10 magical Christmas days out in & around West Yorkshire 2017
Tis’ the most wonderful time of the year! And certainly the busiest! Parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting, pantomime tickets for booking, and Santa for visiting. If you’re looking for something amazing to do this holiday season, we’ve rounded up 10 events happening in and around West Yorkshire that you won’t want to miss!
1. Christkindelmarkt, Leeds, 10 Nov – 24 Dec
Christkindlemarkt is one to please the entire family with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, a Christmas carousel ride, and festive decorations in the heart of Leeds city centre.
This holiday seasons families can visit Millennium Square to enjoy a festive village of decorated wooden chalet stalls, authentic German food and drink and family entertainment. You can even enjoy a Santa’s Breakfast experience for children and families (pre-booking required), or take part in arts and crafts with Pop Up and Play.
2. ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 23 Nov – 30 Dec
See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. You can also enjoy a Christmas story with Santa (must be booked in advance) or followed the festive Christmas trail on selected dates in December. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details.
3. The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park, Weatherby, 20 Oct – 8 Jan
Stockeld Park is where Christmas magic comes to life. Meet Santa, ice skate, ski and enjoy a walk in the enchanted forest. You can experience the magic daily until January 8.
4. The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall, Leeds November 24 Nov- 23 Dec 23
Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, an Elf Village where you’ll find Santa, uncover a secret fairy hideaway in the rock garden, and enjoy an Edwardian Christmas Weekend at The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall.
5. The Magical Lantern Festival, Leeds 24 Nov – 1 Jan
This year’s Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the park turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colours and artistic sculptures! Prepare to enter a magical experience and discover life-size and larger-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from ‘Polar Bears on Ice’ to a magnificent giant ‘Chinese Temple of Heaven’ lantern recreation.
The entertainment area adds another dimension to this wonderful night out with a food and drink area, tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto, a handful of fairground rides for children and merchandise marquee.
6. Christmas Weekends in Haworth, 24 Nov – 24 Dec
Every year at Christmas time, Haworth is lit by twinkling fairy lights and pretty shop windows and every weekend in December the residents and traders host bands, choirs, carol singers and Father Christmas for visitors to enjoy.
7. A Victorian Christmas at Harewood House, Leeds, 24 Nov – 31 Dec
For the first time since 2012, Harewood House will open its doors for a very special five-week Christmas celebration. Harewood’s magnificent State Floor will be beautifully dressed with stunning Victorian decorations, while ‘below stairs’, in the kitchens, visitors will get a sense of the hustle and bustle of a stately country house, with a cornucopia of traditional Christmas foods being prepared.
As well as ‘A Victorian Christmas’, visitors will be able to enjoy a series of events and activities for all ages, including wreath making, twilight tours, floristry workshops and Fireside Father Christmas.
8. Hidden Christmas Market, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, 14 Dec – 21 Dec
Leeds Hidden Christmas market is a unique and magical Christmas experience, where the adventure begins as you step through the enchanted book cover entrance, into a world of glittering festivities. Themed on Brothers Grimm, fairy tales take a twisted turn amongst the ancient ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, as performance and live music ignites the Yorkshire region with Christmas cheer!
9. Santa Special Trains at Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, 26 Nov – 24 Dec
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway offers children the chance to ride a train with Santa over the holiday seasons. The fires are lit at Bolton Abbey station, and the Refreshment Room and Buffet Cars will be bulging with mince pies and other seasonal fare and festive decorations will be all around. Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children who are in possession of a valid ticket. Advanced booking is essential.
10. Christmas at Piglets Adventure Farm, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season! You can check in at Elf Airlines and look out for your name in lights on the live departure board. You will then be taken on a sligh ride through trees and twinkling lights to his Woodland Village where you will be greeted by Mrs Claus and taken to see Santa in his Grotto. You’ll see festive animals in the Nativity Scene and can enjoy a warm mince pie in Santa’s Tepee with a cosy log fire.
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