Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their Christmas events in 2020 so it’s time to get booked. There are still some magical events happening this Christmas in the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find 12+ of the best Christmas events near you – where you can meet Santa and more. Don’t forget to book in advance this winter.
Update – This post was updated on the 15th December 2020
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CHRISTMAS EVENTS EAST AND NORTH YORKSHIRE 2020
Beetle Bank Open Farm – Visit Santa in his Grotto – North Yorkshire – No update but I would imagine this event is still going ahead
Santa is in his Grotto from 11am to 3pm on the weekends of the 5/6 – 12/13 and 10/20 of December. It’s £8 a child and 2 of his Reindeer will be joining him all being well.Beetle Bank Farm
Address: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD
When? See above
How much/Do you have to prebook? £8 per child. Book via emailing [email protected]
Event Cancelled – Bolton Abbey – Father Christmas – North Yorkshire
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Father Christmas is returning to Bolton Abbey this year. Your safety is our priority and therefore the experience will be a little different than previous years but with all the same magic and sparkle!
This year, families are invited to find Father Christmas tucked away in his festive village nestled near the entrance to Strid Wood, where, with the help of our cheeky elves, our young visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Great Man himself and receive a special Christmas treat.”
Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL
Dates: Selected dates from 28th November to 24th December
How much? Child – £12.50 (all children visiting Father Christmas must have tickets – including babies). Tickets must be prebooked. Estate admission must be booked in addition to Father Christmas and we welcome all to spend the day on the Estate before/after their Father Christmas visit. (usually £10 a car)
Burton Agnes – Christmas Trail – East Yorkshire – Open for visitors
A huge, hand carved candy cane, high in a berried woodland holly bush. We’ll hang 23 more once the paint’s dried – each with a different design. This is a preview of our outdoor Advent Opening, starting on Tuesday. We welcome you to our home for festive fun! Runs 1st-23rd December, daily 11am-3pm. Tickets available now on our website. Gardens admission applies and tickets are limited; members need not book. Dogs on leads are welcome (except in the adventure playground)Fabulous festive food and drinks menu.Burton Agnes
Castle Howard – Christmas 2020 – North Yorkshire – See below
CANCELLED – WISH UPON A FROZEN STAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED. They are still going ahead with Father Christmas events from the 4th December
2020 will also see the return of Father Christmas and his magical companion WonderPhil! Join Father Christmas and WonderPhil in the splendour of the Long Gallery inside the House for a magical Christmas show like no other. Your ticket will include exclusive access to Castle Howard where you will enjoy a one hour show featuring your favourite festive duo, available on selected dates from Saturday 28th November until Wednesday 23rd December. Your children will receive a gift and the event will of course be run ensuring strict social distancing to keep you, your family and of course Father Christmas, as safe as possible.Castle Howard
Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
When? Fri 27th November to Thu 31st December
How much/Do you have to prebook? £45 per child for An Enchanted Audience with Father Christmas.
City Cruises York – Santa Experience – North Yorkshire – Event going ahead
Santa and his team have made a few changes this year, to make sure that we can offer you a secure and comfortable visit, without missing out on any of the fun.
You will join Santa and friends aboard the Captain James Cook, our largest boat, meaning that there will be more space for groups to socially distance.
Each group will be seated at their own table for up to 6 guests. Any group of 6 or more will be sat on socially distanced or partitioned tables with a maximum of 6 per table.
There will be a transparent screen between all tables.
All touch points will be cleaned regularly, staff will wear appropriate PPE, and hand sanitiser will be available around the vessel.
All further information on the event to be found by clicking the link above.City Cruises
Address: York YO1 7DP
When? Various dates in November and December
How much/Do you have to prebook? An adult ticket is £13-15 and £16 to E18 for a child.
Eden Camp – Christmas on the Home Front – North Yorkshire – Event going ahead
Join us in a home away from home for an exciting adventure as an evacuee at Christmas! Christmas during the Blitz is hard work for Father Christmas and his helpers. With children spread all over the country through evacuation, the team here at Eden Camp thought we would lend Father Christmas a hand and invite the children to come to him!
Explore a 1940s bedroom, hear the story of an evacuee first-hand and explore the Winter Wonderland on the way to finding Father Christmas.
Your Ticket includes:
Meet and greet with the ElvesEden Camp
A Magical Expedition through a 1940s Winter Wonderland
Meet and greet with Father Christmas
A Christmas Gift for each child*
Photo opportunity to remember your magical adventure
A Nice (or Naughty) list certificate!
Make a Wish on our Wishing Tree
Admission to the museum.
Address: Malton YO17 6RT
How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets are charged at £15 per child aged up to 15 years old (*under 1s are free of charge but do not receive a gift). One free adult per paying child. Additional adults are charged at our standard admission price of £12 per person. Prebooking is essential. Tickets go live on Thursday 1st October at 7am.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway – Santa Trains – North Yorkshire – No official update
Santa classic – Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children, festive music will be playing whilst entertainers & elves will ensure a jovial Christmas spirit throughout!
For sale in our buffet car, we’ve got mulled wine, Christmas cookies, mince pies, the best hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, real ale, Baileys, Irish coffee, gingerbread latte and more! Trains depart Bolton Abbey station at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm. and 3.00pm giving a round trip of 1 hour.
Plus first class ticket experience, premium compartments, evening specials, festive afternoon tea and Picnic or breakfast with Santa.Embsay Railway
Address: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF
When? Selected dates between 28th November and 24th December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Prices for each different level range from £13 through to £26 plus other prices for different experiences. Prebooking is essential.
Lightwater Valley Christmas – North Yorkshire – Event still going ahead
Be enchanted by the fantastical family-friendly Alice in Winterland giant lanterns display as the sun sets over the park. Visitors of all ages can follow the luminous trail and immerse themselves in a glowing garden with massive mushrooms, illuminated tulips and even a flamingo or two.
New for 2020, families can enjoy glowing entertainment from a special Christmas themed UV Puppet show in the Show Barn and go on the hunt for the cheeky missing elves as they cause mischief around the park. Little ones can also see Santa on stage and get a chocolate treat before visiting the magical workshop of wonders. Then hop aboard the Santa Express and see Lightwater Valley by train.
Address: Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT
When? Families can discover a whole host of festive fun as Christmas comes to Lightwater Valley on selected dates from Saturday 21st November – Wednesday 23rd December 2020.
How much/Do you have to prebook? An adult ticket is £12.50 and a child ticket is the same price. You must prebook.
Mother Shipton’s Cave – Winter Wonderland Walk – North Yorkshire – Event going ahead
A gorgeous Winter Woodland Walk with lots of festive delights and twinkling lights to see along the way! The magic of Christmas is here; Santa will be visiting and giving children a special wave from his safe and cozy grotto, and his festive friends are taking up residence in our very own Christmas Village. Visitors cannot go inside Santa’s grotto but they can take a photo inside Santa’s sleigh and sit upon the Christmas throne. Don’t forget to bring your letters for Santa to post in our Post Box!
Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD
When? Selected dates until the 24th December
How much/do you have to prebook? £30 for up to 5 people visiting in a car. Prebooking is essential
Northwood Fairy Trail – Christmas at Northwood – North Yorkshire – Event still going ahead with availability
We will be doing a christmas event this year and due to the current situation we will have Lady Winters grotto and story telling with St Nicholas in his large outdoor grotto with socially distanced “tables” that can seat up to 5. We will sell per “table” to allow family grouping social distancing. Details to follow.
Please be aware, this is different from the red-suited Santa Claus; This is a different and older interpretation of Father Christmas. It will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, candles and imagination. Children won’t receive a toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, as well as chocolate coin.Northwood Fairy Trail
Address: Unnamed Road, York YO41
When? Sat / sun 30th November / 1st Dec, Sat/ sun 7th/ 8th Dec, Sat 14th Dec – 23th Dec. With 4 sessions a day.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets are £15 per person.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Reimagined – North Yorkshire – Still going ahead
Meet Santa’s helpers and travel on a heritage steam train in your own private compartment, whilst listening to Jingle Bells FM radio. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your family as you travel to Levisham Station.
Your heritage steam train awaits at the beautifully decorated Pickering Station, ready to take you on a Christmas adventure. You’ll hopefully catch a glimpse of Santa himself too, as he prepares for the biggest night of the year.North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Address: 12 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ
When? 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2020. With four trains each day.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Private compartment: £100 for up to 4 people. £25 per additional adult or child (Max 6 people in total). Child 1-16 years old. Yes you have to prebook.
Piglets Adventure Farm – Magical Sleigh Rides – North Yorkshire – Everything has been cancelled
Jump aboard the magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with NEW activities for this year. Reduced visitor numbers throughout the experience including on Santa’s sleigh. Santa’s cheeky elves will greet you and take you and your family to see santa in his grotto for a new exclusive and truly personal experience. Plus much more.Piglets adventure farm
Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
When? 21st November to 24th December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? They are selling tickets in three pricing tiers from front row to back row. These prices are from £10.95 to £20.95. You must prebook.
RHS Harlow Carr – Glow 2020 – North Yorkshire – Event still going ahead
Come and enjoy an illuminated adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Now extended to include the entire length of Streamside, Glow lights up winter nights with a touch of sparkle and magic.
Wander the enchanting trail around magnificent trees and shrubs and see some of Harlow Carr’s iconic features, including the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk and Kitchen Garden, glow with festive colour.RHS Harlow Carr
Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QBv
When: 19th November until the 19th December
How much/do you have to prebook? Non-members £12 an adult, £6 children 5-16, under 5’s are free. There is a discount for RHS members. Pre-booking tickets for Glow is essential.
Thorp Perrow – Santa’s Grotto – North Yorkshire – No official confirmation I believe this has been cancelled
On sale Friday 18th September. To be CV-19 compliant the grotto can be exclusively booked for a maximum group size of six (including adults). Each group will have the opportunity to walk through the magical winter wonderland, home to a host of wonderful creatures, Santa and his donkeys, chat with the big man himself (at a safe distance) and a gift will be provided to all.
The grotto will be operating a one-way system and only one group will be allowed in at a time. Our Season ticket holders can exclusively book tickets from Friday 18th September for 1 week. Tickets will then be put on General Release on Saturday 26th September. For all our dates and CV-19 regs, please visit our website from Friday 18th.Thorp Perrow
Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS
How much/Do you have to prebook? Santa’s grotto cost £7 per child, to be booked in advance online via our website (standard entry applies at the gate on the day).
Event Cancelled – Wensleydale Polar Express – North Yorkshire
Your journey begins just like the 2004 motion picture when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully dressed in PJs, will experience a fun filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole.
Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic hot chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love. You will get to speak with Santa.Wensleydale Railway
Address: Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR
When? Various dates from 21st November until 23rd December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets from £24.95 to £31.95.
Event Cancelled – Sewerby – Enchanted Winter Wonderland – East Yorkshire
A brand new event is coming to Sewerby Hall and Gardens this year: Enchanted Winter Woodland will take you on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.
Discover that The Snow Queen has cast a spell on the beautiful woodland, which has come alive with light and sounds. Joining the Sewerby polar explorer on his expedition, travel through an illuminated tunnel into the winter woods, and embark on their quest into the Snow Queen’s domain.Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Address: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED.
When? 12th to 23rd December.
How much/Do you have to prebook? Early Bird tickets are available until 31 October, and will cost £10 for adults, and £6 for children, with a family ticket (two adults and two children) costing £25. Prebooking is essential.
Sledmere – Santa’s Magic Grotto – East Yorkshire – Event going ahead with a few minor changes
The Sledmere Santa’s Grotto gets bigger and better every year – you have to see it to believe it! But, because we want you to have the most magical experience possible, the fun doesn’t stop at meeting Santa.
Included in your ticket…
Step into the Elves’ VIP toy store to choose your very own gift from Santa. Experience a festive ride on a tractor and trailer to see our beautiful herd of Red Deer.
Explore our amazing Grounds & Gardens, including the Spotty Pig Adventure Playground. Meet the animals at the Rare Breeds Farm Park.Sledmere
Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG
When? 28-29th November, 5-6, 12-13 & 19-21 December. 9 am – 4:30 pm.
How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC – tickets are not yet available.
Stockeld Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Event still going ahead
What was once but a simple Christmas Tree shop, from this small acorn grew what came to be Stockeld Park’s most famous adventure season. Join us for Christmas fun with various events and watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations! This truly is the home of Christmas magic. Plus Santa’s Christmas grotto.Stockeld Park
Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN
When? Selected dates in December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Prices on website
Thornton Hall Country Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Their sold out event is still going ahead with a few changes
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2019 Christmas experience
Our 2 hour fun filled Christmas adventure was a huge success and the feedback has been amazing. Santa and his Thornton Hall Elves are currently hard at work to bring you an all NEW and unique 2020 adventure. More information will be added soon.Thornton Hall
Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS
How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC
York’s Chocolate Story – Christmas is coming – North Yorkshire – No official confirmation
We know you are excited about Christmas already, and we can’t blame you! We heard that our elf cousins at the North Pole are busy working on this year’s Christmas plans but they are so super-secret that even we don’t know what they are yet!
Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC
Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton Santa – North Yorkshire – Event going ahead
Experience the enchantment of Santa’s village, elves and an audience with Santa in his cosy Winter cabin. Including Christmas Money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop, and Mother Christmas’ Bakehouse with Mulled Wine, a Mince Pie and Magical Reindeer Food to take home. All of this and more!
Address: Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF
When? Selected dates in December
How much/Do you have to prebook? Adults £10, children £15. Prebooking is essential
Best Christmas Events East and North Yorkshire 2020
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