Top Things to do in Yorkshire this Christmas


Hopefully, you’re already getting excited for Christmas – it’s officially less than a month to go!

There’s so much to do in the county that we wanted to put together our key things to do, just to make sure you don’t miss anything! What’s your favourite thing to do in Yorkshire this time of year? Let us know on social media!


He’s coming to town…

We have wonderful grotto’s in Yorkshire every year, delighting children across the county. There’s little that’s more magical this time of year, so add a little festive fun into your plans:

Stockeld Park

There’s lots to do at Stockeld Park from ice skating to and illuminations in the enchanted forest. There’s a wonderful grotto but tickets can only be purchased on a first come first serve basis and so it’s best to pre book just to avoid disappointment. With a great grotto, you also get a Christmas gift and each child’s ticket includes grotto entrey for 2 adults which is handy!

York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story will be three floors of fun this Christmas which includes Santa Claus himself. There will be a fun mission where guests need to help Santa save Christmas and then they get to meet him. An interactive experience this does sound like a lot of fun with games along the way.

Mother Shiptons Cave

This sounds like a truly great event – being greeting by the Head Elf, there’s the opportunity to meet Santa before children can sit down for story time, get photos in Santa’s sleigh and hang up wishes on Mother Shipton’s Wishing Tree. They can then post their letters to the North Pole and also have some treats of hot drinks, mince pies and pizza plus decorating their own Christmas Treat. This sounds like a real treat with lots to do and well thought out!


Food & Drink Christmas Events…

Festive Gin Tasting

A cocktail or two at Christmas is always great with friends. Both with those that you’ve seen throughout the year and those that you make sure to see if they’re back home just for the season. In the medieval Barley Hall, the York Gin Company do a variety of gin tastings. The only gin producers in the city, they’ll teach you more about tasting gin and the different notes within it. Make sure to pre book this one, we’re sure it will sell out quick!

Snow Sisters Afternoon Tea

At Crathorne Hall Hotel, there’s a lovely afternoon tea which has special guests of the ”snow sisters” – we’re pretty sure you’ll know them as Anna and Elsa. This is a lovely idea and a festive treat for the whole family. Also great if you’ve already seen Santa at the grotto and want to vary up your festive characters!


A Christmas Carol (or two)

Mulled Wine, Mine Pies & Christmas Carols – 20th December

At the Black Bull Inn in Richmond, there will be a cosy night full of mulled wine, mince pies and carols to enjoy. Just in time for Christmas, this sounds like an ideal festive night with friends.

York Minster

The Christmas Carol Concert is the most popular event for the Minster, which isn’t suprising since it’s got such a magical atmosphere at Christmas. The tradition of attending the carol is such a lovely one and is a much loved event. The concerts this year are on the 13th and 14th December at 7pm.


Christmas Markets

Leeds Christkindelmarkt 2018

One of the best German Christmas markets in the UK, the Leeds Christmas market in Millennium Square is one that’s a yearly event. It’s an essential part of the lead up to Christmas for so many of us. Take a walk in the stalls, play on the rides and then enjoy some food – there’s lots to choose from. The Alp Chalet – a Bavarian styled eatery or the Ski Hutte bar are cosy retreats which have authentic entertainment and delicious food. Best on an evening so you can wrap up cosy, it’s the most festive when the lights are all glittering.

St Nicholas Fair

The York Christmas market is really beautiful. York is beautiful all year round but especially during the festive season when the fairy lights are hung up and the Christmas market comes to town. Full of mulled wine, food, Christmas stalls and get your skates on at the Ice Factor. There’s lots of traditional chalets which are decorated with twinkling lights.


We hope you have a wonderful Christmas season full of fun with friends and family. Our favourite thing to do this time of year is to invite everyone round for a games night complete with a cheese board, pork pies and champagne. There’s nothing better than a cosy night in with the fire roaring. Maybe you could combine that games night with a day out at one of our top things to do this Christmas in Yorkshire.

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