School Holidays Ryedale

Christmas Activities

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Letter From Santa – Don’t Miss The Deadline

Make your child’s Christmas even more magical, by getting them a letter from Santa.

1. Royal Mail

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Baby Sensory Christmas Special

Thursday 20th December in Thirsk both classes for 0-13 months of age at 0945 and 1100
Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR

Friday 21st December in Northallerton
0930 0-13 months
1045 6-13 months
1200 0-6 months
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP

With Gemma and Judith

Phone: 07793 763419

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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 December

Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and Jingles the Magic Elf will be thrilling children and adults alike this Christmas with a programme of entertaining performances of magic, storytelling and song. Children will be greeted by Mrs Claus in the Great Hall and guided through wonderfully decorated rooms to meet Jingles the Magic Elf, who will perform a show of 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 8th, 15th and 22nd December and Sunday 23rd December, with performances at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm each day. 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 Hall and gardens admission).

Father Christmas will also be visiting Burton Agnes Hall in his courtyard grotto each Christmas opening weekend in December (except 1st and 2nd, 29th and 30th) 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 café will be serving a festive menu, and unusual decorations and Christmas presents can be found in the courtyard shops.

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

T: 01262 490324


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Castle Howard

Saturday 17th November to Monday 31st December 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 tee adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ to produce a sunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages, including a fun indoor Children’s trail.

It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, indulge in a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the elegant Grecian Hall before completing your Christmas shopping in our Gift Shops, Christmas Market stalls, Farm Shop and Garden Centre.

And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits.

Read the Mumbler Review here

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333


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Cedarbarn Santa Express

Farm shop, café and miniature railway situated between Pickering and Thornton le Dale.

The Santa Express is a lovely way to see Father Christmas incorporating a ride on the train with a lovely café on site where you can enjoy lunch, snack or afternoon tea.

Cedarbarn Farm Shop, Thornton Road, Pickering. YO18 7JX
Lunch bookings 01751 475614

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Christmas at Dalby, the Great Yorkshire Forest

Forestry Commission. Santa approved Christmas trees

Santa-approved Christmas trees
Get a head start on making Christmas extra special this year by choosing the perfect Christmas tree from Dalby Forest!

We know that your Christmas tree is a big part of the festive season and that you care about where it comes from and how it’s grown. That’s why we grow a range of sustainably sourced quality real trees, just as Santa would want! Trees grown and nurtured in Dalby range in size from 3ft to 8ft and are all Grown in Britain and FSC approved.

Festive fun in the forest
Along with the tradition of choosing your tree, there will be festive events and activities to enjoy in a lovely Christmas courtyard setting. There will be plenty of opportunities for the kids to get hands-on and creative too.

Why not make the most of your forest visit by staying a while or making a day of it? You can get some fresh air and stretch your legs by following a sign-posted family Christmas trail through the trees.

Parking is free with every tree sold and you also get a free baby Christmas tree to take home and nurture! We love seeing the photos you share of your Dalby trees growing up through the years!

Plan your visit
Our Christmas tree sales centre at Low Dalby courtyard opens on Friday 30 November until Sunday 16 December. See or call us on 01751 460295 for more details.




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Christmas Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Sunday 9 December 2018 ~ 11am

After the success of our Teddy Bears’ Picnics this summer we are delighted to announce Kathy Seabrook & other members of The Spa Orchestra will return as part of a Saxophone Quartet to present a special festive edition of Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

A great opportunity for everyone to get involved- Sing along, play along and dance along with this highly talented Saxophone Quartet.

Don’t forget to bring your Teddy, Elves or Christmas Fairies for 90 minutes of musical fun!

Tickets: £4.50 per person, £8.00 Parent & Child, Free entry for toddlers up to 12 months old (no ticket required)

The Spa Ocean Room, Scarborough Spa

Book here

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Light up your Christmas with a Scampston Christmas Tree!

Enjoy a treemendous start to the festive season on Saturday 1st December, when Scampston’s Christmas trees go on sale.

Christmas trees have been grown at Scampston and on a partner farm at Lowthorpe, near Driffield, for decades. When a tree is harvested, another is planted in its place, ensuring the production of our trees is entirely sustainable.

Nigel Harrison, head woodsman: “It takes a surprising amount of time to cultivate your perfect Christmas tree, every foot can take up to a year to grow – and there is a lot of pruning to get the right shape. We like to think that our local trees have a little more personality than your average tree!”

Trees will be on sale daily 10am – 4pm in Scampston Walled Garden (YO17 8NG) and also the Woodsman’s Cottage, Lowthorpe (YO25 4AU).  Contact or call 01944 759111 for more information.  Delivery is available on request.  Annual members of Scampston Walled Garden are entitled to a 10% discount on their Christmas tree.

Scampston Hall, Malton, YO17 8NG

More details about Christmas trees and events can be found on the Scampston website:

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Rievaulx Abbey Christmas Carols

December 2nd 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 2018

Wrap up warm and join in as we fill the abbey ruins with music this Christmas. Get into the Christmas spirit with carols, all of your favourite traditional tunes in the atmospheric abbey church. The performance will be informal. And don’t forget to sing along if you know the tune!

Non-Members for entry to Rievaulx Abbey- Adult: £8.90 Concession: £8.00 Child: £5.30 Family: £23.10

Rievaulx Abbey, Nr Helmsley YO62 5LB


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Saint Catherine’s Santa Dash

9th December 2018

Join hundreds of santas for the Saint Catherine’s Santa Dash

5K or 10K main run
2K kids fun run

FREE entry to Sea Life Scarborough for all runners

for more information visit

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Sledmere House Christmas Shop

The Woodyard Christmas Shop – NOW OPEN to Sat 22nd December (10.00 am to 4.30 pm)
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. The Christmas Shop will close at 1.00 pm on Saturday 22nd December.

This year sees the grand opening of our BRAND NEW Christmas Shop for 2018. We have added lots more beautiful festive decorations, home accessories, garden equipment and giftware so much so that we have outgrown our little courtyard space and have now moved to new and bigger premises just a stone’s throw away to the old Woodyard building across in the coach park. Parking is available in the Coach Park (opposite the main entrance)

Sledmere House, Driffield. YO25 3XG
Contact Number: (01377) 236637


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Sledmere House – Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto & Deer Park Trips 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December 2018

Santa’s Magical Grotto is ready for little visitors on the weekend of the 8th and 9th and 15th and 16th December with the chance to explore the winter wonderland, take part in lots of festive games and activities and finally meet Santa to tell him what’s on your list this year.  Get wrapped up and join in with some carols as you take the tractor and trailer ride down to the Deer Park to visit the resident herd of Red Deer, don’t forget to keep a look out for Rudolf who often waits with his friends to take Santa home after his busy day.

£7.50 per child for the Grotto (including Deer Park Trip)
£2.50 Adult Deer Park Trip

Sledmere House, Driffield. YO25 3XG
Contact Number: (01377) 236637


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The Balloon Tree – Christmas Orders

We have a wide selection of good value, quality homegrown and locally sourced produce, including Christmas turkeys, all under one roof – for a convenient local shopping experience!

Take the stress out of Christmas by ordering your Christmas food early so its one less thing to think about! Christmas orders can be placed in the shop, by email or over the phone on 01759 373023 by Dec 16th.

Our Christmas food offering is excellent. We have free range bronze turkeys from Harome in North Yorkshire, stuffing and all the trimmings from various local suppliers. Christmas Puddings from Bramble Foods and Christmas cakes made by our very own in-house head baker, Simon, which he has been maturing since the summer. All the winter veg is harvested daily, whatever the weather.

We have plenty of gift ideas, quality hampers, Christmas trees, decorations, Christmas wreaths, homemade cakes, puddings, tasting sessions and lots more. Enter the prize draws in the farmshop for a chance of winning your turkey and a fantastic luxury gift hamper!

Homemade CHRISTMAS LUNCH with all the trimmings – served in the cafe every day 12 – 4pm. November 26th – December 23rd 2018. 

Please download an order form (Christmas 2018) by clicking on the links below.

printable PDF VERSION  (print it out, fill in your order and bring it into the farmshop, alternatively post it back to us)


emailable XCEL VERSION (Open the file, fill in your order on the screen, save it and email it to

Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)
01759 373023


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The Deep – Festive Fishmas

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Come in from the cold this December and enjoy a jolly day out for the whole family. With over 5,000 animals to explore it’s a cracker of a time to head on down! Take part in the festive fishmas trail and create your very own winter wonderland – follow the clues around the attraction as you go. Make a sand art calendar for just £2 in the Learning Centre (weekends in December plus every day from 26 December to 6 January); the perfect gift for your loved ones and finish off with a delicious festive treat in Castaways Café. Plus, we are offering a FREE mince pie with every hot drink between 1st and 23rd December.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

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The Mile Pocklington – Christmas Trees

The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington.

The Mile sells local produce, animal and pet supplies, photo gifts and prints and is also well know for its lovely cafe, Smile Cafe @ The Mile, with indoor soft play and outside play area (weather dependent). They will be selling real Christmas trees grown locally from 1st right up to 24th December, just call in and browse their range.

For more information please call Jo on 01759 305420, email, or check out their website here or their facebook page here

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York Castle Museum – A Victorian Christmas

NOW – 31 December 2018

Journey back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated over 150 years ago on Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.

A Victorian Christmas
Take a stroll over the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street – Kirkgate – and experience the true magic and traditions of days gone by.

A Father Christmas Experience
Meet Father Christmas and discover the magic of Christmas past. Take part in our special Christmas trail, join in with festive activities, including gingerbread making demonstrations and craft activities, which lead to an unforgettable visit to Father Christmas. Join us in our Elf School where Father Christmas will be waiting with a traditional gift and some Christmas sparkle

Enjoy evenings with Father Christmas, a truly unique experience as part of the best Christmas in history – new for 2018!

A Christmas Carol
Back by popular demand, come and join actor Chris Cade as he entertains the crowds throughout the day, with his one-man show under the garlands of Kirkgate.
Performances on 8 and 9 December and every day from 15 December until 24 December inclusive. Included in museum admission.

Download the Victorian Christmas at York Castle Museum LEAFLET for all the details about these fantastic Christmas events.


Christmas Baking Workshop with Just Bake Happy

Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Age 6-11 years old

-Create edible gingerbread bunting to hang on your Christmas tree.
-Mix from scratch a cupcake batter before turning your bakes into reindeer and snowmen.
-Make peppermint cream polar bears.

All ingredients, aprons and equipment are provided for the event.

£20 per place.

Helmsley Walled Garden. YO62 5AH
07779 340 799 to book

Helmsley Makes Christmas Magical

Saturday 1st December 10am – 4pm

The fun day will take place from 10am – 4pm, and visitors will be able to take advantage of all day car parking in the Cleveland Way car park for just £1.50.

Highlights of this year’s festive fun day include:

• Santa’s Grotto
• A 6.5ft Nutcracker Trail throughout the town
• Giant Selfie Snow Globe experience
• The matinee performance of Red Riding Hood at Helmsley Arts Centre
• Entertainment from Great Yorkshire Radio DJ
• Paint/Glitter Canvas’s
• Various free food/drink tasters throughout the day
• The annual Christmas Tree Festival
• Town Best Dressed Window Competition
• Window Nutcracker Trail throughout December

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

Helmsley Market Place

Magical Winter Adventure – Malton Castle Garden

Saturday 8th December 2018 11am

Open-air family performance with accompanying craft workshop. Free entry to venue with ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Malton Castle Garden, Malton

Rusticus 0845 1162321

Murton Park

Dates and times still TBC by Santa.

Fun filled Santa visit with a trip on a train for the children to receive their presents from Santa. Followed by a Baubles tour of the elves village which includes a play with lots of jokes for children and adults alike. No need to book in advance but does get busy later in the day so get there early. Wellies required.

Mumbler recommended SJB, CG Sept ’17

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

Norton Hardware

Pre Order your Christmas Wreath and or Hartwood Christmas Tree from Norton Hardware and Norton Scouts will receive 10% of the profits.

Offer runs to 30th November 2018

Norton Hardware
31 Commercial Street
Malton, YO17 9HX
01653 693469

Open Monday to Saturday 9:00AM – 5:30PM. Sunday 10-4pm

Nunnington Hall Christmas Carol Singing

9th and 16th December 2018 from 12 noon

Join us and get into the festive spirit listening to a choir sing beautiful carols in our Oak Hall.

Nunnington Hall, YO62 5UY – 01439 748283

Nunnington Hall Christmas Opening

Nunnington Hall will be open each weekend dressed in it’s Christmas best. The rooms will be decorated through the ages, the Georgian banquet table will be over flowing and the gifts will be bursting from their hiding places.

Come and enjoy this rather beautiful house at this most festive time.

17th / 18th November 2018
24th / 25th November 2018
1st / 2nd December 2018
8th / 9th December 2018
15th / 16th December 2018

Nunnington Hall – 01439 748283

Nunnington Hall – Visit Father Christmas

Each weekend 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th December 2018
11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm

Come and have festive fun with the elves doing Christmas crafts in the toy shop, then pop in to see Father Christmas for a chat about your Christmas wish.

£7.50 for 50 minutes, including a Christmas gift.
Booking essential – 01439 748283

Nunnington Hall, YO62 5UY

Oscar’s Children’s Christmas Party

Friday 21st December 5.30pm – 7.30pm 2018

Tickets £6 to include disco, food and a visit from Santa

Tickets available from Oscars – 01653 690010 / 07976 896987
Desirable Nails – 01653 699649

Ryedale Community & Leisure Centre, Bowling Lane, Scarborough Road, Norton. YO17 8EG

Pickering Library

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Christmas Storytime 11am

Plus drop-in children’s Christmas Crafting session from 10.30am to 12pm.

Everyone is welcome and both activities are completely free.

Pickering Library – 01609 533624

Piglets – Magical Sleigh Rides

24th November-24th December 2018

Magical Sleigh Ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience. Limited availability – book today!

Access to Animals and Outdoor play all included in ticket price! (Please note Bale Play Baaarn will be closed and Outdoor Activities are weather dependent).

Towthorpe Grange, York. YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499 700

Ryedale Folk Museum

Yuletide Museum at Night
Friday 30th November, 5pm-7pm 2018

FREE ENTRY! A rare chance to visit a selection of the Museum’s atmospheric buildings at night – all ready for Christmas.
Enjoy carols by the tree in the traditionally dressed Manor House with The Chanticleer Singers from 5:30pm.
Say hello to Father Christmas – Ryedale Lions’ Santa Sleigh will be here from 6:15pm.

A Victorian Christmas
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December, 10am-4pm 2018

FREE ENTRY! Discover the splendour of a Victorian Christmas all around the Museum!
You can visit Father Christmas in his traditional green garb (£6 per child, includes a small gift, 11am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3pm each day).

Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

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

Steam & Moorland Garden & Machinery Centre

Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th December 2018

11am – 3pm

First come first served

Free train rides and sweets for all good boys and girls.

Santa free if parent provides present. Small cost if Santa provides the present!

Malton Rd, Pickering, Yo18 7JW
01751 471471

Stockheld Park Christmas Adventure

17th November -24th December 2018

As well as meeting Santa, you could go Nordic skiing, enjoy various adventure play areas and travel around the enchanted forest filled with glowing displays.

This year you will also be able to purchase grotto tickets online on selected dates (subject to availability). Plus, all visitors who pre-book activity tickets to explore the Forest and Maze will be sent an exclusive link to book Santa’s Grotto tickets in advance for their chosen day, guaranteeing a time slot.

Santa’s Grotto tickets include a lovely Christmas gift to take home, which is suitable for all ages, including under-3s.

Pre-booking Required.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire.  Tel: 01937 586333


Thirsk Garden Centre

Friday, November 23 to Sunday December 23 at 12 PM – 5 PM 2018

Come and visit Santa’s reindeer at Thirsk Garden Centre! They land on Friday 23rd November. 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.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto with Thirsk Rotary at Thirsk Garden Centre from 10am-3pm. £5 per child including a small gift, with all money raised going to support local charities and worthwhile causes.

Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th December 2018 at 10 AM – 3 PM

Thirsk Garden Centre, Blakey Lane, Thirsk. YO7 3AB

Tong Garden Centre – A Magical Journey to Santa

50 min drive from Malton
Santa is waiting in his magical land, a place where wishes come true!
But how do we get there? Just follow the path and you’ll journey through…
Santa’s little helpers can’t wait to meet you! With their help – and a magical wish or two – you’ll make your way through Santa Land to the grotto where you’ll meet Santa to make your very own wish for Christmas and receive a gift from his toyshop!
Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY

Winter Fairy Grotto

15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December from 11am

Find Magic in the Baby Moon Winter Fairy Grotto.

Bring your little elves and fairies to visit Merry, the Midwinter Fairy, deep in the Baby Moon Wild Wood. Tiptoe along a winding path and under the eves of the trees to hear a wintry tale in Merry’s Enchanted Hideaway. Make a fairy craft and drink a warming cup of mulled elf juice.

Please wear warm clothes, a coat and shoes or wellies easy to slip off. Due to grotto space we can only accommodate one adult per child.

£5 per child. Each child receives a special fairy gift.

07764 928487

Baby Moon, Redcar Road, Dunsdale, Guisborough. TS14 6RH

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

17th November 2018 – 6th January 2019

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is home to the north of England’s largest and best-loved outdoor ice rink – The Ice Factor – with its magical setting, giant Christmas tree and rinkside Alpine-themed café. 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.

York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, York YO19 4TA
T: 01653 619169