Dani's Inexpertly Chosen Events for CHRISTMAS 2017!

15 December 2017

What gets you in the Christmas mood?

Sure, there are the obvious things, like gift shopping, mince pies, swinkling decorations, turkey and the telltale first snowfall of winter are sure to get you feeling festive. 

But what about the lesser known Christmas-themed things, like popping open the first window of an advent calendar? The sweet, tangy smell of oranges, a ghost memory from a childhood spent at Christingle services? Visiting Twin(kle)pike Way for the amazing lights and to pop a few pennies in the chosen charities box?

Events are an amazing way of getting friends, family, co-workers allike out and celebrating together. At risk of sounding corny, that is what it's all about, right? 

On that thought... Here's my favourite events (chosen from A LOT! by the way) that, if I were you, I'd want to know about. Make your own traditions. Enjoy the events. And, God forbid, if I've forgotten one, let me know and I'll give it a special place just for you.

Festive Attraction Takeover

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland
York Designer Outlet, 18 November - 7 January
With the slogan 'SKATE PLAY SHOP DINE' they really don't dissapoint - enjoy time on the (real) ice, check out the vintage fairground, catch up on Christmas shopping and treat yourself to the upstairs food court as well as the special additions out by the rink.

A Victorian Christmas
York Castle Museum, 25 November - 24 December
Stroll the cobbles of Victorian street Kirkgate and experience the magic of a Christmas as it would have been celebrated 150 years ago. Join Ebeneezer Scrooge on learning the true meaning of Christmas. 

Magic in the Museum Gardens
York Museum Gardens, 16 November - 1 January
York Museum Gardens is transformed by colourful light shows and displays, music and special effects by the team that brought Thor's Tipi to York. There'll also be festive food trucks, mulled wine, a vintage fairground, UV face painting, art installations, Santa's workshop and more.

Angels on High
Castle Howard, 18 November - 23 December
This Christmas a host of angels will descend on Castle Howard. Visitors will experience the Christmas decorations including the tree in the grand hall, a giant gingerbread Castle Howard, an Audience with Father Christmas, live music, Twilight Visits and more.

Magical Sleigh Rides
Piglets Adventure Farm Park, 25 November - 24 December
Children will be whisked away from Elf Airlines Sleigh Port on Santa's Sleigh to through the trees to the Woodland Village to meet Mrs Claus and see Santa's Grotto, where they can choose a gift. After the journey, relax by the Nativity Scene with a mince pie, or in Santa's Tepee.

Glow Winter Illuminations
RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 14-30 December
Harlow Carr is lit up this festive season to amaze - special lighting effects bring a touch of magic (and with this weather, frost!) to acompany you on your walk through the illuminated trail, by the lake, winter walk and more.

Edwardian Christmas
Treasurer's House, 14-17 December
Embark upon the Oddities Trail, spotting the weird and wonderful quirks of the Treasurer's House collection, while spotting items that don't quite belong. Your journey may take you up to the attic to meet Father Christmas, hear stories and crafting.

Medieval Christmas
Barley Hall, 15 December - 5 January
Discover the lost traditions of a medieval Christmas at Barley Hall. Join the Lady of the House as she prepares her household to welcome to public into her home during the festive season. 

Father Christmas's Winter Wonderland
Brimham Rocks, Harrogate, 16-17 December
Follow the Christmas Cracker trail through the rocks and visit Father Christmas in his snowy winter wonderland - the Big Man might even have a gift or two tucked away, if you're on his 'nice' list!

Festive Celebrations
Fountain's Abbey, Ripon, 16 December - 1 January
Children can follow the Festive Explorer Map to find and open presents around the estate, post their letters to Santa at the Post Office, visit Santa's Grotto and enjoy festive crafts. The whole family will enjoy a festive storytelling walk, greeting Santa's reindeer at nearby St. Mary's Church, the Winter Abbey walks and weekend-ly Music and Lights event, where the grounds are lit up with lights, illuminative art displays and music.

Winter Activities
Flamingo Land Resort, 25 November - 23 December
The rides may be closed, but that doesn't mean the rest of the park shuts down over winter! Enjoy several live animal shows, with select children's rides remaining open and treat little ones to Story time with Santa.

The Gift of Theatre

Jack & the Beanstalk 
York Theatre Royal, 14 December - 4 January
York's favourite dame, Berwick Kaler, returns (like he'd ever leave us!) with the firm family favourite production of Jack & the Beanstalk alongside beloved co-characters; the big bad giant, Patricia the cow and many more. 


Beauty & the Beast 
Grand Opera House, 15 December - 7 January
Presented by Three Bears Productions, the age-old magical story follows Belle's journey to discovering what lies within the Fearful Beast's heart, with the addition of hilarious comedy, glittering costumes, mayhem and dazzling special effects.


Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood 
York Barbican, 21 December - 31 December
Enjoy the classic tale (with, in true panto fashion, an silly twist) over the holidays with the most star-studded cast ever. Expect a live band, spectacular sets and amazing costumes. 

Meet Santa...

Santa's Sweet Adventure
York's CHOCOLATE Story, 2-24 December

Send the kiddos on the themed tour lined with festive games and fun, making Christmas-themed lollies and helping the elves along the way to save Christmas! Grown-ups will discover chocolate's role in the festivities, watch demos and more.

Boathouse Grotto
Castle Howard, 23 December
Due to the huge demand for Santa shows at Castle Howard, they've convinced Santa to come back for one more date to meet the 'nice' children. Board the Christmas Express to get to his Boathouse & workshop on 23 December only.

Dine with Father Christmas
Deans Garden Centre, 21 December
Enjoy Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas at Deans Garden Centre over the festive period. Tickets include a hot meal, biscuit decorating, a festive colouring sheet and a gift from Father Christmas - all leaving time to play in the children's play areaafterward, too!

Santa Sleepover
Alton Towers, 15-23 December
Choose from a unique range of sleepover settings in which your child can enjoy their overnight experience with Santa. The Sleepover package includes: a visit to Santa (whereabouts dependent on Santa package), tickets to Alton Towers' pantomime Jack in the Beanstalk, a festive evening meal, evening entertainment, Christmas cinema, a buffet breakfast and tickets to the Theme Park!

Santa Specials
Murton Park/Derwent Valley Light Railway, 16-23 December
It's Super Santa Special Season over at Murton Park and the elves have opened up the Winter Wonderland Village once more. Laden with a heavy sack of presents, Santa is awaiting the children for the fun to start. This year's theme is Politics, with each elf making their heartfelt promises, but who will you vote for?

Santa's Enchanted Wonderland Grotto
The Bowes Museum, 13-22 December
Find Santa's workshop through an enchanted corridor, where the little ones will be entertained by his elves. They'll write their letter, look for their naughty friend and browse the toyshop windows before reaching Santa Claus in his sitting room, where they'll recieve an early present.

Christmas Disco with Father Christmas
Creepy Crawlies/The WEB Adventure Park, 22 December
Want a great way to kick off the Christmas weekend for the kiddies (besides school finishing)? Take them along to Creepy Crawlies for a 'fun, happy dance fest' designed to bring the whole family to their feet with foot-stompin' Christmas classics. 

Festive Family Fun...

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let is Snow... 
Shambles, 21 December
Every Thursday from 5-7pm on the run up to Christmas, Cuffs & Co. have organised a fake snow machine to shoot the wintery goodness out into the Shambles, creating the perfect late-night-shopping experience or photo oportunity.

Gift Market
Castle Howard, 9-23 December
If you're still short on Christmas presents (I know I am), you can check out Castle Howard's market held in the newly converted stable block. Expect traditional sweet stalls, local produce, hampers, gift ideas and more.

Children's Christmas Party
Huntington Memorial Hall, 23 December
Looking for a kids Christmas party? Go and party at Huntington Methodist Church - there'll be food, games, crafts, gifts and even a guest appearance from the man of the hour, Father Christmas!

Acomb Street Market
Front Street, Acomb, 23 December
Organised by Acomb Alive, come along for the last Street Market of the year - special guests include the princple cast of the Barbican's panto, Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood between 12-1pm.

The Muppets Christmas Carol Kids Screening [U]
City Screen Picturehouse, 23 December
Join Ebeneezer Scrooge, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Michael Caine in learning the true meaning of Christmas. Take the little ones off for the morning to enjoy the musical adaption of Charles Dickens' festive tale.

Gigs/Performances

The Annual All Star Big Boss Caine Festive Fibbers Fundraiser 2017
Fibbers, 22 December
The line-up includes No Scary Bears, Van de Neer, Sewage Farm, Magnificent 7 and Boss Caine. All profits from the fundraiser go toward the wonderful grassroots, anti-austerity, pro-community 'We Shall Overcome' organisation who help get the homeless off the streets and into homes. Fibbers folk will also be taking donations of tinned/non-perishable food, blankets, sleeping bags and more.

Borderline's 2nd Christmas Party
The Basement, 22 December

After last year's success, Borderline have decided to throw ANOTHER Christmas Party on the 22nd December, so you'd best get out your Christmas jumpers, tinsel and the countless Santa outfits. Borderland bring Undercard and Young Bulls to support and guarantee an unforgettable night.#

Hello Operator + NAKED SIX + The Feens + Silvertones
The Crescent Community Venue, 23 December
One year ago (to the day), Hello Operator brought the house down and, simultaneously, rolled out the festive cheer at Thomas's. This year they take the party to the Crescent, with newly released single 'Oosh' and more unreleased tracks sure to be played on the night. 

Ezee Goin LIVE
The Riverside Bar, Selby, 23 December
Ezee Goin, a top cover band, bring a night of fantastic music covering 6 decades and a range of genres - all while sampling any of the 170+ beverages the Riverside Bar have stocked up for the season.

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