School Holidays & Special Events in York

After Christmas Fun

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Magical ‘Twixmas’ – post-Christmas fun at Castle Howard

28 December 2017 – 7 January 2018

The magic of Christmas doesn’t need to end on 25 December this year thanks to a new ‘Twixmas’ event from Castle Howard. From 28 December to 7 January, the Courtyard Stables will be hosting a family-friendly magic show twice a day: “Magic at Castle Howard”.

The shows, featuring either WonderPhil – who some visitors may recognise from assisting Castle Howard’s Father Christmas – or Just Josh of Big Kids Entertainers, with both promising lively, fun and interactive shows to brighten the lull which follows the excitement of Christmas Day.

Castle Howard’s Farm Shop is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm, offering locally-produced fresh produce, including a butchers’ counter and fresh fruit and veg – for any post-Christmas top-ups for people avoiding busy supermarket trips.

Tickets to the Magic at Castle Howard shows can be prebooked for £5.00 per child or £6.00 on the day (subject to availability), with accompanying adults free and takes place in the Courtyard Stables (no admission fee). The show is particularly suited to under 12s and young-at-heart adults, and lasts around 45 minutes. Shows run daily at 12 noon and 2.00pm.

For more details, please visit or call 01653 648333.

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Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

Join us for our Christmas Adventure, 11th November 2017 – 8th January 2018. We open 10.30am – 8.30pm and after dark the whole park is magically lit by thousands of twinkling lights!
Entry to our Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during our winter season. Plus, guests can choose to buy tickets to enter our exciting Adventure Zones, including our Real Ice Rink, Nordic Ski Trail & Illuminated Enchanted Forest.

Dates: 25th & 26th Nov, 2nd & 3rd Dec, 9th & 10th Dec
Santa’s Breakfast Panto

Santa will be hosting a brilliant Breakfast Panto show which will excite and entertain little ones this winter season. Plus enjoy a yummy breakfast and receive a present from Santa himself to take home.

The enchanted forest at Stockeld Park on an evening is magical. I went last year with my then 7, 5 and 3 year olds and they all loved it. They can’t wait to go back!

Mumbler LB

We took our Brownie Pack last year and it was fab. There are different activities to do, and you pay for the ones you want. It’s also got an amazing Christmas shop, the Santa was rather amazing too.

Mumbler LA

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

T: 01937 586333


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The Deep – Finderella

2nd December – 7th January 2018.

Its Christmas capers time and our fun-packed Christmas pantomime is no exception! Running every day from 2 December – 7 January 2018, join Finderella as she returns home from the Prince’s ball in a classic tale with a fishy twist. This laugh out loud performance has bundles of audience participation, so make sure your little ones don’t miss out at 11.30am and 3.30pm in Endless Ocean (Finderella is included in our standard entry price). It is sure to keep children of all ages entertained.

Find out more on The Deep’s website here.
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000.

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York Minster at Christmas

Christmas Activity Trail
Discover more about the Christmas story by exploring the activity stops hidden around the Minster. Follow a trail with items to look at, touch, smell and discuss at each stop.
Runs from 9 December until 7 January.
Free with admission. No need to book.
T: 01904 557200

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York Mumbler Days Out

Don’t forget the York Mumbler Day’s Out pages.

Lots of places are listed which are open during the school holidays to enjoy a post Christmas treat.

There’s also plenty of ideas for getting some fresh air and exercise on the ‘Walks & the Great Outdoors‘ page.

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York Theatre Royal

Thu 14 Dec – Sat 03 Feb – 7:30pm (selected performances 8pm), select matinees 2:30pm or 4:30pm
Jack and the Beanstalk
York’s favourite family pantomime is back!
This year York Theatre Royal will be bringing you the ever popular Jack & The Beanstalk, a family favourite featuring a line-up of much loved panto characters – the big bad giant, Patricia the cow and of course, Jack himself.
They are joined by Berwick Kaler, the nation’s longest running consecutive panto dame who is widely acclaimed to be the best in the land.
The traditional family panto sees the return of Martin Barrass, who has played the dame’s on-stage ‘son’ for more than 30 years but was missing from last year’s Cinderella line-up after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident.
Now fully-recovered, he’ll join other long-time panto stars, including the villainous David Leonard and the ever-youthful Suzy Cooper.
Once again we’ve assembled the theatre’s dream team who will conjure up all that amazing magic and sparkle loved by generations of panto fans.
Berwick Kaler said: “It’s a traditional title with all the freedom and scope to turn it into the funniest version ever inflicted on an audience in search of a plot!”
For performances dates, times and tickets see the WEBSITE

Tue 12 Dec – Sat 06 Jan 10:30am, select matinees 1pm or 3:30pm, selected performances 6pm
The Book Of Dragons
It all began when something flew into Effie’s eye…
The next day the news was full of reports of the wonderful ‘winged lizards’ that were appearing all over the country, though the newspapers of course never called them dragons, no one believes in dragons nowadays, and they didn’t want to look silly.
£14.50 – £11.50 (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

For performances dates, times and tickets see the WEBSITE

York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD
T: 01904 623568

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Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Sat 18 November 2017 – Sun 7 January 2018

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland – home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor – returns to York Designer Outlet from 18th November, and this year boasts the biggest rink ever, at an astounding 975 sqm! That’s nearly 100 sqm bigger than last year!

Also larger this year is the family of Bobo the Penguin stabilisers – there are now 20 of the friendly penguins to help little ones take their first steps on the ice.

The rinkside café PapaKitchen once again offers a cosy après-skate ambience and the perfect location for warming up after skating or having a party with friends.

The vintage funfair will delight children and adults alike with its stunning rides from the golden era of fairgrounds as well as games stalls offering prizes galore. Christmas wouldn’t be the same

without a visit to Santa, so follow the new Polar Express walk to his enchanting log cabin, with giant-size reindeer and sleigh, and collect a special gift for every child.

Four-time award winner, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland most recently won the Family-Friendly Experience Award at the 2017 Visit York Awards, securing its place as one of the best events to visit with your family at Christmas.

York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, York YO19 4TA
T: 01653 619169

Barley Hall

Thurs 16th Nov – Fri 5th Jan – 10:00-16:00
The Lost Traditions of Medieval Christmas Rediscovered – Discover the hidden history of Christmas in medieval York at Barley Hall.

Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR

T: 01904 615505

RHS Harlow Carr – Harrogate

23rd November – 30th December: ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. See the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as you’ve never seen them before. Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday – Saturday) from 3pm – 8pm, with last admission at 7pm. Reduced entry applies after 3pm.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

T: 01423 565418


The Grand Opera House – Beauty and the Beast

15th Dec – 7th Jan
This classic magical story features a wonderful mix – a Handsome Prince, a Beautiful Girl, a Fearful Beast and a very Wicked Witch, heroic deeds, abundant adventure, true love, crazy comedy, glittering costumes, mayhem and make-believe, plus dazzling special effects.

Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW
T: 0844 871 3024