School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

Christmas Holidays

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A Workhouse Christmas Carol 2018

22nd December 2018

We’re celebrating the 175th Anniversary of “A Christmas Carol”, so do come and join us as we screen the film “A Muppet Christmas Carol” and enjoy the many other festive activities!

Where better to experience some traditional festive fun than in the atmospheric and Victorian Workhouse?

11am – 4pm

Make your own Victorian Christmas decorations in the Dining Room

Christmas baking in the Kitchen

Mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies served in the Master’s Dining Room.

1 – 2pm

A reading of A Christmas Carol in the Schoolroom


The main event –  A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL film shown in the Guardians’ Room

Mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies served in the Waiting Room.

All these activities and the film included in the usual Workhouse Museum admission prices.

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Alternative Advent Calendar

Give a little kindness this Christmas with the Mumbler advent calendar…

If you’re looking for a way to encourage your little one to think more about others, you can download the Mumbler Alternative Advent Calendar by clicking on the link. There are 20 acts of kindness and friendship, with 4 left blank so you can think of your own together!

Click here for more information on how to download.

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Book Your Place In Santa’s Grotto 2018

Visit our Places to see Santa page to find an event near you. Places are booking up fast.

This page has all the details on local events and activities leading up to and including the Christmas Holdays.

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Discount Offers On Family Days Out

Mumbler has teamed up with Stray FM to bring you some huge discounts on lots of family days out. Visit our offers page to see what discounts we have listed.

We update them regularly and share them on our Facebook page so be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out on some great deals!


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Glow Winter Illuminations At RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Thursday 22 November – Saturday 29 December 2018

Thursdays – Saturdays) from 4.30pm – 8pm

Get in the festive mood and come and see RHS Garden Harlow Carr in a new light at this year’s ‘Glow Winter Illuminations.

Running three-evenings-a-week from Thursday to Saturday, ‘Glow’ is a chance for visitors to wrap up warm, grab a festive treat from Bettys and embark upon an illuminated trail around the garden as coloured lights transform the magnificent and unusual trees and much-loved natural sculptures as dusk falls.

Paul Cook, Curator of RHS Garden Harlow Carr said:

“Trees add character, structure and texture to a garden as well as offering a huge range of environmental benefits, from alleviating flooding, to locking up carbon from the atmosphere, cooling our towns and cities and capturing pollutants. They really are nature’s heroes and we’re delighted to offer visitors the chance to see some of our favourite trees given a special after-dark makeover.”

Bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday – Saturday) from 4.30pm – 8pm, with last admission at 7pm. Tickets are available to buy online at or to purchase on the door. RHS member adult £5; non-member adult £10. RHS member child £2.50; non-member child £5. Under 5’s free.

Tel: 01423 565418

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane Harrogate, HG3 1QB

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Letter From Santa – Don’t Miss The Deadline

Make your child’s Christmas even more magical, by helping them receive a letter from Santa.


1. Royal Mail

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Ripon Canal Christmas Market 2018

Sunday 9th December 2018

2 – 6pm

Indoor & outdoor stalls, entertainment, hot food and drinks, Santa’s Grotto, raffle, mulled wine bar and carols.
50p donation on entry. Monies raised going to Saint Michael’s Hospice.

The Mindfulspace Wellbeing Studio, Suite 1 & 2 Canal Basin, Ripon, HG4 1AQ Ripon

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Ripon Cathedral: Christmas Gift And Food Fair 2018

Saturday 24th November 2018

9.30am – 4.30pm

The popular Christmas Gift and Food Fair is back again at Ripon Cathedral for another exciting year.

£3 entry, children are FREE.

Meet Santa in his grotto, visit over 80 stalls to find the perfect gift. There will be food and entertainment.

Use the new park and ride. More details coming soon.

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The Great Yorkshire Forest: Christmas at Dalby 2018


Forestry Commission. Santa approved Christmas trees paulbox©

Santa-approved Christmas trees
Get a head start on making Christmas extra special this year by choosing the perfect Christmas tree from Dalby Forest!

We know that your Christmas tree is a big part of the festive season and that you care about where it comes from and how it’s grown. That’s why we grow a range of sustainably sourced quality real trees, just as Santa would want! Trees grown and nurtured in Dalby range in size from 3ft to 8ft and are all Grown in Britain and FSC approved.

Festive fun in the forest
Along with the tradition of choosing your tree, there will be festive events and activities to enjoy in a lovely Christmas courtyard setting. There will be plenty of opportunities for the kids to get hands-on and creative too.

Why not make the most of your forest visit by staying a while or making a day of it? You can get some fresh air and stretch your legs by following a sign-posted family Christmas trail through the trees.

Parking is free with every tree sold and you also get a free baby Christmas tree to take home and nurture! We love seeing the photos you share of your Dalby trees growing up through the years!

Plan your visit
Our Christmas tree sales centre at Low Dalby courtyard opens on Friday 30 November until Sunday 16 December. See or call us on 01751 460295 for more details.


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What’s On: Ripon At Christmas 2018

Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 24th November 2018

Starts at 3.45pm

Stray FM will be kick-starting the event with live music. Santa will be arriving at 5.50pm. Racing star Matt Stevenson will be switing on the lights.

Ripon Market Place

Ripon Christmas Market

Saturday 1st December 2018

10am – 4pm

Find crafts, food and drink at this years Christmas market.

Ripon Market Place


Ripon Christmas Shopping Night

Thursday 6th December 2018

9am – 8pm

A chance to do your Christmas shopping amongst the diverse and unique shops of Ripon. Warm up afterwards in one of the many cafes that will be open late for the occassion. There will be live music to help you get in the Christmas spirit! Follow the Christmas Tree Window Trail as you go…

Carols Around The Christmas Tree

Saturday 8th December 2018

2 – 4pm

Join in with the popular annual festivities and sing Christmas carols around the tree.

Ripon Market Place



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York Theatre Royal – The Elves & The Shoemakers 2018

Thursday 11th December – Satsurday 5th January 2018

“Shoes, shoes, shimmering shoes,
You’ll jump at the chances, for parties and dances,
So just put your feet up and give a big hand,
For the best pair of shoemakers here in the land…”

Once upon a time, there were two shoemakers who were very old and very poor. So poor they couldn’t even afford to buy each other Christmas presents. With no wood for the fire and only one piece of leather left to make shoes, there was little festive spirit in the shoemakers’ shop.

But one night, just as the snow began to fall outside and the clock strikes midnight, two mischievous elves appear at the window…

With live music, puppetry and lots of theatre magic, Grimms’ classic fairy tale, The Elves & The Shoemakers, comes to life this Christmas as a festive treat for all the family.

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


A Twilight Treat With Father & Mrs Christmas – Harewood House 2018

Every Saturday & Sunday from 24th November – Sunday 23rd December PLUS Friday 21st December 2018. 4pm & 5pm 

Experience the home of Father & Mrs Christmas at twilight and be warmed by all its enchanting magic, making memories to treasure. Filled with interactive stories and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child.

Also… Father Christmas treasure hunt around the House plus programme of festive family activity.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG

Tel: 0113 218 1010

Bedale Christmas Festival 2018

Saturday 1st December 2018

10am – 6pm

Christmas festival with shopping stalls, food marquee, crafts & competitions, live music, food & drinks. Keep your fingers crossed for a visit from Santa! Drop-in Storytime at the library 10.30 – 11.30am.

Bedale Hall and Market Place

Christmas In Boroughbridge 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018

From 5.30pm

Late Night Shopping and Christmas Lights Switch-on with Stray FM and The Yorkshire Vet – school and community choirs, fund raising, seasonal food, special offers, FREE Childrens Treasure Hunt.

Boroughbridge High Street.

Grassington Dickensian Market 2018

Saturday 1st –  Sunday 2nd December & Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th December 2018

Runs over two weekends with bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers. There will be a torchlit nativity procession and Santa will be in his grotto.

Take the opportunity to visit the local shops for Christmas gift ideas and take a break with food and drink on offer in local pubs, cafes and outdoor stalls.

There will be a park and ride: £10.00 per car. The park and ride is well sign posted from all main routes. Postcode BD23 5NX


Harrogate Pantomine: Jack And The Beanstalk 2018

Friday 14th December 2018 – Sunday 6th January 2019

(Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 9 Jan at 10am and 6pm)

“It’s hot and Dame Trott has had enough. Her daydreaming daughter Jack has her head in the clouds and her son Simon is no better. She sent the pair of them to market to sell Buttercup the Cow and they came home with nothing but a handful of beans. That’’s when the magic really begins!”

Booking required.

01423 502 116

6 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF


Knaresborough Christmas Market 2018

1st & 2nd December 2018

Stalls, shops and lively entertainment with a firework finale at 4.30pm on Sunday 2nd (best viewed from the castle grounds).

FREE park and ride from the GSPK Car Park on Manse Lane (HG5 8LF). Parking is also available at Conyngham Hall, Waterside and York Place, which are all Pay and Display car parks operated by Harrogate & District council.

Market Place Knaresborough HG5 8AG ‎


Late Night Christmas Shopping & Carols At Brymor 2018

Thursday 6th December 2018

Doors open until 8pm

Get in the Christmas spirit with Homemade Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and carol singing round the tree.

There will be a cocktail making demonstration using the new Brymor Spirits. Enjoy FREE tasters of their Gin, Vodka and Rum.

High Jervaulx Farm, Jervaulx, HG4 4PG Masham

Leeds Christkindelmarkt 2018

Friday 9th November – Saturday 22nd December
The German Market will be open daily from 10.30am to 9.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 7.30pm on Sundays (6pm on Sun 22 Dec). In respect of Remembrance Day, the market will not open until 12pm on Sunday 11th November.

The Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Magical Christmas Experience At Birchfield Ice Cream Farm 2018

  • November 24th – 25th
  • December 1st – 2nd
  • 8-9th
  • 15th-16th
  • Monday 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December
  • Late nights are available on Friday evenings from 30th November 5.30pm – 7pm

See Santa and his elves in the woodland grotto. Santa will have his reindeer for you to see as well and you are more than welcome to take photos as a memory of your magical visit to Birchfield Ice Cream Farm.

Take your sleigh ride to Santa with twinkling lights to guide the way for a truly magical experience

01423 781792

Birchfield Family Dairies, Oakmount House, Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge HG3 4JS

Midwinter Storytelling At Brimham Rocks 2018

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd December

40 minute sessions run between 11am – 4.15pm

Celebrate myths and folklore inspired by the season and the magical landscape of Brimham Rocks in an interactive storytelling experience with storyteller Noel Watkins. Join in with stories, songs and riddles. Each session will be 40 minutes long. Event tickets £5 per child with one free accompanying adult. Booking essential.

Call 01423 780 688 to book.

Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW

Otley Victorian Fayre 2018

Sunday 2nd December 2018

12 – 6pm

Stalls include gifts, food, local charities. Many streets closed to vehicles. More details coming soon…

Piglets – Magical Sleigh Rides 2018

24th November-24th December 2018

Magical Sleigh Ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience. Limited availability – book today!

Access to Animals and Outdoor play all included in ticket price! (Please note Bale Play Baaarn will be closed and Outdoor Activities are weather dependent).

Towthorpe Grange, York. YO32 9ST

01904 499 700

Richmond Town Christmas Market 2018

Sunday 2nd December 2018

10am – 4pm.

Stalls selling crafts, local produce, Christmas gift inspiration. Food and drink stalls.

Market Place, Town Hall and Indoor Market, DL10 4QL

Skipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market 2018

Sunday 2nd December & Sunday 9th December 2018

10am – 4.30pm

Stalls and local shops will be selling Christmas gifts along the high street, live music and entertainment
* Brass Bands
*Carol singing
*Real reindeer

… and more!

High Street, Skipton, BD23

St Nicholas Fair, York 2018

15 Nov 2018 – 23 Dec 2018
Monday – Wednesday 10:00  – 18:00
Thursday – Saturday 10:00  – 20:00
Sunday 10:00  – 18:00

Local arts and crafts with jewellery, ceramics, tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. Children’s craft-making activities available. Santa will also be there!

Parliament Street, Kings Square, St Sampson’s Square York

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure 2018

1st November 2018 – 7th January 2019

10.30am – 8.30pm and after dark the whole park is magically lit by thousands of twinkling lights!
Entry to the Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during our winter season. Plus, guests can choose to buy tickets to enter the exciting Adventure Zones, including our Real Ice Rink, Nordic Ski Trail, Maze & Illuminated Enchanted Forest.

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

T: 01937 586333

Thirsk Garden Centre 2018

Friday, November 23 to Sunday December 23 at 12 PM – 5 PM 2018

Come and visit Santa’s reindeer at Thirsk Garden Centre! They land on Friday 23rd November. We would suggest making sure you visit by Sunday 23rd December, as the reindeer will need to set off early on Christmas Eve morning to collect Santa and begin their journey around the world.

Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th December 2018 at 10 AM – 3 PM

Santa will be in his grotto with Thirsk Rotary at Thirsk Garden Centre from 10am-3pm. £5 per child including a small gift, with all money raised going to support local charities and worthwhile causes.

Thirsk Garden Centre, Blakey Lane, Thirsk. YO7 3AB

Yorkshire Winter Wonderland 2018

Saturday 17th November – Sunday 6th January

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is home to the north of England’s largest and best-loved outdoor ice rink – The Ice Factor – with its magical setting, giant Christmas tree and rinkside Alpine-themed café. With vintage funfair rides dating from as early as 1933, Santa welcoming visitors in his enchanting log cabin, live weekend entertainment and of course Christmas shopping.

York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, York YO19 4TA