Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their timed meet and greet Santa slots so it’s time to get booked. There are so many 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 30 of the best Christmas events near you – where you can meet Santa and more. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.
Beverley Minster, East Riding Yorkshire
The Snowman – Plus a Donkey’s tail. The music from the popular film is played by a live Orchestra and is perfect for families with the stunning backdrop of Beverley Minster. Three performances on the 11th December.
Bolton Abbey, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
Father Christmas – This year, families are welcomed to journey into Strid Wood, where, with the help of our cheeky elves, our young visitors will be invited to find Father Christmas tucked away in his cosy log cabin. November 30 and Dec 1 | December 7 & 8 | December 14 & 15 | December 21, 22, 23.
Bridlington Spa, East Riding Yorkshire
Cinderella pantomime – Starring Grease legend Didi Conn headlining as the Fairy Godmother, Didi is joined by John Lyons from A Touch of Frost fame. Featuring breathtaking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem, laughter and chances for you to join in the fun. 13th December to 5th January.
Burton Agnes Hall, East Riding Yorkshire
Christmas events – Meet Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto. Weekends in December (except 1st, 28th and 29th). An Audience with Father Christmas and his Head Elf.7th, 14th, 21st, 22nd December. Join Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and Jingles the Magic Elf for a performance of magic and song, a special gift and photographs.
Burton Constable, East Riding Yorkshire
A Country House Christmas – A visit to this fascinating country house at Christmas is the perfect chance to lift your spirits for the festive season ahead. Children can experience the magic of the Hall at its twinkling best searching for the Christmas Reindeer hidden in each room. 23rd November to 18th December.
Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
Audience with Father Christmas – Gather around the fire with Father Christmas and his friends as he tells stories and sings songs before handing out personalised presents, with opportunities for pictures with Father Christmas too. 23rd November to 23rd December.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens, nr Ripon, North Yorkshire
Christmas at Fountains – The big man is back in Fountains Hall this year but with a twist. He’s here for storytime! Book to see him in his cosy reading room grotto at Fountains Hall where you’ll get to hear a Festive Fountains tale. You’ll get time with Father Christmas himself and get a little gift to take home, too. Selected dates in December (closed Fridays). Other events are on this Christmas.
Grand Opera House York, North Yorkshire
Snow White and the seven dwarfs – Come along to see this exciting family pantomime, full of magic, mayhem and mirth, with terrific sets, outrageous costumes and wondrous special effects. 12th Dec to 4th Jan.
Scrooge pantomime – Robert Readman’s Pick Me Up Theatre bring you this spectacular musical, a wonderful, feel-good story about hope and the kind of happiness that money can’t buy, so join us as we celebrate the season of goodwill to all… even Scrooge.
Hull New Theatre, East Riding Yorkshire
Aladdin pantomime – This Christmas, join Blue’s Simon Webbe, Benidorm’s Jake Canuso, star of TV and film Robin Askwith and Fat Friends The Musical’s, Neil Hurst in Hull New Theatre’s festive family treat Aladdin. 5th to 29th December.
Lightwater Valley, Near Ripon, North Yorkshire
Alice in Winterland – Illuminated by the hundreds of magical lantern displays. Lightwater Valley will be home to Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Humpty Dumpty and many more of those Lewis Carroll’s childhood characters. 22nd Nov to 30th Dec.
Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Christmas – Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. Receive a very special gift and have a photo taken. Plus other activities.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, North Yorkshire
Northern lights express – This spectacular illuminated journey starts at Pickering Station, where their heritage carriages is decorated with thousands of lights. You will travel through a twinkling forest which is transformed by a multitude of lights and surprises. You will then arrive at Levisham Station, where a dazzling light show will begin. On selected dates in November and December. They are also running Santa trains.
Piglets Adventure Farm, near York, North Yorkshire
Magical sleigh rides – Magical Elf airline Sleigh rides, a chance to meet Santa in his Grotto and lots more.
Scampston Hall, near Malton, North Yorkshire
Christmas Fair – Scampston will be getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas Fair in the Victorian Conservatory. Children will also get the opportunity to meet Santa Clause and put in their requests for the big day. 30th Nov to 1st Dec.
Scarborough Spa, North Yorkshire
Cinderella pantomime – Join Cinderella in this classic rags to riches tale, along with her best friend Buttons and her Fairy Godmother as they outwit the very Ugly Sisters and win the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. 7th Dec to 1st Jan.
Sea Life Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Santa’s underwater wonderland – Meet Santa this Christmas in his Underwater Wonderland! Meeting Santa is included in your General Admission ticket or Season Pass and includes a free take home present for Christmas Morning.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens, near Bridlington, East Riding Yorkshire
Christmas activities – On selected dates in December.
Sledmere House, East Riding Yorkshire
Santa’s Magic Grotto – Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Sledmere. Weekends of December 1st, 7th-8th, 14th-15th & 21st-22nd.
Best Christmas Events East and North Yorkshire
Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, North Yorkshire
Winter Illuminations – See their award-winning enchanted Forest come to life after dusk as our Winter Illuminations; Yorkshire’s premier light event, transforms Stockeld Park into a dazzling, twinkling wonderland! 14th Nov to 6th Jan. Plus plenty of Christmas experiences with a breakfast with Santa, meeting Santa in his cabin, ice skating and nordic skiing.
Wensleydale Railway, North Yorkshire
Polar Express – They are the ONLY licensed Polar Express in Yorkshire. This Christmas experience is unlike any other. Brought to you by the organisers of the number 1 voted Polar Express in the World. Selected dates this Christmas.
Williams Den, Near North Cave, East Riding Yorkshire
York Theatre Royal, North Yorkshire
Sleeping Beauty – York’s much-loved pantomime family returns with Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard in a spectacular new show for the whole family.
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