Keeping the Mini Mumblers happy throughout the Christmas Holiday doesn’t need to be expensive with these fun, FREE or low-cost activities and events.
Events throughout the December at:
Otley Snowman Trail: Only £1 per booklet! Friday December 1 to Sunday December 17. The book contains 2 trails, one round the shops, 1 round the houses! Pick up a book and cross them off throughout the holidays!
Newly launched for this year is the Otley Snowman Trail. Snowmen will be located in the town centre and in people’s homes and gardens. Full details can be found here
Santa Floats: There are numerous Santa Floats out on patrol in Wharfedale. You can find all the details on our events calendar here
Bolton Abbey: A Christmas Countdown. Stroll through a wintery Strid Wood and spot the wooden Christmas trees dotted along the trail. Each Christmas tree has a number of oversized advent calendar doors waiting to be opened….Free event but estate admission charges apply. More details here.
Otley Enhanced Christmas Markets: Throughout December, Otley’s regular market will see a host of Christmas-themed events on Fridays and Saturdays, from festive children’s entertainment to impromptu carol concerts! Find full details here
Otley Christmas Tree Festival: FREE Entry, Charity donations welcome. December 6 12:00 pm – December 9 @ 6:00 pm
Otley Chamber of Trade light’s up All Saints Parish Church with Forty Christmas trees and lights. 40 charities or community have been invited to decorate one each. Each tree will have a collecting bucket and all donations collected will stay with that group for them to use in their good work in our local community. Find full details here
The Royal Armouries, Leeds: Free entry to the Royal Armouries including the free River taxi outside! They have the Christmas is Cancelled event 27th December – Sunday 30th December: 10 am – 5:00 pm. Full details found here
Lotherton Hall: Take along your Breeze & Leeds cards for a discounted entry! The Christmas Experience, Yorkshires ultimate festive day out returns! 24th November – 23rd December.
The National Science & Media Museum, Bradford: Free entry to the Museum. The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ.
RHS Harlow Carr: Free Children’s garden adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr throughout the winter months. Get in the festive spirit on the Christmas trail and enter the Design a Christmas Jumper competition. Additional activities available at the learning centre differ each day. Admission charges to the garden apply.
Enjoy the garden in a different light with the NEW GLOW Winter Illuminations. Thursday – Saturdays 3-8pm (reduced entry rates to the garden after 3 pm) Full details here
Temple Newsham: 500 Years of Christmas on the 9th & 10th December. Crafting, storytelling, music and more! Full details here.
Kirkstall Abbey: Free Gingerbread Trail around the grounds!
Abbey House Museum: Normal admission applies. Craft activities & Christmas activities and Santas Grotto (£4.50 per child, includes present).
The Tetley: Free drop in at one of the various Family Art Workshops at The Tetley during December. All events can be found on the events calendar.
Leeds Play Network: Christmas Creative Play Sessions, 16th-22nd December, The St Johns Centre, Leeds.
The White Swan, Yeadon: FREE Family Movie Morning, 10 am, 21st December. Full details here!
Ilkley Cinema: Every Saturday morning at 10.30am we have a special Kids Club film which is suitable for our younger audience and accompanying grown-ups alike. All tickets are £6.75.
Leeds Industrial Museum: Running every day in the Christmas holidays at 2 pm (not Mondays) a festive family favourite. Full details here!
Everybodys Guiseley: FREE Entry with free popcorn and juice for the kids! Home Alone & Home Alone 2.
Otley Courthouse: The Muppets Christmas Carol. Thursday 21st December 2pm. Must be booked. Full details here
Science & Media Museum: The Polar Express 2D has various showings. Tickets must be booked. Full details here.
Fancy a film at home? Check out our blog on the best family festive films for some inspiration!
FREE or Low-Cost One-off Events (click event for more info):
Little Leapers FREE Christmas Activities: FREE fun Christmas activities session, where the kids will experience 3 languages in an exciting way!
Celebrations From Around The World: FREE Family Workshop at Leeds Discovery Centre. Must book. 20th December.
Christmas Crafts: Thwaite Mills Creative Tuesday crafts and make something on Experimental Thursday. 21st December.
Fairy tales & Fantasy Exhibition: Immerse yourself in a Pantomime world of magic and mystery at Abbey House Museum’s latest exhibition! 21st – 31st Dec.
Explore the Outdoors:
We live in such a beautiful area and are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, gardens & nature reserves. All free to enjoy. Have a walk or a bike ride…
Make it more exciting with nature bingo, a scavenger hunt or doing some leaf rubbings – Lots of free ideas available with a quick internet search.
If you visit any of our beautiful parks and playgrounds take a snap and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll post it on the listing for that park so other Mumblers can see what is there before they visit!
Try out one of the below trails and let us know your thoughts! email@example.com
The Chevin Geology Trail, Otley
The Chevin Sculpture Trail, Otley
The Aire Valley Sculpture Trail, Saltaire
Rainy Day Ideas For At Home:
Board Games /Jigsaws – Dig out some board games or jigsaws and enjoy some old-fashioned fun.
DIY Pamper/Spa Day – Foot soak, face masks, nail painting, cucumbers on the eyes, hand massage, what a treat!!
Corn Flour and Water Slime- it’s so easy, just use twice as much cornflour as water and add a bit of food colouring! Hours of fun!
Scrap Booking – With so much going on in and around Wharfedale this Christmas, there will be plenty for your little ones to put in a School Holiday Scrapbook. Keep leaflets/tickets etc for them to stick in, photos, maps & drawings, should keep them busy a while!
Olympics – With sports days done, the Mini Mumblers will be well used to sporting contests, so set up a mini Olympics. Obstacle courses, egg and spoon races, balls in buckets, the list goes on.
Pizza Making – Fun and gets a meal sorted at the same time. Either make your own base or buy ready made/pitta bread for a quick option.
Origami – Lots of patterns/instructions available online for free. Patience required!
Junk Modelling – Empty the recycling box and get creative. Space rockets, robots, wherever your imagination takes you!
Make dough – Use the recipe from The Imagination Tree to make some quick and easy dough.
For even more ideas read our Rainy Day blog
Festive Shows and Pantos:
You can find our pick of the TOP 11 Festive shows and pantos near Wharfedale here.
Have a fantastic festive Christmas!… xxx