Christmas Holidays Wharfedale & Craven

Christmas Specials

1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th & 12th & 22nd December 2019,

Saturday Sessions: 2pm4pm, Sunday’s and from 19th -22nd December Sessions: 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm.

A Christmas treat for all the family. Wander through the decorated Victorian Streets, listen to the carols, get creative with your Christmas list and visit Father Christmas in his winter wonderland grotto. Dress up, decorate a Christmas ornament and have a go at the Christmas trail.

On 7 December from 9.30-11.30am there’s relaxed Santa visits for those who might find a trip to the museum a little daunting.

Grotto visits are priced at £4.50 + general admission.

Normal admission applies.

Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

*Closed Mondays, open Bank Holiday Monday*

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

0113 378 4079

At Home with Father & Mrs Christmas at Harewood House

Weekends from 30th November – 15th December 2019

Join us for a festive family experience in the home of Father & Mrs Christmas, and be warmed by all its sweet magic, making the merriest of memories to treasure.

This is a magical family encounter with Father Christmas, accompanied this year by Mrs Christmas and Candy the elf, to add extra seasonal sparkle. Your journey begins with a cheery visit to Father Christmas’ cottage, where you’ll be met with a very warm welcome from Mrs Christmas, followed by an encounter filled with interactive stories and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child.

Your Christmas experience doesn’t stop there – there’s lots more fun to be had! Explore the magical, mischievous installations in the main House, both on the State Floor and Below Stairs, and discover how the House and its contents come alive after dark. If you have booked an experience for after 4pm, make sure you allow time to visit the House and Grounds before you visit Father Christmas.

There’s also a special treasure hunt around the House and a programme of festive family activity throughout the whole of Harewood.  Find more details here. 

End your visit toasting marshmallows in the Courtyard, enjoy a tasty hot chocolate, or taking in the enchanting Christmas lights on the Grand Terrace.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.

 0113 218 1010

1st to 24th December 2019

Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical memory-making Christmas experience.

The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine whilst the children are busy writing a letter to Santa and a wish to hang on the Christmas tree. Don’t forget to visit Mother Shipton’s Post Office to stamp and send off your letter to Santa!

If you are feeling creative, you can decorate a gingerbread man for an additional cost. Hot drinks and mince pies are also available. To fuel Santa’s reindeer as they fly all over the world, they will need some food. Fill a bag with magical food to take home and scatter.

Acorn the Toy Maker will be working hard to make lots of toys for children this Christmas. Help Acorn to make some traditional wooden toys to fill up Santa’s sleigh before his Christmas Eve journey. As you venture through breathtaking surroundings, immerse yourself in Christmas wonder with Holly Berry the Storyteller who will read you an enchanting tale.

And then to the main event: Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. Receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop alongside an array of wonderful gifts and decorations.

Tickets to see Santa can be purchased ONLINE ONLY, selected dates from 1st to 24th December. Mother Shipton’s will also be hosting a Champion Day on 30th November for children and adults who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed visit to Santa with no bright lights or loud noises. For more information visit Places are limited, don’t miss out! Book now at

01423 864600

Glow 2019 – 21 November – 28 December 2019

See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter! Follow an unilluminated trail around the Garden’s key highlights including the Winter Walk, Queen Mother’s Lake, Streamside, Kitchen Garden and Alpine Glass House.

Watch out for some usual garden features along the way!

Warm-up with a treat from Bettys Café Tea Rooms (full café menu until 6.30 pm) or Bettys Café takeaway (hot drinks and light refreshments until 7 pm) and pop in to the RHS Shop & Plant Centre for beautiful festive gifts (open until 8 pm).

Bring a torch and wrap up warm!

Admissions details:

Thursdays – Saturdays (except for Boxing Day)

4.30pm – 8pm (last entry 7pm)

Free parking available at the Garden


Non-RHS Members:

Adults £10, children £5 (under 5’s free), family £27 (2 adults plus

2 children)

RHS Members:

Adults £5, children £2.50 (under 5’s free)

Tickets are available online or at the Garden entrance

Every visit supports the charitable work of the RHS.

For more details of all Christmas events at Harlow Carr Visit the website.

Magic Of Christmas 29th November – 24th December 2019

RHS Garden Harlow Carr are once again running their “The Magic of Christmas” from 29th November – 24th December, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. Put on your best Christmas jumper and get in the festive spirit on a Christmas trail at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Enjoy a range of Christmas crafts and don’t forget to enter the design a Christmas jumper competition.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

01423 565418
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Christmas at The Deep


9th – 31st December 2019, 10am-4pm

Bringing Christmas to the tropics is a tough job, so Santa has sent Mango the meerkat on a special mission to help spread the magic of Christmas at Tropical World.

This December, bring your little helpers to join Mango and enjoy lots of festive fun for all the family, including:

·         Christmas elf on a shelf

·         A selection of festive treats from the café

·         A selection of Christmas gifts available to buy in the shop

·         Christmas jumpers or festive attire encouraged

On top of all this, families can still enjoy Tropical World’s unforgettable adventure through rainforests, deserts and mangroves whilst discovering our amazing animals along the way including crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, meerkats and much more.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, make sure you pop into our café which overlooks the canal gardens and offers a great selection of food and refreshments, including a children’s menu.

All our activities are indoors so we’re the perfect day out during the colder months. But, if you do fancy some fresh air, Tropical World is located in the stunning surroundings of Roundhay Park where you’ll find 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes and woodland to enjoy, as well as two children’s play areas.

Discover more and book online at

Normal admission applies, under 5’s are free.

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER.


There’s plenty of festive goings-on at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal for all the family to enjoy!

Weekends 7,8 & 14, 15 Dec 11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Trot along to St Mary’s Church to see the deer being feed.

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow…

Music and Lights, weekends 23 Nov – 29 Dec. 2-4 pm

Lights only 23 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 30 Dec – 5 Jan.  2 – 4 pm

The abbey is lit up throughout December. Walk beneath the cellarium’s vaulted ceilings and listen to the choir or band as they fill the ruins with festive music.

Fill the cellarium with song

8th and 15th of December.  3-3.45 pm

Take part in Carols by Candlelight, a service that has now become truly part of the Fountains Abbey Christmas experience. There’s mulled wine and mince pies to tuck into, too.

Christmas lunches

10-12th December, 16-19th December.

Bring everyone together with a Christmas lunch and tuck into delicious festive fare.  You can choose from two or three courses.

A festive tale with Father Christmas

Various dates

Father Christmas is here to read you a festive story. Due to the size of the Grotto, please only bring two adults per family group.  Tickets are £10 (normal admission prices apply), booking essential.

For more information click here

01765 608888

Gift cards for Christmas presents starting from £10 – £50 will be available throughout December

01274 307130


6th – 22nd December 2019

A festive pop-up bar and restaurant in giant teepees.

Gather your favourite people, dust off your Christmas jumpers and join us for Ilkley Christmas Teepees 2019.

Join us for festive family fun, food, drink right up until 22nd December 2019.

We don’t take bookings, we do have plenty of tables available on a first-come, first-served basis so pop down with your friends and family, toast some marshmallows on the fire pit, slurp some mulled wine and grab some festive grub!


Opening times:

Mon & Tues: Closed Weds & Thurs: 4pm – 10:30pm Fri: 4pm – 11pm Sat: 12pm – 11pm Sun: 12pm – 10:30pm

Food served until 9pm

Fri 21st midday – 11pm

Located in Ilkley Park off Bridge lane, LS29 9EU




Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

14th November 2019 – 6th January 2020. 10am – 8.30pm (excluding 25th & 26th December) 

If you’re wanting to find some festive fun for all the family, celebrate at the true home of Christmas, Stockeld Park!

The magical Winter Illuminations will be lighting up the Enchanted Forest and the Snowflake Maze will be open for you to explore! Fancy more of a challenge? Try the Nordic Skiing! Enjoy the Winter Illuminations from a different view by taking to 1.2km Nordic Ski route! The ice-skating rink will also be open over Christmas and our rink is covered, meaning you can whizz around the rink in any weather!

Special events include:

  • Santa’s Arrival Parade: 16th & 17th November
  • Santa’s Grotto: 16th November – 24th December
  • Monopoly Weekend : 23rd & 24th November
  • Elf Workshops: 23rd & 24th November
  • Santa’s Breakfast Panto: 30th November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
  • Tewit Silver Band: 16th & 17th November + weekends in December
  • Christmas Trees & Delivery – New this year is our Christmas Tree delivery service!  The Christmas Tree shop is free to visit! Open from 28th November – 23rd December

Pre-book online HERE and quote: MUMWHARFEDALE for an extra 10% discount! (Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.

01937 586333

A Brand New Christmas Adventure for 2019!
Saturday 30th November – Tuesday 24th December 2019

Take a sleigh ride to Thornton Hall Country Park for a unique Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure!

Crammed full of non-stop festive fun, this year’s event promises to be better than ever. With exciting, new themed areas and brand new festive characters to visit as part of your journey. 2-hours of first-class entertainment from start to finish!

What’s included:

  • Luxury welcome drinks with a special host!
  • Visit to the Thornton Hall Fairy!
  • Elf workshop including Build-A-Teddy!
  • Live, choreographed shows with enchanting characters!
  • A thrilling ride on the Santa Express to the Deer Park!
  • Magical Grotto experience with … SANTA!
  • All-day Farm access from 10 am.

Options are also available for Special Needs (Just-Be-You), School Groups and Toddlers to have Breakfast/Lunch with Santa!


£0-£21.95 per person



100% 5* feedback on Trip Advisor and Facebook in 2017 and 2018!

“The best Father Christmas experience around.”

“So fantastic to have something so magical on our doorstep.”


So wrap up warm and prepare to be amazed as you join your very own Elf Guide on 2019’s Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure!


01282 841148


Christmas at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Elf School
5th & 12th December 2019. 4.30-6pm

Children will be involved with helping the elves prepare for Christmas and see if they have what it takes to become a real elf! There will be presents to be wrapped, sleighs to be stacked and more fun and games with the elves, help feed the real reindeer and finishing with a Christmas song a long.

Elf school is suitable for 4 years and upwards.

Booking required.


Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate , HG3 4JS. Tel: 01423 781792

Christmas at Bolton Abbey

The Festive Trail

30 November 2019 to 5 January 2020

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.

Collect your trail sheet at Riverside kiosk on arrival. Drop completed trail sheets into the Cavendish Shop to win a Bolton Abbey season ticket in our free prize draw.

Free event, state admission applies.

Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Christmas at Eureka!

Seasonal Show – ‘Snow Day’
Weekends from 23 Nov and every day from 20 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

3-7 years Snow Day is a snuggly, interactive festive show featuring Billy – a child who’s not the biggest fan of the chilly stuff. With the help of a new friend by the name of Jack Frost, Billy discovers just how magical winter can be!
A 30-minute interactive show in our theatre

Normal admission applies. Drop-in event, no booking required.

Eureka, 2 Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. Tel:  01422 330069

Christmas at Leeds City Musuem

19th – 24th December 2019

Christmas holidays – A Winter’s Trail

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!

Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH

Christmas at Temple Newsam

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd December 2019

Delight in the splendour of the festive preparations and see how the Tudors, Georgians and Victorians celebrated Christmas. Take part in Christmas crafts including wreath making in the Joiners Shop and pay a visit to Santa in his workshop to receive a free gift!

Santa visits are priced at £5 plus normal admission (under 1s are free). Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

Christmas Baking Workshops at Bramble Bakehouse

Its time to get festive with some Baking Fun at Bramble Bakehouse.

Saturday 28th December, 10.30 am – Melting Snowman Biscuits
Saturday 28th December, 1.30 pm – Rudolph Gingerbread
Friday 3rd January, 10.30 am – Christmas tree biscuit towers

Bakers will make all the sweet treats from the raw ingredients. They will then be baked & decorated ready to take home. Bakers will also get to decorate their cake box to transport their goodies safely away.

£10 per baker- Booking is essential:, via facebook, or pop in to see us. We do require pre-payment for these sessions.

Bramble Bakehouse, 6 Springfield Rd, LS20 8AL Guiseley

KWVR Mince Pie Specials

From Boxing Day 2019 to New Year’s Day 2020,

Travel in our toasty, Yuletide carriages as our festive journey continues into the New Year. See our stunning stations transformed with an amazing Christmas display, real coal fires and gas lights, creating a magical glow as your train rolls in. Relax on one of our Mince Pie Specials with free mince pies and an on-train real ale bar serving, not just real ale, but wines, spirits and hot cups of tea and coffee.

Mince Pie Specials operate daily from BOXING DAY until Monday 1st January 2020 – the only train service in West Yorkshire on Boxing Day.


You can purchase your Day Rover Tickets for travel on one of the Mince Pie Specials prior to your visit, and if you purchase your ticket 7 days or more in advance you receive 10% off your booking! All you have to do is choose the date of your visit, select the number of tickets you require, pay and your confirmation will be emailed to you.

This ticket offers unlimited travel for a whole day – allowing you to break your journey and travel about as you please. It includes free entry to RAIL STORY where the award-winning Museum Of Rail Travel and the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s ‘Ingrow Loco’ exhibition are located – at Ingrow West Station.

Adults: £18
Concessions: £15
Children 5 to 15 inclusive: £9

Save 10% when you book 7 days or more in advance! BOOK HERE

Leeds Wheel Of Light

Friday 15th November 2019 – Wednesday 1st January 2020

The 110-foot Leeds Wheel of Light returns to Victoria Gardens! Affording views across the city centre & boasting over 25,000 LED lights! Back for its fourth year.

Open daily from 11 am – 10 pm Monday to Saturday and 11 am – 8 pm on Sundays (weather permitting).

Opening times over the Christmas Holidays

24th Christmas Eve 11 am-5 pm

25th Christmas Day closed

26th Boxing Day 12 pm-6 pm

27th – 31st 11 am-10 pm

New Year’s Day 11 am-6 pm

£5 per person

Children 1m or under are free when accompanied by a paying adult


Lotherton’s Christmas Experience

22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

NEW for 2019: Outdoor Ice Rink!

For this year’s popular festival, we present more magic, more excitement, and Christmas on a bigger scale. Visit our Elf Village, meet Santa in the North Pole. Enjoy our magical Twelve Days of Christmas walk, discover the fairies’ secret hideaway or head to the house!


BreezeCard holders regardless of age can skate for £5 on weekday skate sessions (Mon-Fri) until Friday 3rd Jan 2020. (*General admission ticket needs to be purchased to skate, Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day &New Year’s Day)

Quote SKATE5 for online booking and you also need to show your Breeze card at the ice rink. If there is availability you can skate without pre-booking and redeem the offer by quoting SKATE5 and showing your Breeze card.  BOOK HERE

 Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
0113 378 2959

Otley Snowman Trail

1st – 22nd December 2019

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. Decide which are your favourites and vote for them to win one of the coveted category prizes.

Various locations around town, free entry, donations to the Snowman Trail charity, Hang on to a Dream, are welcome.

Santa’s Little Helpers at Abbey House Museum

19th & 20th December 2019, 10am -4pm

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Santa’s Post Box: Codswallop CIC

Can you tell we’re getting excited for Christmas???!!! because we are!!

We’re super excited to be bringing back our Christmas Post box to enable people to send their very important letters to the big man himself! take a look below to find out collection times, and if you fancy joining the North Pole Postal Service team, join this group here!!

Sleepy Santa Trail at Kirkstall Abbey

27 December 2019 – 03 January 2020

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Santa, his elves and his reindeer are all exhausted after their hard work over Christmas. Can you find them napping around Kirkstall Abbey in our trail?

Our Sleepy Santa Trail is free, and there is no need to book.

Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour 2019

The 2019 tour will kick off in Britain on the 15th November and visit 19 locations nationwide before finishing at the O2 Arena in London on 15th December.

The Royal Armouries: Space Heroes

28th December – 10:00 am – 29th December – 5:00 pm

It may be tough hearing things in space, but at a museum not so very far away you can hear, see and try your hand at the movie magic that makes swords out of light, heroes out of convicts, and xenomorphs out of anything those pesky face-huggers can wrap their slimy legs around.

It’s time to strike back!
Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999

The Snowman™ & The Snowdog brick trail at White Rose Shopping Centre

23rd November 2019 – 3rd January (Excludes Christmas Day)
Experience the magic of The Snowman™ & The Snowdog with the brand-new brick trail from BRICKLIVE.

Can you find all 16 models hidden around the centre? Don’t forget to check the store windows too!

The Snowman™ & The Snowdog brick trail is inspired by the much-loved animated film The Snowman and The Snowdog, the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic picture book The Snowman, which was first published in 1978.


White Rose Shopping CentreDewsbury Rd, LS11 8LU Leeds