Christmas Events In Yorkshire 2016

The Festive Season is often a hectic time, but it’s also a great time to venture outside and discover the Yorkshire countryside, especially as many parks, gardens and places in Yorkshire have fun Christmas events.

On this page I have tried to list as many Christmas days out as possible. You can either scroll down the page, check the list below or have a look at the map for more information.

List of Christmas events!

Here is a list of the current events featured on this page. Click on one of them to be taken directly to it.

Please note: as of 2015 the annual Reindeer Run organised on behalf of the RNLI will not happen in Bramham Park anymore! It is organised in Marlay Park near Dublin, Ireland

LocationSee detailsTypePeriodStarts
Stockeld Park, WetherbyGo to event Trail3rd November 2016 – 3rd January 201703/11/2016
Castle Howard, near MaltonGo to event CarolsFrom Saturday 19th November 2016 to Friday 23rd December 201619/11/2016
Spirit of HalifaxGo to event FestivalSaturday 26th November 2016, 10.00am to 6.00pm26/11/2016
Skipton Santa Fun RunGo to event Run/WalkSunday 27th November 2016 from 10am27/11/2016
Bridlington Old Town Dickensian Festival & FairGo to event FestivalSunday 27th November 2016, from 10.00am to 3.30pm27/11/2016
Harlow Carr, HarrogateGo to event TrailFrom 2nd December 2016 to 24th December 201602/12/2016
Grassington Dickensian FestivalGo to event FestivalSaturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016 - 11am - 5pm03/12/2016
Brimham Rocks near Pateley BridgeGo to event ActivitiesSaturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2016 - 12.00pm to 3.00pm03/12/2016
Malham CoveGo to event CarolsSaturday 3rd December 2016, from 2.30pm to 4pm03/12/2016
Brimham Rocks near Pateley BridgeGo to event ActivitiesSaturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2016 - 11.00am to 1.30pm09/12/2016
Saint Catherine’s Hospice Santa Dash in ScarboroughGo to event Run/WalkSunday 11th December 2016 from 10.00am11/12/2016
Brimham Rocks near Pateley BridgeGo to event TrailSaturday 17th and Sunday 18th December 2016 - 10.30am to 3.00pm17/12/2016
The Fishermen and Firemen's Charity Fund in ScarboroughGo to event FundraiserMonday 26th December 2016 from 10.30am26/12/2016

Below is the map locating all these events:

I still need some help to complete this list so if you know of any events or you are yourself organising a Christmas event, please fill in the contact details form and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Stockeld Park, Wetherby

3rd November 2016 – 3rd January 2017

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park is a privately owned 2000 acre estate, which opens its doors to the public every year starting from October. It’s a great place for walkers, as you can explore the special Chritsmas events near the house, such as the Nordic Skiing trial, the ice skating rink, the yew tree maze, or you can simply venture out into the vast acres of the property.

Located three miles North West of Wetherby, the Estate is in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. The Nordic Skiing trial is of special interest to walkers, and sport enthusiasts, as it’s a 1.2 km cross country trail, which takes you through the woodlands and along the lake of Stockeld Park. If you don’t fancy the skiing, you can also just follow the trail and walk alongside it.

During Christmas time this trail takes you through the Enchanted Forest of Stockeld Park, which is illuminated with Christmas lights and other lighting effects to bring the mythical and magical creatures within to life. Don’t forget to say hello to the talking tree.

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Castle Howard, near Malton

Castle Howard

Sat 19th November 2016 to Fri 23rd December 2016

Every year this great Yorkshire estate puts up a whole show for Christmas. Outside, you will be welcomed by lit up Christmas trees while inside the Castle rooms will be decorated for the festive period, making it a magical place. Christmas events such as live music, Christmas Carols, audience with Father Christmas, Christmas Craft & Produce Markets will make your visit memorable. And there’s plenty of discovering to do in the 1000 acres gardens too!

New in 2016: Castle Howard constructed in gingerbread! A vast scale culinary creation by contemporary artists Bompas & Parr.

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Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Ginger Bread decorating at Harlow Carr

Various dates starting from 2nd December 2016 to 24th December 2016

This elegant garden run by the Royal Horticultural society will organise a magical series of Christmas events throughout the pre festive season. Starting from 2nd  December Santa will come for a visit just before Christmas to tell some enchanting stories. More info on this page.

Other events will include family photo with fluffy polar bears and penguins, Christmas detective trails in the garden, Christmas Cookie decorating workshop or Santa Letter writing.

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Wreath, Crakers and Santa at Brimham Rocks!

A wintery view of Brimham Rocks

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2016 – 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Learn how to make Christmas Crakers during this free for all session! Elves will be on hand to assist you!

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2016 – 11.00am to 1.30pm

Learn how to make Christmas Wreath courtesy of National Trust using materials and foliage collected throughout the estate. Price: Adult £15 / Refreshments provided.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December 2016 – 10.30am to 3.00pm

Follow a Christmas Cracker trail through the rocks and visit Santa in his snowy winter wonderland. It is advised to wear suitable outdoor clothing for this Christmas event. Cost £4.50 includes gift

Brimham Rocks are made of curious rock formations  scattered over some 50 acres on Brimham Moor in Nidderdale, near Harrogate. A perfect setting for a Christmas wonderland!

Booking Essential – Tel: 01423 780688 – email: brimhamrocks@nationaltrust.org.uk

More information about this event on the National Trust Brimham Rocks website

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Malham Christmas Concert

Approaching Malham Cove on a snowy day. Photo credit: Imogen Swales

Saturday 3rd December 2016, from 2.30pm to 4pm

Join the National Trust (NT) at Malham Cove for mulled wine and mince pies while listening to Skipton Brass Band play some seasonal favourites in this awe-inspiring setting. Free entry, but there will be a charge for refreshments.

For more details, Tel: 01729 830416. Email: malhamtarn@nationaltrust.org.uk

How to walk to the Cove?

Malham Cove is a natural beauty spot and the National Trust wants to keep it this way so there is no direct access by car to it. Please park in one of Malham car parks (pay & display, not NT) and allow 30 minutes to stroll down to the Cove.

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Skipton Santa Fun Run

More than 1500 people attend the Santa Fun Run in Skipton each year

Sunday 27th November 2016 from 10.00am

This event organised by the Skipton Craven Rotary Club attracts each year more than 1500 people dressed up as Santa! It’s a 5km route throughout Skipton and every participant receive a free Santa suit to wear. You can run, jogg or walk and help raising money for various charities – the main ones are Manorlands Sue Ryder Care Hospice, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, Rotary Charities and Yorkshire Cancer Research. So come and join for this festive fun Christmas Event!

Participation: Adults £12 / Children 6-15 yrs £8 (includes free Santa Suit) More information available on the official website

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Dickensian Festival, Grassington

A shop decorated for the Dickensian Festival in Grassington

Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016 – 11am – 5pm

The whole village of Grassington will once again wake up for two weekends in a row to the atmosphere of the Victorian era. Every shops, cafes and hostelries will play a part in this now legendary Dickensian Festival where visitors will be transported back in time to a bygone era. Be ready for one of the best festive and entertaining Christmas events in the region, including bandstands (Hebden Bridge, Barnoldswick and Nelson Brass Bands), theatre (Penny Plain Theatre Company & Sneaky Experience Theatrical Company) and carols (Silsden Singers, Settle Voices and Baccapella) to name but a few. Living Statues, circus entertainers, buskers, shoe shine boys and pick pockets will all add to this unique Dickensian feel. And around the village there will be close-up magic shows, Punch & Judy and Victorian Magic Lantern Shows. Not to miss the traditional Christmas Market in the village square where local charities and traders are given the chance to showcase their festive wares.

As ever, there will be a chance to visit Santa in his grotto as well as the usual torchlight nativity procession led by Mary and Joseph on their donkey, culminating in the community carol singing. Angela Jackson, the Festival’s Co-ordinator says “I am amazed each year by the growing effort and contribution the entire community puts in to keep the event vibrant and successful.” Park and ride facilities, at a cost of £10. per car, are in operation from Threshfield Quarry.

Please visit www.grassingtondickensian.co.uk for more details.

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Spirit of Halifax

Halifax Town Centre Christmas Event

Date: Saturday 26th November 2016, 10.00am to 6.00pm

Halifax will see an afternoon of FREE festival fun take place on Russell Street in the town centre, with live choir, dance performances, children’s entertainment, Danny & Rosie from Pulse 1’s Breakfast Show and much more!

The Woolshops brings a special one-off Christmas Market to the cobbles between 10am -6pm on the same day as the Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On, boasting plenty of food produce stalls, mulled wine and local crafts to stock up on for those all-important Christmas gifts.

A special guest appearance from Father Christmas himself!

Everything will then end with an outstanding fireworks display.

Further details on www.spiritofhalifax.co.uk. Follow them on Twitter @SpiritofHalifax or like them on Facebook too.

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Bridlington Old Town Dickensian Festival & Fair

Bridlington Old Town Dickensian Festival

Date: Sunday 27th November, from 10.00am to 3.30pm

This free event is great for all the family! In the location where the Universal Pictures ‘Dads Army’ Film was filmed, which was released earlier this year, you will be able to enjoy over 50 Stalls & Food Units as well as the following activities and performances:

  • Georgian-themed high street
  • Great old town atmosphere
  • 50 stalls & food units
  • Fairground rides
  • Father Christmas grotto & arrival on his sleigh at 11:30am
  • Victorian street organ
  • Punch & Judy
  • Pipes & Drums
  • Bellman of Bridlington Old Town
  • Coastal Voices

Further Details: www.bridlingtonoldtown.com

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Saint Catherine’s Hospice Santa Dash in Scarborough

Classic festive season outfits for the Santa Dash

Date: Sunday 11th December 2016 from 10.00am

Hold on to your jolly red hats – the Santa Dash is on its way to the stunning Yorkshire Coast!

Get into the Christmas spirit by sprinting, jogging or strolling along Scarborough seafront with a choice of either a 5k or if you are feeling really festive 10k course !! This is a popular event raising money for Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough.

The race will commence at the Sea Life Sanctuary Car Park from 10.00am, ready for an 11.00am start. Come and join in the festive family fun, in exchange for your registration fee, you will receive a sponsor form and a Santa Suit, to be worn at all times during the Dash !!

There will also be the Yorkshire Coast Radio Roadshow with DJ Dex and the Love crew to get you ready for this festive fun run. The Sealife Sanctuary will also provide refreshments for participants and also discounted entry for the day.

For more information and a registration pack call (01723) 378406 or visit their Eventbrite charity sponsoring page

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The Fishermen and Firemen’s Charity Fund in Scarborough

The Fishermen and Firemen’s Charity Fund annual football match.

Date: Boxing Day, Monday 26th December from 10.30am

The Fishermen and Firemen’s Charity Fund was started in 1893 in Scarborough when a local fishing smack, The “Evelyn and Maud” was lost at sea in a great storm, resulting in the loss of all five crew. As there was no benefits system then, the local fishermen decided to play a football match to raise money for the dependants. The Fishermen (who worked above deck), played the Firemen – the ones who stoked the engines (below deck). The event became an annual one, and has now been played for over 120 years (excepting war years) and is now played on the South Bay Beach on Boxing Day morning. It now has a comic element, in that any number of players turn up (some even swapping sides mid game) and all players must wear a top hat. The only rule is that if anyone’s hat falls off, a free kick is awarded against them. New players usually get chucked in the sea afterwards!

There is also a “Mile of Pennies” where people line coins up on the footpath, starting at the lifeboat house and making it’s way along Foreshore Road. The morning is rounded up with a “Daft Raft Race” around the harbour, organised by the local sub aqua club. Visitors and locals do their best to pelt the teams with flour bombs !

The money raised nowadays is used to purchase food vouchers for local elderly people at Christmas, and this usually tops the £1,200.00 mark.

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Ideas of Christmas Walks!

Christmas is quickly arriving and some of you might already wonder where to go for a walk after dinner and after you opened all these presents. In 2013 the Yorkshire Evening Post compiled a list of the ten best places to “Walk Off the Excesses in a Yorkshire Wonderland”. Here is the list:

  • Brodsworth Hall
  • Brontë Way and Top Withens
  • Bolton Abbey
  • Bridlington Beach
  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
  • Cannon Hall Museum
  • Wentworth Castle and Gardens
  • Ilkley Moor
  • The Yorkshire Wolds
  • Lotherton Hall

What do you think? Are they your favourite Christmas Walks spots too? Or do you have other suggestions? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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