School Holidays & Special Events in York


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Beetle Bank Open Farm – Santa

Santa has arrived at Beetle Bank Farm
Join him in his cosy Grotto and choose a super gift of your choice.
Open daily 12-3pm except Tuesday until and including Christmas eve.

Join us on Sunday 17th December for our Hedgehog festive Fun Day Sunday. Half price admission on the door and all proceeds raised on the day for Balby Wildlife Orphanage.
*Children’s Christmas crafts- make your own cards and decorations
*Tombola & raffle
*Tearoom & Animal barn
*Santa’s Grotto
Please join us on the day to support our local wildlife.

Beetle Bank Farm, Murton, York, YO195XD
T: 01904 4887967


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Beningbrough Hall – Storytime with Father Christmas

Open weekends from 2nd – 17th December 2017, with sessions at various times from 11.45am – 3.15pm. Beningbrough is open on winter weekends 11am – 3.30pm.

To rest for the big day, Father Christmas likes to come and holiday at Beningbrough. He brings some of his best elves….although they’re still very naughty. They enjoy playing in the garden, dressing up in the hall and riding on the bikes – just like you.

What to expect
You can pre-book to meet with Father Christmas in the library in the hall. As a small group he will read you some stories, every child can go to see him, 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.
We ho-ho-hope to see you soon.

The details
Price is £7 per child with one adult place.
Further adult places can be bought at £7 for two.
Normal admissions charges also apply – free to National Trust members and under fives.
Please time your arrival to allow for parking, time to get your admission tickets or show your National Trust membership cards in the stables and walk a few hundred metres to the hall. Workshops will start promptly.
Booking essential as we do tend to get fully booked – phone the elves on 01904 472014.
Sometimes the elves are busy in the workshop so if they don’t pick up, leave a message and you will be called back in order to reserve your space.

I can highly recommend stories in the library with Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall

Mumbler LM

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

T: 01904 472027


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Castle Howard Boat House Grotto

New for Christmas 2017

Santa is taking up residence in the cosy Boathouse Grotto.
In addition to our popular sold out Father Christmas events in the House, we’ve persuaded the big man himself and one of his cheeky elves to see even more children than we’d originally planned. Due to huge demand we are creating an extra opportunity for children and young people to visit Santa in his magical lakeside grotto, down by the Adventure Playground.

Book a timed slot when you arrive at the Ticket Office, hop on the Christmas Express that runs between the Courtyard and the Boathouse, enjoy some elf entertainment and perhaps a hot chocolate and a festive treat from the 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.
Weekends of 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th & 23rd December

10.45am – 11.45, 11.45am – 12.45, 12.45pm – 1.45, 1.45pm – 2.45, 2.45pm – 3.45

Each session will open at the specified time on your ticket (eg queue opens at 10.45) You can drop in any time within your hour time slot. Your meeting with Santa will take place within the hour session time slot, but please do dress for the weather and expect to queue outside.

Additional Information:
Price: Tickets: £5 per child (additional to usual admission for non-members and children over 4), available on the day from the Ticket Office.
Booking Information:
Tickets available on the day at the Ticket Office. No pre-booking online available.

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Castle Howard Christmas – Angels on High

18 November – 23 December 2017

The Christmas Market opens on 18th November and it promises to be lovely.
A small gift from Castle Howard to you. Spend over £5 at our Christmas Market during our opening weekend from 18-19 November and receive a free Christmas Decoration.
Discover the Angels on High in the house without meeting Father Christmas. It is a truly magical setting and so beautiful. There is still plenty for children to see.

Mumbler recommended JB, CG, NP Sept ’17

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

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Cedar Barn – Santa Express

Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café, Thornton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JX

T: 01751 475614


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Christmas at York Museum Gardens

Thursday 16 November 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018 (except Christmas Day)

4:45pm – 9:30pm daily

This winter, see York Museum Gardens like you’ve never seen them before! From Thursday 16 November, York will welcome its newest festive attraction, Christmas at York Museum Gardens – a magical, after-dark illuminated walk filled with colour, music and the biggest display of lighting and special effects York has ever seen.
The journey begins in a Christmas Courtyard with a vintage funfair ride, UV face painting and delicious festive fare.
Visitors will walk beneath trees drenched with seasonal colour and discover the ‘12 Frames of Christmas’, a rainbow forest of musical trees and a spectacular projection onto the iconic ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. Along the way children can find hidden Christmas messages in a unique game of UV hide-and-seek.
A specially-commissioned installation by a Yorkshire artist will transform the Museum lawn, and children will be captivated by musical tree stumps at the 14th century Hospitium, Father Christmas in his secret workshop, a display of ever-changing coloured mirror balls and an enchanting 20m tunnel of light.
The walk ends with a dazzling Finale of Fire on the Library lawn, and even the chance to toast your own marshmallows in the Undercroft’s Fire Bar or enjoy a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate.

York Museum Gardens, Museum St, York, YO1 7FR
T: 08442 097362



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City Cruises York Santa Experience

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 Santa Experience 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 Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas 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 2017.

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.

Prebooking required by telephone or via the website.

The best one we have done so far is the Santa boat it’s fab!

Mumbler LL

This was our favourite. Very interactive kids were 5 and 7

Mumbler CM

T: 01904 628324

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Clements Hall Christmas Party

XMAS PARTY 3rd DECEMBER DANCING + ARTS + DRESS UP + GAMES 1.30 – 3 PM £6 per child, parents go free Warm drink and snacks included CLEMENTS HALL Nunthorpe Road, York YO231BW Just turn up on the door or contact dance teacher Eliza: or 07556019816

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Creepy Crawlies – Christmas Activities

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in December, Friday 15th and Friday 22nd December
Breakfast with Father Christmas
Time: 9am to 11am
Price: £12 per child. Adults £2
Join Father Christmas and his elves for breakfast in his Christmas Room. Tickets include breakfast, storytelling, crafts, singing and a gift from Father Christmas as well as time to play in Creepy Crawlies afterwards!
For more information or to book call 01904 692221 or visit the website.

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in December, Friday 15th and Friday 22nd December
Christmas Craft and Make a Bear Workshop
Time: Throughout the day
Price: £3 for one craft, £5 for two crafts. Make a Bear (including Reindeer Bear) from £13.
A choice of seasonal crafts to take away and decorate your home. Normal admission charges apply.

Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH
T: 01904 692221


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Dean’s Garden Centre – Breakfast and Tea with Father Christmas

Breakfast with Father Christmas (9.00am-10.30am)
Saturday 9th December, Saturday 16th December & Thursday 21st December

Tea with Father Christmas (4.00pm–5.30pm)
Thursday 14th December & Thursday 21st December

These fun sessions will take place in The Bothy at Dean’s Garden Centre. Children will enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared meal with unlimited squash to drink. Adults will receive a drink (tea, filter coffee or orange juice) and a choice of a homemade festive scone with butter, or a Viennese 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 enjoy festive colouring sheets and biscuit decorating. Access to our children’s activity area will be available throughout the sessions.

Tickets must be booked in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available from the Garden Centre information desk or via telephone. All tickets must be paid for in full at the time of booking (please have menu choices decided).

Ticket Prices: Child £10.99, Adult £3.99

Accompanying adults must each purchase a ticket. Maximum 2 adults per child. Children must be supervised. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Please see our website for more information.

Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UE
T: 01904 400141


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Flamingo Land – Storytime with Santa

For fifteen days during November and December, Santa and his elves will be turning The Exploratorium into a spectacular Grotto, complete with their very own reindeer.

At 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, all the good boys and girls will have the chance to enjoy a traditional storytelling session.

Santa and his elves will be delighted to meet each child, providing the opportunity for a photograph with Santa and they will also be handing out a special age and gender appropriate gift.

Story Time with Santa is available for £10 per child, in addition to Winter at Flamingo Land general admission. A parent or guardian will be welcome to accompany each child during Story Time with Santa at no additional charge.
Each Story Time with Santa session provides around forty-five minutes of entertainment, including meeting Santa.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th December

Whilst our theme park attractions will be closed from 30th October 2017 until mid March 2018, our award-winning zoo will be open to visitors every day*.

0800 40 888 40

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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 348333.

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Murton Park – Santa Special at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming

(Click on the poster for a closer view)

Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd.

Murton Park at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming was great last year. Short train ride with Santa and an Elf village.

Mumbler CE

Santa at Murton is great. There is a trip on a train and Santa hands the presents to the children. There is also Baubles tour of the elves village which is fab filled with lots of jokes and the elves put on a play. No need to book in advance but does get busy later in the day. Just remember wellies or boots.

Mumbler KF

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York, YO19 5UF

T: 01904 489966


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Piglets – Magical Sleigh Rides

Every day from 25th November until 24th December
For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season!
Pick your sleigh flight time and book your tickets now!
Check in at Elf Airlines with our Elf-hostesses and look out for your name in lights on the live departure board. Arrive half an hour before your sleigh time so you can write your letter to Santa.
All aboard Santa’s Sleigh for a unique ride through trees and twinkling lights to his Woodland Village where you will be greeted by Mrs Claus and taken to see Santa in his Grotto.
Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a magic key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present from a huge selection.
You’ll see our festive animals in the Nativity Scene and can enjoy a warm mince pie in Santa’s Tepee with a cosy log fire. Write your Christmas Wish and leave it on the Wishing Tree. And don’t forget to keep a look out for the donkeys in the stable!

It is really magical

Mumbler ST

Piglets Farm is fab, brilliant Christmas atmosphere

Mumbler SP

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

T: 01904 499 700


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Rainbow Ceramics

Make and paint TWO Hanging decorations.
Thurs 23rd Nov from 4pm..
£15 per painter.
Play with actual clay and using Christmas stencils make and paint TWO Hanging Christmas decorations.

Paint an Xmas Pudding Bauble or Plate.
Thurs 14th Dec from 4pm
£10 for bauble. £14 for dinner plate.
Paint your own pudding bauble to hand on the tree or paint a plate to present your pudding on, on Christmas Day! Using our tips, tricks and tools we’ll show you how.

Paint a Splodgy Sticker Bauble!
Wed 22nd Nov &  Wed 6th Dec. All Day.
£10 per painter or 2 for £18. Same painter applies.
Splodge away on a large bauble using a selection of brushes and sponge shapes. We’ll provide you with a Christmas sticker shape so you can then write their name or festive message.

Adult Christmas Painting Evenings
Dates: Fri 24th Nov.
Extra Date added!
Thurs 30th Nov & Thurs 7th Dec. Sold Out
6pm – 9pm. Come along anytime.

BOOKING REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS! 01904 675533 to book.

Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio, 15-17 Bootham, York,  YO30 7BW
T: 01904 675533


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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 Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker 2017 

York’s festive family magic show returns for the 7th magical year! Third show added to meet demand!

Saturday 9th December 3.30pm

Sunday 10th December 10.30am and 3.30pm (2 shows)

The HIVE Studios, Manor Academy, York

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

York’s Christmas magic show is back bigger and better than EVER!

MORE magic, MORE comedy, MORE seasonal surprises…a SLEIGH-LOAD of FUN!  With special guests Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter plus SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF!

Festive fun for all the family, ages 3 to 103…’yule’ love it. Shows usually sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended!

All tickets must be pre-booked, to book online click the snowman at
Follow at for more details

Ho-ho-hope to see you there!

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

“A superb alternative to a Christmas panto…our boys haven’t stopped talking about the show!” P. Martin

“My little girls eyes were so filled with wonder, I nearly cried.” C. Thomas and family

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

The Magic Hatter
T: 0845 475 2124


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The Reindeer House

Make the festive season extra special this year by bringing your little ones to visit not only Santa, but his famous Reindeer too!

The Reindeer House is based on Wigginton Road in our Yuletide Yurts, where you will be welcomed by the Grandmaster Elf, before meeting Mrs Claus and Santa’s Elves, as well as the big man himself! With its magical displays this is something not to be missed, and we hope you’re on the good list!

Located at Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, YO32 2RH
T: 07469 240 334

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The Smile Cafe at Christmas – Pocklington

Decorate the your own Christmas decorations with a pizza/platter and pudding for £8 – £10.

Booking is required.

You can find out more about Smile Cafe on the Mumbler Days Out page here.

For more information and bookings:
T: 01759 305420

The Mile, Pocklington, York, YO42 1TW.

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The Woodland Adventure Co – School Holiday Specials

The enchanting allure of the woodlands has inspired children for many generations. A place of magic and adventure where imagination soars. The Woodland Adventure Company (Bushbabies) aims to bring this connection to nature back into the lives of children in a way that is engaging, educational and fun!
Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

We run sessions at our beautiful woodland near Stamford Bridge during School Holidays, so if you want something fun for the family over the holiday period, what could be better than a woodland adventure, whatever the weather!

December sessions…

Friday 29th December, 10am, Freezing Adventure, a great winter adventure for 2-5 year olds.
Friday 29th December, 1:30pm, Medieval Adventure – 3-7 year olds.

Saturday 30th December, 10:30am, Medieval with pizza! For 3-7 year olds.
Saturday 30th December, 2pm, Fairy houses adventure – 2-6 year olds.

Visit our website for further information or to book your place.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Toddler Sense NYE Parties

New Year’s Eve toddler celebration parties being held on Saturday 30th December at Sutton upon Derwent village hall, 9-10am for ages 13 months to 2yrs 3 months and 10.15-11.15 for ages 13 months to 4 years.

The theme is New Year’s Eve Sparkles and the parties will include soft play and bouncy castles followed by themed activities for toddlers and parents to enjoy!

The cost is £7.50 per child, siblings under 1 are free.

They are bookable via the website link

T: 07725 481334

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Wild Things Family Forest School

Christmas fun at Wild Things – come along to one of the Christmas specials and get well and truly into the Christmas spirit!

The children will have the opportunity to make Christmas tree ornaments from natural resources, reindeer food (environmentally friendly!), sing carols around the campfire* and tuck into some mince pies!
Friday 15th December at Millthorpe School
Monday 18th December at Homestead Park**
Wednesday 20th December at Millthorpe School

*campfire is dependent on the weather being dry
**Is a fundraising event – all profits will go to the Joseph Rowntree Trust who manage Homestead Park.

These sessions are for children aged 18 months – 4 year olds and their older siblings (under 18 months are free) – an adult carer is needed to stay and join in the fun!
There will also be a range of self-exploratory activities to inspire outdoor play and learning as well as the more focused activities.

1st Child – £12.00
Additional siblings – £10.00
Booking is essential – please use the booking widget:

For more information contact Emma:
T: 07968060182

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York Castle Museum – A Victorian Christmas at the Castle

Saturday 25th November  – Sunday 24th December 2017

Take a stroll over the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street this Christmas and experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by.
Journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated 150 years ago on York Castle Museum’s enchanting Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.
Walk under the beautiful garlands, see the shop windows full of traditional gifts and enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas tree. Meet our Victorian residents as they prepare for the big day and discover the traditions that warm their cockles on the cold winter nights.

The Lost Letters – A Christmas Mystery
Follow the trail to find Father Christmas!
Saturdays and Sundays, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
A Christmas Elf has hidden children’s letters to Father Christmas! Follow a special trail and join in with festive activities to solve the mystery before meeting Father Christmas.
£5 per child. Includes a visit from Father Christmas and a traditional gift.

A Christmas Carol
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec and Sat 16, Sun 17 then Tues 19- Sun 24 Dec
Meet Ebenezer under the garlands of Kirkgate throughout the day.
Included in Museum Admission

Gingerbread Making
Saturdays and Sundays, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
Included in Museum Admission

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY
T: 01904 687687

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York’s Chocolate Story – Santa’s Sweet Adventure

2nd – 24th December

On Santa’s Sweet Adventure guests will work with Santa’s elves in his interactive grotto, completing a mission to save Christmas! Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course meeting the big man himself!

During this hour-long experience, families can learn festive facts about iconic brands and how chocolate was involved in Christmases past. Young ones will have an opportunity to make their own Christmas-themed treats. In addition, guests can watch special festive demonstrations with our talented chocolatiers.

For times and dates, please head to our website.

Prices: £9.95 Child, £5.95 Adult, £29.95 Family of 4 & £35.95 Family of 5

T: 01904 527765


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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.

Family friendly service
Sunday 17 December, 2.30pm: Christingle
Loved by children and adults alike, Christingle is a special candlelit service. Make your own Christingle out of oranges, ribbons and sweets in the Chapter House from 1.30pm before the service at 2.30pm
Sunday 24 December, Christmas Eve
12noon: Crib Service

Traditional Christmas Eve service where families and children are particularly welcome. Want to dress up? Mary? Joseph? Spiderman? We don’t mind! Please come and join lots of other families at this midday service
For all services and events over the Advent and Christmas period visit York or follow on Twitter and Facebook
T: 01904 557200

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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.

Sat 18th – Sun 19th Nov & Sat 25th – Sun 26th Nov – 10:00-16:00
Christmastide Tavern at Barley Hall – treat yourself to a warm mulled wine or hot chocolate in our special themed bar.

Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd Dec – 10:00-16:00
At Home at Christmas with Lady Snawsell – Discover the preparations the household went through during the month of Christmas and explore the extent of the involvement of the Lord and Lady of the house. 

Sat 9th – Sun 10th Dec – 10:00-16:00
Christmas Melodies in the Middle Ages – Join talented medieval minstrels Trouvere and discover the instruments used and the importance of music in Christmastide celebrations.

16th – 17th December 2017 – 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00.
Christmas Caroling at Barley Hall
Join us in the beautifully decorated Great Hall and enjoy festive performances of well-known Christmas Carols.

Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR

T: 01904 615505

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens – Enchanted Christmas

Fri 15th – Sat 23rd Dec

As the night draws in colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of warming seasonal food will fill the grounds of Brodsworth for our biggest event of the year. Families also have the chance to meet Father Christmas.

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ

T: 01302 722598

Burton Agnes Christmas Opening

14th November-23rd December

Beautiful handmade and natural decorations adorn the Hall.

Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB.

T: 01262 490324

Chill in the Community – Santa Grotto

Dates TBC

The grotto is built by professional artists and the Santa is an international storyteller. The theme this year is Narnia. Children walk through the ‘forest ‘ to share stories with Santa in Mr Tumlas’s cottage then through to make ‘turkish delight’ and a present to take home.

8a, Acomb Court, Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BJ
T: 01904 787008

Elf (PG) at the folk hall

Sunday 17th December 2.30pm – 4.30pm

‘ELF’ (2003) @ New Earswick Folk Hall

1hr37m – Certificate PG – IMDB 6.9 – Rotten Tomatoes 84%

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, a now grown up Buddy travels to New York, in his elf uniform, in search of his real father.

Elf is a modern day classic, no Christmas is complete without laughing at Buddy’s mishaps away from his home in the North Pole! Come and get festive with all the family at our Christmas special this year, it’s a film that’s as much for grown ups as it is for kids! Fancy dress and Christmas jumpers are very much encouraged (although not essential!)

Adults £4.90, Kids £2.75.
Tickets Via Eventbrite.

New Earswick Folk Hall
YO32 4AQ

Forest Church

Thursday 7th December 3.45 – 4.45 pm, meet at 107 Dringthorpe Road, YO24 1LF

Join us for a Christmas-themed session in Knavesmire woods. Wrap up warm and wear wellies and waterproofs. We will be following a trail of glow sticks, drinking hot chocolate, playing games, and thinking about the Christmas story. Kids – please bring an adult. Forest Church is aimed at primary school children and their siblings.

For more information, contact Becky: 01904 703 666

Holgate Windmill – Santa in the Mill

2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th December from 2 to 4 pm, and on 10 December from 10 to 12 am also.

Santa will be coming to Holgate Windmill, Entry costs £5 per child and each will receive a gift with refreshments provided for parents.

It’s lovely, with crafts on every level until you get to the very top where father xmas is waiting.

Mumbler GM

Windmill Rise, Holgate, York, YO26 4TX
T: 01904 792638

Jingle Bell Bop – Tadcaster

Sunday 17th December

It’s part party, part panto as Santa, his elves and his fairies take you on a magical interactive journey that’s sure to get you in the festive mood. Book tickets via the website.

Riley Smith Hall, 28 Westgate, Tadcaster LS24 9AB

Kindermusik ‘Winter Warmers’

PAYG £6/child, £8/2 siblings, £9/3 siblings 
Family Time (0-7yrs), Baby/Toddler (0-2yrs) – Pre-booking essential

Clifton Parish Church, Clifton, YO30 6BH
Wed 13 Dec: 9.30am Family Time 10.30am Baby/Toddler

Vestry of St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
Mon 11 Dec: 9.45am Family Time
Tues 12 Dec: 2pm Baby/Toddler
Thur 14 Dec: 2pm Baby/Toddler & 3pm Family Time
Fri 15 Dec: 10.30am Family Time
Thur 21 Dec: 2pm Family Time
Fri 29 Dec: 10am Family Time
Call or text Cath on 07982 607674 to book your place.

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Special

1st December – 24th December 2017

Climb aboard the Santa Express and travel in steam heated carriages to Shelley Station. Santa will be waiting in his cosy grotto with sacks full of presents for the children.

Kirklees light railway is really good value for money

Mumbler SCS

Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ
T: 01484 865727

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

24 November – 23 December

Visitors will enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, the North Pole where you’ll find that Santa’s taken up residence, the Elf Workshops where young visitors can partake in craft activities with the elves, plus you can uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden.

We did the christmas experience and santa at Lotherton Hall last year. Were really impressed. We really enjoyed it last year. So much so that we’re going to go again this year.

Mumbler EP

Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959

Magical Lantern Festival at Roundhay Park Leeds

24th Nov 2017 -1st Jan 2018
Open Wednesday to Sunday each week and everyday during the Xmas holiday period (except Xmas Eve and Xmas Day)

A Christmas themed lantern festival with food and drink, bar, Santas Grotto and rides. Prepare to enter a magical experience and discover life-sized and large-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from ‘Polar Bears on Ice’ to a magnificent giant ‘Chinese Temple of Heaven’ lantern recreation. See website for tickets.

Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, Leeds, LS8 2ER

Make a Christmas Noise for God

Hands-on family-friendly worship – 3-4 pm Sunday 10th December, West Thorpe Methodist Church, YO24 2PN

We will be holding a Christmas service aimed at families with children. There will be singing with an acoustic band, craft activities, and a drink and cake at the end. All are welcome! We are also going to be joined by members of York Inspirational Kids, a charity that fundraises for children with additional needs and disabilities. Some of the carols will be signed in Makaton. Both adults and children are welcome to dress up in nativity costumes.

If you would like further details, please contact Becky: 01904 703 666

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Special

2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 & 20 December 2017 

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Approx. 75 minute journey on board the Santa Express. Adults £21, Child £21 (aged from 12 months – 15 years old),* We expect to be extremely busy! Pre-Book Tickets Only.

Pickering Santa train was fantastic last year. Santa looked like the real deal in his own little grotto on the train, amazing warm mince pies, great age appropriate presents (my son got a duplo garage set) and the train ride is great fun they get a little activity sheet and Santa hat too.

Mumbler CM

Pickering Station Park Street Pickering YO18 7AJ
T: 01751 472508.

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.

1 – 3, 8 – 10 & 15 – 24 December: Stories with Santa
Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift. Tickets for Stories with Santa go on sale on 1 September and must be booked in advance

1 – 3, 8 – 10 & 15 – 24 December: The Magic of Christmas
Put on your best Christmas jumper and get in the festive spirit on a Christmas trail. Make a 3D snowman or Christmas tree, decorate a Christmas pudding plate and cookie and don’t forget to enter our design a Christmas jumper competition.

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

T: 01423 565418


Riverside Farm Playbarn Christmas Grotto

9th and 10th December, 16th and 17th December and lastly the 22nd of December from 12 pm till 2pm

The Christmas grotto runs over 3 weekends, the price of entry is £5 including unlimited play in the equipment and a free gift. There is no booking required however specific time slots can be arranged via Facebook messages or by phoning ahead.

Riverside Farm Playbarn, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XJ
T: 01904 642525

Rowntree Park – Decorate a Christmas Tree!

1st December until 25th December

‘The Young Friends’ have picked a tree and we’d love people to decorate it with natural, home made decorations. You can make decorations at home and bring them along. There will be a sign in the park to the tree (It is near the pond path, next to a wooden bench near the tennis courts/theatre area).

See the ‘Young friends of Rowntree Park’ Facebook page for guidance on materials to use.

Rowntree Park, Terry Ave, York, YO23 1JQ

Sundown Adventure Christmas Spectacular

18th of November until Christmas Eve

the Xmas Spectacular Ticket includes a pre-booked Santa Visit on the Magical Night Before Christmas Ride & also free access all day to all the other Park’s Rides and Attractions.

We did sundown adventure land with our daughter last year ! Full day out and the ride to santa was lovely

Mumbler LS

Sundown Adventureland Christmas experience is amazing

Mumbler ES

Treswell Road, near Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX
T: 01777 248274

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

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 9 December to Saturday 16 December 2017
It’s time for yet another rollicking romp of a panto and this year Rowntree Players are whizzing you off to Peking to enjoy the perennial favourite Aladdin.
Tickets £14.00 – £16.00

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA
T: 01904 501935

The Rock of York – Narnia Christmas Grotto

9/10/16/17 Dec

From the warm welcome of our generous time-giving volunteers to the delicious, freshly prepared food in the café, the unforgettable journey through Narnia to Santa’s breathtaking grotto is sure to give you that Christmassy feeling we all love and look forward to each year! Tickets available via the website.

Narnia at the rock church. We went last year, it was really good.

Mumbler JF

Definitely recommend The Rock Church for their Narnia experience. Might last 20-25 minutes depending how fast you want to go through it.

Mumbler SM

The Rock of York, Priory Street, YO1 6ET
T: 01904 659475

Wyevale Garden Centre – Breakfast or Tea with Santa

18th November – 24th December

Bring your Little Diggers along and enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea! The whole family meets Santa, children decorate a festive biscuit and then choose their very own present to take home! Book ticket via the website.

Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York North Yorkshire YO26 6QE
T: 0844 288 5067

York Barbican Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 17 December 2017 at 2.30 pm
Christmas Carol Concert
Tickets £7.50 (Adults) £6 (Senior Citizens and Under 14s)
£24 (Family tickets 2x adults + 2 x under 14s)

York Barbican, Paragon St, York, YO10 4AH
T: 0844 854 2757

York Minster – The Snowman

16th December with two performances (2.30pm for the matinee and 7pm for the evening show)

Big Screen. Iconic Film. World Class Musicians. A truly magical Christmas show.
Delight your family this Christmas with a screening of two enchanting films accompanied by live orchestra.
Hear some of the UK’s top musicians perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack – including the evocative ‘Walking in the Air’ sung by a local child soloist – in perfect synchronicity with the film shown on a giant screen. This festive treat has something for all ages.

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH

T: (0)1904 557200

YORKS Autism friendly Santa’s grotto

16th December & 17th Dec at 10am – 4.30pm

Autism friendly santas grotto complete with sensory room , Father Christmas ,train ride , bouncy castle , petting zoo, donkeys and much more . Sensory and non sensory presents from Santa. Siblings welcome too ! All ages .
Huge raffle each day with fab prizes !!
Cakes , treats and coffees/ juice too

The Wilberforce trust Huntington York