What’s Happening in Yorkshire this Christmas?


There’s some exciting events coming up this month and next for a very Yorkshire Christmas! Christmas-time is always such a fun time to be in our county with so much going on, which we would love to tell you more about!


He’s Coming to Town…

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience 

A Twelve Days of Christmas walk, fairies secret hideaway and a walk into an Edwardian Christmas – what more could you want! Plus, go to the Elf Village and meet Santa, sounds a great event to go to! This runs from 22nd Nov to the 5th Jan.

Stockeld Park

There’s multiple festive events at Stockeld Park – from the Enchanted Forest to Winter Illuminations, but there’s also lots of events specific to Christmas. As a family you can go Christmas Tree shopping to pick which tree you’d like, seems like something you’d see in a Hallmark Christmas film! The trees are grown on the estate, so a true Yorkshire Christmas. Santa and his Reindeer will be there in a parade on the 16th-17th November and then at his grotto from the 16th-24th December. A great event for all the family.

The Kirklees Light Railway

Selected dates from 30th Nov. – 24th Dec.

Step aboard the steam heated carriages of the Santa special and be transported to the magical North Pole. Then you can pop into the grotto for presents for the kids. Whilst the children are waiting and chatting to Santa, there’s treats for the adults too with mince pies and a festive tipple. It’s also refreshing that you’re welcome – and encouraged – to take photos and videos within the grotto for no extra charge!

Tong garden centre

16th-17th Nov.

Games, singalongs and Santa – what a weekend! For the dads, get prepared for the festive joke competition and everyone get ready for the festive disco.


He’s behind you! – Panto season

Snow White 

Harrogate Theatre 27th Nov.- 19th Jan.

This classic fairy tale is a panto favourite and with the description of the panto being, “Chock full of magic and sparkle, Harrogate Theatre’s pantomime is a firm festive favourite. Expect all of your favourite panto characters, spectacular scenery, sing-a-long songs and buffoonery aplenty” we think it sounds fun!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Bradford Alhambra Theatre – 14th Dec. – 26th Jan.

Another Snow White panto – with famous faces Billy Pearce, Faye Tozer from Steps and Paul Chuckle. The Alhambra pantos are usually heralded as the best in Yorkshire, so it’s not one to miss.

Jack and the Beanstalk 

Theatre Royal Wakefield – 21st Nov. – 5th Jan.

A show on spectacular proportions apparently – this classic tale on panto seems a good bet and has lots of dates and prices to choose from!


Christmas Markets

The Christmas market tradition began in Germany and it’s come across to the UK for us to enjoy too. There’s quite a few markets around Yorkshire to bring festive cheer (and beer!)

Leeds German Christmas Market 

Millennium Square – 8th Nov. – 21st Dec.

A traditional style Christkindelmarkt, the large beer hall is the talk of the market as everyone heads in for steins of German beer – great to pop into on a night out or spend the whole night there. The food is always great too with traditional German food.

Grassington Village Square Market

30th Nov. – 1st Dec. and 7th Dec. to 8th Dec.

What a great event this looks like – a Dickens festival in the heart of the Yorkshire. There’s Victorian street entertainers and according to the website, two weeks of bands, buskers and the change to meet Santa in his hideaway plus; a torchlight nativity procession!

York Christmas Festival

There’s a lovely Christmas market in York that always has a wonderful atmosphere, but after looking at the Visit York website, it’s clear there’s an unbelievable amount of things to do in York this festive period. From crafty calligraphy card writing and festive pottery painting to Santa Sunday lunches and Christmas Masquerade at Castle Howard, York seems to be the place to be this Christmas!

Doncaster Christmas Market

14th-15th Dec.

A yearly highlight in Doncaster, the Christmas market is full of food, craft stalls and more. Full to the brim of Christmas cheer and a great place to get some unique Christmas gifts for loved ones as there are lots of gift stalls promised.


We hope you have a great Christmas season in Yorkshire – don’t forget the ultimate festive night in; a games night at home in front of the fire… maybe with a pork pie platter!

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