Make your child’s Christmas even more magical, by getting them a letter from Santa.

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Sat 4th December 2021 to Thu 23rd December 2021

The Courtyard Grotto is back, with more Christmas magic and fun than ever before for your little ones.

The adventure will begin with a festive tale from Story Craft Theatre before meeting the main man himself…Santa. There will be lots of laughs, smiles and of course, a photo opportunity for children and parents alike.

Your grotto visit will finish with a present from Santa and the option to post letters to the North Pole from Castle Howard.

£20 (£18 for child members) and adults free. Only two accompanying adults per booking.

To find out more and book, please click here.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333
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Meet St Nicholas and Lady Winter in their Yuletide grottos this Christmas.

11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December 2021 at 12.00, 1.30, 3.00 and 4.30pm (3pm & 4.30pm sessions go on the trail first). Dress warmly, and gather, in the Northwood kitchen courtyard or in the courtyard marquee 15 minutes before the start time.

Our St Nicholas mirrors the Father Christmas of the past: a wandering storyteller, miracle-worker and a 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 find in the cold and solitude winter brings.

Please be aware, if you are looking for a red Santa Claus this isn’t it! This Christmas event will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, lanterns and imagination. (Children won’t receive a toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, a wishing stone as well as chocolate coin. )

Table of  3 – £84 (£28pp), 4 – £104 (£26pp), 5 – £120 (£24pp). Please see their website for full Ts & Cs, Covid-19 policies and cancellation policies. 

Book online only. Please visit their website here, or follow them on facebook hereButtercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP.

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Sat 13th November 2021 to Sun 2nd January 2022

Step through the wardrobe into an enchanting adventure this festive season. An icy spell has been cast on this mystical land where it is always winter, but will Christmas spirits be restored and will warmth and joy return?

Whilst Castle Howard is open from 10am daily, Twilight is one of the most magical times to visit. Icy twinkling lights at dusk, sparkling trees against the dark sky, and an indulgent winter warmer in our cafes, all make your Christmas visit that bit more special.

See the lavishly decorated interiors of Castle Howard transformed. Enjoy breath-taking dramatic installations, lighting and soundscapes evoking everything we love about this special time of year. Marvel at the 25-foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a magnificent highlight in the Great Hall.

You can easily enjoy a full day with us as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter treats in our catering outlets and warm yourself by roaring log fires. Find that special present in our Gift Shops or Garden Centre and why not visit our Farm Shop to choose from the finest local produce for your Christmas dinner party.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits to Castle Howard this year.

The magical winter world of ‘Christmas in Narnia’ is waiting for you.

Tickets are now on sale and are available to book via the link below. This year, prices of tickets will vary subject to whether you choose to book on a peak or off peak date.

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27 Nov to 19 Dec, 10am to 4pm (no sales on 3 December) Pre-order starts 27 Nov. Free parking when you buy a tree.

Wellies crunching through twigs and leaves. Steaming hot chocolate and a cheek-warming tea. Walking trails and special memories. It’s more than just a trip to pick up your Christmas tree.

Our team at Dalby Forest, near Pickering are excited to invite you to our Christmas tree sales centre to find your perfect festive centerpiece.

What makes our Christmas trees so special?

  • Quality: Our high-quality trees are Grown in Britain certified – so you can be proud of your superior quality tree
  • Experience: Choose your tree from a beautiful forest location to kick off your Christmas celebrations
  • Expertise: With 100 years of forestry experience, our experts can help you choose the right tree for your home
  • Support your forests: The money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you, and for future generations


Grue: A new magical alternative Christmas adventure is coming to the Old Parcels Office in Scarborough this December.


Grue takes its name from an historic word for snow or shiver, and is a walk-through experience taking families on a festive journey through forest, town, sea and sky. There will be plenty to marvel at and discover through this interactive wonderland,  and you’ll even get your own paper decoration to build yourself!


Built by the community and made entirely out of recycled and repurposed materials, the project sends out a clear message about what is possible with a bit of imagination and old packaging materials, which are plentiful around Christmas.


Entry to Grue is ‘Pay what you can’, meaning everyone is able to book a ticket and experience the piece if they want to. Each slot will take 15-20 minutes and you can book a group of up to 6 people per slot. There will also be refreshments available at the end of the installation.


Grue will be open on Weekends from 3pm and Thursday’s from 4pm throughout December with extra days on 20th and 21st from 3pm

Old Parcels Office, Scarborough Station, Scarborough, YO11 1TU

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From 26th November (Wednesday-Sunday each week, 10am – 4pm)

Come and buy your Christmas tree from Scampston Walled Garden this year!

We have been growing Christmas trees for direct sale to the public for decades on our farm at Scampston, near Malton.

Growing takes years of investment, constant skill and careful management to produce a quality Christmas tree. Each foot of growth can take up to two years. Each year the young trees are meticulously hand shaped and pruned in order to encourage the tree to branch and gradually achieve the full appearance of a perfectly proportioned Christmas tree.

When a tree is harvested, another is planted in its place, ensuring the production of our trees is entirely sustainable. Annual members of Scampston Walled Garden are entitled to a 10% discount on their Christmas tree.

Christmas trees are sold from Scampston Walled Garden, near Malton.

No pre-booking required.

01944 759111
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3 December 2021 – 2 January 2022. 
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm. Sundays 10am to 7pm.

Brand new for 2021, Scarborough’s very own Ice Rink!

Enjoy the perfect festive activity for first dates, play dates, best mates and fun for all the family!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried ice skating before, all ages and abilities are welcome. We have dedicated facilities for visitors with mobility issues, including wheelchair users, with more information available during the booking process.

Looking for a peaceful skating experience? Join us every Sunday at 10am, Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 2pm for our special relaxed skating hours, where we turn down the music, switch off the flashing lights for a low-sensory experience, allowing you to focus on the skating.

Top tips:

  • Arrive 15 mins before booking
  • Children must be over 4 years old to skate. Under 9’s should be accompanied by an adult
  • Skates are included in the ticket price and available in minimum children’s size 6, maximum adult’s size 13
  • Wheelchairs are welcome on the ice and there are ramps both in and out of the skate facility and on and off the rink.
  • Wear suitable clothing for skating and wrap up warm!
  • We have a limited supply of penguin skate aids, which are available on a first come first served basis. If required add them at the time of booking

Booking is essential

North Street Car Park, Scarborough, YO11 1DE

01723 818111
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Festive Family Trail
Every day from Saturday 4th December

All day during opening hours
Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum

Pick up a FREE* Christmas trail and help Santa!  Rudolph is very hungry and Santa needs help to find him some tasty treats! Follow the trail and receive your own Christmas treat for Santa’s reindeers!

Suitable for children aged 5 – 11.

Victorian Christmas Decorations
Saturday 11th December

10am – 10.45am
11 – 11.45am
12 – 12.45pm
2 – 2.45pm
3 – 3.45pm

Scarborough Art Gallery

Get ready for the festive season and fold, cut, stick and make some beautiful Victorian inspired paper decorations. Perfect for your Christmas Tree.

Suitable for children aged 5 – 11.

Booking essential. Book at:

Tree-Rex Christmas Cards
Saturday 18th December

10am – 10.45am
11 – 11.45am
12 – 12.45pm
2 – 2.45pm
3 – 3.45pm

Rotunda Museum

Make sure your loved ones have a roarsome Christmas and create a unique home-made Christmas card inspired by the Jurassic Coast.

Suitable for children aged 5 – 11

Booking essential. Book at:


Booking Information

*All activities are free unless otherwise stated, but an Annual Pass is required to enter Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum. No pass is required for Woodend. Entry to both venues is free for under 18s. A £3 Adult Annual Pass allows entry to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum.

Children must be accompanied at all times.

Disclaimer: Please note events can be subject to change at short notice.

01723 374753
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The Sewerby Winter Woodland will take visitors on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.

Visitors will discover that The Snow Queen has cast a spell on the beautiful woodland, which has come alive with light and sounds. Joining the Sewerby polar explorer on his expedition, visitors will travel through an illuminated tunnel into the winter woods, and embark on their quest into the Snow Queen’s domain.

As they journey deeper into the enchanted woodland, visitors will have the opportunity to make some winter magic of their own – taking part in activities such as wand making with Moonlight, the enchanted moth; learning spells; and even meeting the Snow Queen herself, before enjoying the grand finale of a superb lighting display set to music!

The house itself will be filled with Christmas decorations and trees, and the lighting in the house will add a magical feel. Visitors will also be able to sample a range of local craft stalls, a bar, and vintage fairground rides.

Winter Woodland will run from Friday 3rd December to Thursday 23rd December 2021. Relaxed performance 4.30pm Monday 6th December. Book tickets on their website now.

Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.

Brand new for 2021 The Christmas Barn – ​Brimming over with so many beautiful and carefully selected gifts, decorations, lighting and homeware the Christmas barn at Sledmere is the place to be to find all you need to create that cosy festive feel to your home. There are all sorts of unique items so you can bring that special touch to your Christmas dinner table, with festive crockery, table runners, napkins to match, designer Christmas crackers along with all the accessories you need to give your Christmas tree the wow factor this year. For more gifts, homeware and garden essentials pop into the Woodyard just next door.

Christmas trees – You can’t beat the look, smell and feel of a real Christmas tree decked out in your home over the festive season! And you certainly can’t get better than a Nordmann Fir, with its bushy branches, even shape and non drop longevity it’s certainly the tree of choice!  We have the most beautiful Pot grown and cut Nordmann non drop trees available to purchase from Saturday 27th November!

Opening hours – Tuesday to Sunday – 10.00 am to 5 pm
Sledmere, Driffield. YO25 3XG

(01377) 236637
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A magical Santa’s Grotto experience for all the family!

  • November 27th, 28th and December – 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th. 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2021

Dates are booking up fast but all availability and booking options are available via our website

Our 2021 magical Santa experience is one not to be missed, bringing you a day of festive cheer and excitement with a pinch of magic and sleigh loads of fun for all the family.

Here’s what you can enjoy on your magical day with us…..

Santa’s most entrusted elves will greet you and take you to Santa’s cosy reindeer study where you will meet the big man himself, hear all about the magic of Christmas and tell him what’s on your wish list this year. (The time you book is for your visit in to see Santa only, please make sure you are at Elf reception 5 minutes before your session starts, all other attractions can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day)

Head over to the VIP elf toy store to choose your very own present from Santa. Explore the Christmas Village, meet all the animals, play festive games, do some Christmas crafting and listen to all the exciting stories from the North Pole. 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. Your ticket also includes have full access to the beautiful walled garden, grounds rare breed farm park, adventure play area all day!

Tickets cost £17 per child (ages 6 months to 14 years ) and £10 per adult. The time you book your ticket for is to see Santa and the rest of the festive activities can be enjoyed at any point throughout the day.

Pre-book on their website here or facebook event here.

Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 236637.

01377 455187
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Cinderella can be seen in the Round at the SJT on from Friday 2 to Saturday 31 December 2022.

If ever a young girl needed a break, it’s Cinderella. She never gets a day off. She sleeps in the cellar and her clothes have more holes than clothes. And what of her dreams of freedom and adventure? Well, they’re just dreams.

Until one night…

A deranged trainee fairy with a wonky wand turns up at the wrong house, utterly lost and eager to please. Next thing you know, she’s turning rodents into horses, lizards into servants and shoes into glass. Hang on, glass shoes!? Whose side is she on?!

But Cinders has the chance to be the belle of the ball… as long as she’s back before midnight. Will she get the adventure she’s always dreamed of? Or will her sisters spoil the perfect Christmas party?

This year the team that sailed you to Treasure Island, that took you up the Beanstalk and down the rabbit hole to Wonderland invite you to a madcap adventure filled with dastardly deeds, nutty mice and a pumpkin with a mind of its own! There’ll be songs, silliness and festive fun by the carriage-load.

Book before midnight to avoid being turned into a pumpkin!

Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at

1HR 45MINS • THEATRE in your home until January 31st 2022

Enjoy this year’s magical Christmas show from the comfort of your sofa!

Read our review from the our visit HERE

Price: £12 / £15


20th November – 4th January

The Christmas adventure is back at Stockeld Park,

Magical festive fun to have from morning ‘til dark!

What to do first, ice skating or a nice warm drink?

Feeling so happy as you skate around the rink!

Time to get lost in the giant snowflake maze,

Let’s hope you’re not stuck in there for too many days!

The forest holds so much fun, you can travel by ski or foot,

So many adventure playgrounds, you won’t know where to look!

And when it gets dark on those magical Christmas nights,

The forest lights up with pretty illuminations, that twinkle so bright!

Of course, you can meet the man, Santa himself,

And even have breakfast with him and his elves!

If you’re looking for Christmas magic, Stockeld Park is the key,

You can even take home your own Christmas tree!

Presents, tinsel, and pretty green holly,

You’re sure to leave Stockeld Park feeling very Jolly!


Suitable for toddlers

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.

01937 586333
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Christmas trails at The Moors National Park Centre (13 November – 16 January)

If you’re looking for something fun and close to nature to do with the kids, then look no further than The Moors National Park Centre! They’ve got two new Christmas trails perfect for any young adventurer.

Trail 1: Merry Mouse and the Lost Parcel Trail (for ages 3+) – Help Merry Mouse find her presents before it’s too late…

Trail 2: Christmas Word Hunt (for ages 7+) –  Can you find the clues to discover the missing words?

Set within the National Park Centre grounds, both trails are running daily from 13 November – 16 January (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 10.30am – 3pm. No booking required. Pick up your adventure trail map from the front desk – £5 per trail.

Discover more: HERE

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It must be PREBOOKED by the hour HERE

Enjoy for ONLY £5pp or £18 for a family of 4.

Social distancing measures are in place throughout the complex, changing rooms and slides. Please arrive 10 minutes before you session already wearing swimwear under your clothes as changing rooms are not available. Please limit personal items as these will need to be stored in a locker. Please remember your £1.00 coin to use the lockers (this is returnable). Please be aware that one adult may accompany up to two children who are under 11 years old.

(Please note there are some scheduled early closures due to private events, so please call 01653 668127 to check)

Flamingo Land Resort, Malton, YO17 6UX

Friday 19th November 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022.

The Ice Factor – the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq. m – will once again have a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. Surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform, this magical setting makes for the perfect festive experience for all ages.

Overlooking the ice rink is The Chalet, a cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café and an ideal spot to warm up after a session on the ice or to watch the skaters glide past.  Mulled wine, the best hot chocolate in town, hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats will be available to purchase, and private parties can also be arranged.

The vintage funfair features rides from the golden era of fairgrounds.  Speed and thrills await on the 1936 Speedway, the 1937 Brooklands Dodgems or the stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane.  Muffin the Mule and Hush Hush the train will delight children, as will the games stalls offering prizes galore.

Christmas would not be the same without a visit to Santa and his elves. Visitors can follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find his cosy log cabin and collect a special gift.

Visits to Santa’s Grotto are priced at £5 per child with a £1 family booking fee.  A reservation is required to visit Santa but can be made on the day, subject to availability.

Tokens for the vintage funfair can be purchased on site at £3 per person per ride/game stall

Skating Prices:
Adult £11.95
Child £10.95
Concession £10.95
Family of 3 £31.50
Family of 4 £42.00
Family of 5 £52.50
Parents & Toddlers £11.95

07985 331802
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Burton Agnes Christmas Opening

We’re thrilled that this year our Christmas opening will return indoors once again. We’ll open from Sunday 14th November to 23rd December 2021, from 11am until 5pm daily. The house will be decorated with original, handmade decorations, with many crafted from flowers and foliage cropped and dried from the walled garden.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

T: 01262 490324


Flamingo Land Christmas Experience

Christmas events running from the 4th to the 24th December 2021, including:

  • Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s Toyshop & Mrs Claus’ Kitchen – meet Santa and share your Christmas wish, choose a toy, and make some festive cookies with Mrs Claus.
  • Reindeer Paddock – meet the reindeer and make some special reindeer food.
  • Merry Marshmallow Making & Magical Milkshakes – make some festive treats.
  • A Letter to Lapland, The Decoration Station and the Christmas Tree – write letters to Santa, make a decoration, and hang it on the tree.

Events will need to be booked online to guarantee a place.

Flamingo Land, Malton YO17 6UX, 0800 40 888 40

Love Exploring App

Christmas Winter Fairies and Dancing Santa Trails on the Love Exploring App around Scarborough Town Centre.

Second Trail around Falsgrave Road and Victoria Road on the Love Exploring App from 4th December 2021

Christmas Window competition open to all Scarborough and Falsgrave Businesses encouraging them to keep their lights on so people can enjoy the windows, walk the Christmas Trails, before visiting the Ice Rink (details HERE)

North Bay Railway Santa Specials

We are pleased to announce the Santa Specials are going ahead on the 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd & 23rd December 2021

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.

Tickets should be booked via our website.

Wrap up warm

Adult £13, Child £15, Infant (under 1) £9

North Bay Railway, Burniston Rd, Scarborough, YO12 6PF

Pop-up Cinema Yorkshire at Stepney Hill Farm

2021 Dates TBC

The big screen, a roaring log fire, a beautiful rustic barn, great food and a licensed bar! This Christmas we’re popping up our GIANT cinema screen at Stepney Hill Farm in Scarborough for some seriously festive Christmas Movie Parties.


We have measures in place to make our events as covid safe as possible. For more information and bookings please the Pop-Up Cinema Yorkshire website or find us on Facebook. 


5th December 4pm – 6pm – Onward

7.30pm – 10pm – The Greatest Showman (Singalong)

12th December 4pm – 6pm – The Grinch

7.30pm – 10pm – Love Actually

19th December 4pm – 6pm – Frozen 2

7.30pm – 10pm – It’s a Wonderful Life

School Holiday Childcare – Camps, Workshops and Clubs

You can find a list of all the workshops, camps and clubs running across the school holidays on the  Holiday Clubs & Workshops page here.

Whitby Abbey Christmas Adventure Quest

27th to 28th November 2021, and every weekend in December (apart from Christmas & Boxing Day), then every day from 26th December to 2nd January 2022, from 10am-5pm.

Explore Whitby Abbey with our festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover the hall’s amazing stories and secrets. English Heritage members free. Adults £11, Child, 5-17 years £6.60,  Concession£9.90, Family (2 Adults) £28.60, Family (1 Adult) £17.60.

Abbey Ln, Whitby YO22 4JT 0370 333 1181

Whitby Boxing Day Dip 2021

Whitby Lion’s Boxing Day is Back for 2021! Are you crazy or brave enough to run into the North Sea on Boxing Day for charity?

It has become somewhat of a tradition in our beautiful little seaside town to enjoy a rather refreshing dip in the North Sea on Boxing Day morning. It’s certainly a unique and memorable experience that will raise lots of money for local charities. Fancy dress is a must, for many dippers, with prizes available for the best! In previous years, we have had some fantastic costumes such as dinosaurs, Batman and Robin, Christmas trees and even a team of traffic cones and a fancy dress wedding proposal!

For more information see their website here.

If you require any further information please email or call Brian Harrison 01947 897249

Whitby Winter Festival

26th November 2021 until 2nd January 2022

Whitby Ice Rink (10m by 15m) situated on Endeavour Wharf

Prices start at £7.99 for a child and £9.99 for an adult.  There are also prices for families and if you live locally you may qualify for a 20% discount!

You must purchase your ticket via the Whitby Winter Festival site to skate.  It is not possible to purchase tickets on the door.


Wydale Hall Christmas Crafts and Santa

Saturday 11th December 2021, 2-5pm. Santa Claus has informed us that he wouldn’t miss his annual trip to Wydale. Come along and enjoy some pre-Christmas festivity, with crafts, cake and a chance to visit Santa in his grotto. Children must be accompanied by adults. You will need to book for Santa on arrival.  There is no charge for this event; donations are welcome but not required.

Wydale Hall, Wydale Lane, Scarborough, YO13 9DF