School Holidays

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Burton Agnes Christmas Opening

Join Father Christmas and Jingles the Magic Elf for a magical performance at Burton Agnes Hall this Christmas

Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and Jingles the Magic Elf will be thrilling children, and adults alike, this Christmas with magical performances of magic, song and storytelling.

Children will be greeted by Mrs Claus in the Great Hall and guided through spectacularly decorated rooms to meet Jingles the Magic Elf, who will perform a show of exciting festive magic. Father Christmas will then greet the children and each child will be presented with a special Christmas gift.

The Audiences with Father Christmas will take place on Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Each event lasts approximately an hour, with an opportunity afterwards for photographs. Tickets are £12.50 per child and include admission to the Hall and gardens. Booking is essential and each child must be accompanied by a paying adult (tickets £10.50 each, which includes admission to Hall and gardens).

Father Christmas will also be visiting Burton Agnes Hall in his courtyard grotto every weekend in December (except Sunday 24th December), from noon until 4pm. Children are invited to post their Christmas wish list and receive a special Christmas gift. There is no need to book, just come along.

After visiting Father Christmas, families are welcome to explore Burton Agnes Hall. The beautiful Elizabethan home will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, every room gloriously decked with unusual and handmade decorations.

In the courtyard, the cafe will be serving a festive menu, and unusual decorations and Christmas presents can be found in the courtyard shops.

‘An Audience with Father Christmas’: Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. £12.50 per child, booking necessary: call the estate office on 01262 490324. Each child must be accompanied by an Adult, tickets £10.50, includes admission to the Hall and gardens

Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto at Burton Agnes Hall: every Christmas opening weekend in December, from noon to 4pm. £5.00 per child; no booking required.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

T: 01262 490324


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City Cruises York Santa Experience

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the river Ouse!

Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

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 who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.

And we can’t tell you too much more about what happens next, that would spoil the magic. But we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board our Santa Experience in 2017.

Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Prebooking required by telephone or via the website.


T: 01904 628324

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Piglets – Magical Sleigh Rides

Every day from 25th November until 24th December
For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season!
Pick your sleigh flight time and book your tickets now!
Check in at Elf Airlines with our Elf-hostesses and look out for your name in lights on the live departure board. Arrive half an hour before your sleigh time so you can write your letter to Santa.
All aboard Santa’s Sleigh for a unique ride through trees and twinkling lights to his Woodland Village where you will be greeted by Mrs Claus and taken to see Santa in his Grotto.
Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a magic key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present from a huge selection.
You’ll see our festive animals in the Nativity Scene and can enjoy a warm mince pie in Santa’s Tepee with a cosy log fire. Write your Christmas Wish and leave it on the Wishing Tree. And don’t forget to keep a look out for the donkeys in the stable!


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

T: 01904 499 700
E: [email protected]


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York Theatre Royal

Thu 14 Dec – Sat 03 Feb – 7:30pm (selected performances 8pm), select matinees 2:30pm or 4:30pm
Jack and the Beanstalk
York’s favourite family pantomime is back!
This year York Theatre Royal will be bringing you the ever popular Jack & The Beanstalk, a family favourite featuring a line-up of much loved panto characters – the big bad giant, Patricia the cow and of course, Jack himself.
They are joined by Berwick Kaler, the nation’s longest running consecutive panto dame who is widely acclaimed to be the best in the land.
The traditional family panto sees the return of Martin Barrass, who has played the dame’s on-stage ‘son’ for more than 30 years but was missing from last year’s Cinderella line-up after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident.
Now fully-recovered, he’ll join other long-time panto stars, including the villainous David Leonard and the ever-youthful Suzy Cooper.
Once again we’ve assembled the theatre’s dream team who will conjure up all that amazing magic and sparkle loved by generations of panto fans.
Berwick Kaler said: “It’s a traditional title with all the freedom and scope to turn it into the funniest version ever inflicted on an audience in search of a plot!”
For performances dates, times and tickets see the WEBSITE

Tue 12 Dec – Sat 06 Jan 10:30am, select matinees 1pm or 3:30pm, selected performances 6pm
The Book Of Dragons
It all began when something flew into Effie’s eye…
The next day the news was full of reports of the wonderful ‘winged lizards’ that were appearing all over the country, though the newspapers of course never called them dragons, no one believes in dragons nowadays, and they didn’t want to look silly.
£14.50 – £11.50 (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

For performances dates, times and tickets see the WEBSITE

York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD
T: 01904 623568

Beadlam Grange Christmas Fair

17th November – 19th November 9.30am – 4pm

An annual event at Beadlam Grange, it’s always a fabulous weekend with over 30 stalls. Drinks and refreshments will be available in the Tearoom. Robert & Ruby is also open selling county gifts and interiors. Free entry. Mulled wine available in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Perfect to get something a little different for your Christmas Presents! Feel free to share and invite friends.

Beadlam Grange Farmshop & Tearoom
Near Helmsley, YO62 7TD Sat Nav Postcode: YO62 7TB
01439 770303

Castle Howard

Audience with Father Christmas

Gather around the fire as our wizard WonderPhil entertains with magic; join in with Father Christmas as he tells stories and sings songs before handing out personalised presents. With opportunities for pictures with Father Christmas too.
Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas
A festive tea party, Christmas Wizards and a meeting with Father Christmas.
Tickets must be prebooked via the website.

Mumbler recommended JB, CG, NP Sept ’17

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

Christmas Carol Service

The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

Sunday 17th December at 4pm

“Christmas Carol Service” including Live Nativity – The Christmas Story Comes to Life

with The Salvation Army Band & Vocal Groups


40, Wood Street, Norton


Christmas Fair

Saturday 18th November 11am – 2pm

Turkey sandwiches, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Stalls & various other stalls


Live Music with The Salvation Army Band

Housemartins Garden, St Michael’s Street, Malton

Helmsleys Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 2nd December 2.30pm – 9.30pm

Lots going on in Helmsley to mark the occasion including late night shopping until 6pm.

Brass Bands, Santa’s Grotto, Town Crier and the Pantomine.

Helmsley Market Place

Museum Gardens – Christmas at York Museum Gardens

Thursday 16 November 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018 (except Christmas Day) 4:45pm – 9:30pm daily
Christmas at York Museum Gardens: experience the magic after dark
• York’s newest Christmas attraction
• The first ever enchanted trail through York Museum Gardens at Christmas
• A spectacle of beautiful light installations and illuminations along the trail
• An after-dark explosion of festive colour and twinkling lights
The walk is fully accessible and child friendly. Visitors should allow at least an hour for the visit. Book tickets via the website.
York Museum Gardens, Museum St, York, YO1 7FR
T: 08442 097362

Norton Santa Fun Run & Christmas Lights Switch On

19th November

Commercial Street, Norton

Entertainment, Live Music, Hot Food, WInd Up Horses, Santa’s Grotto, Santa Sleigh

Races at 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm.
Santa’s Elves (4-8yrs)
Santa’s Little Helpers (9-14yrs)
Santa Fun Run (Adults 14+)

Free Santa Suit, Medal and Certificate
Entry Fee £6, Children £12

Christmas Light Switch On at 4.30pm

Nunnington Hall Christmas Opening

Discover the Hall as it would have been at Christmas through history, from the Georgian era to the war years and after.

18th / 19th November 2017
25th / 26th November 2017
2nd / 3rd December 2017
9th / 10th December 2017
16th / 17th December 2017
10:30 – 16:00

Nunnington Hall – 01439 748283

Pickering Christmas Light Swtch On

Saturday 2nd December 10am – 6pm

The annual Christmas Lights switch on in Pickering. This year the main street will be closed from 10am with stalls selling food, drink and gifts. Father Christmas will visit and carols will be sung, Morris Dancers will dance.

Parking fees in the town will be reduced on the day to £1.50.

Ryedale Folk Museum

Friday 1 December – Yuletide Museum at Night

A rare chance to visit some of the Museum’s atmospheric buildings at night – all ready for Christmas. Dressed in traditional styles, you can wander through the buildings and find out about Christmas traditions through time.
Warm up with a hot mulled wine and mince pie served from the Victorian range. Buy great gifts and stocking fillers from the Museum’s shop.
Free entry 5pm-8pm. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December – A Victorian Christmas

Discover the splendour of a Victorian Christmas all around the Museum. Get hands-on with some festive crafty fun, visit green Father Christmas (£3 per child, includes a small gift) and much more.
Sandwiches, cakes, drinks and snacks available from our pop-up café and hot sausages rolls, mince pies and mulled wine from the Victorian range!
Free entry. Open 10am-4pm. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, YO62 6UA
Phone 01751 417367

Scampston Hall Christmas Fair

The perfect spot for your Christmas shopping! Unique gifts from crafters and artisan producers.
Get your festivities off to a merry start with a wide range of completely individual gifts available for your loved ones – from food to crafts – there will be something for everyone! 

Our Estate grown Christmas trees will also be available to buy.

Scampston Hall
01944 753105

Stockheld Park Christmas Adventure

Join us for our Christmas Adventure11th November 2017 – 8th January 2018. We open 10.30am – 8.30pm and after dark the whole park is magically lit by thousands of twinkling lights!
Entry to our Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during our winter season. Plus, guests can choose to buy tickets to enter our exciting Adventure Zones, including our Real Ice Rink, Nordic Ski Trail & Illuminated Enchanted Forest.


Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN

T: 01937 586333

The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker 2017 

York’s festive family magic show returns for the 7th magical year!
Saturday 9th December 3.30pm
Sunday 10th December 10.30am and 3.30pm (2 shows)
The HIVE Studios, Manor Academy, York
Adults £9, Children £8, Family of Four £30
The Magic Hatter
T: 0845 475 2124

The Snowman York Minster – Christmas Event with Orchestra

The Snowman York Minster.  
For the first time there is going to be a screening of The Snowman in York Minster with a full orchestra accompanying.
There are two performances on the 16th of December 2017.  
The matinee begins at 2.30pm, and the evening performance at 7.00pm.
Book tickets via York Minister on 01904 557200

Yorkshire Winter Wonderland

Sat 18 November 2017 – Sun 7 January 2018
The Ice Factor will boast its biggest rink ever! With its iconic 30ft high Christmas tree, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas. With vintage funfair rides dating from as early as 1933, Santa welcoming visitors in his enchanting log cabin, live weekend entertainment and of course Christmas shopping at York Designer Outlet.
York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, York YO19 4TA