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Yorkshire is wonderful at any time of the year, but there is something truly magical about our beautiful county in the winter months. From mulled wine and hot toddies in front of a real fire in a traditional pub, to selecting that extra special handmade gift at one of our many Christmas markets, to the most spectacular Christmas grottos for that all important visit to Santa - the festive season in Yorkshire has something for everyone. Whether youâ€™re looking for the perfect panto, the best place to party, or a winter wonderland to share with the family, our festive guide has all the ingredients to help you have the perfect Yorkshire Christmas.
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MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS Barley Hall, York 16th November – 5th January Join the lady of the house, Joan Snawsell of Barley Hall, as she prepares her household to welcome the great and the good of York into her home for the festive season. Expect to see much greenery and colour as you are transported back in time to explore the beautifully decorated rooms of Barley Hall.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR The Moors National Park Centre, Danby 18th November Get ready for Christmas with a series of craft workshops at this annual Christmas Craft Fair. Learn a new skill, so you can make your own presents, or come along to meet the makers and pick up a unique gift.
SANTA’S GROTTO Tong Garden Centre 18th November – 24th December (selected Dates) Santa’s little helpers can’t wait to meet you! With their help – and a magical wish or two, you’ll make your way through Santa Land to the grotto where you’ll meet Santa to make your very own wish for Christmas and receive a gift from his toyshop!
A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT HAREWOOD Harewood House, Leeds 24th November – 31st December For the first time in 5 years, Harewood House and grounds will open for a special Christmas season. Explore the state rooms and kitchens in the house which will be dressed by Michael Howells, award winning Set Designer from ITV’s Victoria series, which used Harewood House as a major location.
CHRISTMAS AT FLAMINGO LAND 25th November – 24th December (selected dates)
MAGICAL LANTERN FESTIVAL Roundhay Park, Leeds 24th November – 1st January A stunning fusion of art, heritage and culture. This impressive outdoor Christmas themed event is a festival of light and illumination.
Head to Flamingo Land for the festive season and find all sorts going on including Santa’s grotto with real life reindeer and Storytime with the big man in red himself.
WINTERFEST AT WHITBY PAVILION Whitby, 1st – 3rd December Festive fun for all the family can be found at the magical Winterfest. With food, drink, entertainment, workshops and a visit from Santa, Winterfest serves up a fantastic weekend.
ROBIN HOOD'S BAY VICTORIAN WEEKEND 8th – 10th December Starting with the grand switch on of ‘Bayilluminations’ in the dock on Friday evening and closing with carols round the tree on Sunday evening.
TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION AND CAROL SERVICE Haworth, 10th December Head to Haworth for the annual Torchlight Procession and Carol Service. Starting at the bottom of the Main Street by the beautiful Christmas tree, the procession winds its way up the cobbled street to Haworth Parish Church, carrying the candlelit torches and singing carols as they go.
THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE Lotherton Hall, 24th November – 23rd December Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas walk, discover the fairies’ secret hideaway, or head to the house for a taste of Edwardian Christmas complete with a popular Edwardian selfie studio.
KRAMPUS RUN Whitby, 2nd December Get your masks and costumes ready and be prepared to run as The Krampus, comes to tease and punish naughty boys and girls.
FILEY’S FISHING CHRISTMAS TREE Filey, 1st December – 1st January The big inaugural switch-on will be Friday 1st December at 6.30pm on Coble Landing. Enjoy this feast of carols, lights and fun against the stunning backdrop of Filey Bay. The Lobster Pot Tree will be lit for all to enjoy throughout December and the first week of January. Lamplighter 2016, Fox by Govi Asano, photo by Craig Shaw
LAMPLIGHTER FESTIVAL Todmorden, 25th November Handmade Parade returns to the streets to light up the town with the mythical ‘Lamplighter’ puppet lantern.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PIECE HALL Halifax, 25th November 31st December As well as a 30ft Christmas tree in the courtyard, a well-travelled Spiegeltent will take centre stage this festive season, providing a very special venue for an eclectic showcase of storytelling, family shows, live music, stand-up comedy and late-night cabaret.
THE GREAT SKIPTON SANTA FUN RUN Skipton, 26th November Join in the fun in Skipton and help raise some money for some fantastic causes. You even get a free Santa suit for entering.
‘GLOW’ WINTER ILLUMINATIONS RHS Garden Harlow Carr, 23rd November – 30th December See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden. 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.
MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS AT PONTEFRACT CASTLE 2nd – 3rd December
NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS York Minster, 22nd and 24th December Get in the festive spirit and enjoy one of these special services consisting of nine readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir and hymns for everyone to join in. A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAYS Burton Agnes Hall 21st, 28th November and 5th, 12th December Burton Agnes Hall is renowned for the unique, hand crafted decorations that adorn the magnificent Elizabethan home each Christmas, and this year the Cunliffe-Lister family are inviting visitors to go behind the scenes and learn the tricks of the trade with four Christmas craft days!
Step back in time and celebrate a Medieval Christmas at Pontefract Castle. Visit the newly opened Visitor Centre, meet characters from the castle’s medieval past and browse the festive stalls selling interesting artisan gifts and decorations.
DONCASTER SANTA DASH 10th December The Doncaster Santa Dash is a hugely popular family event which raises lots of funds for local charities. Entry fee even includes a full Santa suit and beard for adults and reindeer antlers for children.
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The weather may have turned a little chilly, but get your coat on, wrap up warm and discover the stunning festive outdoor delights Yorkshire has to offer at this magical time of year.
With sites in York, Leeds and Sheffield, celebrate Christmas at THOR’s tipi bar, a Viking inspired, pop-up nestled in the heart of these cities! Inside you’ll find cosy log fires, twinkling lights and Christmas cheer in abundance. Outside you can enjoy the Winter garden with Christmas trees, atmospheric lights and outdoor heating. Feast on wholesome Winter fodder, from outdoor BBQ’s, washed down with the best Ales, Mulled Wine, Hot Cider, Hot Chocolate, Prosecco and much more.
Back and bigger than ever, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will return to York Designer Outlet on Saturday 18th November. Get your skates on and have a go on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink. Complete with an impressive 30ft high Christmas tree, log cabins and vintage funfair rides, you are sure to leave feeling festive.
Opening on Thursday 16th November, Christmas at York Museum Gardens will see the gardens transformed into a magical after-dark illuminated walk, inspired by the landscape itself. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and glittering lights.
GET ACTIVE With all kinds of active outdoor fun, theatre, magical illuminations and unique sculpture, you can find it all at Stockeld Park. It’s the perfect location to get in the festive mood and don’t forget to pick up a Christmas Tree to take home at the end of your visit.
OPPOSITE Yorkshire Sculpture Park. TOP TO BOTTOM RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Christmas at York Museum Gardens. Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland.
Wrap up warm and explore the grounds of Brodsworth Hall after dark as they open up a winter fairy-tale of light, colour and sound. Strings of lanterns laced through the boughs of trees and fairy lights twinkling behind leaves will lead you along an enchanting garden trail into a magical wonderland. You’ll also find a traditional fairground, as well as plenty of festive treats from heritage-inspired stalls. Explore RHS Harlow Carr in a whole new light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. Take a festive stroll through Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. See the trees twinkling with light and the abbey all aglow and stop by the cellarium to catch some live festive music. You don’t have to go all the way to the North Pole to find Polar Bears. Head to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster and say hello to Pixel, Victor, Nissan and Nobby at Project Polar, one of the largest polar bear reserves in the world.
STUNNING LOCATION Head to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield on 9th December for an atmospheric ‘Twilight Heritage Walk’ and explore this stunning location with a member of the Park’s knowledgeable Heritage Team. Wander around the Park’s historic lakes and woodland to discover interesting follies and features by candlelight then round off your evening with a warming drink and festive treat. You don’t need to go all the way to Lapland to get a taste of the North Pole. At Pesky Husky in Scarborough you can try your hand at ‘mushing’ on purpose-built scooters or simply hike on foot through the North York Moors National Park with their sled dogs. YORKSHIRE.COM
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Pantomime season is as synonymous with Christmas in the county as dreaming of snow on the big day. What do you mean ‘oh no it isn’t?’ We’ve created a handy list that will prove to you that ‘oh yes it is.’
City Varieties, Leeds will also take you to a whole new world with their performance of Aladdin – The Rock ‘N’ Roll Panto. With promises of laughter and dancing in the aisles, there is also the added bonus of seeing the legendary ‘boulder’ fight which is sure to make your night rock even more.
The oldest theatre in the UK, The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond is also getting involved with pantomime season. There may be ‘no place like home’ but travel to the wonderful world of Oz this Christmas for an unforgettable time that promises star-quality performances, catchy songs and oodles of hilarious fun.
Sheffield’s biggest pantomime of 2017 is brought to you by Sheffield Theatres and tells the tale of Mother Goose. This egg-cellent pantomime stars Jake Canuso of Benidorm fame, Andy Day from CBeebies’ Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Sheffield legend, Damian Williams who will be celebrating his 10th hilarious year at the Lyceum. When did you last let your heart decide? This Christmas, listen to it and let it take you on a wondrous journey filled with genies, magic lamps, wishes and feisty princesses with Aladdin at The Theatre Royal, Wakefield.
The GIANT tale of Jack and the Beanstalk will be retold by both York Theatre Royal and Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield this Christmas; and both productions will take you high above the clouds on Jack’s journey. If tales of Princesses is what you’re after then the county has you covered. Cast, Doncaster tells a tale as old as time as Beauty and the Beast comes to South Yorkshire. With stunning sets and magnificent costumes, these festive treats are sure to make your spirits soar.
Scarborough based entertainment company Qdos Entertainment is set to start the biggest ever pantomime season in its 35-year history this Christmas. The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford will tell the story of Cinderella with a cast of famous faces, while Hull New Theatre will present the swashbuckling adventure of Peter Pan with celebrity guests Darren Day and Brendan Sheerin.
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre. BELOW Cinderella, Bradford Alhambra Â© Nigel Hillier.
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Friday 10th November – Sunday 24th December
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November
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WHITBY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL MARINA CAR PARK
Thursday 16th November – Friday 22nd December
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Saturday 18th November
THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD CHRISTMAS MARKET WAKEFIELD Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November
CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR SLEDMERE HOUSE Friday 1st December – Sunday 3rd December
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All l want f� ICONIC MARKET TOWNS With Christmas comes the pressure to find that perfect gift for someone special, but shopping in Yorkshire has never been better! From small independent boutiques in the county’s many Market Towns to the big labels and high street stores in the cities, you’ll be spoilt for choice this festive season.
A wintery sunset in Ryedale.
You can spend a whole day in the market town of Northallerton, meandering in and out of a host of independent places where you can pick up all sorts of treasures. Pop into Lewis & Cooper where you can find everything from local beer to artisan chocolates and an array of stocking fillers. If you are looking to spend the day wandering around some of the most beautiful market towns in the country then look no further than the Ryedale Market Town of Helmsley where the iconic market square is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and a few great places to grab a delicious pint of local ale in between all your shopping. You’ll also find Yorkshire’s most pampered festive tree at the Christmas Tree Nursery in Duncombe Park throughout December.
exploring. Whilst you do, you can nip in and out of the artisan deli’s, designer shops and independent boutiques, where you are sure to find something special in this fabulous East Yorkshire town.
To find a truly special gift (or even a treat for yourself) head to Sandersons at Fox Valley and browse through the rails of designer labels. Then when you’re all done in, why not go and relax in the stunning Blake’s Tearoom or round off the day with dinner at Ponti's Italian Kitchen for a real treat.
DESIGNER SHOPPING In Yorkshire, there’s no shortage of designer shopping destinations and Victoria Gate in Leeds is making waves as the place to be and to be seen. Named ‘Building of the Year’ at the Yorkshire RIBA awards and receiving the accolade of ‘The Best Shopping Centre in the
Enjoy a spot of heritage with your shopping and head to the market town of Beverley. With its impressive Minster and iconic Westwood green space, you can easily spend a whole day here
Chri�mas... World’ at the prestigious MIPIM awards in Cannes, you’ll see why with one visit. A stunning building housing perfectly presented shops ensuring a shopping experience to remember.
The Broadway in Bradford.
For all the top high street brands, head to The Broadway in Bradford. Complete with plenty of options for food and drink, you can find everything you need for a busy day of Christmas shopping all under one roof.
Kathe Wolhfart in York.
The Shambles in York.
Get in the festive spirit with a trip to York, and wander the beautifully decorated cobbled streets in search of the perfect Christmas gift. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to pick up some shiny new Christmas decorations this season, there are few better places than Kathe Wolhfart. With a huge array of festive decorations on offer you can find something truly magical to add to your tree this year that will become part of your family tradition for years to come.
There are few more idyllic places to spend your Christmas break than at The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley. From the moment you arrive, roaring log fires and a cosy array of lounges will become a home away from home, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you can simply relax and enjoy this beautiful retreat and all that it has offer.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and meadows just on the outskirts of Beverley, Tickton Grange offers twenty-one glorious bedrooms ideal for a stylish retreat. With the Yorkshire Wolds on the doorstep and situated just a few miles from the coast, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during the festive period.
Perched high on a hill amidst 100 acres of beautiful rolling Yorkshire countryside, Wood Hall near Wetherby is the perfect setting for a festive break and offers some of the finest views in the county.
For a home away from home, why not experience the magnificence of the Yorkshire Dales in a whole new way with a stay at one of the Devonshire Arms Exclusive Cottages on the Bolton Abbey Estate. The Dales is known for its breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring natural beauty and a stay at one of these beautifully renovated stone cottages certainly won’t disappoint.
Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel & Spa in York. Overlooking the historic city walls of one of the UK's most picturesque cities, The Grand offers the very best in traditional English style and service and is one of the finest luxury hotels in Yorkshire, where better to spend your Christmas? Situated in the heart of Sheffield, Brocco on the Park makes the perfect base for discovering all that this vibrant city has to offer. Choose from eight luxury rooms with Scandinavian inspired décor, each offering an ideal relaxing retreat after a busy day exploring the city. Enjoy a warm Yorkshire welcome at Wentbridge House Hotel near Pontefract. With sparkling decorations, roaring log fires and the smell of pine trees in the air, enjoy the lovely homely comfort of this luxury Country House Hotel.
With five-star luxury, a golf course and a spa, look no further than Rockliffe Hall for an enchanting Christmas break. A hidden North Yorkshire gem, simply arrive, relax and let the resort’s team take care of you. Rudding Park in Harrogate is a magical place to experience Christmas and New Year. Whether you are looking for a Christmas Escape, Party Night, Private Celebration or Carols by Candlelight, you will receive a wonderful Yorkshire welcome.
In the heart of Yorkshire, in a scenic valley of rolling parkland with its very own lake, sits the Waterton Park Hotel & Spa and Walton Hall - the perfect place to use as a base for sight-seeing.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Rockliffe Hall. The Grand Hotel and Spa, York. Brocco on the Park. The Black Swan, Helmsley. Rudding Park.
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If the weather is a little chilly, do not fear, there are plenty of things to do and see indoors this festive season. Castle Howard is already one of the most spectacular buildings in Yorkshire, but at Christmas it really comes to life. With an incredible 25 foot Christmas tree in the Great Hall and a fairy tale gingerbread house, you can fully immerse yourself in the magic of the season. Thereâ€™ll also be music, festive foods, and plenty of Christmas gifts and treats for you to stock up on for the family.
ABOVE Festive decorations. LEFT TO RIGHT York Castle Museum. Castle Howard at sunrise ÂŠ Richard Burdon.
LOTS GOING ON
See what Christmas looked like in Edwardian times with a visit to Kiplin Hall, near Scorton. Filled with fresh flowers and greenery, a real festive floral treat awaits you, as you stroll round the house. With tasty delights and hand-crafted gifts on offer, a day out here will really put you in the mood for the holidays.
There’s also plenty happening at Sewerby Hall near Bridlington this Christmas. Decorate biscuits, make Christmas cards, or listen to seasonal tales at story time. You can also have your picture taken in the Christmas Photobooth, and treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea, as a live pianist tinkles the ivories with well-known Yuletide classics.
Step onto York Castle Museum’s world-famous recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, where traditional garlands, a glistening Christmas tree and decorated shop windows will take you back in time to historic York. Visit the sweet shop the chemist, the drapers and more where Victorian residents will be waiting to show you how Christmas would have been celebrated 100 years ago.
Experience a magical Christmas day out at the Tropical Butterfly House’s ‘Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells’ event. Say hello to Santa in his grotto, have a sleigh ride on a tractor, see the elves in their workshop and enter the Christmas Jumper competition, and be sure to say hello to the animals taking part in the Farm Barn Nativity scene.
There’s lots going on this Christmas at Burton Constable. Treat yourself to ‘Christmas Cobwebs & Cream Teas,’ a behind the scenes tour of the hall followed by an exquisite afternoon tea. Learn how to make felted gifts for friends and loved ones, learn the art of willow weaving and make your own reindeer, or simply visit this beautiful country house to see it at its December best.
We’ll all be dreaming of a white Christmas, and a trip to Snozone in Castleford will ensure there’s plenty of frosty fun to be had! Learn to ski or snowboard, or hit the slopes as an expert, there’s something for all ages and levels here. You can even go sledging and make the most of the real snow, just in case none arrives on the big day. A well as paying a visit to see Santa and his elves, this year Eureka! are bringing back their popular ‘Night Lights’ show, a magical, illuminating quest exploring the wonders of winter. Guaranteed to fire the kids imaginations and keep them entertained.
Santa C laus is coming to CLIMB ABOARD Check if you’ve made the naughty or nice list and pay a visit to see Father Christmas and his Elves at the many attractions around Yorkshire throughout the festive season. Climb aboard the North York Moors Railway Santa Express for an unforgettable, magical journey. Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the great man himself in his grotto on board the train.
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Enjoy an audience with Father Christmas in the Magical Christmas Garden at Castle Howard. Take a peek into the magical world of Christmas and enjoy live music, fireside afternoon tea, Christmas gifts, and a cosy indoor market. Cruise along the River Ouse in York and you might be lucky enough to meet Father Christmas. Make your way over to Lendal Bridge where you will be greeted by the Captain of the Santa Experience and Mrs Christmas before hopping on board the York Cruise Santa Experience. Hop on board the fun filled tractor and trailer ride and have a good old Christmas sing along with Rudolph and Santa’s elves at Cannon Hall Farm this Christmas. Little ones can visit the Toy Factory where they will be given a passport to the North Pole and make their way to Elf Check In! There’s a quick test to see if they’ve been naughty or nice, before heading off to see the Elves and see their toys being made.
Experience Christmas in the unique setting of the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. Travel 140m underground to meet Santa in his grotto for lots of Christmas fun. If you’re good, you might even get a present. Join Santa at Keighley Worth Valley Railway. Climb on board an iconic steam locomotive for a journey of festive fun with music, presents, mince pies and festive drinks. Santa and his pixies will visit each child along the journey but watch out for grumpy Mr Scrooge, who doesn’t like Christmas and wants to throw all the presents off the train. Or head up to the Dales for a festive journey onboard the Wensleydale Railway and join Santa for a magical journey in an amazing setting.
Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and Jingles the Magic Elf will be entertaining children, and adults at Burton Agnes Hall this Christmas with thrilling performances of magic, song and storytelling. Visitors will be guided through the decorated rooms of the house by Mrs Claus and greeted along the way by Jingles before being presented with a special gift from Father Christmas. YORKSHIRE.COM
CLOCKWISE Eureka! National Coal Mining Museum. Stockeld Park. Santa at Castle Howard.
Winter warmers When you've been out and about exploring Yorkshire's beautiful outdoors, thereâ€™s nothing better than finding a cosy pub with a roaring fire. So many stunning options are on offer in Yorkshire, with amazing food, cosy corners, warming fires and a tasty tipple to top it all off.
THIS PAGE Whitby Abbey. OPPOSITE Delicious food at The Malt Shovel. The Timble Inn. The Crown & Anchor. Exceptional cuisine at The Angel Inn at Hetton.
EXCITING CREATIONS There’s the newly refurbished Inn at South Stainley, where the dining room is open plan but still very welcoming with lots of corners to sit back and relax in. The sympathetically restored surroundings compliment the creative menu, with classics sitting harmoniously alongside some new and exciting creations. Whilst you are in that part of the world you should take the time to visit The Malt Shovel in Brearton, with low ceilings, big open fires and an eye for detail, you are in for a real treat with this Michelin guide mentioned eatery.
open fires, creating a warm welcome on the coldest of winter nights, for locals and visitors alike. Not far away there’s the Crown and Anchor in Beverley. Dating back to 1823 they serve up some of the best Sunday roasts around, what more do you need when you have a roaring log fire on a cold afternoon? Dogs and even horses are welcome and catered for here.
POOCH FRIENDLY ALE LOVERS If you want to experience another award winner then look no further than The White Swan in Ampleforth, winners of Welcome to Yorkshire’s pub of the year award. With an extensive wine list, and seasonal menus it’s an excellent choice for a winters eve. If you love your ales as well as your wines, then The Timble Inn in Nidderdale is the place for you! This grade II listed 18th Century Coaching Inn makes its Yorkshire welcome a priority, and serves it up alongside some enticing dining options.
If you need somewhere to head with the pooch, the British Oak in Sheffield will be happy to accommodate. With themed nights such as pie and ale night on Monday, settle in to the traditional surroundings of the wood panelled bar and relax knowing you and your canine companion will be well looked after.
For hearty portions of exceptional quality head to the stunning Yorkshire Wolds and check out The Old Star Kilham in Driffield. They serve real ales and local produce in front of log burners and
A cosy pub can be traditional like The Angel Inn at Hetton with big oak beams and linen table cloths, and a reputation for serving up exceptional cuisine. Or for a winter charmer head to The Bay Tree in Stillington. With a big refurbishment in 2015 they welcome you with the same traditional values of any good Yorkshire pub but with a modern edgy look. With so many options available why not enjoy many late afternoons with a roaring fire in some of Yorkshire’s finest cosy pubs.
Yorkshire has a great range of festive party destinations to suit everyone, so why not ditch the calorie counting, have a drink or two and dance like no one’s watching.
C hri�mas tree For something different, why not end 2017 with a New Year celebration at The Deep in Hull. Enjoy a delicious three course dinner then dance the night away with a disco, before watching the Big Ben countdown to 2018 on the big screen all within the beautiful surroundings of some of Europe's best aquatic displays. Take a trip to The Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa in Helmsley to celebrate Christmas in style at one of their Masquerade Christmas Party Nights. Enjoy a drink on arrival before heading through to the Weathervane for a three course festive meal. After dinner get your dancing shoes on with a disco into the late evening. Enjoy a fun filled evening at Scarborough Spa and see in 2018 in style. The evening will begin with a champagne reception with music from resident pianist Howard Beaumont before sitting down to a delicious 4 course meal. If that’s not enough the Big Party Band will entertain party goers with a selection of hits before DJ Mike DeFretitas takes over until 1am. See in the New Year in the beautiful Yorkshire setting of Tankersley Manor in Barnsley at their New Year Gala Dinner. Enjoy a five-course banquet before a fantastic night of live entertainment takes you through to 2018. A Christmas party at Camp Hill Estate in Bedale is a truly unforgettable experience. Set in the beautiful stone-built Rustic Barn on the Camp
OPPOSITE The Deep in Hull. Tankersley Manor in Barnsley. TOP TO BOTTOM Christmas at the Camp Hill Estate. Festive fun. The Yurt Bar.
Hill Estate, their parties offer a unique, fun-filled experience with drinks packages, a 3 course dinner, yodelling, genuine vintage bobsleighs and vintage winter sport selfie booth. Welcome in the New Year with a black-tie dinner at The Fleece in Addingham. Guests will be greeted with Processo and canapĂŠs followed by a fabulous three course dinner. Bag pipes and entertainment will follow before a midnight toast to bring in the New Year. The Yurt Bar will be popping up in Leeds for some unforgettable party nights in December. Enjoy a 3 course dinner, cocktails and musical entertainment in this unique winter hideaway complete with pine trees, roaring fires and cosyÂ sheep skin rugs. For a Christmas party with a contemporary twist, head on over to The Forum in Sheffield. Choose a buffet, 3 course meal or a simple drinks package. You can even enjoy a gin masterclass to really get you into the festive spirit.
If panto isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of festive shows and concerts to take in around the county. Guaranteed to put you in the mood for the season of goodwill, try one of these adaptations for something more bah-rilliant than bah-humbug!
A (SCARBOROUGH) CHRISTMAS CAROL Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 7th December to 31st December 2017 This interactive, musical retelling of the story is more silly than scary, bound to be a sure-fire hit with all the family. With rattling chickens, a time worm, and a woman with a nut for a head, this wacky coastal interpretation promises a quirky twist on the classic tale.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 1st December 2017 to 6th January 2018 A traditional but fresh adaptation of the story, this is one for those seeking a more classic version of events. This impressive venue was also one of the key players in Hull being named the UK City of Culture for 2017, so well worth a visit.
If you’ve had your fill of Dickens and are still looking for some Yuletide entertainment, here’s a selection of other seasonal shows on offer:
THE WIZARD OF OZ Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 8th December 2017 to 13th January 2018 Follow the yellow brick road this Christmas with Dorothy and her friends. This festive
family spectacular has all the songs you know and love and all of your favourite characters. What better place to spend the season of goodwill than Munchkin Land? Just beware the Wicked Witch of the West!
FESTIVE FILM NIGHT Yorkshire Museum, York 14th December 2017 Enjoy a finger buffet and seasonal tipple before settling down to watch a much-loved festive favourite. A wonderful way to spend a cold winter’s night!
LEFT Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. A Christmas Carol at Hull Truck Theatre. ABOVE Beauty and the Beast in Halifax. RIGHT East Riding Theatre.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE East Riding Theatre, Beverley 14th December 2017 to 6th January 2018 Frank Capra’s classic film has been a Christmas staple for over seventy years. Proving just as popular in theatres, this inspiring tale of loyalty, devotion and purpose will be brought to life in Beverley, and warming the hearts of all who go to see it.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax 23rd December to 24th December 2017
ABOVE The Crucible in Sheffield. LEFT A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol. BELOW The Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax.
This captivating production was first performed at the National Theatre in London, so don’t miss out on its brief appearance in Yorkshire. Stunning scenery, live action and even some shadow-play, this breath-taking performance is a wondrous winter treat for you and yours.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 29th November 2017 to 21st January 2018 This thrilling production of a magical journey to the land where it’s always winter but never Christmas, is as enchanting as it is spectacular. Talking animals, sibling rivalry and a white witch, this exciting story has it all, and no one can bring it to life quite like the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
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LIVE PERFORMANCES This December, Yorkshire folk singing star Kate Rusby will bring her soulful voice to four locations across the county to round off her hugely successful 2017 tour. Visiting Hull City Hall, Victoria Theatre in Halifax, Sheffield City Hall and Leeds Town Hall from 2nd – 8th December, don’t miss your chance to see the ‘Barnsley Nightingale’ perform live.
DIVERSE York’s National Centre for Early Music has a rich and diverse calendar of events all-year-round, but no more so than at Christmas. Based in an 11th century medieval church steeped in history, there are few places more appropriate for a Yuletide concert. Don’t miss the ‘Yorkshire Bach Choir at Christmas’ on 9th December. This colourful programme features some of the 18th century’s most popular and invigorating music for chorus and instruments.
Taking place on the 14th and 15th December, York Minster’s Christmas Carol Concert is an annual spectacle not to be missed. Performed in the famous Nave, a wondrous mixture of classic and contemporary carols will be accompanied by seasonal readings from special celebrity guests.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Celebrate Christmas at Leeds Town Hall’s annual family carol concerts on 14th December. With performances from Leeds Philharmonic Chorus And Rothwell Temperance Band, it’s a fantastic festive event for all the family to enjoy and really get in the festive spirit. The Halifax Choral Society host an evening of ‘Carols & Brass on 6th December, a festive concert that will be enjoyable for everyone. Taking place at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, it’s the perfect place for an evening of merry music to kick off the festive season.
‘Christmas with Music in the Round’ will see Sheffield-born mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey join the Sheffield Young Singers to perform some timeless Christmas classics by the likes of Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Bach. Singer-in-residence Roderick Williams will be hosting the evening at the city’s Upper Chapel venue on 16th December. YORKSHIRE.COM
GREAT EXPERIENCES Running from 9th – 31st December, ‘The Great Christmas Dig’ at CAST in Doncaster is a chance to discover the secrets of Christmas past, and listen to stories from long ago, as told by the Handmade Theatre. Perfect for small children and families. See 2018 in with a bang at Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s incredibly popular New Year’s Day Concert. Enjoy a fabulous Viennese
concert with waltzes, polkas and marches lively enough to make you feel like you’re actually in Austria’s capital. If a bit of jazz is more your style, head to Doncaster Dome on 13th January and let ‘The Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed by Ray Mcvay’ transport you back to the heady days and music of the 1940’s -with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Kate Rusby. Yorkshire Bach Choir. Sheffield Young Singers. Scarborough Spa.
Christmas is the perfect time to allow yourself a little bit of indulgence and Yorkshire is home to some delicious treats ensuring your waist band may feel a little tighter this festive season…
season. Whilst in York, a trip to Bettys for some festive treats is a must. From award-winning mince pies to beautifully iced Christmas cakes; charming stocking fillers to sumptuous gift boxes and hampers, they have everything you need for an enchanting Christmas.
No Christmas is complete without a cheese board and Love Cheese in York have an impressive selection available They even have a special ‘Reet Tasty Yorkshire Cheese Selection’ ensuring you have the best products from around the county on your table this festive
For all your pie and pastry needs, Julyan the Baker will have you covered. Supplying farm shops, delis, and businesses across the county, their pies, pasties, quiches, sausage rolls and savoury parcels are handcrafted and literally filled to the brim with only the finest and freshest ingredients.
AWARD-WINNING You can’t have Christmas without Christmas cake, so why not sample an award-winning recipe. All homemade, Tipple Tails based in Sheffield produce cakes bursting with fruit and nuts and laced with unusual, award-winning, locally-made liqueurs for a delicious treat. Based on traditional family recipes handed down by Great Grandma, Lottie Shaw’s goodies are to be found in the best farm shops, stately homes and traditional delicatessens throughout the country. From her famous ginger parkin, to delicious biscuits you’ll find something wonderfully indulgent.
ABOVE Lottie Shaw's. RIGHT Festive treats at Bettys. BELOW The perfect drinks with Slingsby Gin.
YUMMY TREATS For something a little more European, TC Patisserie in Beverley produce all manner of delicious pastries including croissants, brioche as well as yummy savoury treats. They also make stunning celebration cakes which can be personalised for an extra special touch! For all the extra finishing touches, Farmer Copleys in Pontefract has a fabulous deli with regional cheeses and cooked meats. All the produce is made from scratch on site by their team of bakers. Traditional farmhouse style cakes are baked fresh by the bakers and made just as you would at home.
ABOVE Amelia's Chocolate. BELOW Tipple Tails.
The prefect drink to accompany any festive feast has to be a gin and tonic. Made with only the finest natural and locally sourced botanicals, Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit, Slingsby Gin is a great choice. Or visit Demijohn in York, the ‘liquid deli’ and find all kinds of tipples sure to satisfy For an after-dinner treat, how about some handcrafted sweets from Amelia’s Chocolate based in Scarborough? Delicious, luxurious chocolate made with the finest Belgium Chocolate, it’s the perfect end to any meal.
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Yorkshire is wonderful at any time of the year, but there is something truly magical about our beautiful county in the winter months. From m...
Published on Nov 17, 2017
Yorkshire is wonderful at any time of the year, but there is something truly magical about our beautiful county in the winter months. From m...