring a few sacks of gifts for the children. There will be time for each child to have a chat and if you’d like to, bring a letter to Father Christmas on the day. He loves to read what you’ve been up to and all the kind things you’ve done through the year.

National Trust

Location: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
Dates: Selected dates in December
How much? Normal entrance ticket prices plus an additional £5 per adult and £10 per child.

Bolton Abbey – Father Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Father Christmas will be bringing the magic back to Bolton Abbey this winter! Step into the twinkling Christmas village, tucked away in the middle of Strid Wood and see what enchanting experience awaits. Become acquainted with the cheeky elves who have just arrived from the North Pole, and let them take you on the special journey to meet the Great Man himself.

Bolton Abbey

Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL
Dates: November 27 and 28. December 4 & 5. December 11 & 12. December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
How much? Child – Child – £25.00 (all children visiting Father Christmas must have tickets – including babies). Adult – £10.00 (you can purchase a maximum of two adult tickets with every two child tickets). Older Sibling non-believer – £10.00 (a child who does not wish to partake in the crafts or receive a gift from Father Christmas).

Bridlington Spa – Pantomine, Adventures of Peter Pan – East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Hook your tickets now! Singing sensation Michael Auger from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro will headline in the starring role of Peter Pan, in the Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan this Christmas. Plus Magic Mike Christmas Show on the 5th of December

Bridlington Spa

Address: S Marine Dr, Bridlington YO15 3JH
When? Selected dates in December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets from £19-30

Brimham Rocks Activity Farm – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Come and meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, all the elves, and not forgetting the reindeer before their busiest time of the year! Visit Santa in his Grotto before you make your way into the Christmas Village where there’s plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy! Have a story with Mrs. Claus in her cosy library, decorate gingerbread with the elves in the kitchen, decorate your own plant pot and plant your very own Christmas tree to take home with you! Don’t forget to visit Santa’s real-life reindeer and choice a special gift from Santa in his toyshop!

Brimham Rocks

Address: Fiddlers green HG3 3HB
When?:  Selected dates in November and December
How much?  Adult £9.95, children 18 months to 15 years £23.95.

Brodsworth Hall Gardens – Christmas Adventure Quest – South Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Explore Brodsworth Hall with our festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover the hall’s amazing stories and secrets.

English Heritage

Address: B6422, Brodsworth DN5 7XJ
When? Weekends from 27 Nov 2021 – 23 Dec 2021, Daily from 26 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 
How much/Do you have to prebook? Free members English Heritage. Non-member adult £13.90, child 5-17 £8.40, other pricing options are available.

Burton Agnes – Christmas – East Yorkshire – On Sale Now

The house will be decorated with original, handmade decorations, with many crafted from flowers and foliage cropped and dried from the walled garden. This year, thousands of dried helichrysum flowers in jewel shades will adorn the Great Hall, and the hydrangea flowers that encircle the house in autumn will be brought indoors, too. There will be many pieces crafted in paper, card, and other recycled and sustainable materials, and the Long Gallery will have an iridescent theme for the first time. There will be a trail of giant, hand-carved and painted candy canes in the woodland behind the house. With 24 giant canes – one for each day of advent – hidden in the branches, will you be able to find them all?

Burton Agnes

Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB
When? From Sunday 14th November to 23rd December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Adult £10.90 without donation, child £6.36.

Cannon Hall Farm – Santa’s Magic Key – South Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Believe in the magic of Christmas with Cannon Hall Farm’s enchanting new festive experience. We’ve completely overhauled our festive offering to bring a completely new event that’s guaranteed to leave the whole family feeling full to the brim with Christmas spirit. We’ve teamed up with our amazing friends from Talegate Theatre Productions and the Copycat Party Company for an entertaining and magical event.

Tickets include access to a specially produced show that’s been created exclusively for Cannon Hall Farm. 

Cannon Hall Farm

Address: Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT
When? 4th – 24th December
How much/do you have to prebook? Adult £9.95, child £14.95 including gift. Other pricing options are available.

Castle Howard – Christmas in Narnia – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Step through the wardrobe into a magical adventure this festive season. An ice 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?

The grand interiors of Castle Howard will be lavishly decorated, and a series of theatrical installations, lighting, projection and soundscapes will evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Your ticket will include timed access to the magnificent Christmas installation inside the House, full access to the Gardens & adventure playground and also the Stable Courtyard and retail outlets and cafes. Tickets for any of our Father Christmas events should all be purchased separately (Santa is sold out)

Castle Howard

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
When? 13th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022
How much/Do you have to prebook? Pre-booking is essential. Tickets from £26.50 per adult, £15.90 per child.

18 + Best Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2020 - Meet Santa & More

City Cruises York – Santa Experience – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. If you have any pushchairs, then you are welcome to leave these in the safety of our Reindeer Pen (they will all be away on business with Santa at this time so there will be plenty of room). You will then be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas or Ernie the Elf, who will gladly show you to your reserved seating.

City Cruises

Address: York YO1 7DP
When? Various dates in November and December
How much/Do you have to prebook? An adult ticket is £13-15 and £16 to E18 for a child.

18 + Best Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2020 - Meet Santa & More

Elf The Musical – Grand Opera House York – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Get ready to start your festive season off with a Buddy-shaped bang as ELF: The Musical arrives at the Grand Opera House York this Winter. 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.

Grand Opera House

Location: Clifford and, Cumberland St, York YO1 9SW
Dates: 25th November to 3rd December
How much? Tickets from £13

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway – Santa Specials – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Premium Compartments are available to book for up to 6 or 8 people. You will enjoy the exclusivity of a private compartment for you and the rest of your party whilst still enjoying the experience with music. Duration – 1 hour roundtrip.

About: Premium compartment up to 6 or 8 people! Mince Pie on arrival! Steam train ride! Santa will visit you on the train! Each Child will get a present! Adults Get a Bottle of beer or wine!

Classic compartments are also available

Embsay Railway

Address: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF
When? Selected dates in November and December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Pre-booking is essential. Prices vary.

Eureka! – Santa’s Grotto – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Come along to see the big man himself and an elf helper or two, for a discussion about how naughty/nice you’ve been this year, pressie requests, snap a festive (s)elfie and receive a gift! All in the comfort of the snuggliest grotto in town (as decided by us).


Address: Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE
When? 4th to 23rd December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Regular entry price plus You can visit Santa’s Grotto for £5 per child, which includes a gift. Buy your Grotto ticket at the tills when you get here.

Fountains Abbey – Music and Lights at Christmas – North Yorkshire – Dates confirmed

See the abbey aglow in coloured lights and listen to the sound of festive music as you explore the ruins. Live music on selected dates between 2pm and 3pm in the abbey cellarium, see website for further information

National Trust

Address: Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much? Normal entry prices apply.

Gulliver’s Valley Resort – Christmas – South Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Escape to Gulliver’s Valley at Christmas time for a festive family adventure. Look out for Elfie mischief, fairy fun and snowy surprises. 
Selected festive rides and attractions for all the family
Explore the magical Winter Wonderland
Children choose their own gift from the Elf Workshop
Santa will be making appearances throughout the day!

Gulliver’s Valley

When? Selected dates in November and December

Address: Mansfield Rd, Sheffield S26 5QW

How much? Tickets from £19-26 per person

Harewood House – Harewoods Festive Season – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale Now

Delve into a voyage of the imagination this festive season, as Harewood recounts a Christmas tale and the House reveals its magic to all those in need of whimsical wonder.

Christmas is back and Harewood House has much missed the company of visitors from far and wide. Created by connoisseurs of make-believe Lord Whitney, the House shares its favourite memory of when a little girl was granted a festive wish to experience a Christmas like no other. 

Address: Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE
When? 13th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022
How much/do you have to prebook? There are varying prices for different events

Hull New Theatre – Pantomine, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs- East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical Mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

Hull New Theatre

Address: Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF
When? December 11th to 2nd January
How much? Tickets from £16.50

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – The Elf Express – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale Now – December tickets SOLD OUT

Now in its second year, the new Christmas adventure is returning to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Arriving at Oxenhope, your Gateway to an exciting family adventure, you’ll meet some of Santa’s Elves and who will give you a Golden Ticket – your passport to an exciting journey to Kringle Town’s Winter Wonderland. When the time is right, take a seat in your own private compartment and enjoy the ride to Kringle Town Station to meet Santa and his friends….and more.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Address: The Railway Station, Haworth, BD22 8NJ
When? Every weekend from Saturday 27th November to Sunday 19th December AND will run-up to Christmas from Monday 20th December – Christmas Eve.
How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC

Kiplin Hall – A Retro Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Kiplin Hall Trust celebrates 50 years of ownership of the hall with a retro Christmas! Set to the backdrop of traditional Victorian grandeur, memories of the 1970s will come to life with clashing vibrance. Foil decorations, macrame baubles and best-selling toys from the era will decorate the Hall’s festive displays. Fashions of the day will strut on the Long Gallery catwalk, while the tea room menu serves up nostalgic flavours from yesteryear. Families can explore the grounds seeking out clues on the disco ball trail. Step back to the decade that made modern life. Join us as we go kitsch at Kiplin this Christmas! 

Kiplin Hall

Location: Richmond DL10 6AT
Dates: 26th November to 12th December
How much? Standard admission applies, see website for further information

Leeds Playhouse – Wendy and Peter Pan – Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Come with us to Neverland this Christmas as Wendy takes centre stage at Leeds Playhouse in a magical retelling of the JM Barrie classic Peter Pan. With Peter Pan, fairy Tink and Tiger Lily as unlikely allies, Wendy gives the Lost Boys a run for their money, takes on the dastardly Captain Hook and ultimately learns what a great adventure life can be. Packed with theatrical magic, beautiful designs, flying and plenty of laughs, it promises to be an unforgettable journey for all the family. 

Leeds Playhouse

Address: Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
When? 18th November to 22nd January
How much? Tickets from £14-55

Let Loose! – A Christmas Adventure – East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Start your Christmas with a Magical Adventure! Santa is missing from his sleigh – can you help us to find him???Something for everyone of all ages: Christmas Train Ride & Carousel for ALL ticket holders! Tipped to be one of the best places for believers to experience a magical Christmas this year, this immersive family-oriented experience promises to get you into the Christmas Spirit in style. Wrap up warm for the Christmas Train Ride, a Wonderland of Pine Trees and Glittering Lights, marvel at our HUGE Christmas Tree, discover Christmas round every corner. Father Christmas will be waiting with a Special Gift for you.

Let Loose Yorkshire

Address: Hull Rd, Woodmansey, Beverley HU17 0RS
When? Selected dates in December
How much/do you have to prebook? Early bird adult £5, early-bird child £20 3-13 years, sale ends 1st December

Lightwater Valley Christmas – Lightwater Valley North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Sing-a-long and dance in your seats as Santa and his two elves take to our indoor stage in The Show Barn. This 15 minute musical show will take place at 4.00pm / 4.40pm  / 5.20pm  / 6.00pm / 6.40pm / 7.20pm.  Tickets MUST be pre-booked as there are limited seats for each show time – please select a show time at the time of purchasing tickets. Sit back, relax and enjoy a magical journey through a fantasy land of twinkling lights, Candy Cane Woods and the Gingerbread Land. Don’t forget to spot the elves in the Whistle Stop Workshop, getting all the toys ready for Santa. Go on an elf hunt around the park to help Santa find his mischievous elves…and more.

Lightwater Valley

Address: Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT
When? Sat 4 & Sun 5 Dec, Sat 11 & Sun 12, Sat 18 & Sun 19 Dec, Mon 20th , Tues 21st and Wed 22nd.
How much/Do you have to prebook? £14.50 per person, under 2s are free.

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Lotherton Hall – Christmas Experience – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Come and take a stroll on our magical woodland walk. Follow our twinkling lights, down winding paths and you’ll discover the enchanting installations of the Christmas traditions. 

Come on down 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….and much more

Lotherton Hall

Location: Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
Dates: Selected dates 27 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
How much? Prices vary greatly depending on what you want to book

18 + Best Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2020 - Meet Santa & More

Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker – The Hive Studios – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

It’s time to PARTY! The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker is 10 years old, and this calls for a CELEBRATION of a show. Join The Magic Hatter as he gets ready for a very special Christmas party! With special guests Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and SANTA CLAUS himself!

The Magic Hatter

Location: The HIVE Studios, Manor CE Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
Dates: 4th & 5th December
How much? Adult £10, child £9, family (2 adults, 2 child) £32

Middleton Railway – Santa Specials – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Christmas magic will start the moment that you enter our festively decorated visitor centre and collect your tickets for the Santa Special train. Wander through the Christmas trees and decorations in the display hall. Board the Santa Special awaiting at the platform. Keen eyed children will soon spot Santa and his elves boarding the train. On the journey to the park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

Middleton Railway

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough Railway Trust Ltd, The Middleton, Moor Rd, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2JQ
When? Selected dates in December
How much? An adult ticket online costs around £11, child 3-12 around £15, children under 3 £9, babies are free.

Christmas Events in Yorkshire 2021

Mother Shipton’s Cave – Christmas Experience 2021 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical, memory-making Christmas experience. Wander through the gorgeous winter woodland to see the enchanted Christmas Village, festooned with festive delights and merry displays to marvel at along the way. Chief Elf Chestnut will be delighted to meet you and lead you to see Santa Claus. The excitement of Christmas starts here; Santa will be keeping warm in his cosy grotto, and you can come along to say hello or take an ‘Elfie with the big man himself!

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much/do you have to prebook? Pre-booking is essential. If you are arriving by car it costs £31 for 5 people in 1 car. Additional people are £11.

National Coal Mining Museum – Santa Underground – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

This Christmas, before Santa goes down your chimney he is going down the mine! Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground Grotto where he will be waiting to meet a few select children. Will the bell place you on the naughty or nice list? Good children will receive a present and certificate while the naughty ones will get coal.

National Coal Mining Museum

Address: Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much? Children £8-8.50, adult £6-6.50 plus £2.25 booking fee. There is no age limit for the Santa experience.

Newham Grange Farm – Festive Farm – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Santa’s elves have transformed the farm into a Winter Wonderland packed with festive fun. Step through the spinning clock towers and join us in Christmas Town! Featuring Mrs Claus, Candy Cane Lane, Elf Village with Santa’s elves, a Christ-Mouse Trail, games, stories, arts and crafts and lots more family fun. Remember to pick up our special reindeer food to take home ready for Santa and his sleigh! Don’t miss the chance to see Santa in his magical Grotto and our delicious Festive Afternoon Tea too. Please note that tickets for all events must be booked in advance.

Newham Grange Farm

Location: Wykeham Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TG
Dates: 4th to 24th December
How much? Tickets are £7.50 each plus 50p booking fee. Santa’s Grotto and Festive Afternoon tea are extra to this.

Nightfall Light Festival – Middlesborough – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

We are delighted to present Nightfall: A Stellar Rainbow for 2021! Be gone dark days and get ready to come together to experience a feast of colour on an illuminated adventure to the end of the rainbow this December. Our family friendly light trail of beautiful artworks comes to Stewart Park, Middlesbrough with music, performance, storytelling and magical moments


Address: The Grove, Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough TS7 8AR

When? Selected dates in December – limited tickets remaining

How much? Ticket prices start from £7.50 per person.

North Bay Heritage Railway – Santa Special – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Fun for all the family – all aboard the magical Christmas Express, immerse yourself in festive wonder as this very special train takes you on a journey to Lapland Central. 

Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults can enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments including mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine, with juice and biscuits for the children. There will be the chance to have a ride on Santa’s sleigh, letters to write to Santa, activity sheets and more to keep all entertained!

North Bay Railway

Location: Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PF
Dates: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd of December
How much? Adult £13, child £15, under 12 months £9

Northwood Fairy Trail – Christmas at Northwood – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Dress warmly, and gather, socially distanced, in the Northwood kitchen courtyard – where there will be a fire – or in the courtyard marquee 15 minutes before the start time to allow us to guide each “table” to Lady winter and onto St Nicholas grotto. Enjoy a glass of hot punch (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available), before being taken to the woodland grotto to make a wish with Lady Winter and then a short story with St Nicholas, a very experienced story teller, aimed at the whole family

Northwood Fairy Trail

Address: Unnamed Road, York YO41
When? Selected dates in December
How much/Do you have to prebook? £84 for a table of 3 people, £104 for 4 and £120 for 5.

Northwood Trail Christmas

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Trains – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

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!

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Address: 12 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ
When? 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December
How much/Do you have to prebook? The Adult or Child fare is £26 per person and includes a present and backpack for each child.

Piglets Adventure Farm – Magical Sleigh Rides – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Jump aboard the magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with lots of activities for this year. Reduced visitor numbers throughout the experience including on Santa’s sleigh. Santa’s cheeky elves will greet you and take you and your family to see Santa in his grotto for a new exclusive and truly personal experience. Plus much more.

Piglets adventure farm

Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
When? 20th November to 24th December
How much/Do you have to prebook? From £10.95-20.95

RHS Harlow Carr – Glow 2021 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Come and enjoy an illuminated adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Now extended to include the entire length of Streamside, Glow lights up winter nights with a touch of sparkle and magic. Wander the enchanting trail around magnificent trees and shrubs and see some of Harlow Carr’s iconic features, including the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk and Kitchen Garden, glow with festive colour.

RHS Harlow Carr

Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
When: Selected dates from 18th November until the 29th of December
How much/do you have to prebook? A standard adult ticket costs £12.95, children £6.95. Other pricing options are available.

Sewerby – Winter Woodland – East Yorkshire – Tickets On Sale

A brand new event, unique to the area, will brighten up December at Sewerby Hall and Gardens this year: Sewerby Winter Woodland will take you on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Address: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED
When? 3rd to 23rd December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Early Bird tickets are available until 31 October and will cost £10 for adults, and £6 for children, with a family ticket (two adults and two children) costing £25. Prebooking is essential.

Sheffield Cathedral – The Beginning – South Yorkshire – Tickets released at different times

Sheffield Cathedral will once again be transformed by its Christmas lights spectacular, celebrating the wonder and joy of the festive season

Address: Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6DS

When? 30th November to 5th December

How much? Adults £7.50, children 3-15 £6.

Sledmere – Santa’s Magical Grotto – East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Santa’s most entrusted Elf will greet you and take you to Santa’s cosy reindeer study where you will meet the big man himself, hear all about the magic of Christmas and tell him what’s on your wish list this year. Explore the Christmas Village, meet all the animals, play festive games, do some Christmas crafting and listen to all the exciting stories from the North Pole. Enjoy a festive tractor and trailer ride to see our beautiful herd of Red Deer and a chance to see if you can spot Rudolph while he waits for Santa with his friends and more


Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG
When? 27th/28th Nov, 4th/5th/11th/12th/18th to 23rd Dec
How much/Do you have to prebook? £17 per child, £10 per adult.

Stockeld Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

What was once but a simple Christmas Tree shop, from this small acorn, grew what came to be Stockeld Park’s most famous adventure season. Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations! This truly is the home of Christmas magic.

Stockeld Park

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN
When: Selected dates in November and December
How much/do you have to prebook? Tickets from £16.50 per person.

Stockeld Park Christmas

The Snowman – York Minster – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

The world’s leading performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, we have staged almost 250 performances to date across the UK, with upcoming shows scheduled worldwide. Our musicians are drawn from the UK’s top orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, BBC Scottish and LSO. Alongside The Snowman film, our magical performances include a toe-tapping Christmas Medley, a fun musical tour of the orchestra and an original Carrot animation, ensuring perfect entertainment for the whole family. 

Carrot Productions

Address: Deangate, York YO1 7HH
When? Saturday 11th December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets from £16

Temple Newsam – Winter Wonderland – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath the trees illuminated in Christmas colours. For a moment of reflection, pause at mesmerising, flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and glimpse Father Christmas along the way!

Tenple Newsam

Address: Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE
When? 26th November to 2nd January
How much? An adult ticket including parking for one car £22, additional adults £16, children 3-16 £12, under 3’s are free.

Thornton Hall Country Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

The magical Father Time has been summoned by his dear friend Father Christmas to Thornton Hall to trade the time we have all spent apart from our friends and families during the pandemic. Together they are going to use their combined magic to create an amazing Festival of Fun! Join Jingle and Jelly for the most hilarious Christmas Show! Get involved with dancing, singing and lots of festive fun! …and for the moment you have all been waiting for! Meet Father Christmas in his grotto made especially for him by our Thornton Elves. Will you make the good list? Don’t forget to collect your special token to spend in the gift shop…and more

Thornton Hall

Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Kids £27.95 – £35.95. Adults £7.95-9.95. Other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

Thorp Perrow – Santa’s Grotto – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Follow the festive trail through the Arboretum to find Santa’s Grotto. Mrs Claus will welcome you and guide you through our winter wonderland, where you will meet the donkeys, take a sneaky peek into the elves bedroom and the bustling miniature ski village. Can you spot the woodland creatures on your way?

Thorp Perrow

Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS
When? Selected dates in December
How much/Do you have to prebook? See website for further info

Web Adventure Park – Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

To include – Unlimited rides in the fair area! Indoor play Animal area walk. A Christmas walk to see Father Christmas REAL reindeer Dazzling Darren’s Christmas show (in our new marquee if raining). ELF on the shelf show. Mother Christmas. Reindeer food station. Letter to Father Christmas. We promise this will be a magical experience!

Web Adventure Park

Address: Clifton gate business park, Wigginton Rd, York YO32 2RH
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much? Adult £15 and child £22 (early bird tickets)

Wentworth Woodhouse – Once Upon a Wentworth Christmas – South Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

We need your help to save Christmas! The wicked Snow Queen has kidnapped Father Christmas and outlawed all fun and festivities. Embark on an immersive quest through the fairy kingdom, complete a series of tasks and become heroes by restoring the magic of Christmas.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Address: Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TQ
When? 18th to 24th December
How much? Tickets £16.50 per person plus a booking fee.

Wensleydale Polar Express – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now – SELLING FAST

Your journey begins just like the 2004 motion picture when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully, dressed in PJs, will experience a fun-filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole.

Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic hot chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love. You will get to speak with Santa.

Wensleydale Railway

Address: Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR
When? Various dates from 19th November until 23rd December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets from £24.95 to £31.95.

Polar Express Wensleydale

Whistlestop Valley – Three Christmas Events – West Yorkshire – tickets on sale now

Mrs Claus Christmas adventure – selected dates in November and December – Bring your little ones (age 0-5) on Mrs Claus’ BRAND NEW Christmas Adventure at the KLR and enjoy a magical day out.

Christmas Elf Experience – selected dates from 4-24th December – WHOOPS!  Two of Santa’s cheeky elves have missed the sleigh and failed to make it to the North Pole! So, Santa has set them to work, recruiting new elves into the festive ranks. Have you got what it takes to join Team Santa?  Come and find out in our BRAND NEW Christmas Elf Experience at Clayton West Station!

Santa Specials – selected dates from 27th November to 24th December – This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials & be transported to the North Pole. Whilst at the North Pole, you will have a one-on-one meeting with the big guy himself inside his cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys.

Kirklees Light Railway

Address: Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ
When? See above
How much/do you have to prebook? Prices are available online

York Castle Museum – A Kirkgate Christmas Tale – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

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​! As the theatrical curtain rises, colourful animations of Victorian puppets Annie and Tom will go on an adventure to bring the magic of Christmas back to Kirkgate. Merry music will fill the air and lights will adorn shimmering trees to immerse you in a truly unique experience at this most wonderful time of year. 

York Castle Museum

Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
When? Tower St, York YO1 9RY
How much? Prebook to guarantee entry. Adults: £13, Child: £6.50, concessions available

York’s Chocolate Story – A Chocolate covered Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Our assignment from the North Pole is to spread Christmas joy to everyone. This December, get ready for our Chocolate Covered Christmas. From expert masterclasses to helping Santa create festive treats. There’s a chocolate filled Christmas event to suit everyone. Join Santa for some chocolate making. Guests will be able to meet Santa on our special themed tours, in which they will join him in making festive chocolate lollies! Filled with festive fun, children will discover incredible seasonal secrets.

York’s Chocolate Story

Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
When? 27th November -23rd December
How much? Child Under 4 years old £6.00. Child: £17.50, Adult: £19:50

Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton Santa – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

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.  

Murton Park

Address: Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much? £10 per adult, £17 per child

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Winter Illuminations – South Yorkshire – On Sale now

The Winter Illumination light and lantern trail is returning to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, with 4 enchanted worlds to journey through, which will be your favourite? Under the Sea? World of Fantasy? Animal Adventure? OR Fairytale Kingdom…. 

Yorkshire wildlife park

Location: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB

Dates: From the 4th December until 17th January 2021.

How much? Standard illuminations ticket per adult £20, £17 per child age 3-15. Other pricing options are available.

Yorkshire Christmas Events

York Theatre Royal – Pantomine, Cinderella – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

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.

York Theatre Royal

Address: St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD
When? 3rd December to 2nd January
How much? Tickets from £15-33

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  1. Jordan mitchell

    Is there any christmas parties or anything in Huddersfield

    1. yorkshiretodowithkids

      I haven’t heard of any as I would imagine they aren’t allowed

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