There’s so much to do in Yorkshire throughout the festive period. From cosy cottages to Christmas markets, here are just some of our favourite things to do this Christmas in Yorkshire.
Christmas in Yorkshire
York Christmas Festival
The city of York does Christmas in style with activities including an ice trail, living advent calendar, and a yuletide village. Make sure to call in Thor’s Tipi where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine surrounded by roaring log fires and cosy furs. Lovely! Find out more
Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend
The pretty coastal town of Robin Hood’s Bay travels back in time to the Victorian period from the 7th – 9th December. With costumes, music and traditional activities this is a fun festival for the whole family. You can even visit a couple of Gorgeous Cottages (Lilly’s Cottage and Albion Hall) that will be open for the weekend.
Santa Special Trains
A great option for children is a trip on one of the NYMR’s special santa trains. Father Christmas himself will be travelling on the railway which take a very scenic route through the North York Moors and there’s an on-board grotto plus lots of fun festive activities.
Castle Howard at Christmas
December is a great time to visit this gorgeous stately home as the sumptuous rooms are beautifully decorated for Christmas. They really do go all out and its guaranteed to make you feel all festive! Find out more.
There’s an array of Christmas markets to visit during November and December – perfect for getting some hand-made pressies for your nearest and dearest (and some tasty treats for yourself).
Beverley Festival of Christmas – 9th December
One of the largest one-day Christmas festivals in the UK, you’ll find more than 100 Victorian Christmas Market Stalls plus entertainment including marching bands, dancing and Santa on his sleigh.
Harrogate Christmas Market – 15th – 18th November
This annual 4-day event takes place on The Stray in the Montpellier quarter of Harrogate and includes nearly 200 stalls. It’s worth making a weekend of it and visiting some of Harrogate’s great shops and bars while you are there.
Knaresborough Christmas Market – 1st and 3rd December
The very pretty Yorkshire town of Knaresborough is home to a Christmas extravaganza on the first weekend of December. As well as an array of stalls there is live music, mulled wine and mince pies.
Malton Christmas Food Market – 8th and 9th December
Malton has become a bit of a hub for artisan food producers and their monthly food market has a Christmas special during December. The perfect chance to stock up on cheese, cakes, chocolate and other Christmas treats.
Skipton Yuletide Festival and Christmas Market – 2nd and 9th December
Running the full length of Skipton High Street, the market is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year. The day closed with a procession to Holy Trinity Church and a traditional Christmas Carol service.
With two National Parks (the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors) plus a very scenic coastline, there are plenty of pretty walks to try at any time of year. There is something particularly magical though about a wintery walk and here are some great ones to try this Christmas in Yorkshire.
The Cleveland Way
Enjoy wonderful views from dramatic cliff-tops along this famous coastal path that runs all the way from Saltburn to Filey on the Yorkshire Coast. Breathe in some crisp sea air on this refreshing journey but make sure you wrap up warmly!
There are miles of footpaths to enjoy at Fountains Abbey and because of its elevated position you’ll get some beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Families can try the reindeer’s explorers map and then stop by the tea room for refreshments.
Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey (and back)
You can do a lovely circular walk from Helmsley (the only market town in the North York Moors National Park) to Rievaulx Abbey. Enjoy the lovely view from Rievaulx Terrace and then treat yourself to a coffee and mince pie on your return. There are plenty of tearooms to choose from!
Gorgeous Yorkshire Cottages for Christmas
What could be nicer than sitting by the fire in a cosy Christmas cottage with your nearest and dearest. If you fancy making Christmas extra special this year give the team a call on 01642 263 249 to find our latest availability.