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.
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
Piglets Adventure Farm Park,
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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