Pick up a free trail map and use it to make your way around the town to discover the various snowmen hidden away in shops and people’s gardens. Donations to the Snowman Trail charity, Hang on to a Dream, are welcome.
Santa Floats:There are numerous Santa Floats out on patrol in Wharfedale & Craven. You can find all the details nearer the time on our events calendar here.
Bolton Abbey:The Festive Trail. Large, wooden Christmas trees will be dotted along the path nestled in fairy-tale scenes. Each tree has a fun-filled activity linked to the trail sheet.….Free event but estate admission charges apply. More details here.
Enjoy the FREE* Christmas Nativity at Bolton Abbey on Saturday 7th December 2019. Performances start at 11 am and 2.00 pm *the Estate’s usual admission fee applies
Christmas Tree Festivals: FREE Entry, Charity donations welcome.
Skipton:7th December – 8th December 2019. Otley: 11th December – 14th December 2019.
Charities or communities have been invited to decorate a tree 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.
The Royal Armouries, Leeds:Free entry to the Royal Armouries including the free River taxi outside! They have the Space Heroes action-packed weekend at the Royal Armouries 28th – 29th December: 10 am – 5:00 pm. Full details found here
Lotherton Woodland Walk
Lotherton Hall: For this year’s popular festival, there is more magic, more excitement, and Christmas on a bigger scale. With the new outdoor Ice Rink for 2019, the Elf Village and meet Santa in the North Pole. Enjoy the magical Twelve Days of Christmas walk, discover the fairies’ secret hideaway or head to the house! Take along your Breeze & Leeds cards for a discounted entry! The Christmas Experience, Yorkshires ultimate festive day out returns! 22nd November 2019 – 5th January 2020. You can read our review here.
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. 29th November – 24th December 2019. 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 (additional cost). Thursday – Saturdays 3-8pm. Full details here
Temple Newsam: There is so much to do at Temple Newsam this Christmas. From Christmas crafts to storytelling, music and more! Full details here.
Abbey House Museum: Santa’s Little Helpers 19th – 20th December 2019, Festive fun craft activities for the under 5s. Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers. 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 City Museum:Free drop-in. Jack Frost has been causing chaos around the museum. Follow the trail clues to see where he’s been and stop him from making more mess! 19th – 24th December 2019. Full details here
White Rose Shopping Centre: The Snowman™ & The Snowdog brick trail. 23rd November 2019 – 3rd January (Excludes Christmas Day). Can you find all 16 models hidden around the centre? Don’t forget to check the store windows too! Details here.
Addingham Film Club Family Screening: DUMBO 14th December 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Tickets are the usual £4 per person, bring your own refreshments. Full details here!
Ilkley Cinema:Every Saturday morning at around 10.00 am we have a special Kids Club film which is suitable for our younger audience and accompanying grown-ups alike. All tickets are £6.75. Frozen 2 is the kids club film on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th & Saturday 14th December.
Kirkgate Market Leeds Markets monthly Kidz FREE film club: THE POLAR EXPRESS. Saturday 21st December 2019. Full details here
The Hive CHRISTMAS Family Film: Polar Express. MUST BOOK: 21st December 2019. 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
It wouldn’t be Christmas without watching The Polar Express! Get in your comfiest pyjamas and come and join us to watch. £5 per child which includes a hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa! Full details and how to book here
Fancy enjoying 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):
Free Festive Family Craft Workshop at The Broadway Bradford: Join artist and festival craft extraordinaire, Morwenna Catt, and watch your words take flight as you learn to make your very own bird of peace. These beautiful paper birds can carry special messages, perfect for hanging on the tree, or giving as a gift to someone you love.
This crafty workshop is suitable for any age, with simple colour-in activity for the little ones, and wing-making and message writing for older kids and parents. 7th December 2019. 10 am – 5 pm.
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 email@example.com 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! firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainy Day (or dare I say snow??) 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 & Craven 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.
Jack Frost is a music-filled Christmas show about friendship and the joy of joining in. Holly, a little girl who plays the trumpet, befriends the magical winter sprite, Jack Frost. We follow Holly’s adventure into the ice-covered world of the mischievous yet lonely Jack. When plans for Holly’s school concert go awry, together Holly and Jack will make sure no-one is left outside this Christmas.
Join Jack and Holly alongside the live local band for this joyful, frost filled, festive adventure!
Running time approx. 110minutes inc interval.
Tuesday – Friday 10.30 am Saturday & Sunday 10.30 am & 3 pm