Cheeks are getting rosy, and the festive spirit is in the air. Yorkshire at Christmas time is a pleasure to be part of. Whether you’re looking for a opportunity to sup glühwein as you browse a Christmas market, or an opportunity to visit Father Christmas, or simply a chance to enjoy the season, then we’ve got a suggestion for you.
Santa with a Smile
There’s no shortage of stops in Yorkshire for the Man in Red this year, and children throughout the county will be delighted with the locations he’s popping up. However, our favourite has to be the Santa Specials running on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railways. These hour-long journeys, aboard festively decorated carriages, see Santa and his pixies visiting each child. Grown-ups aren’t forgotten and each get a mince pie and festive drink en route. The Santa Specials are running at weekends from 26th November.
Yorkshire’s Finest Christmas Markets
You won’t need to travel too far to find a Christmas Market in Yorkshire. The Sheffield Christmas Market is running from 19th November until Christmas Eve, and the Christkindlmarkt in Leeds is running once more this year. The Christkindlmarkt is a wonderful German-style market with wooden chalets set about the Millenium Square interspersed with children’s fairground rides and attractions.
Running for a shorter time, but impressive for its size and scope is the Harrogate Christmas Market running from 19th-22nd November with over 190 stalls on offer. For those looking for a Christmas Market with a difference, don’t miss out on the Grassington Dickensian Christian Festival on 5th, 12th, and 19th December. There’s nothing Scrooge-like about this one. Did you know that pork pies were already a Yorkshire favourite by Dickens’ time? So be sure to enjoy a pork pie as you browse the stalls.
Christmas Arts & Performance
Continuing with the Dickensian Christmas theme, Brodsworth Hall, an English Heritage gem, is showing a live and interactive performance of A Christmas Carol on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December.
For an old favourite, Pinocchio is running at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough until 31st December. Young and old alike will enjoy this classic adaptation.
Christmas Done Differently
Stockeld Park is one of the region’s most unique gems, and it fully comes to life at Christmas time. Not only can Stockeld’s younger guests visit Santa, they can even have breakfast with him. A special opportunity to put in those requests for being good all year! Stockeld is unrivalled for outdoor active fun with their authentic Nordic skiing, magical illuminations and theatrical performances. Festivities take place throughout the four distinct adventure zones.
Ice Factor at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns for the 2016 season. As well as the ice rink visitors can enjoy the seasonal funfair whilst also fitting in an appointment with Father Christmas. Even better, the event is convenient for combining with Christmas shopping at the adjacent designer outlet. With the school Christmas holidays not having much time before Christmas this year, Ice Factor is running post-Christmas until 10th January giving you a way to entertain the kids throughout the Christmas break.