Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

There are some magical family-friendly events happening this festive period across Yorkshire. We’ve put them into one big post for 2023 so you can search for the best Christmas events near you. This includes light trails to suit all ages plus places where your kids can meet Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance this winter so your festive cheer isn’t left feeling disappointed.

Please double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully, some venues require you to prebook. There’s nothing like attending an event before Christmas Day and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Plus many places have some amazing Christmas decorations, previous years have been a testament to that. We have found plenty of events in North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

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Christmas Events North Yorkshire 2023

Beetle Bank Open Farm – Santa’s Grotto – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Each family has a ten-minute 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!

Address: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD
When? 9th-10th, 15th-17th and 22nd-24th December
How much? £22 for the first child and for each consecutive child £15. Each under 2s not receiving a present is free of charge and accompanying adults £1.50 each (Members free of charge).

Beningbrough Hall Gardens – Christmas at Beningbrough – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Join Father Christmas for Elf Antics with a brand new tale in the Victorian laundry. Book your place on a group experience – for stories, list checking and gifts. The man in red is visiting Beningbrough once more to rest and recharge ahead of his busy night on Christmas Eve. He loves welcoming visitors and sharing stories of his adventures during the busy build-up to Christmas.

Take a seat in the Victorian laundry for thirty minutes, hear first-hand about the antics of the cheeky elves and help Father Christmas solve a riddle. He’s such a generous man and has told us he’ll bring a few sacks of gifts for the children. There will be time for each child to have a chat and if you’d like to, bring a letter to Father Christmas on the day. He loves to read what you’ve been up to and all the kind things you’ve done through the year.

Location: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
Dates: Weekends from 2nd-17th December
How much? £12.50 per child, £5 per adult plus normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members and under five.

Bolton Abbey – 12 Days of Christmas + Father Christmas – North Yorkshire – Santa Tickets on Sale

Father Christmas returns to Bolton Abbey this winter. It is with great pleasure we announce that Father Christmas will be bringing the magic back to Bolton Abbey this winter! Step into the twinkling Christmas village, tucked away in the middle of Strid Wood and see what enchanting experience awaits. Become acquainted with the cheeky elves who have just arrived from the North Pole, and let them take you on the special journey to meet the Great Man himself.

Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL
Dates: 2nd-3rd, 9th-10 and 16th-22nd December
How much? £25-32 per visiting child and adults/older siblings are £12 each.

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Castle Howard – Christmas in Neverland – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Tinkerbell has sprinkled fairy dust all over our House and transformed Castle Howard into a beautiful winter wonderland. Our main House is transformed into a Peter Pan-themed odyssey, with beautiful decorations, installations and projections. Plus, you can book tickets to meet Father Christmas with your little ones or take part in a Guided Tour or Wreath Workshop to get into the festive spirit.

Complete your Christmas at Castle Howard experience with special mementoes from our Bauble Emporium, elevate your visit with The Darlings’ Afternoon Tea, or treat yourself to toasted marshmallows in our twinkly Courtyard. Don’t forget to take home delicious Christmassy supplies from our Farm Shop, and a British-grown Christmas tree from our Garden Centre. We encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions section before you make your booking, to best help you decide how to plan your day. We’re looking forward to welcoming you this Christmas.

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
When? 11th November – 2nd Januar
How much? Adult tickets are £19 – £32 subject to booking fees, depending on the date of your visit. Child tickets are 50% of the adult price. Children aged 2 and under are free, but we kindly ask you to book them a ticket so we know how many people are in your group.

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City Cruises York – Santa Experience – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

You’ll be welcomed into Santa’s Grotto at our Boatyard, hidden underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge in the centre of York. As you enter, your Captain will check that the children are on the special VIP guestlist we receive from Lapland. Don’t worry if you are bringing a pushchair, you’ll be able to park it in the safety of our Reindeer Pen! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph – are all away on business with Santa. 

Address: York YO1 7DP
When? Various dates in November and December
How much? An adult ticket is from £14 and from £16 for a child aged 2-15.

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Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway – Polar Express – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Do you believe? We certainly do and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway with the magic of the 2004 motion picture. Chris Van Aullsburg’s story will be theatrically recreated, so families can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season! The Polar Express departs from Bolton Abbey Station.

Address: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF
When? Selected dates in November and December.
How much? Prices vary. From £33.95 per person

Ginger Cow Company – Santas Grotto – North Yorkshire – Tickets On Sale

Our Elves will be here to guide you through your visit to Santa, making sure it’s extra special. Tickets to see Father Christmas include a private 1-2-1 meeting with Santa, where each paying child will receive a small Christmas gift. During your visit, your children will also be able to make a small bag of special reindeer food to take home with them ready for Christmas Eve!

Address: Long Meadow Farm Hayton Lane, Everingham, York YO42 4LQ
When? Selected dates in December
How much? Tickets are priced at £14.50 per child and accompanying adults go free.

Grand Opera House York – Robinson Crusoe – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

York legend Berwick Kaler returns with all of the gang for his hilarious take on the classic story of the sailor from York who finds himself marooned on a desert island, but he’s not alone. Galleons of laughter are guaranteed in this sea-faring tale.

Location: Clifford and, Cumberland St, York YO1 9SW
Dates: Selected dates December and early January
How much? Tickets from £13

Kiplin Hall – Kaleidoscope – North Yorkshire – Event Confirmed

Celebrating the festive season through a spectrum of fantastic colours. Themed decorations in our historic rooms echo the rich sentiments of family, togetherness, and joy in Kiplin’s past, present and future. Indulge in festive treats served in the Tea Room and shop for seasonal stocking fillers and decorations in the gift shop.

Location: Richmond DL10 6AT
Dates: 1st – 17th December
How much? Standard admission applies

Monk Park Farm – Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

In the petting barn, the farm elves are hard at work looking after the animals. They will even teach you to make your very own reindeer food that you can sprinkle out for deer on your winter walk.

The festive activities continue as guests can join Mrs Claus for some creative Christmas crafts, and get into the festive spirit in Mrs Claus Kitchen, located in the Hungry Monk Café. You can also write a letter to Father Christmas, check if you are on the naughty or nice list and warm up with a lovely mince pie. Journey through a winter wonderland in search of Father Christmas’ grotto to meet the merry man himself. Listen to his amazing storytelling and be sure to tell him all your Christmas wishes.”

Address: Green Ln, Thirsk YO7 2AG
When? 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th & 16th-23rd December
How much? Christmas Grotto Experience – £19.95 per child and under 1s are £9.95. Adults pay for standard entry.

Mother Shipton’s Cave – Christmas Experience 2023 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

From the moment you step onto this enchanted land, Santa’s cheerful elves will welcome you with open arms. Every child with a Santa Experience Ticket will receive a pack of festive activities and a magical pass to unlock the wonders that await. As you wander through the winter woodland, the Christmas Village awaits, a place where enchantment and holiday spirit intertwine. Gaze upon the merry displays and festive delights that fill the air with joy.

  • Enjoy a personal family visit with Santa in his cosy Christmas grotto and receive a special soft toy gift from Santa.
  • Pose for a photo inside Santa’s magic sleigh, before he journeys through snow-covered lands and starlit skies on Christmas Eve night.
  • Gather around Holly Berry, the enchanting storyteller, as she weaves tales of wonder and merriment. Settle upon the reindeer chairs nestled within her charming tipi, adorned with lights that shimmer like angel wings.
  • Create your very own bag of reindeer food, a magical blend that you’ll sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve to guide Santa’s reindeer to your home.
  • Find the Snowy Owl Sorting Office and send your heartfelt wishes to Santa himself. Stamp, seal, and imagine your letter soaring through the night sky…and more.

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD
When? 25th November – 24th December
How much?

  • Magical Christmas Family Ticket CAR ADMISSION (for up to 5 people) – £33-£39*
  • Magical Christmas Family Ticket PEDESTRIAN ADMISSION (for up to 5 people) – £33-£39*
  • Santa Experience Ticket (for children aged 0-12) – £10-£13* (in addition to family ticket above)

Newham Grange Farm – Festive Farm – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

See all our lovely animals and festive decorations including Christmas trees and light displays, meet our Christmas characters and enjoy carol singing from our Elves. There’s fun for all the family at our mini Christmas panto – OH YES THERE IS! There’s also a family-friendly trail, drop-in crafts and free reindeer food to take home. Under 2s go free. (£9 general farm entry, excluding booking fee, annual pass holders will receive discounted farm entry.) Come and visit Santa in his stables and let him know what you would like to find under the Christmas tree this year. Includes festive gift.

Location: Wykeham Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TG
Dates: Various dates in December
How much? Santa – £9 per child. Timed entry slots. Please note that a general farm entry ticket must also be purchased (Annual pass holders will receive discounted farm entry). Plus other activities have a separate charge

Nightfall Light Festival – Middlesborough – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Stellar Projects family-friendly interactive light art trail of beautiful artworks, live music, performance, storytelling and magical moments returns. Nightfall stargazers near & far, you’re invited on an adventure as magical as a shooting star. Get ready for a galaxy playground descending from the Middlesbrough night sky, full of hopeful stars bursting to play, dance & fly. And across five nights, a cosmic event for all the family will unfold, revealing enchanting twinkling, shimmering stars and their story untold.

Address: The Grove, Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough TS7 8AR
When? 29th November – 3rd December
How much? Adult tickets are £14.50, children are £9.50 and under 2s are free but they do require a pre-booked ticket.

North Bay Heritage Railway – Santa Special – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Fun for all the family – all aboard the magical Christmas Express, immerse yourself in festive wonder as this very special train takes you on a journey to Lapland Central. Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults can enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments including mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine, with juice and biscuits for the children. There will be the chance to have a ride on Santa’s sleigh, letters to write to Santa, activity sheets and more to keep all entertained!

Location: Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PF
Dates: 9th-10th, 16th-17th and 23rd-24th December
How much? Adult tickets are £14.95, children 1-16 are £16.95 and infants under 1 year on knee are £9.95.

Northwood Fairy Trail – Christmas at Northwood – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Meet St Nicholas and hear his stories and meet silent Lady Winter in their Yuletide grottos this Christmas. Our St Nicholas mirrors the Father Christmas of the past: a wandering storyteller, miracle worker and protector of children, bringing light, generosity, abundance and celebration to the dark months of winter. He is one of the fairy folk: the Holly King, clothed all in green and crowned in evergreens and ivy. Lady Winter, his female counterpart, is the introspective part of winter.

In her grotto, experience the beauty in the barrenness of winter, which she tells us brings an opportunity to rest, to be still and to dream. She shows us the gift of silence and inner strength that can be found in the cold and solitude winter brings. includes the fairy trail night trail ticket, fairy museum with fairy winter display, as well as  Lady Winters grotto and St Nicholas grotto for storytelling. (note if you have event tickets for the 4.30 pm sessions/weekends or 6 pm midweek- go around the trail first, as the trail closes at the end of the last event session).

Address: Unnamed Road, York YO41
When? Selected dates in December
How much? Adult tickets are £17.95, children aged 3-15 are £11.95 and under 3s are free.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials – North Yorkshire –
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Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting a special soft toy present to the children onboard – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

Santa will visit you in your seat and check if you’ve been good or bad.
Meet Santa’s Helpers onboard for fun and games! 
Soft toy for Children aged 1-15 which they can complete themselves.
NYMR Christmas backpack.
The return journey lasts approx. 1 hour on board the Santa Express from Pickering or Grosmont.

Address: 12 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ
When? 25, 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December
How much? The Adult or Child fare is £30 per person and includes a present and backpack for each child.

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Piglets Adventure Farm – Magical Sleigh Rides – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale – nearly SOLD OUT

Jump aboard the magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with lots of activities for this year. Reduced visitor numbers throughout the experience including on Santa’s sleigh. Santa’s cheeky elves will greet you and take you and your family to see Santa in his grotto for a new exclusive and truly personal experience. Plus much more.

Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
When? 18th November – 24th December
How much? Tickets from £14.95-24.95

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RHS Harlow Carr – Glow 2023 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Take an enchanting walk at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, marvelling at spectacular light displays along your way. See iconic features adorned with festive lights including Streamside, the Edwardian Garden, Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns, Bath House and the Kitchen Garden. Marvel at the ‘field of fire’ on the Main Lawn and don’t forget to take a selfie through the gilded frame in the Sun Border. New for 2023, cross Thaliana Bridge in a rainbow of lights and enjoy playing with family on the illuminated Logness monster.

Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
When: 22nd November – 30th December
How much? Adult non-member tickets are £15.95, children aged 5-16 are £8.45 and under 5s are free.

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Stockeld Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

What was once but a simple Christmas Tree shop, from this small acorn, grew what came to be Stockeld Park’s most famous adventure season. Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations! This truly is the home of Christmas magic.

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN
When: From 18th November – some activities run until January 2024
How much? Please visit their website, prices vary due to the number of different activities you can book.

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Thornton Hall Country Park – The Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Begin your journey at Compass Point, where you will meet one of Father Christmas’ closest associates. Here you will learn how Christmastide is in jeopardy, will the human folk have enough magic in their hearts to save the celebrations? Be one of the few human folk to step foot through the portal and enter the Yuletide Village. The kitchen of Mother Christmas awaits, help get her baking back on track before the big day!

Magic lights twinkle, the smell of festive drinks fills the air and the sound of Christmas cheer can be heard – is the magic beginning to return? Step foot into the heart of the Yuletide Village, the Enchanted Tipi – soak up the joyful atmosphere and sip a festive drink before the adventure continues. Father Christmas is eager to discover if the human folk have returned the magic to the village and saved the celebrations. Here you will be rewarded with a gift from the man himself…and more. Plus a mid-week experience for toddlers.

Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS
When? 26th November. 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-17th and 22nd-24th December
How much? Prices vary according to when you book, please visit their website.

Thorp Perrow – Santa’s Grotto – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

EXCITEMENT is building at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale, with Santa due to arrive on Saturday 25th November! Santa, Mrs Claus and their elf helpers will be welcoming their first visitors of the season to the Grotto after a gloriously seasonal woodland walk through the Arboretum. Visitors will be treated to an adventure through miniature forest fairy worlds and frozen tundra before meeting Santa and – if they’ve been good – receiving a little gift. All children must have a Grotto ticket and a standard admission ticket. All accompanying adults must purchase a standard admission ticket (exemptions apply).

Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS
When? Grotto dates: 25th-26th November, 1st-3rd December, 8th-11th December, 15th-17th December, 19th-24th December
How much? £10 per child (to include a gift from Santa) plus usual Arboretum admission fees.

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Web Adventure Park – Christmas at the Web – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

For unforgettable festive memories, enjoy a magical Christmas Experience at the Web Adventure Park. A wondrous event that includes a family audience with Father Christmas himself, a few cheeky Elves, and Father Christmas’ real reindeer, Donner, and Blitzen.  
You will choose a slot to visit the grotto where you will find Father Christmas and his Elves checking the naughty and nice list. If you are good and have managed to make it

Tickets include unlimited rides at our Christmas Fairground, which sparkles at dusk. Our thirteen rides include the Double Carousel, Helter-Skelter, Balloons, Pony Express, Cups and Saucers, Apple Coaster, Lightyear and more! There are thrills for all ages, from little tots up to adults and the Elves may have a special gift for you! 

Address: Clifton Gate Business Park, Wigginton Rd, York YO32 2RH
When? 25th & 26th of November. 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th of December 
How much? Adult tickets are £20, children over 90cm are £27 and under 90cm are £26. Under 1s are £12.

Wensleydale Polar Express – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now – SELLING FAST

Your journey begins just like the 2004 motion picture when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully, dressed in PJs, will experience a fun-filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole.

Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic hot chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love. You will get to speak with Santa.

Address: Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR
When? Various dates from 10th November until 23rd December
How much? Standard tickets from £31.95

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York Castle Museum – Victorian Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Wander through our famous Victorian street, Kirkgate, as Christmas arrives with a sprinkling of festive snow on the historic cobbles. Enjoy the charming period trimmings that adorn the street and peek at an exciting range of historical decorations and objects, all from the museum’s collection, in our stunning shopfronts.  With a variety of family-friendly Christmas activities on offer, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.    

On selected dates throughout the holiday season, Scrooge will appear on Kirkgate! Included with a general admission ticket, join us for a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’s festive novel A Christmas Carol. After-hours Scrooge will also return for an adult-only evening performance at an additional cost.  

Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
When? 8th December – 7th January
How much? Included in general admission – see website for details

York’s Chocolate Story – A Chocolate-Covered Christmas – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Get ready to indulge in the ultimate Christmas experience at York’s Chocolate Story this December! We’re decking the halls with festive fayre and transforming all three floors into a winter wonderland fit for Santa himself. That’s right, Santa will be taking up residence at our chocolate haven, and you’re invited to join in on the fun!

Join our ‘Chocolate making with Santa’ experience where you will have the chance to meet Santa and even make delicious chocolate lollies with him and his trusty elf. Our guided tour experience will take you on a journey through the rich history of chocolate. You’ll be amazed by fascinating facts, interactive exhibits, and hands-on chocolate-making. And that’s not all – each guest will receive a special hand-delivered gift from Santa and have the opportunity to snap a photo with the jolly man himself. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
When? 1st-26th December
How much? Chocolate making with Santa costs £25 pp or £6 for under 4s. Other activities have a separate charge.

Murton Park – Murton Santa – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Tea with Santa – Introducing Tea with Santa, where you’ll enjoy a one-to-one with Santa and a delicious one-course meal at The Yorkshire Barn Café. Christmas at Murton Park – Santa’s Village is the perfect winter wonderland for the whole family! You’ll get to explore the village, full of festive decorations and sparkling lights and your children will meet

Santa himself in the Long House (along with other boys and girls) with the chance to tell him what’s on their list this year – he’ll even give them some special money to spend in the toy shop! After seeing Santa, you won’t want to miss out on writing your Christmas wishes and doing activities in some of his elves’ houses. Plus, for an extra festive touch, you will get to take a train ride with Mother Christmas, who will share a story and sing Christmas carols with you (signed). 

Address: Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF
When? Christmas at Murton Park – Weekends from 25th November – 17th December. Tea with Santa will be on Tuesday 12th December and Tuesday 19th December
How much? Christmas at Murton – Adults £10, children £20 and other pricing options are available. Tea with Santa – Adults are £15 and children are £20, up to 5 years are £5.

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Yorkshire Air Museum – Christmas at the Museum – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Santa Airlines – Welcome aboard Santa Airlines – our grotto in the Dakota aircraft. Children can enjoy activities with Santa’s elves in the Control Tower before boarding a ‘flight’ to the North Pole, to meet the man himself and receive a gift.  NOTE: The airline operates at the weekends of December and costs £10 per child, PLUS Museum admission (return admission tickets are valid). Each Airline ticket covers one child PLUS one accompanying adult.

Address: Halifax Way, Elvington, York YO41 4AU
When? 16th-17th and 22nd-23rd December
How much? £10 per child plus entrance to the museum

York Theatre Royal – Pantomine, Jack and the Beanstalk – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Our 2023 pantomime is a Fe-Fi-Fo-Fun extravaganza for all the family: Jack and the Beanstalk! Expect stunning sets, lavish costumes, breath-taking special effects and of course, lots of panto magic, as we go on a fun-filled adventure with Jack.

Address: St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD
When? 8th December – 7th January 2024
How much? Tickets from £15-34

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Bridlington Spa – Pantomine, Beauty & the Beast – East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Hailing from Hull and heading to Bridlington, actress Gemma Oaten will be casting a magical spell over audiences playing the role of the misguided witch Mauvaise. Cheerfully, the production promises a happy-ever-after ending as the bullying witch meets her retribution in true pantomime style!

Address: S Marine Dr, Bridlington YO15 3JH
When? Selected dates in December and early January
How much? Tickets from £21-26

Burton Agnes – Christmas – East Yorkshire – Tickets On Sale

There will be a trail of giant, hand-carved and painted candy canes in the woodland behind the house. With 24 giant canes – one for each day of Advent – hidden in the branches, will you be able to find them all? Young visitors are particularly welcome and can find a handmade felt snowman doll hidden in each room by the Cunliffe-Lister children.

When dusk falls, Christmas cheer flourishes: with Christmas-light-strewn topiary bushes, the fireplaces glowing warmly and twinkling lights in each room, visitors will be inspired by the abundant joys of Christmas. We will be serving wood-fired pizzas, spiced hot drinks, home-baked cakes and lots of other treats, and the gift shop will have beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts for sale.

Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB
When? 14th November – 23rd December
How much? A standard adult ticket costs £12.72 and children are £7.27. Other pricing options are available.

Hull New Theatre – Pantomine, Cinderella- East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

You shall go to the ball this Christmas with singer, TV actor and musical theatre star Lee Mead and Hull panto favourite Neil Hurst, in the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Hull audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming.

Address: Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF
When? December 16th – January 7th 2024
How much? Tickets from £17.50

Sewerby – Winter Woodland – East Yorkshire – Tickets On Sale

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. There will be six sessions each evening.

Address: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED
When? 8th – 22nd December
How much? Adults £16, children £12. Children under 3 go free with a paying adult.

Sledmere – Magical Santa Experience – East Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

– This year’s Great Reindeer Mystery – an actor-led walk-through experience with Rusticus Theatre Company – meeting several characters before meeting the big man himself in the Grotto – be sure to tell him what’s on your wish list!

– Explore the Christmas Village, meet the animals, play festive games and take part in some Christmas activities.
– Enter the Elf Toy Shop to choose your very own present with the Elves.
– Enjoy a festive tractor and trailer ride to see our beautiful herd of Red Deer and a chance to see if you can spot Rudolph while he waits for Santa with his friends.

– If you are visiting us during the daytime, for an add-on of £2.00 per Adult and £1.00 per Child, you can have full access to the beautiful walled garden, grounds, Rare Breed Farm Park and adventure play area all day!

Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG
When? Weekends: November: 25th and 26th, December: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th 17th, and 23rd Weekdays: December: 15th and 18th through to 22nd
How much? Adults are £24 and children aged 1-16 are £16.

William’s Den – William’s Christmas – East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Experience the magic of Christmas at William’s Den this year. Get our full Christmas experience every weekend from December 2 right up until Christmas Eve. We’ve got a whole host of festive surprises lined up so you can cross magical Christmas memories for the whole family off your list! Tickets are available right now so get your elf ready for our new Christmas Experience at William’s Den.

Address: Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS
When? 2nd – 24th December
How much? Adults are £19.95 and children aged 1-18 are £29.95.

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Brodsworth Hall Gardens – Father Christmas at Brodsworth – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Join in the festive fun with Father Christmas at Brodsworth Hall as the man himself tells seasonal stories among the traditional decorations. Tickets to Father Christmas at Brodsworth Hall cost £9.50 per child. This includes the group storytelling session and a small present. These will begin promptly at the allocated start time so please arrive at least 15 minutes before your booked slot.

Address: B6422, Brodsworth DN5 7XJ
When? Weekends from Sat 2 Dec until Sat 23 December 2023 
How much? £9.50 per child plus the normal entry fee to Brodsworth

Cannon Hall Farm – The Santa Apprentice – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

For the third year running, we’ve teamed up with our amazing friends from Talegate Theatre Productions and the Copycat Party Company for an event that’s guaranteed to leave the whole family feeling full to the brim with Christmas spirit.

Join Santa on a magical adventure in our staged show (in our indoor heated event space) before adventuring on to the Toy Factory where children take their magic key to the elves…and choose their very own present! Cannon Hall Farm is known for its festive experiences and, following the success of last year’s show, we are back with a new story.

Address: Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT
When? 2nd – 24th December
How much? Adults are £14.95 and children are £19.95.

Cannon Hall Museum – A Very Victorian Christmas – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Come and join our Victorian nursery maid to hear a Christmas story and play with traditional Victorian toys before sitting down with Santa to share your wish list for Christmas Day and receive special gifts. After booking please email learning@barnsley.gov.uk with the name and age of your child so that they can receive an age-appropriate gift. We have a relaxed session at 11 am on each day where there are limited tickets for a quieter experience. There will be Makaton storytelling and a visual story available for these sessions, along with a sensory gift.

Address: Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT
When? 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th & 16th & 17th Dec
How much? Tickets are £15 per child.

Gulliver’s Valley Resort – Christmas – South Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Escape to Gulliver’s Valley at Christmas time for a festive family adventure. Look out for Elfie’s mischief, fairy fun and snowy surprises. 
Selected festive rides and attractions for all the family
Explore the magical Winter Wonderland
Children choose their own gift from the Elf Workshop
Explore Santa’s house and see him in his Grotto!

When? Selected dates in November and December
Address: Mansfield Rd, Sheffield S26 5QW
How much? Tickets from £22+ per person – There are around 6 different packages to choose from including overnight stays.

Wentworth Woodhouse – A Tale as Old as Time – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

An abandoned, enchanted mansion overtaken by nature needs your help to break the spell and restore life and laughter to the vast halls and gardens beyond. For Christmas this year, we are presenting A Tale as Old as Time – a visitor-led experience throughout the State Rooms and West Front Gardens. A magical enchantment has been placed on the House and its inhabitants and they need your help to harness the power of the surviving camellia flowers to bring everything back to life!

Wander through the dressed State Rooms at your leisure throughout the day or combine your visit with our magical Garden Light Trail through Acer Wood from late afternoon. For those wanting to enjoy a fully accessible festive experience, we are also offering Light Trail-only tickets each evening.

Address: Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TQ
When? 28th November – 7th January
How much? There are different prices for different event types. Please visit their website for pricing.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Winter Illuminations – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Our annual Winter Illuminations feature over 2,400 metres of illuminated trails filled with giant awe-inspiring hand-crafted lanterns.  Explore the illuminated lands of Fairytale Kingdom, Animal Adventures, Under the Sea and much more. This magical night-time adventure sees our walk-through Wildlife Park come alive with an enchanting spectacle of light, promising an experience bigger, better and more electrifying than ever before.

Location: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB
Dates: Select dates through winter
How much? Adults are from £24, children are from £19 and under 3s are free.

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Eureka! – Santa’s Grotto – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Father Christmas is heading to Eureka! this December, his sleigh with gifts a-plenty, and he wants to meet YOU! Come along to see the big man himself and an elf helper or two, for a discussion about how naughty / nice you’ve been this year, pressie requests, snap a festive (s)elfie and receive a gift! All in the comfort of the snuggliest grotto in town, as decided by us.

Address: Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE
When? 1st-3rd and 8th-10th December
How much? The regular entrance fee applies plus £6 per child which includes a gift.

Harewood House – The Adventures of Peppermint – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Peppermint the elf needs your help! A dropped bottle of fairy dust has sent him tumbling through time and space. Now, it’s up to you and your family to bring him home, joined by some extraordinary magical friends, including a beloved bearded character!

Together, we’ll venture through an icy landscape to help find your way back to Yorkshire and receive a gift as a thank-you for your heroics! This heartwarming 45-minute immersive experience promises unforgettable memories and pure festive magic. Each experience has a capacity for up to 21 people, including both adults and children.

Address: Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE
When? On Saturdays and Sundays – 25th November – 24th December
How much? Adult non-members are £30, children are £32.95 and there are discounts for members.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Elf Explorer – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical Christmas experience that is guaranteed to light up your children’s faces and get the whole family in the mood for the Festive Season. This theatrical journey on board a beautiful steam train is the perfect way to travel, and we know that Father Christmas thinks so too. Your adventure starts with a journey through our Winter Wonderland and into Santa’s workshop. Our elf will check you in and check if you’ve been naughty or nice! You must check in to collect your golden tickets to travel on the Elf Explorer.

Please ensure that you give the age of the present you have booked when age stickers are given out. Children can write a letter to Santa and complete other activities whilst parents may wish to visit ‘Rudolph’s refreshments’, visit our fully stocked bar for a Christmas tipple, or collect pre-booked drinks to take on the train. Please note that this year there isn’t an onboard bar and any drinks must be purchased beforehand and taken on board.

Address: The Railway Station, Haworth, BD22 8NJ
When? 25 & 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 21 – 24 December
How much? From £22-28.

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Leeds City Centre – Ice Cube Leeds – West Yorkshire – Events Confirmed

Strap your skates on and enjoy the magic of outdoor ice skating whatever the weather. Experience the magic of the season by wandering through our charming market stalls. Our festive funfair includes the family favourites Golden Gallopers, Big Wheel and more. Featuring a giant Ski Bear, it’s the ideal spot for a true alpine-inspired escape. The Viking-inspired pop-up Tipi bar offers a cosy winter retreat in Victoria Gardens.

Location: Leeds City Centre
Dates: 24th November – 31st December
How much? Prices vary for each activity

Lotherton Hall – Christmas Experience – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical journey through the enchanting world of Christmas. From visiting Santa in the North Pole to crafting in the Elf Village, there’s something for all the family. Explore the Christmas Traditions Woodland Walk, and Fairy Dell. Marvel at Lotherton’s splendour in the Hall and lit gardens. Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, don’t forget to visit the Christmas stalls on a weekend.

Visit Santa ‘In The North Pole’ to interact with the elves, join the elf workshop and meet Santa (30-35 minutes) after school and on weekends. Pre-school children can enjoy a shorter Santa visit at ‘Santa’s Cabin‘ on weekdays during term time. Both experiences include a gift.

Location: Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
Dates: 25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024
How much? Prices vary due to the different options available. Please visit their website.

Middleton Railway – Santa Specials – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Christmas magic will start the moment that you enter our festively decorated Engine House. You will be asked to follow the signs upstairs and through the lit walkway to the waiting area, where you will pick up your tickets and present vouchers from our Ticket Manager. Then at the appropriate time, the Train Manager will take you out to the Santa Special waiting on the platform. On your journey to the park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

When the train returns to Moor Road, please make your way through the decorated Display Hall where you can see Santa in his grotto, and then enjoy tea or coffee with mince pies for the adults, or juice and biscuits for the children. Each child aged up to 10 years inclusive for whom a fare has been paid will be given a present by Santa whilst travelling on the train.

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough Railway Trust Ltd, The Middleton, Moor Rd, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2JQ
When? Starting on Saturday 2nd December, and running each Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve (24th).
How much? Tickets are cheaper online – Adults online are £14, ages 3-10 are £17 and other pricing options are available.

National Coal Mining Museum – Santa Underground – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Join us for our Christmas launch as we light up the Museum for a bumper weekend of festive fun. Enjoy pop-up activities, brass band and choir performances, plus plenty of festive treats including Santa himself! Get crafty with our lantern-making workshops over the weekend ready for Sunday’s unmissable lantern parade.

Before Santa goes down your chimney he is going down the mine! Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground grotto where he will be waiting to meet a few select children. Will the bell place you on the naughty or nice list? Good children will receive a present and certificate while naughty ones will get coal

Address: Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH
When? Selected dates from 25th November – 24th December
How much? Santa – £12-13 per child (£10-11 per adult), pre-bookable. Other activities may have a separate charge.

Nostell Priory – Festive Days Out – West Yorkshire – Events Confirmed

Join in the festivities this Christmas as the house is decorated to the nines with a magical fairy tale theme with rooms featuring elements from stories such as Rapunzel, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. The fires will be lit, seasonal music will be playing and the trees will be twinkling with pretty lights. Make sure to visit the exquisite Doll’s House will also be decorated with all the Christmas trimmings. The mischievous fairies from the garden trail have their eyes on this miniature, cosy house – watch out for a fairy invasion.

Father Christmas will be visiting the house in the run-up to Christmas. You may spot him as he walks around the house or, perhaps you’ll see him having a cheeky pre-Christmas snooze by the fire. It’s an informal experience with no bookable appointments – he will be drifting around, giving out plenty of waves and smiles and he is always happy to pose for photographs and chat with families. 

Location: Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wragby, Wakefield WF4 1QE
Dates: Father Christmas who will be in the house during December (except 4/5 and 11/12 – and his last day will be 23 Dec)
How much? Regular entry costs apply plus extra if your child is meeting Santa

Thackray Museum of Medicine – Father Christmas – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Father Christmas needs your help as he travels the world exploring the different ways people celebrate Christmas and sampling all his favourite foods! Work your way around the museum finding clues, stopping off for some winter crafting and photographs on our very own Thackray sleigh. Then meet Father Christmas for some cosy festive stories and a special gift to take home.

This magical 90-minute experience includes an activity trail around the museum, festive crafts, an audience with Father Christmas plus a gift for each child. Please note that your audience with Father Christmas has been designed to take place one hour after your entry time to allow you to enjoy the museum beforehand.

Location: 141 Beckett St, Harehills, Leeds LS9 7LN
Dates: Selected dates in December
How much? Children are £17-22 and adults are £7-12

Wentworth Woodhouse – A Tale as Old as Time – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

An abandoned, enchanted mansion overtaken by nature needs your help to break the spell and restore life and laughter to the vast halls and gardens beyond. For Christmas this year, we are presenting A Tale as Old as Time – a visitor-led experience throughout the State Rooms and West Front Gardens.

A magical enchantment has been placed on the House and its inhabitants and they need your help to harness the power of the surviving camellia flowers to bring everything back to life! Wander through the dressed State Rooms throughout the day or combine your visit with our magical Garden Light Trail through Acer Wood from late afternoon. To add to your Light Trail experience, there will also be a miniature train ride and festive food village in the West Front Gardens (additional charges apply).

Address: Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TQ
When? 28th November – 7th January
How much? Adults are £17.50 and children are £12.50. Under 3s are free.

Whistlestop Valley – Simply Santa & Santa Express – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

This festive season, you can choose from TWO special Santa events at Whistlestop Valley:  “Simply Santa” or “The Santa Express.” Both events feature a trip aboard the heated carriages hauled by one of our steam locomotives; transporting you to the North Pole!

Whilst at the North Pole, you will have a one-on-one meeting with the big guy himself inside his cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys. Santa’s cheeky elf will be causing Christmas chaos at the Shelley North Pole – will you spot them?!

Address: Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ
When? Selected dates in November and December
How much? Prices are available online, they start from £19.95 for an adult and from £24.95 for a child.

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