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Christmas 2019

Christmas Events in York with kids and for families in 2019.  Here is a full list of events,  places to see Santa and festive activities for you and your children to enjoy in 2019

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Passport to the North Pole

Visit Santa Claus in our Frozen Christmas Grotto, have Breakfast with Santa and visit Santa Paws!
Saturday & Sunday in November and everyday 1st – 24th December 2019

Enter the magical world of Santa Claus for an individual and super experience. Take a walk through the magical kingdom and meet the ‘real’ Santa. Tell him all your wishes and receive a good quality gift from Santa Claus himself.

Santa’s Grotto – £15 per child

Our grotto visit includes find the Reindeer Hunt, visit through our Winter Wonderland Grotto, Meet Santa Claus and receive a good quality gift from Santa Claus, and an instant photograph presented in a presentation card. There are no additional costs for photographs.

Breakfast with Santa – £15 per child

Fabulous seasonal breakfast with Santa Claus himself. Includes child’s full English breakfast or any selection from our children’s breakfast menu. A fabulous gift from Santa Claus and help find Santa find his lost reindeers and receive a chocolate lolly reward.

Santa Paws – £7.50 per pet

Come enjoy a wonderful pet grotto experience, after all your cherished ones are all (well most!) on the nice list. Your visit includes a special gift from Santa and an instant picture with your furry faithful friend with Santa Claus.

Ackworth Garden Centre, Barnsley Road, Ackworth, WF7 7NB


01977 612 660


Christmas in the Arboretum

30th November, 1st December
7th December, 8th December
14th December, 15th December
21st December, 22nd December, 23rd December, 24th December

11am – 3pm

Visit Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park this December to meet Father Christmas in a traditional green suit, in a bell tent nestled in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College.

Father Christmas will be there every weekend in December up to Christmas, and you can also join in the bauble trail and Christmas arts and crafts.

Normal wildlife park admission charges apply: £6.95 adult, £5.95 concession, £5.95 child (age 3-15)

Meeting Father Christmas and receiving a special gift: £6 per child

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, York, YO23 3FR

01904 772270


🎅Santa Claus is on his way to Beetle Bank Open Farm this December 2019!🎅

Come and see Santa in his Cosy Grotto and meet 2 of Santa’s Reindeer!🦌🦌

Each child will have a one on one experience with the big man himself, and before you leave your child can then pick an early present of their choice!🎁

The Cafe will be open for light refreshments.

£8 per child
50p per bag of animal feed

Santa’s Grotto Dates:

Saturday 7th December
Sunday 8th December
Saturday 14th December
Sunday 15th December
Saturday 21st December
Sunday 22nd December

Santa’s Grotto Times:
Running from 11.00am – 3.00pm

To book your place with Santa please contact the farm:
Through our FACEBOOK Page.
Contact Number 01904 488796 (Please leave a message and contact details)

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, YO19 5XD

01904 488796


Father Christmas – rewashed! At Beningbrough

Weekends from Saturday 30 November to Sunday 22 December

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin. You’re invited to join Father Christmas for a new and unforgettable experience in the historic Victorian laundry at Beningbrough.

Be part of a small group to meet the man in red while he prepares for the big day and gets his washing done. Father Christmas will share a unique tale for his Yorkshire guests – new for 2019. You can have a photograph taken and if you want to, give him your list. Then there’s a small gift to take away and either put under your tree or open early.

Story sessions will run for around 30 minutes at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm and cost £10 per child with one adult place. Further adult places can be bought at £10 for two. Normal admission prices apply.

Call the elves on 01904 472014 to book or click HERE

Artrageous will be running on the weekends 12noon – 3pm, plan your visit and make time to get creative together in the family art workshop, free for everyone. Artrageous can be found in the Hayloft, accessed by stairs only.

Beningbrough, Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD

01904 472014



Fri, 13th December 2019

Doors open: 7.45pm
Concert runs from 8pm – approx 10.30pm

With classic Christmas pop, traditional carols and a brass band this is the ultimate Christmas music show in York.

This years show takes place next to York Minster in the beautiful medieval Michael Le Belfrey Church. A brass band will play you in, then Alistair Griffin’s Big Christmas Concert will take you on a musical journey from acoustic versions of traditional carols through to Wizard, Slade and The Pogues. Sing along and sip mulled wine whilst enjoying the fairytale of old York.

Get Tickets HERE

Michael le Belfrey Church, High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN

The 2019 pantomime at Bridlington Spa is Cinderella! A Paul Holman Associates Production. Runs 13th December 2019 to 5th January 2020.

You’re all invited to the Ball! Starring Grease legend Didi Conn (Frenchy) headlining as the Fairy Godmother, Didi is joined by John Lyons from A Touch of Frost fame.

With one charming Prince, two Ugly Sisters and a huge sprinkling of Fairy Godmother magic, join us this Christmas to find out if the glass slipper fits and if Cinderella will make it to the ball and back again before midnight in this classic rags to riches tale that proves that dreams really do come true.
Featuring breathtaking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem, laughter and chances for you to join in the fun… the clock is ticking to Bridlington’s most magical pantomime yet

Signed performances – 21st December 5.30pm and 30th December 2pm. Relaxed performance – 27th December 5.30pm.

Call the box office for tickets on 01262 678258 or book on their website here.

Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH.

01262 678258


A shimmery Shiny Show for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The perfect treat for your baby’s first Christmas.

9th -11th December. 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm (Monday) & 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm (Tuesday & Wednesday)

“Come in, relax, find a space and settle.

Slowly, a shimmering surface emerges.

What does it look like? How does it move?

Listen, what can you hear?

Welcome to the world of shiny things.

Welcome to Glisten!”

Join us on a gentle journey exploring the world of reflective materials. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sound and surprises, creating a multi-sensory landscape.

At the end of the performance, babies and parents are invited onto the stage for fun play time with the fabrics and materials featured in the show.

Length: 35 minutes

Tickets £5 (£3.50 nursery).

Special Offer for Mumblers, Monday 9th December only – quote code 1STXMAS online or at the box office to get all tickets at £3.50 each.

Book Tickets

Box Office: 01302 303 959

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

01302 303 959


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


Castle Howard Courtyard Grotto
Saturday 30th November to Sunday 22nd December 2019

In addition to our popular Father Christmas events in the House, we’ve persuaded the big man himself and one of his cheeky elves to take up residence in the cosy Courtyard Grotto!

Book a timed slot when you arrive at the Ticket Office, enjoy some elf entertainment and perhaps a hot chocolate and a festive treat from the Courtyard Cafe whilst you wait. Make sure you have your Christmas wishes and cameras at the ready when you enter Santa’s magical grotto!

All children can choose a small gift from Santa’s workshop store at the grotto as they leave.

Tickets cost £8 per child (additional to usual admission for non-members and children over 4), available on the day from the Ticket Office.

Please note: adults accompanying children are required to purchase either an inclusive (House & Gardens) or Gardens only ticket. These tickets can be bought on the day or booked online in advance and save 10%. Make the most of your day by visiting ‘A Christmas Masquarade’ House installation, which is perfect for families to enjoy together. Please dress appropriately as the queue is likely to be outside.

Booking: Available on the day from the Ticket Office

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333


Our most magical event of the year returns again in 2019.

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse!

Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas, and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. If you have any pushchairs, then you are welcome to leave these in the safety of our Reindeer Pen (they will all be away on business with Santa at this time so there will be plenty of room).

You will then be warmly greeted by one of Santa’s good friends, Mary Christmas or Ernie the Elf who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.

And we can’t tell you too much more about what happens next, that would spoil the magic. But we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board our Santa Experience in 2019.

Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Regular sailings from 24th November to 23rd December, 2019.
Find out more here.

***Special promotion code****
For the Santa experiences on 18th, 19th and 20th of December get 30% off all tickets. The promo code is CCYSANTA30.

Tickets can be booked up to 24 hours before.

Read our Mumbler review HERE.

01904 628324


Make Christmas magical with a visit to see Father Christmas at the Web Adventure Park. We have a choice of experiences for all ages and you can stay and play afterwards too!

Baby Meets Santa

A perfect celebration of Christmas with little ones! This relaxing, sensory, 2 hour Christmas experience for babies gently introduces them to Santa in a festive environment. Includes fun filled activities led by Elves, Christmas songs, activities, instruments, puppets, foils, bubbles and more. Enjoy individual family time with Father Christmas in his grotto and capture that all-important first Baby & Santa photo. Book early!

Dates: Various from Thursday 12th to Friday 20th December.
10am to 12 noon
£10 children, £1.75 adults

Breakfast with Father Christmas

A children’s VIP festive event with a Christmassy breakfast and time to meet Father Christmas in his grotto! Includes making reindeer food, Christmas crafts to take home, a gift from Father Christmas and a scrumptious North Pole breakfast!

Dates: Various from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 24th December
10am to 12 noon
£12 children, £2.25 adults

Visit Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto. This experience includes making a craft and reindeer food and an individual visit to Father Christmas with a gift.

Dates: Various from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 24th December
£10 children, £2.25 adults
Add a build a bear option to this experience – £10 extra


01904 692221


Breakfast & Tea with Father Christmas

Breakfast with Father Christmas (9.00am)
Saturday 7th December
Saturday 14th December
Saturday 21st December

Tea with Father Christmas (4.00pm)
Thursday 5th December
Thursday 12th December

Thursday 19th December
Tickets are £13.99 per child and £4.50 per accompanying adult.

What to expect on the day
These fun sessions will take place in The Bothy at Dean’s Garden Centre. Children will enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast or tea, as well as unlimited squash to drink. Adults will receive a drink of either tea, filter coffee or orange juice as well a choice of a homemade festive scone with butter, or a mince pie.

Father Christmas is looking forward to chatting to everyone and will be giving each child an age-appropriate gift. Don’t forget your camera!

Children will also enjoy festive colouring sheets and biscuit decorating. In addition, access to our children’s activity area will be available throughout the sessions.

Further details

Tickets must be booked in advance. Spaces are limited so we advise booking your place as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available to purchase from the Information Desk in the Garden Centre or over the phone (01904 400141). All tickets must be paid for in full at the time of booking and we will also ask for your menu choices at this time.

Child tickets are £13.99

Adult tickets are £4.50

Accompanying adults must each purchase a ticket. There is a maximum number of 2 adults per child, due to limited space. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

We request that guests arrive 15 minutes prior to start time, so they can be seated beforehand.

Sessions are expected to last from 1 hour – 1.5 hours.

Please see our website for more information including menu options and a list of FAQs.

01904 400141


Little Diggers: Christmas editions!

Come along to DIG: An Archaeological Adventure for fun Sunday sessions with a special Christmas theme.

Little Diggers: Yulelads!
Sunday 8th December 2019, 10-11am

The Yulelads are 13 mischevious little sprites who play pranks on Icelandic families at Christmas-time. On 8th December, join us at DIG for a special festive edition of Little Diggers, where you’ll hear the story of the Yulelads, follow a trail to track them down, and create your own Yulelad to take home! Plus, of course, do some digging in our dig pits and learn about York’s Viking history.

Little Diggers: Twelfth Night
Sunday 15th December 2019, 10-11am

Learn about the history of the Twelfth Night celebration, with this special festive edition of Little Diggers! Have a good dig around in our medieval dig pit, before taking part in a medieval feast, making a Twelfth Night crown, and tracking down the gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas, with a prize for completed trails.

The sessions cost £5, and tickets include one child with one accompanying adult.

Book online at

01904 615505


Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

18th December 2019 – 4th January 2020

Bill Kenwright’s brilliant production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical returns to the Dome this December.

Starring the hit tv show finalist Britain’s Got Talent sensation, Mark McMullan.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door To Me and many more.

Special Family Ticket Price – family ticket for four – £60. (2 adults and 2 under 16).

Special offer for additional individual tickets at £20 (quote code JOSEPH for singular tickets)

Book Tickets Here

Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 7PD

01302 370777

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Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day

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John Cooper Studio @41 Monkgate

Dec 12-22nd 2019.

A kids play for grown ups, where the grown ups are kids…literally!

York Stage Artistic Director, Nik Briggs, is pleased to announce he will be an exciting alternative Christmas offering to the city this year.

Mizzis Horrocks’ class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads – and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he’s not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won’t stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes…

Join us as we alter your perspective on not only the art and politics of the humble nativity, but the John Cooper Studio as a whole!

Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd December 2020
Suitable for Adults and children 12+

Standard £18, Concessions (OAP, Under 16) £15



There’s plenty of festive goings on in 2019 at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal for all the family to enjoy!

On the hoof
Weekends 7,8 & 14, 15 Dec 11.30am – 12.30pm
Trot along to St Mary’s Church to see the deer being feed.

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow…
Music and Lights, weekends 23 Nov – 29 Dec. 2-4pm
Lights only 23 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 30 Dec – 5 Jan. 2 – 4pm
The abbey is lit up throughout December. Walk beneath the cellarium’s vaulted ceilings and listen to the choir or band as they fill the ruins with festive music.

Fill the cellarium with song
8th and 15th December. 3-3.45pm
Take part in Carols by Candlelight, a service that has now become truly part of the Fountains Abbey Christmas experience. There’s mulled wine and mince pies to tuck into, too.

Christmas lunches
10-12th December, 16-19th December.
Bring everyone together with a Christmas lunch and tuck in to delicious festive fare. You can choose from two or three courses for.

A festive tale with Father Christmas
Various dates
Father Christmas is here to read you a festive story. Due to the size of the Grotto, please only bring two adults per family group. Tickets are £10 (normal admission prices apply), booking essential. For more information click here.

01765 608888


Make your Christmas dinner special with our freshly picked organic vegetables.

Just choose your bag and we will deliver to your door.

Red Cabbages
Savoy Cabbages

For 1-2 people: £12
For 2-3 people: £15
For 3-4 people: £18
For 5+ people: £25

Delivering Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd December.

We can tailor our products to you and your families’ needs, so please email to place an order or for more information visit the website.



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Thu 12 Dec 2019 – Sat 4 Jan 2020

Will Snow White escape the Queen’s evil magic? Will the wicked Queen get hooked up with the handsome Prince? Will Muddles ever get his magic tricks to work? Will the Seven Dwarfs ever get back home without singing that silly song? To get answers to all these questions, come along to see this exciting family pantomime, full of magic, mayhem and mirth, with terrific sets, outrageous costumes and wondrous special effects.

Starring Mark Little, best baddie in Yorkshire, ‘Allo ‘Allo legend Vicki Michelle and man of comedy and magic Martin Daniels, this year’s pantomime is one not to be missed.

Grand Opera House York, Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW

0844 871 7615


An Enchanted Midwinter Wander

Join Wild Things Forest School and Hoglets Theatre for a festive event with a difference.

We will take your little ones on An Enchanted Midwinter Wander, an evening lantern walk enveloped in promenade storytelling, shadow theatre and natural crafts.

Guided by the light of our hand-made lanterns, we will immerse you in festive tales, hunt for mischievous Elves, and create our own festive wishes. This atmospheric adventure finishes around a roaring campfire with a toasted marshmallow and Emma’s award-winning hot chocolate.

This exciting collaboration twins Wild Things’ award-winning forest school and natural crafts with Hoglets’ critically acclaimed children’s theatre to create a Magical Midwinter evening.

This event is aimed at children 2+

Friday and Saturday evenings from 29th November – 14th December

If you have any questions please contact Emma, Forest School Leader

To book please use the booking widget:

Or email Emma:

Santa is flying here to see you! For a magical memory-making Christmas experience at Mother Shipton’s in 2019.

Each child receives their own festive activity pack. Adults enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine whilst the children are busy writing a letter to Santa and a wish to hang on the Christmas tree. Visit Mother Shipton’s Post Office to stamp and send off your letter to Santa!

Help Acorn the Toymaker to craft some traditional wooden toys to fill up Santa’s sleigh before his Christmas Eve journey. As you venture through breathtaking surroundings, immerse yourself in Christmas wonder with Holly Berry the Storyteller who will read you an enchanting tale.

And then to the main event: Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. Receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop alongside an array of wonderful gifts and decorations. Hot drinks, gingerbread men, soup and mince pies are also available.

Tickets to see Santa can be purchased ONLINE ONLY, selected dates during December. don’t miss out! BOOK NOW

01423 864600


Murton Park Santa Special

Dec Sat 7th, Sun 8th,
Sat 14th, Sun 15th,
Friday 20th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd and Mon 23rd

Visit one of the longest running Christmas experiences in the area.

This year the opening hours have been extended by an hour with last admission at 4pm. On Friday the 20th we will be open from 11.30am with last admission at 6pm to kick-start the holidays with a super festive experience.

Adult: £8
Child: £11

New for 2019 we are very excited to announce that you’ll be able to visit Mother Christmas and make all sorts of Christmas crafts to take home with you.

The Derwent Valley Light Railway will be running trains on which children will receive an early Christmas gift from Santa himself.

Join Chief Elf Bauble for a guided tour of Santa’s village to meet the elves who are busy training for Santa’s Air Service (SAS).

Take a look through Father Christmas’s House which as you would expect is very tastefully decorated with traditional decorations and a wood burning fire to warm yourselves.

This year to add to the excitement there will be a range of fairground rides.

**number of tokens need per ride vary**

Adults can warm up with a complimentary sherry (or orange juice) and mince pie.



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


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

Enjoy a glass of hot punch (alcoholic and non alcoholic available), before being taken to the woodland grotto to make a wish with Lady Winter and then a short story with St Nicholas, aimed at the whole family. Each session can only hold up to 40 people maximum, so book early to avoid missing out. Expected duration is 1 hour and 10 minutes from 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 flashy, commercialised event with a red-suited Santa; please look elsewhere for your festivities or risk disappointment. This Christmas will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, candles and imagination.

Children won’t receive a cheap toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, as well as chocolate coin.

Weekends and holidays – 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00
Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December 2019
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December 2019
Saturday 14th December to Monday 23rd December 2019

Ticket price £15
Book online only HERE



23rd November to 24th December 2019

This year the Elves have been working hard to bring even more magic and sparkle than ever before!

Check-in at Elf Airlines with the Elf Airline Crew. Create your own Piglets Passport before you take off and don’t forget to allow 30 minutes prior to your departure time for security and elf and safety procedures!

All aboard Santa’s Sleigh for a unique ride to his Woodland Village, to see Santa in his Grotto. Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a special golden key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present. Plus get ready to sing and dance at the hilarious festive ‘Story Time With The Elves’ show.

What will you do next? Mix a bag of reindeer food, leave your Christmas wish on the Wishing Tree in Santa’s Tepee, or visit the Animal Barn to see cute animals. All included in your entry tickets, no extra cost. Plus spend a whole day at the farm and enjoy the heated Indoor Bale Play Baaarn.

Adults can enjoy a free mulled drink after the sleigh ride or for a small extra change try delicious bratwurst in the Departure Lounge or a Pizza in the Woodland Village.

Visit mid-week and you can take advantage of special discounted prices, after-school visits, plus groups, nurseries and schools also get a discounted rate.

Pre-booked tickets only and limited availability, so book online and secure your tickets today, go to

Towthorpe Grange, York. YO32 9ST

01904 499 700


Pop in with your little ones and give something really personal this year. Print a tiny hand or foot on to a bauble, plate, mug ..or teapot. We have loads of other items to choose from so if you want to pop a tiny foot on a cookie jar..we’ve got it sorted. Experienced staff are on hand to help you produce the perfect print. No need to book unless you are a group of 4+ parents with babies, otherwise just pop along, have a brew and stay as long as you like.

Plaster or Clay Prints
As an alternative to the ceramic prints we can also offer beautiful 3D plaster outprints or clay imprints, both presented in a beautiful hand made wooden box frame. 3 weeks turnaround and booking required for the 3D casts.

For more info please log on to the website or browse our photo’s on Facebook.

Find us
Rainbows is based in the city centre, across the road from York Art Gallery. Parking on Bootham Row behind the shop, or Marygate Car Park. Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride.


CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS: Rainbows Ceramics is Closed 24th/25th/26th December and New Years Eve and New Years Day. It is OPEN 27th – 30th December.

Oh and don’t forget to mention Mumbler for 10% off!

Rainbows Ceramics,15-17 Bootham, York YO30 7BW.

01904 675533


Glow’ Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

21 November – 28 December (except 26 Dec)

Immerse yourself in the festive season with a magical adventure through RHS Garden Harlow Carr as dusk falls. Special lighting effects will bring a touch of magic and colour to the garden’s magnificent trees and shrubs; see iconic features including the Queen Mother’s Lake, Streamside, Winter Walk, Doric columns and Alpine House transformed into enchanting after-dark highlights.

New for this year, enjoy spectacular illuminated sculptures including a striking silver angel and meander through a twinkling tunnel of lights into the garden’s beautiful Kitchen Garden before making your way to a festive-themed marquee for Christmas carols. Warming refreshments will be available from Bettys Café Tea Rooms and there’s a chance to buy *Christmas trees, wreaths and seasonal gifts from the Harlow Carr Shop & Plant Centre which is offering Glow visitors a 10% off coupon to use that evening.

Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday – Saturday, except Boxing Day) from 4.30pm – 8pm, with last entry at 7pm.

RHS Members and their guests half price. Non-member adult £10; non-member child (5-16) £5; non-member family £27.

For more information and to book tickets:

01423 565418


York children – both young and old – are thrilled to get an early chance to meet Santa – courtesy of Rotary York Ainsty and their sleigh during December, visiting villages and city streets bringing the Christmas message. As well as providing all an opportunity to meet Santa, the initiative is a fund-raiser and every year thousands of pounds are donated to charities both near and far.

Certain locations and collections are dedicated to and run by specific local charities in partnership with Rotary York Ainsty. The charities provide Santa and the ‘elves’. (See below.)

Rotary York Ainsty’s 2019 Santa Sleigh will visit a street or location near you on the following dates

December 6th The Revival and Square Dringhouses
December 7th Morrisons Store Acomb – All Day
December 9th Woodthorpe – Grassholme/Ryecroft/Moorcroft
December 10th Woodthorpe – Quaker Wood to Moor Lane
December 11th Beckfield Lane
December 13th Copmanthorpe – Barons Close/Wilstrop Farm
December 14th Morrisons Superstore Foss Islands – All Day
December 14th Copmanthorpe – Hallcroft Road/Merchant Way
December 15th New Earswick Community Hall – Day Time
December 16th Upper Poppleton
December 17th Nether Poppleton
December 18th Poppleton Park
December 19th Middlethorpe – Dringhouses
December 20th Bishopthorpe – Lang Road/Copmanthorpe Lane
December 21st Asda Superstore Monks Cross – All Day
December 22nd Tesco Superstore Askham Bar – All Day
December 23rd Bishopthorpe – Keeble Park/Acaster Lane

Rotary York Ainsty’s Christmas Collections support:

· St Leonards Hospice
· York Mind
· Wilberforce Trust
· Copmanthorpe Cub and Scout Group
· Door 84
· Good Gym
· Community Sparks
· The Manor Academy
· The Vale of York Academy.
· Rotary International Projects.

Give the gift of an Alpaca this Christmas.

Gift vouchers available – Sponsor a Cria.

Goodness Farm, Sheriff Hutton Road, Strensall, York, YO32 5TP



The Mile is a farmshop, gift shop and campsite in Pocklington with a great cafe, Smile Cafe.

For younger children under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area within the cafe plus an outdoor play area (in good weather). There is also a quieter seating area in the farm shop for older children and families. This Christmas:

Pottery painting in the café, paint a decoration! Booking is advised but you can turn up and paint, from 1st December 2019.

On sale in the farmshop – Real Christmas Trees, from 1st December.
Pick up your Christmas gifts too – Yorkshire hampers on sale now. In the photo-centre you can print your favourite photo on a canvas, cushion, coaster, mug or much more for a unique personalised gift.

Smile Café Seasonal opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-2pm (with hot drinks and snacks in the quieter café area until 4pm), Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 9.30am-12.30pm.

The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington.


01759 305420


Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

14th November 2019 – 6th January 2020. 10am – 8.30pm (excluding 25th & 26th December)

If you’re wanting to find some festive fun for all the family, celebrate at the true home of Christmas, Stockeld Park!

The magical Winter Illuminations will be lighting up the Enchanted Forest and the Snowflake Maze will be open for you to explore! Fancy more of a challenge? Try the Nordic Skiing! Enjoy the Winter Illuminations from a different view by taking to 1.2km Nordic Ski route! The ice-skating rink will also be open over Christmas and our rink is covered, meaning you can whizz around the rink in any weather!

Special events include:

Santa’s Arrival Parade: 16th & 17th November
Santa’s Grotto: 16th November – 24th December
Monopoly Weekend : 23rd & 24th November
Elf Workshops: 23rd & 24th November
Santa’s Breakfast Panto: 30th November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
Tewit Silver Band: 16th & 17th November + weekends in December
Christmas Trees & Delivery – New this year is our Christmas Tree delivery service! The Christmas Tree shop is free to visit! Open from 28th November – 23rd December
Pre-book online HERE and quote: MUMYORK for an extra 10% discount! (Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)

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

01937 586333


Exciting News!

Santa Claus is coming to Tamar’s Toy Box

Every Saturday in December

Come and join us at Tamar’s Toy Box. Decorate a bauble.
We will go on a magical key hunt that will help you get into Santa’s Grotto you will then get to have a special chat with Santa.
After seeing Santa and receiving a gift you can then make your way to The Delicacy for a yummy hot chocolate and cookie.

Only £8.99 a tickets for a Tamar’s Toy Box and Delicacy Santa Christmas Experience.

Tickets on sale on now, either phone 07717466733 or pop into the shop to book.

26 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SJ



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


We’re excited to welcome Father Christmas to the Ginger Cow Tea Room on the 7th & 8th December in his very own festive grotto!

Father Christmas will be here to meet everyone 10am – 4pm Saturday 7th, and 11am – 3pm Sunday 8th. When you come to visit Santa, our elves will take you to meet him and he will hear your Christmas wish. You’ll also receive a small Christmas present as a gift from Santa before the big day.

Tickets are available on the day in the tea room, where we will be serving our usual delicious home-cooked breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and other sweet treats. We strongly recommend booking a table if you’d like to join us in the tea room while you’re here and, if you’d like to pre-book your ticket to meet Santa, please contact us, details below. Tickets are priced at £7.50 per child (accompanying adults free) to include a small gift, and £7.50 per adult (with no children). If you wish to take a photo of this magical occasion, please bring your own camera/phone.

We are also selling freshly-cut, premium non-drop Christmas trees from 30th November to 22nd December, so why not pick one up while you’re here?

We hope to see you soon! Find us at Long Meadow Farm, Hayton Lane, Everingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO42 4LQ.

07973 892564


The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker 2019 (starring Santa!)

“Highly recommended, 5 stars!” – York Mumbler

York’s festive family magic show returns for the 9th magical year, and this year is inspired by The Night Before Christmas!

December 6th, 7th and 8th

The HIVE Studios, Manor CE Academy, York

Adults £9, Children £8, Family of Four £30

With special guests Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF!

Festive fun for all the family, ages 3 to 103…’yule’ love it. Shows sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended! All tickets must be pre-booked, click the snowman at for more details and to book online


“It’s definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year for our kiddies!” A. Malone

“It’s the longest time I’ve seen both children sit still and stay engaged! Excellent value for money.” D. Wakefield

“My little girls eyes were so filled with wonder, I nearly cried. Well done and thank you very much for everything including keeping it affordable.” C. Thomas and family

“A superb alternative to a Christmas panto. We were sat on the front row and our boys haven’t stopped talking about the show!” P. Martin

0845 475 2124



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).



A grotto with a difference at Treasurer’s House

Weekends from Sunday 1 to Saturday 21 December 2019, 11am – 4pm

Father Christmas has had to make an emergency landing on the rooftops so as he gets his repairs done ahead of his busy night on Christmas Eve, he’s happy to welcome visitors in this most unique of places. Take a trip up to the attic grotto to visit Father Christmas, listen to his stories and receive a gift.

Afterwards enjoy the house adorned with garlands and lights, do some festive colouring and search the nooks and crannies for the naughty gnomes before they eat the Christmas treats.

Meeting Father Christmas in his grotto is suitable for age 5 years and over – you’ll need to wear one of the hard hats provided and adventure through small doors and raised ledges. It’s £8.50 per child with a free adult place.

Booking ahead is recommended on 01904 624247 or drop in and grab a space.

Treasurer’s House will be open and ready for Christmas every day from 9 November – 21 December, 11am – 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). Normal admission charges apply. Free to National Trust members & under-fives.

Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL

01904 624247


Share and create memories at The Christmas Den; a festive family experience filled with stories and activities to wonder and delight! Children and their families will be welcomed into The Christmas Den in small groups. They will be greeted by the cheeky elves straight from the North Pole and will learn how to become an honorary Elf.

Mother Christmas can’t wait to tell her treasured Christmas stories and to share her special gingerbread. Made from a very secret recipe, she needs plenty of help to decorate all the biscuits in time! Where there is gingerbread, you’ll find Father Christmas. He is looking forward to meeting our VIP guests and will help each child to build their own Christmas bear to take home!

The day wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to let off steam and play, with full William’s Den entry included. Delicious homemade food and drink, including our indulgent hot chocolate and limited-edition William’s Den festive ice cream, will be served at The Kitchen Table throughout the festive period.

30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th December 2019 – Adults £10.00, Child £22.50. Friend of the Den Adult £7.50, Child £15.00.
21st – 24th December 2019 – Adults £15.00, Child £27.50. Friend of the Den Adult £11.25, Child £20.00.

For more information visit their website here, and book your tickets here. You can also follow them on Facebook here.

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.

01430 472230


A Dickensian Christmas on Kirkgate
Weekends 16 November – 22 December plus 23 and 24 December

Experience the magic of Christmas past as York Castle Museum’s Victorian street comes to life with a host of Dickensian characters! Step into a spectacular storybook setting, where your favourite characters await you. Discover the true meaning of Christmas as Ebenezer Scrooge takes visitors on a journey of redemption and help him to find his Christmas spirit in this immersive one-man show of A Christmas Carol.

Visit our authentic Victorian shops and look out for some special guests. Oliver Twist’s Mrs Mann can be spotted looking for some last minute shopping and having a gossip along the way. Watch out for the mischievous Artful Dodger as he tries to earn a few extra pennies from his new Christmas Cure-All potion (which comes with a health warning!) and beware that Fagin doesn’t pick your pockets as he performs magic tricks on unsuspecting passers-by.

Visitors will be pleased as punch as our street performer provides a festive Punch and Judy show, that’s the way to do it!

An Audience with Father Christmas
Every weekend from 16th November – 22nd December with extra week dates including Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December.

10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Online bookings only for 10:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm sessions only.

Create unforgettable memories this festive season with York’s favourite Father Christmas. Enjoy a truly enchanting 30 minute experience and capture the moment with a photograph.

“This is definitely a Christmas trip my children will remember as they grow up.”

Read the Mumbler review HERE

01904 687687


New for Christmas 2019
14th November – 22nd December

York Mansion House is The Gingerbread House

A deliciously enchanted wonderland…

Enjoy a magical visit to York Mansion House, brimming with Christmas wonder as it is transformed into a spectacular Gingerbread House, at the heart of the beautiful Gingerbread Square…

Escape the packed shops and busy streets, and step into another world, immersing yourself in incredible displays and decorations that will inspire and delight.From the cosy Historic Kitchens, to the decadent, glittering State Room, experience a feast for the senses as delicious seasonal aromas envelope the whole Gingerbread House, in the ultimate celebration of festive frivolity and feasting.

As you experience this spectacular transformation, all ages are invited to make our home their own. With our Gingerbread Trail and dressing up for little ones, and delicious mulled wine* and gingerbread for an indulgent spin on your visit, surround yourself with treats and let this enchanted wonderland wrap you in Christmas joy.

*Non-alcoholic. Additional charges may apply for food and drink.

Free with general admission. No booking required.

York Mansion House, St Helen’s Square

01904 553663


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.

Sat 07 Dec 2019 – Sat 25 Jan 2020


York’s much-loved pantomime family returns with Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard in a spectacular new show for the whole family. Join us again this year for what promises to be a magical Christmas treat, spinning together hilarious gags, stunning costumes, sparkling sets, thrilling choreography and foot-tapping songs.

Make Sleeping Beauty a part of your festive celebrations.

“a festive institution” ★★★★★ Yorkshire Post (On The Grand Old Dame of York, 2018)

“the stars of the York Theatre Royal’s Christmas are local heroes” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage (On The Grand Old Dame of York, 2018)

“David Leonard’s stupendous villain…is poptastic” York Press (Jack & the Beanstalk, 2017)

“buckets full of laughs” Yorkshire Evening Post (on Cinderella, 2016)

01904 623568


Sat 14 Dec 2019 – Sat 04 Jan 2020

Based on the award winning books The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies.

Noi lives with his Dad and six cats by the sea. One summer, while his Dad was busy at work, Noi rescued a little whale that washed up on the beach. A friendship began that changed their lives forever.

The following winter Noi’s Dad takes one last trip in his fishing boat. Noi is alone once more and longs to see his friend again. He waits and watches, watches and waits… will it take another storm to bring them back together?

Following the success of The Book of Dragons and The Elves and the Shoemakers, this Christmas we bring you another magical treat for all the family. Benji Davies’ tender and heartwarming children stories of friendship, love and courage are brought to life as one enchanting theatre show by the team behind Grandad’s Island.

Tickets cost £10 and can be pre-booked or bought on the day.

01904 623568


Santa’s Sweet Adventure
23.11.2019 – 24.12.2019

York’s greatest Santa adventure returns for 2019. Rated as one of the UK’s best Santa experiences in The Sun newspaper, tickets have now launched for this highly acclaimed tour.

This December (23rd November -24th December), York’s Chocolate Story will deck the tours with boughs of holly! All three floors will have a festive make-over as Father Christmas himself takes up residence.

Guests will be able to meet Santa on special themed tours, in which they will complete a mission to help him save Christmas! Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course as meeting the big man – Santa himself!

On the way, families can learn festive facts about iconic brands and how chocolate was involved in Christmases past. There will be an opportunity to make their own Christmas-themed lollies and watch special festive demonstrations with our talented chocolatiers.

Normal tours will still be taking place throughout the Christmas period.

Price of entry, includes:

• Meeting with Santa
• Christmas games
• Commemorative photo
• Festive chocolate making activity

Child: £17.50
Child Under 4 years old : £6.00
Adult: £9:50

Book tickets HERE

01904 527765


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.



Dobbies Garden Centre – Christmas

Sunday 24 November until Christmas Eve

Get the whole family together and cosy up at Dobbies for a special breakfast spread. Children can enjoy a full breakfast of sausage, hash brown, scrambled eggs and baked beans – with plenty of hearty fare and variety for the grown-ups to get their teeth into too.

Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6QE
Tel: 01904 795920

Holgate Windmill – Christmas

Santa will be at the windmill again this year! He will be in residence on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th December from 2pm to 4pm and Sunday 15th December from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm The cost is £5 per child and includes a present from Santa, adults are free but donations are welcome. There is no need to book but please be aware that you may have to wait at busy times.

Nunnington Hall Christmas Opening

Discover the hall as it would have been at Christmas through history. From the indulgent Georgian era and impressionist Victorian age to the memorable post war years.

Come and enjoy this rather beautiful house at this most festive time.
Check opening dates prior to visiting.
Open 10.30am – 4pm
Normal Nunnington Hall property prices apply. National Trust members FREE

Nunnington Hall
T: 01439 748283

Yorkshire Air Museum – Christmas

Throughout the month of December 2019, we will be bringing a Christmas theme on to the base. Take some time from your busy Christmas preparations and enjoy wartime decorations on the base as well as in some of our main exhibitions.

Yorkshire Air Museum,Elvington,York,YO41 4AU
T: 01904 608595