As the festive season gets well underway, we’ve been planning our outings over the next couple of weekends. After all, the weather is mild and there’s lots of Christmas shopping still to be done!
Here are our top picks for events taking place up until Christmas Eve, so you’ll never find yourself at a loose end!
Harrogate Foodies Festival
Taking place at Ripley Castle on the 11th, 12th and 13th of December, the Foodies Festival promises to be a food-lovers paradise, with over 150 artisan producers attending their Christmas food market. As well as lots of festive goodies, you’ll find delicious street food available, live music and special cooking masterclasses from celebrity chefs and Great British Bake Off contestants.
Tickets cost from £9.50 and can be bought for the day, or for the whole event.
Christmas at Castle Howard
One of Yorkshire’s most famous landmarks, Castle Howard is transformed this December into a festive wonderland, with garlands, candles and wreaths encapsulating a Victorian Christmas. Explore interiors lit by candlelight, and listen to the live orchestra perform by a roaring log fire. Castle Howard is open every day until Wednesday 23rd of December, so there’s plenty of time to explore this stunning country house. Special twilight visits are available on the evenings of the 18th, 19th and 20th.
Sheffield Xmas Market
The centre of Sheffield is transformed this month into a huge Christmas market, complete with funfair. Wooden chalets stocked with gifts and festive food will be found throughout the city, so if you’re looking to complete your Christmas shopping or just get into a festive mood, it’s well worth a visit.
Haworth Torchlight Procession
Taking place on the 12th and 13th of December, Haworth celebrates Christmas in style with a weekend full of traditional festive activities. A torchlight procession takes place on the Sunday, complete with carollers, morris men and a carol service at Haworth Parish Church. A Victorian Market will also be found in the Village Hall, and the Haworth’s wide range of independent shops and restaurants will be open as usual.
Saltaire Living Advent
Probably the most quirky item on our to-do list, Saltaire Living Advent takes place throughout December up until Christmas Eve. Every day, a different house in the village is lit up with a festive scene, with 24 in total forming a treasure-hunt around the village. The perfect activity for a winter afternoon, you can also visit Salts Mill for its amazing bookshop and range of art-inspired gifts.