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Family events and activities to do in York with Kids after Christmas.

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A Christmas Masquerade (Saturday 16th November – Sunday 5th January)

Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages. The Castle Howard “Christmas Masquerade” celebrates the House’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its magnificent architecture and interiors.

The House prepares for a grand masked ball inspired by the Venetian Carnival to be held in the Long Gallery spectacularly adorned as the Grand Canal. Amongst the sumptuous decorations and awe inspiring costumes, a troupe of travelling players prepare festive entertainments for the guests. These ebullient, mischievous characters – Harlequin, Colombine, Pierrot and the Zanni Clown are part of the famous Commedia dell Arte who became the much-loved characters of the pantomimes that remain one of our best beloved Christmas traditions. A magical immersive experience that will embody the spirit of the season in true Castle Howard style.

It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter warmers across our catering outlets and complete your Christmas shopping in our Gift Shops, Farm Shop and Garden Centre.

And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits. (Tickets to meet Father Christmas will go on sale at 8am on Tuesday 10th September 2019).

(Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Read the 2018 Mumbler Review here

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333


family walk There is nothing like getting outside for a bit of fresh air!

We’ve listed 50 great family friendly walks HERE – based on the distance from York so you don’t have to travel far if you don’t want to!

We let you know which are buggy friendly and dog friendly too as well as details on any costs, parking and how long (roughly) each one takes.

Happy Walking!


This festive season 2019 our museum will be a trove of fabulous food, fun activities and treasured objects—including world-changing locomotive Rocket.

Here are some highlights…

That’s right, the original Stephenson’s Rocket is here as part of our latest exhibition Brass, Steel and Fire. Make sure you check out this highly significant piece of history as well as the magnificent models on display.

On the weekends, watch out for a Pop-up Science demo to find out how to unlock the true power of sprouts. Younger visitors will be whisked away on a merry adventure in Storytelling.

Head out to South Yard for a Steam Ride or a rumble along our Miniature Railway. There’s also the super-speedy Mallard Experience and the Road Train to take you to and from York Minster.

You’re bound to work up an appetite exploring our big museum. Pop over to the cafés in Station Hall and Great Hall for a festive feast with irresistible coffee and cakes available.

Please note the museum will be closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.

03330 161 010


‘Oh! What A Circus’ is The Blue Light Theatre Company’s brand new affordable family-friendly Panto!

It is a fun story of 2 rival Circus owners going head to head to bring the greatest ever show to town! Featuring lots of great characters, songs, dances and hilarious script and a very talented cast – it’s not to be missed! All proceeds will be divided between Motor Neurone Disease Association York and York Against Cancer – last year’s Panto raised a huge £1500 for each charity and we are hoping to equal (if not exceed) that this year.

This fabulous show will be on at the Acomb Working Mens Club, Front Street, Acomb, York . The performance dates are Friday 24th, Wed 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January 2020 (7.30pm start) PLUS a Matinee performance on Saturday 25th January 2020 (1PM start) .

Ticket prices are £10 Adult, £8 Concessions and £5 Children and are available via our website or our ticket hotline 07933 329654.

There will be a raffle with great prizes to be won and sweets available to purchase at every performance.

So, why not come and join the Circus?


07933 329654


A Christmas Coral

Join us each weekend throughout December and throughout the festive period as we explore the seas of the past, present and future in our fun-packed interactive shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. You can get crafty too and make your own 2020 calendar – a perfect gift for your family and friends. Activities will be open every weekend from 11am to 4pm in Craft Corner.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

01482 381000



Last year, the ever popular and highly acclaimed bar saw over 50,000 people visit this uniquely themed attraction that plays on York’s Viking heritage and still remains a firm fixture of the Christmas offering in the city.

A brand new drinks menu truly offers something for everyone. Hot and cold cocktails with a Christmas twist, beers from around the world and local ales and stouts are just a few of the new items on the menu. An extensive wine list, soft drinks and a non-alcoholic selection can also be discovered whilst festive favourites such as mulled wine and hot chocolate will ensure there is something to warm everyone’s cockles. Teas and coffees are also available to revive busy shoppers. York’s favourite street food vendors, Shambles Kitchen, will be returning with a new cabin accessible to customers already inside the tipi, allowing them to order easily from the exciting Christmas savoury menu, while a private outdoor heated terrace hidden round the back, enables customers to soak up the festive atmosphere whilst watching the hustle and bustle in the Christmas market.

THOR’S tipi bar will be open from 10am to 11pm daily from 13th November 2019 through to 1st January 2020 (closed Christmas Day).



Don’t forget we list all the one off events throughout the holidays on the York Mumbler Events Calendar.

Click HERE to see what other family friendly events are happening.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, York’s favourite festive event, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, returns to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York from 16th November 2019 to 5th January 2020.

Glide gracefully on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, with a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. This magical setting makes for the perfect family fun day out, both on and off the ice.

Step inside the cosy alpine-themed, apres-skate café overlooking the ice rink, where you can warm up after your session on the ice or simply sit back and watch the skaters glide past. Sip mulled wine, indulge in the best hot chocolate in town and feast on hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats.

Enjoy thrilling vintage funfair rides including the dodgems and follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find Santa’s cosy log cabin to collect a special gift.

Tackle those Christmas wish lists at York Designer Outlet where you’ll discover all your favourite brands for up to 60% less, all under one roof plus with FREE parking, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone.


Visit: or call 01653 619169 for more information.

Santa’s Grotto: An additional £5 per child.



Sandburn Hall Pantomine

Aladdin Pantomime
Friday 3rd January 2020

Brought to us by the fantastic Talegate Theatre, help Aladdin with the help of his Mum, Widow Twankey, beat the evil Abazanzar to the magic lamp and win the hand of Princess Jasmine. ‘Aladdin’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!

Tickets £6.00
Family of 4 £20.00
(plus booking fees)

T: 01904 469922