School Holidays Ryedale and Thirsk

Christmas Activities

Christmas Specials!

Booking essential…

Thursday 14 December 2023: Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-13 months

Friday 15th December 2023: The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-6 months,

With Gemma
Phone: 07793 763419

Bawtry Paintball Fields is Europe’s biggest outdoor activity centre, voted Europe’s Best, and the UK’s highest rated on Trip Advisor with over 1500 5-Star reviews!

Looking for a family day out, an awesome birthday, stag or hen party, or a fantastic team build event – BPF has something for everyone. Our lovely little café serves hot and cold food and drinks, ice cream and slush all day, so you can stay fuelled and relax in one of our picnic areas between activities.

Attracting groups of all ages from 6yrs+, BPF offers a huge variety of outdoor activities in the beautiful 720 acre woodland setting of Bawtry Forest. Activities include; Target and Zombie Archery, outdoor Laser Combat, Rifle Shooting, Tomahawk Axe and Knife Throwing, Junior ‘low-impact’ Paintballing, a 53ft Climbing Wall, Paintball Mini-Tank Battles, a huge Tree-Trek and Zipline Park with 50ft leap-of-faith, and of course regular Paintballing. BPF is also home of the infamous Predator!

Our award-winning paintball and laser combat game zones are like something out of a Hollywood movie. Props include real Lynx, Wessex and Huey helicopters, 42 ex-MOD armoured vehicles, tanks, castles, and a tree-top fortress.

All activities can be booked online at, or call our friendly team on 01302 868841

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Freshly cut Christmas trees will be available from Wednesday 29th November 2023!

Santa will be there on weekends (10am – 4pm) and Wednesdays (1pm- 3pm) from 25th November 2023. This year we will be implementing a booking process for weekends. Book your visit by calling us on 01947 605212. Our booking line will be open 12pm-4pm everyday

Tickets are £10 per child and £1 per adult, this is payable when booking. Tickets include a short walk around Santa’s winter wonderland, before visiting Santa and his magic fire place where each child receives a quality age appropriate gift

Sneaton, Whitby

01947 605212
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Experience Burtree House’s Magical Winter Event:
Discover the charm of Burtree House, a North Yorkshire gem offering a winter wonderland from December 9th to Christmas Eve. With guaranteed snow and festive activities, this event promises an enchanting Family Christmas experience. Set across the grounds and inside their winter tipi and licenced festive folly bar, this is the perfect Christmas activity for the whole family.

Festive Adventures Await:
Included with each ticket is a complimentary mulled wine, mince pie, and a Christmas drink for the little ones. The kids will love meeting Father Christmas and receiving a gift, writing cards to Santa, making a snowman with our guaranteed snow and being entertained in the enchanted gingerbread house. They can also enjoy a pony ride with Mary & Joseph and in the evening explore Burtree’s illuminated Christmas wonderland. Finish your trip with a visit to the Christmas disco and play all your favourite party games, sing karaoke and you can even have a dance with Santa!

Hungry? The Folly Bar will be serving Traditional treats like Homemade Christmas Cake and Port and Buffet Style Christmas Dinners with all the trimmings.

Dates, Pricing:
Please see our website for all available dates and times, each session is 3 hours and either morning, afternoon or evening. The affordable ticket pricing includes family-friendly group discounts.

Burtree Country House, set in 65 acres of grounds, invites new families to their winter wonderland, where Christmas spirit thrives. Book at or call Dawn at 07803174133.

Burtree House, Hutton Sessay Thirsk. Y07 3AY

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Weather permitting, the Miniature Train will be running between 10am and 3pm from Saturday, 10th February and Sunday, 18th February in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Toy Swap too!
Lovely play area to enjoy.
Please call us on 01751 475614 to check that it is running if the weather’s not great.

Enjoy lunch in the Café – to book telephone 01751 475614

Cedarbarn, Pickering. YO18 7JX

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Before we know it, winter will be here and Castle Howard is all set to help make magical memories this Christmas. The entire Estate will be transformed into a winter wonderland as Tinkerbell sprinkles fairy dust over the Castle and Grounds, creating a Christmas day out like no other. The main House will be transformed into a Peter Pan-themed odyssey, with beautiful decorations, installations, and projections.


Christmas in Neverland

Take the second star to the right, and straight on to Castle Howard! This Christmas, get lost on a magical adventure in Neverland as we invite you to a Christmas experience like no other.


Father Christmas in the Castle – House Show

Make magical memories, and meet Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and jolly WonderPhil at Castle Howard this Christmas. Watch a joyful performance bursting with jingle bells and Christmas spirit, sing Christmas songs together, and enjoy a special, individual moment with Father Christmas himself.


Santa’s Grotto – in the Courtyard

Share a laugh and photograph with Santa in our Courtyard Grotto this Christmas. Enjoy a short show bursting with puppetry, energy, and Christmas joy, before that all-important meeting with the man himself.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

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Yorkshire-grown Christmas trees, good for the environment and beautiful for your home

Open 25th November to 24th December 2023 – Monday – Sunday

Stockeld Park is one of England’s largest and oldest growers of real Christmas trees.

Our award-winning trees are sustainably grown right here on the Stockeld Park Estate. We offer beautiful non-needle drop Nordmann Firs ranging from 3 to 12 ft, as well as wreaths, stands and a superb range of lights and decorations.


Come and choose your own tree at one of our three locations, all with free and accessible parking:

  • Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN (9am-8pm daily)
  • Harrogate Horticultural Nursery, Nursery Lane East, Harrogate, HG2 0FH (9:30am-3:30pm daily)
  • The Arium, Thorner Lane, Leeds, LS14 3FB (9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm Sun)


Or if you’d prefer to order your tree from the comfort of your home, choose our exclusive home delivery service!


Our Christmas trees are a fully regenerative crop, meaning more Christmas trees are planted than are cut down. Every year, we plant 60,000 new Christmas trees. Our plantations are an invaluable habitat for wildlife, and every year our trees are absorbing some 600 tonnes of CO2, whilst producing enough daily oxygen to support 4,000 people.

Because a Stockeld Christmas tree is for life, not just for Christmas!

Or you can order your tree online and have it delivered to your home – available to order now! For more information visit the website HERE

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Saturday 25 November to Saturday 18 December (inclusive) 2023

Wrap up warm, pull on your boots and let the fresh winter air fill you full of festive cheer – it’s time to choose your Christmas tree!

Let our specialist tree teams help you pick the perfect Grown in Britain Christmas tree for your home and support Dalby Forest this Christmas. Spruce and Fir trees will be available with a variety of sizes to choose from. Our very own elves will help you decide which tree is right for your home and the money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you and for future generations.

Available 10am – 3.30pm each day from the Dalby visitor centre.

Our trees

  • Nordman Fir: 4-10ft
  • Norway Spruce: 5-10ft
  • No potted trees are available this year.

What makes our Christmas trees so special?

  • Quality: Our Christmas trees are British grown – so you can be proud of your superior quality tree
  • Experience: Choose your tree from a beautiful forest location to kick off your Christmas celebrations
  • Expertise: With 100 years of forestry experience, our experts can help you choose the right tree for your home
  • Support your forests: The money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you, and for future generations

Christmas in the forest

At Dalby enjoy beautiful wintery walks and bike rides, experience a full day out with your loved ones. There is something for everyone in the forest this year.


With over 8,000 acres of forest to explore, Dalby Forest is the perfect place to spend some quality family time in the great outdoors. The team at Dalby have put together some fun-filled activities to keep the whole family entertained.

So, pack up your picnic and enjoy a low-cost day in nature!

  1. Gruffalo’s 25th birthday trail – opens 24th January 2024. As part of the adventure, families will be encouraged to work together to search for missing party items whilst enjoying fun and games along the trail. Participants will also learn about the intricate ways plants and animals look after each other.
  2. Gruffalo orienteering trail – try our fun, navigational challenge at Dalby Forest using a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood. Bonus if you spot the Gruffalo hiding in the trees!
  3. Grandfather Oak playground – Swing, climb, hide and spark their imaginations at the Grandfather Oak playground! Test your climbing skills on this fun playground with so much for the mind to explore. Hide away in our wooden teepees, clamber on the climbing frame or make your way round the playground and find your joy in the wildplay area.
  4. Go Ape Treetop Adventure – Built for the whole family, this is the ultimate tree top experience of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale in Dalby Forest. The perfect high ropes course for kids as well as mum, dad and the grandparents!
  5. Life on two wheels – Get started or tune up those cycling skills with training courses for little legs, hosted by our Bike Hire partner, Dalby Forest Cycle Hub!

With themed trails, adventure play areas, natural play, safe off-road cycling and lots of space to create your own woodland palace, your local woods and forests are the perfect place for a family day out, fit for a king!

Please note that barbeques and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

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Merry Mouse Christmas Trail – Saturday 11 November 2023 to Friday 5 January 2024

Join us for our annual Merry Mouse Children’s Christmas Trail. The creatures of the wood are feeling sleepy as it is time for them to hibernate through the winter. Help Merry Mouse discover the story that will put the woodland to sleep.

No booking required, please check visitor centre opening hours.
Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Sorry no dogs, wheelchair accessible.

£5 per child
Danby Lodge National Park Centre, YO21 2NB
01439 772737

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Emerald the Elf and Father Christmas 2023!

  • Saturday 2nd December at 12pm/2pm/3.30pm
  • Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am/12pm/2pm/3.30pm

Come and join Emerald the Elf as she gets ready for Christmas – there is always something she needs some help with in our interactive show suitable for all ages.

Ticket prices remain at £5 per person and include our interactive show, a visit to see Santa afterwards and a gift for every child.

The show lasts roughly 30 minutes.

We strongly recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
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Back for its third year, popular immersive installation, Grue by Wintercroft, returns! Produced by ARCADE, with funding from Arts Council England, Yorkshire Coast Bid and North Yorkshire Council, Grue is a fantastical world, made entirely from recycled and repurposed cardboard.

Grue invites audiences to step into a fantastical world and explore a series of enchanting landscapes. Now a well- established seasonal tradition, this year the magical wintery experience has a new home for 2023. This year Grue is accessed by a secret magical door on the top floor of Scarborough Library and also features live actors as storytelling guides.

Grue is designed by Scarborough artist, Steve Wintercroft – designer, visual artist and the founder of Wintercroft, an environmentally conscious design company specialising in helping people explore creativity through making.

Grue runs from 2nd to 23rd December 2023, Thursdays to Sundays. With tickets at £4 and Pay What You Decide options also available, this is an affordable and magical wintry treat for all the family. For more information and booking details please visit the website here.

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The highly-anticipated Harrogate Ice Rink returns to Crescent Gardens for the second year in a row; running alongside the Harrogate Christmas Fayre from 1st December and remaining open until 7th January 2024.

This festive favourite will be bigger and better than ever before, hosting not only a bigger ice rink, but an outdoor bar, a cosy sheltered tipi, funfair rides including a carousel and bungee trampolines, and a Yorkshire Wrap food stall – vegetarian and vegan options available.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas with this family-friendly and affordable attraction coming to the centre of Harrogate from December to January.

Harrogate Ice Rink is open from 11am every day until 19:30 on weekdays and 20:45 on weekends. You can book a one-hour session for a reduced price of £10 per ticket (plus booking fee) this year, and each ticket purchased will also grant 50% off any hot drink at the bar on site; including mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Adults and children aged 4+ are welcome at Harrogate Ice Rink. Free skate hire is available on site and there are skate aids available on a first come first served basis, these are available for £5 per user.

During your visit to Crescent Gardens, be sure to visit the Harrogate Christmas Fayre, ride on the Candy Cane Express road train, or experience the open top bus, which stops at the Ice Rink too!

For  20% discount code for Mumblers use discount code: mumbler20

More details about session times, bar opening hours, and terms and conditions can be found online

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Meet Santa

Santa’s village is the perfect winter wonderland! You’ll meet Santa in the Long House (along with other children) and you’ll get some special money to spend in the toy shop! Plus, you can take a train ride with Mother Christmas and much more!

Dates: Weekends in November / December

Tickets: £10* per adult, £20* per child and £5* for 0–1-year-olds.

Tea with Santa

Introducing Tea with Santa, where you’ll enjoy a one-to-one with Santa and a delicious meal from The Yorkshire Barn Café.

The experience will include:

  • A one-to-one with Santa.
  • A one-course meal and drink
  • Crafts, colouring, and a Christmas present for each child
  • Meet Mother Christmas and one of Santa’s elves.

The meal will be taken alongside other ticket holders and during the evening, Santa’s elf will take your family to meet Santa.

Dates: Wednesday 13th and Tuesday 19th December from 5pm-7pm.

Tickets: £15 per adult, £20 per child and £5 per 0–1-year-old (if you would like them to have a present).

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Newburgh Priory

Preparations for Christmas are now in full swing for the Newburgh Priory Estate in Coxwold.

Enjoy some festive cheer and create a family tradition, choose the perfect real Christmas tree from the magical Long Gallery Ruins, all British grown on the Estate. In addition visit the pop up Christmas Shop in the Priory for tableware, tree decor and stocking filler gifts with coffee, mulled wine and cakes provided by Sublime Coffee at weekends.

A family-run business offering a range of real cut trees and pot-grown quality Christmas trees from 25th November 2023. Trees range from 2ft to 15-20ft and include low needle drop Nordmann, Fraser Firs and traditional Spruce trees.

Open Daily from 25th November – 22nd December 2023.
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm


Newburgh Christmas Trees, Coxwold. YO61 4AS

Oxygen York – the NEW indoor free-jumping, Active Play, climbing & trampolining centre at Clifton Moor – is opening on Monday 12th February 2024 – just in time for half term!

Oxygen is a brilliant Free-Jumping, climbing, soft play and trampolining centre for lots of energetic fun. The new park will include:

  • Open Bounce Trampolines
  • Parkour Area
  • Inflatable Park
  • Interactive Sports Pitch with AirTrack
  • Airbag Jump & Trapeze
  • Baby and Toddler Soft Play
  • Climbing Features including cargo, ladder & totem poles
  • Strike Arena

Along with an extensive café plus a separate quiet lounge, Oxygen York will have two VIP party rooms on the mezzanine floor and additional party areas on the lower floor.

Oxygen Activeplay is the UK’s leading provider of multi-activity indoor leisure experience – with our mission to revolutionise the activeplay world for every child (and adult), we can’t wait to welcome you to our new York site!

💜 See the Ryedale Mumbler blog HERE for an idea of what Oxygen York will be like…

Clifton Moor Centre, Hurricane Way, Rawcliffe, York, YO30 4XU

020 8050 1315
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Nordmann Fir Non Drop Needles Christmas Trees 4 ft to 7 ft.

Popular Farm Shop with plenty of local fruit and vegetables as well as delicious soup, eggs, ice cream, meat and logs.

Fresh Christmas Turkeys

Christmas Order Form available from the shop – do pop in and place your order.

Pasture Farm, Scrayingham, YO41

07889 956919

07889 956919


Find us on Market Place for more than 7000 books to browse, art supplies, bookish gifts, or pick up this year’s Christmas Books Catalogue for inspiration.

There’s a children’s section downstairs with comfy beanbags, pencils and paper, plus lots more books for teenagers and adults in the deceptively large upstairs!

We also sell and redeem:

  • National Book Tokens (accepted in most UK bookshops)
  • Pickering Town Vouchers (accepted in most Pickering businesses)

Until the end of Saturday 16th December we are donating £1 worth of books to local schools for every £10 spent on books, art supplies and gifts in the shop. Last year we gifted more than £750 in books to Pickering schools, and this year we hope to deliver as many books as possible to schools in our neighbouring villages.

Alongside many shops and cafes in Pickering we are open until 7pm every Thursday before Christmas.

43a Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AE


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Enjoy the Freedom without the Worry

Pickering Dog Field consists of 2 x 1 acre sized fields called Florence Field and George Field.  Each one offers dog owners the space to let their dogs exercise off the lead, with sole use of the field for their booked slot.  Each field is “drive in” has the benefit of a shelter with a bench and optional obstacles such as jumps, tyres, tunnel and a balance beam.  Appointments are booked online, last 50 minutes and cost £7.

Children are welcome with adults and dogs. They can bring a football too or enjoy a picnic whilst the dogs play.

Opposite Tofts Lane, Malton Road, Pickering, YO18 8EA

07734 958539
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Pottery Painting Studio in the heart of York!

Rainbows Ceramics is a well established pottery painting studio just 2 mins from York Minster. Perfect for a day trip to York! We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils and paints you need to help you all get creative. We are situated on the corner of Bootham and Gillygate with parking available on Bootham Row. All items need to be fired so will be ready to collect after 1 week. Posting is also available for a small cost.

Baby Prints
Pop in and paint your baby’s footprint on ceramics and create a perfect keepsake. 3D Clay and Plaster prints presented in a beautiful handmade frame are also available.

Children’s Parties
We are an award winning party venue so if the little ones fancy some pottery painting fun with their friends either in the studio or at home please do give us a call. Please log on to the website for current party packages and info.

Mention Ryedale Mumbler for 10% off (excluding parties & evening bookings)

Rainbows Ceramics
15-17 Bootham
YO30 7BW

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Scarborough Lights will see the whole town sparkle and shine from 15 November through to 23 December 2023, with many free light displays to enjoy.

A brand-new winter lights trail will see Peasholm Park illuminated like never before. Book your tickets and enjoy this enchanting trail through the park. Running from 4pm – 10pm daily, 15 November through to 22 December.

The Fading Light of Ruins will see St Mary’s Church transformed into a spectacle of light between 16-30 November

Scarborough Sparkle and Lantern Parade returns for 2023, a magical and enchanting Christmas wonderland at Scarborough Open Air Theatre between 24 – 26 November. It’s the perfect event to experience the warm and fuzzy festive feeling, sample great food and drink, and get a head start on Christmas gift shopping. Entertainment include the Ferris, wheel, teacups, hook a duck, MEGA fun house or take a ride on the illuminated land train!

Ships Ahoy! at Scarborough Harbour will see the fishing vessels and yachts all lit up at sea; a beautiful sight as you look out across the South Bay in Scarborough. This runs the duration of the festival and is free.

Signs of the Times is a town centre trail of illuminated text artworks celebrating some of Scarborough’s uncelebrated or forgotten places.

Drift-Lit at Scarborough Train Station will run from 2 – 9 December between 6pm-7pm.

Grue by ARCADE at Scarborough Library  The fantastical world has been created from positive energy and discarded paper; a wandering cardboard labyrinth of rooms to explore and wonders to discover. When you visit, we invite you to collaborate with each other, seeing the impact we can have on the environment we live in – both in and outside of Grue.


Photo credits: Herman Mertens, Koros Design, Vendel & de Wolf Installations 

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Christmas on the Crescent

Saturday 25 November 10am – 4pm
Woodend Gallery and Studios

A chance to buy Christmas gifts and goodies from local makers and crafters, join Santa for storytelling and rummage in the Vintage Clothes Swap and Sale.

Find out more HERE



Magical Woodland Crafts
Saturday 25 November 10am – 4pm
Woodend Gallery and Studios

Calling all tree, animal, and star crafters!

Fox is sad. There’s only one tree left in the forest and all his animal friends have left. Come and help make a magical woodland, so all his friends come back home for Christmas.

Suitable for all ages

Free, no need to book just drop in.
Part of Christmas on the Crescent: Find out more HERE

TRICERATOTS – Christmas!

Monday 4 December, 10am – 12noon
Woodend Gallery and Studios

 Santa’s elves are very busy and need lots of help getting ready for Christmas. Join us for a magical morning of festive making and fun and be prepared to get sticky and sparkly!

Suitable for under 5s and their grown ups
Free, no need to book just drop in.

Christmas Mouse Trail

Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum
Friday 1 – Saturday 23 December

During opening hours

Oh no… Mouse has lost Christmas! Look high and low for 24 festive clues to complete the trail and help Mouse get his sparkle, and Christmas, back.

Suitable for all ages.

Free*, no need to book.

All the activities are free, but adults require an Annual Pass to enter. A £3 Adult Annual Pass allows entry to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum. Entry to both venues is free for under-18s.

For more information on the holiday events at Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum, please call 01723 384500 or visit the website HERE


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15th,16th,17th December 2023
22nd,23rd December 2023


Sheriff Alpacas are hosting 2 rather special Christmas events… set on an alpaca farm in the outskirts of York expect to experience a quiet, magical experience for all.  During the days you can enjoy a festive walk with an alpacadeer in the wintery woods and meet some baby alpacadeers.

On an eve, the farm is beautifully lit up with a stroll through the farm to meet Santa and the alpaca deers. Plenty of opportunity to meet and feed the alpacadeers and keep warm by the fire with marshmallows.

£20 children, £10 adults (children under 3 go free)

When booking, please only book for guests aged 3+ but please let us know if any under 3’s are attending

Goodness Farm. Sheriff Hutton Road. Strensall. YO32 5TP


07884 430958
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Opens Saturday October 7th 2023

The Christmas Barn – ​Brimming over with so many beautiful and carefully selected gifts, decorations, lighting and homeware the Christmas barn at Sledmere is the place to be to find all you need to create that cosy festive feel to your home. There are all sorts of unique items so you can bring that special touch to your Christmas dinner table, with festive crockery, table runners, napkins to match, designer Christmas crackers along with all the accessories you need to give your Christmas tree the wow factor this year. For more gifts, homeware and garden essentials pop into the Woodyard just next door.

Christmas trees – The Woodyard Gift, Home and Garden Shop at Sledmere will be selling Yorkshire-grown, premium, non-drop Nordman Christmas trees – both cut and potted, alongside it’s wonderful Christmas Barn. All trees will be in stock from Friday 24th November 2023!

Opening hours – Tuesday to Sunday – 10.00 am to 5 pm
Sledmere, Driffield. YO25 3XG

(01377) 236637
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Sledmere’s Magical Santa Experience 2023: The Great Reindeer Mystery – festive fun for all the family!

Weekend Tickets – pre booked time slots – open from 9.50am – 5.30pm: 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd December.
Weekday Tickets – pre-booked time slots – open from 1.30pm – 8.30pm: 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd December.

It’s a busy time of year and all hands are on deck – Santa is programming the Santa Sat Nav whilst putting some last minute touches to the sleigh, Holly Berry is finishing off some present wrapping and the reindeer are getting ready for the biggest night of their life! But all is not as it seems in the reindeer stables…Dancer has lost their sparkle, Blitzen their fire and Comet their speed!

Join lovable Rudolpho, the newest of Santa’s reindeer friends, in an exciting quest to solve the mystery and bring back the magic to Christmas – all in time for Christmas Day!

Take part in fun interactive activities with charming Christmas characters and enjoy spotting the clues to solve the mystery before having the chance to meet Santa himself!

Don’t forget to visit the toyshop before hopping on a tractor ride to see Sledmere’s herd of red deer in person. With plenty of festive cheer and excitement within the Christmas Village at the Sledmere Barns too – there’s fun for all the family!

There will be two ‘Relaxed sessions’ on Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th of December at 9.50am, with reduced capacity to help make the experience a little calmer.

Time slots are for The Great Reindeer Mystery, which then leads on to meeting Santa. Please ensure you arrive 5 minutes before your time slot at the sign-posted. The Christmas Village area can be accessed throughout the day.

Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 236637.

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A Magical Story Telling Christmas Quest for all the family to enjoy!

There is a BRAND NEW experience at Spilmans Farm this Christmas and you can BOOK NOW to get the best slots…

Jack and Lilly are busy preparing for Christmas on the Farm. Watch them as they embark on a magical adventure, when they find a mysterious family treasure in their attic! Enjoy a festive tale like no other, as they find themselves on a winter wonderland adventure and welcome you along to join them.

This is a two-part live stage show production where the audience are invited to move through the farm to follow this festive tale.

Throughout the experience, children are invited to take part and join in the festive fun & adults get a welcome drink too!

Find out more on the Spilmans Website….


Church Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB

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Beauty and the Beast

Sponsored by Boyes

1st – 30th December 2023

Age 6+

This Christmas, the team behind Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and The Snow Queen are back and up to their old tricks again. Expect songs, silliness, thrills, spills and more festive cheer than you can shake a sausage on a stick at!


01723 370541
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Thor’s Great Big Adventure

12th – 23rd December 2023

Ages 0-6. Children under 18 months go free, but will still need a ticket – please book these via the Box Office (01723 370 541)

Our annual Christmas show for under 6s. Full of songs, silliness and festive fun.

Thor the Walrus is off on his holidays. He’s booked a few nights down South, then a short stop in Scarborough for New Year before he heads home to the ice and snow of the North Pole.

But for now, he’s looking for a good spot on the shore for a quick snooze, a nice seaside snack to fill his big belly, and he’s hoping he’ll make some new friends along the way…

This Christmas, join Thor on his great big adventure, sing a silly song about seagulls and throw him some fish* for his tea!

*All fish are provided.

Westborough , Scarborough

01723 370541
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18th November 2023- 8th January 2024

Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure is back this Winter, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! ☃️

Experience the magic this festive season and see the park transform into a magical Christmas wonderland – the perfect day out for the whole family over the Winter months! ✨

Make magical memories with their incredible festive attractions, including:

✨ Winter Illuminations in the Enchanted Forest
🎅 Santa’s Grotto
⛸ Ice Skating Rink
🎭 Grinchilocks & the three elves show at the Stockeld Theatre
❄️ Illuminated Snowflake Maze

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

01937 586333
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Merry Mouse Christmas Trail – Saturday 11 November 2023 to Friday 5 January 2024

Join us for our annual Merry Mouse Children’s Christmas Trail. The creatures of the wood are feeling sleepy as it is time for them to hibernate through the winter. Help Merry Mouse discover the story that will put the woodland to sleep.

No booking required, please check visitor centre opening hours.
Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Sorry no dogs, wheelchair accessible.

£5 per child

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank YO7 2EH

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The Balloon Tree Farmshop has a brand new online shop where you can order all your Christmas dinner goodies in one place, alternatively pop into the shop and fill out an order form. Last Orders: 14th December 2023.

Lots of sizes of fresh Christmas trees, locally and sustainably sourced and all reduced needle drop…and you can bring them back to be recycled at the end. Available from Saturday 25th November 2023.

Enjoy a delicious home cooked Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Served in our spacious cafe late November, early December. Let’s get festive!

Lots of great gifts for the whole family from sweet treats & stocking fillers to scented candles and locally produced gins & beers. Or why not ‘Pick your own’ contents for the beautiful tailored hamper.

Deadline for Christmas order form is 16th December 2022.

Keep up to date with the latest news on social media

A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB

01759 373023
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Can you help and donate a brand new toy to our Christmas Appeal 2023?

Below is information on how and where you can donate your brand new toys to help children in the local area receive Christmas Presents this year. We understand that times are tough but we don’t want any children to go without this Christmas so any donation big or small will be a massive help! Thank you all!

Final donation date is 8th December 2023.

For more information contact:
or call 01653 690305

Come and visit the fantastic Christmas experience at The Whole Hogg Farm, activities for the kids and a visit to Santa too.

Get ready for a jolly good time as Rocket the Reindeer pays a special visit to The Whole Hogg!

From Saturday, November 25, 2023, Rocket arrives for a festive event like no other. Rocket, Santa’s most spirited reindeer, will be here to spread holiday cheer and bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

The Whole Hogg will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with farm style Christmas decorations, crafts and plenty of festive treats to enjoy in the tea room which will serve delicious seasonal snacks and warm beverages while immersing yourself in the joyous atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to kick-start the holiday season!

The event sold out on most days last year so be sure to book early as tickets are limited. Tickets are £15 for a child and £5 for an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL on the website HERE

Christmas wreaths and Christmas Trees available NOW. They will have a variety of sizes available and your chosen tree will be netted ready for you to take home.

They also have Christmas treats covered and gifts too. Christmas hampers – both personalised for customers and prepared, starting from £15. Christmas order book covering meat, vegetables, fruit, treats and much more is now open.

Howe Bridge Farm, Low Marishes, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6RQ


01653 669469
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Experience the magic of Christmas at William’s Den, every weekend from 2nd to 24th December 2023. So what’s on the Christmas List this year?

  • NEW for 2023 – A new show starring Father Christmas! Watch him prepare for the big day in our new play! (SEND & BSL friendly available 2nd Dec 2.30pm show).
  • Choose your own present – Every child will go home with a toy they’ve chosen from our Christmas toy shop and a free child’s return ticket for another play date!
  • Decorate a festive home-baked gingerbread – “Bauble ze Baker” is back for 2023 by popular demand!
  • Toast marshmallows around our firepit & Mulled wine & homemade mince pies for grown-ups.
  • Head outside for our Reindeer quiz trail. Follow the clues and see if you can find them all!
  • NEW for 2023 – Giant Snow Globe Photo Moments*. Gather up the whole family and step inside our giant snow globe.
  • NEW for 2023 – Create your own Christmas bauble* that will make you smile year after year, every time you get the decorations out.

Festive Food & Drink* – Why not indulge in some delicious hot chocolate, festive sweet treats and our fabulous woodfired pizzas and home-made food. Plus unlimited play all day indoors and out the William’s Den way.

*additional cost applies to some additional items

Tickets are on sale now, and have been frozen at 2022 prices. Book here.

Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS.

01430 472230

The award-winning York Christmas Trees has expanded its popular Christmas Barn at Wigginton near York and now offers even more outstanding locally-grown trees, handmade wreaths, decorations and tree stands. The extended barn showcases an indoor Christmas tree forest with a fantastic range of over 400 trees from 3 foot to 25 foot including Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce and Fraser Fir, ready for sale having been grown in their own fields on the family farm.

🎄The Christmas Tree Barn opens on 23rd November until Christmas Eve. Here you can choose your tree from the indoor forest and it’s where we sell our handmade wreaths and decorations. No need to book.

🎄Pick your own tree from the field – book your date & time slot online- details below.

🎄Pre-order via Phone or email – 07957 220837 /

A free recycling service is available to all customers in early January. The trees which are returned are put through a chipper and then spread in the Christmas tree fields to help keep the soil healthy, York Christmas Trees plants around 20,000 Christmas trees every year and has identified over 35 different species of birds that live in the trees alongside deer, hedgehogs, rabbits and field mice. Open on 23rd November 2023 and every day through to Christmas Eve.

York Christmas Trees – York’s family Christmas tree farm
Open from 23rd November 2023
Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday  10am – 4pm
T: 07957 220837

📍Wigginton Lodge, Wigginton Rd, Wigginton, YO32 2RH

Friday 17th November 2023 to Sunday 7th January 2024

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will be returning to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York.

The Ice Factor – the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq m – will have a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece, surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform.

This year the funfair will be bigger and better, with new modern rides including an exciting Twist and Waltzer.  There will be 5 children’s rides and game stalls offering prizes every time.

Also new this year is a terrace overlooking the ice rink.  Inside the alpine-themed café, tasty food and drinks will be available to purchase, and private parties can be arranged.

The Winter Garden with its heated covered picnic tables offers an alternative outdoor eating area, with The Dog Haus cabin selling a range of hot dogs and festive drinks.

Christmas would not be the same without a visit to Santa and his elves, and this year visitors can enjoy an extended snowy woodland walk to his cosy log cabin grotto where a warm welcome and a special gift for children awaits.

07985 331802
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Beetle Bank Farm Santa’s Grotto

Santa is back in his cosy Grotto. Dates are 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2023. Times may vary, each family has a ten minute time slot with the big man himself, and each child can choose their own good quality present. The barn will be open for cuddles with Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and the cafe will be open for lunch with homemade cakes and Christmas treats!

£22 for the first child and each consecutive child £15. Each under 2s not receiving a present are free of charge and accompanying adults £1.50 each (Members free of charge). Please book in advance.

Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York YO19 5XD
01904 488796

Burton Agnes Christmas Opening

Burton Agnes Christmas opening will run from Tuesday 14th November to 23rd December 2023, from 11am until 5pm daily.

The house will be decorated with original, handmade decorations, with many crafted from flowers and foliage cropped and dried from the walled garden.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB
01262 490324

Christmas Carols at Rievaulx Abbey

Sunday 10th & 17th December 2023, 1pm. Sing Christmas carols against the stunning backdrop of Rievaulx Abbey. Led by Brother Anthony and music from Bilsdale Band, celebrate Christmas with us with festive tunes and merry cheer. The café will be serving warm mulled wine, which you can take up to the abbey to sip and keep warm whilst enjoying the Band.

Christmas Shopping at Kemps General Store

Extended Sunday hours 10am – 4pm for November and December
Open until 7pm in December on the days A Christmas Carol is running

Kemps General Store
13 Market Place Malton YO17 7LP
01653 693577

Flamingo Land Christmas Experience

Christmas events running every weekend during December 2023including:

  • Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s Toyshop & Mrs Claus’ Kitchen – meet Santa and share your Christmas wish, choose a toy, and make some festive cookies with Mrs Claus.
  • Merry Marshmallow Making & Magical Milkshakes – make some festive treats.
  • The Decoration Station – make a personalised decoration to take home or hang it on our tree.
  • A Letter to Lapland – write a personalised letter to Santa before posting it in the special postbox.

Events will need to be booked online to guarantee a place.

Flamingo Land, Malton YO17 6UX, 0800 40 888 40

Helmsley Christmas Tree Festival

2nd to 16th December 2023, 10am – 4pm.

Explore 24 trees, which will be decorated to the theme of Christmas Traditions by local businesses, schools and charities. Entry is free but donations won’t be turned away. This event will be raising funds for All Saints Church, Ryedale Food Bank and Helmsley Together.

A cafe will be held in the Church on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival

All Saints Church, Helmsley, York YO62

Helmsley Library – Christmas Holidays

Sat 2 Dec to Sat 6 Jan 2023

Present Hunt Trail

For children of all ages. Free, no booking required.

Helmsley Library, Market Pl, Helmsley, York YO62 5BL

Hungate Centre Pickering Christmas Activities

Christmas fun days at the Hungate Centre in Pickering:

  • 1st December 2023 – Messy Play 0 – 5 years – £2.50 entry.
  • 2nd December 2023 – Cat and Kitten Rescue – 9am – 5pm.
  • 10th December 2023 – Especially 4 u Craft Fair – 9am – 5pm

29 Hungate, Pickering YO18 7DG

Malton Library Bauble Book Bingo

Bauble Book Bingo
Saturday 2nd December to Saturday 6th January 2023

Come on down to pick up your bingo card, we have some fancy prizes available to our junior visitors for those who complete it

Malton Library
01609 534565

Messy Christmas

Saturday 16th December 2pm – 4pm 2023

A free event for all the family based around Christmas crafts, games, celebration of the Nativity story and a hot meal plus take home bags. Organised by Kirby Misperton and Middleton group of Churches . No booking required,

Further information from Jackie Cray 07889 742973

Kirby Misperton Village Hall, High Row, Kirby Misperton YO17 6XN

Monk Park Farm Christmas

Selected days from December 2nd to 23rd, 2023 (selected times are sensory friendly sessions)

Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, make creative Christmas crafts with Mrs Claus, make reindeer food with the friendly farm elves, see the real life Nativity, visit the Elves’ Toy Shop and lots more!

Plus all the usual farm activities.

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto start at £10.95 (including a gift, the festive activities and access to the farm all day)

Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk
01845 421124

Nunnington Hall Christmas Activities

Christmas Through the Ages – Friday 24th November – Sunday 17th December Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am – 4pm (last entry 3.15pm). Step into the opulence of the Georgian era, the splendour of the Victorian golden age, see a Tudor feast fit for a King, or relive the exuberant 1980s parties. Envision Christmas as it may have been celebrated by the families who once called Nunnington Hall their home.

Festive Evening – 9th December 2023, 6.00 – 8.30pm. Grab a mulled wine and listen to a visiting choir around the firepit. There might even be a magical encounter with Father Christmas himself!

Normal Nunnington Hall admission prices apply. National Trust members and under fives FREE

Nunnington Hall, York YO62 5UY- 01439 748283

Rudolph Run at Duncombe Park

Sunday 10th December 2023, 10am

Family orientated, fun and relaxed 5k run and walk. £10 to enter

Minimum age 11 and anyone under 11 can take part but must be with a parent or guardian at all times. Entries on the day £5 extra..

Raising money for Helmsley Sports Club.

For more information email


Sewerby Hall Winter Woodland

The hugely popular Sewerby Winter Woodland is returning! An all new spectacular display of lights, sounds and special effects will bring the grounds to life for a great evening out this festive season.

8th – 22nd December 2023.

The mischievous elves accidentally dropped a sack of presents while flying over Sewerby Hall and Gardens and visitors’ assistance is urgently needed to locate and recover them. The Fairy atop the Christmas tree has bestowed her wondrous magic upon the woods, illuminating them with a captivating display of colours, glitters, and twinkles.

Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.

01262 673769

Winter Opening at The Splash Zone, Flamingo Land

The Lesiure Complex and Splash Zone is open for guests outside the Holiday Village from 6th November 2023.

Flamingo Land Resort, Malton, YO17 6UX

0800 40 888 40

York Bird of Prey Centre – Christmas

17th – 23rd December 2022. Meet Father Christmas in his homely grotto (all children receive a gift), meet our elves in their workshop and receive a gift which the elves will help you build!  Also dazzling light displays, giant inflatables, crafts, games, hot drinks and snacks plus much more. Tickets start at £10.

York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833 214

York Leisure Centre

For swimming there’s a 6 lane, 25 metre swimming pool, as well as a shallow learner pool and toddlers splash pool perfect for gaining water confidence and swimming lessons.
Alternatively why not have a game badminton in our Sports Hall, or challenge yourself in the Clip N Climb arena. 
Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, York YO32 9AF
01904 403900

York’s Chocolate Story Christmas Events

During December 2023 there will be Chocolate making with Santa, Christmas Family Workshops, Christmas Chocolate Masterclass, and Christmas Truffle Rolling. All require advance booking online

York’s Chocolate Story, King’s Square, York YO1 7LD

Yorkshire Wolds Railway Christmas

Father Christmas will be visiting Fimber Halt on the 2nd and 9th December 2023, 10am – 3pm, and you can also buy a Christmas tree. Prices vary depending on the package you want, you can pay £40 for a family ride on the train, refreshments and a Christmas tree. Or you can just buy a tree for £30.  Visits to Santa’s Grotto cost £5.  For more information call 01377 338053 or email