#01 Ripley Castle Fair
I’m a big fan of Ripley Castle and Christmas Fairs so this is really the perfect event for me. The event takes place in a luxury heated marquee with the Castles’ courtyard. Expect more than 150 stalls selling a range of festive items and there is also Food Hall, Champagne Bar and two restaurants.
#02 Castle Howard
I will be heading to Castle Howard myself in a couple of weeks to check out their Christmas extravaganza. It’s open until 23rd December and you can expect beautifully decorated rooms, a festive indoor market and live music.
#03 Ryedale Museum Victorian Christmas
Ryedale Museum is showcasing a Victorian Christmas on the 3rd and 4th December. There will be a range of displays and activities and you can also treat yourself to a hot sausage roll or mince pie from Lottie Shaw’s Bakers.
#04 Burton Agnes Hall
Open until the 23rd December, highlights include a huge Christmas Tree that will dominate the Great Hall along with traditional decorations in the Elizabethan and Jacobean quarters. You’ll also find a selection of Christmas items and food treats in their courtyard.
#05 Burton Constable Hall
Running up to the 19th December, the grand house will be transformed with a selection of festive garlands. Children’s activities will be running in the Stable Block and there are also hidden Christmas crackers to find in each room.
#06 Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Festival
Pay a visit to the lovely coastal town of Robin Hood’s Bay on the 2-4th December and you’ll be transported back to Victorian times. As well as the Christmas Light switch-on, you can also try old-fashioned activities such as rolling pennies down the bank and Ye Olde Welly Wanging! There’s also Afternoon Tea and a Beer Fest on offer in terms of refreshments.
#07 Stockfield Park
From the 23rd November, Stockfield Park is open every day of the week until the 3rd January. Activities include an outside skating ring, magic maze and a Nordic Ski Trail through the Enchanted Forest. We recommend visiting when it’s dark outside and the Enchanted Forest and Maze are magically illuminated.
#08 Santa Special Trains
Santa trains are run by North York Moors Railway, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Kids will get to travel with (and meet) Santa and his helpers and the trains come with a variety of activities, refreshments and entertainment.
#09 RHS Harlow Carr
RHS Harlow Carr are offering a selection of Magic of Christmas days which include Stories with Santa, Christmas Cookie Making and a Festive Detective Christmas Trail. Available dates are 2 – 4th, 9th – 11th and 16th – 24th December.
#10 Grassington Dickensian Festival
Over the first two weekends in December the village of Grassington is transported back to days of Charles Dickens with a full Dickensian Market and lots of fabulous costumes. Entertainment includes bands, busters and street entertainers and there will be roast chestnuts, mulled wine and hot chocolate of offer.