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10 things to do in Yorkshire – Christmas 2016

#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

Castle Howard Christmas Tree

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 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

Burton Agnes Christmas

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

Images of Yorkshire - Robin Hoods Bay

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

NYMR Santa Train

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

Grassington Festival Yorkshire

The atmospheric Grassington Festival in Yorkshire. Image by Mark Davies www.markdavies.co.uk

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.

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