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Christmas at RHS Harlow Carr

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Christmas at The Deep


Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). Tel:  01482 381000.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).


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Ilkley Christmas Teepees

A festive pop-up bar, restaurant and Santa’s Grotto in giant teepees.

Gather your favourite people, dust off your Christmas jumpers and join us for Ilkley Christmas Teepees 2018.

Join us for festive family fun, food, drink and Santa’s grotto right up until 22nd December.

We don’t take booking 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, check in with Father Christmas, 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

Santas Grotto Saturdays & Sundays midday – 5pm Fri 21st midday – 5pm

Located in Ilkley Park off Bridge lane, LS29 9EU

Follow us on Facebook @ilkleychristmasteepees

Tel: 07835893295

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The Princess & the Sprout and Other Festive Tales at Leeds Central Library

Sprouts About at Leeds Central Library this Christmas!

Beauty & the Beast Pantomine

Beauty and The Beast – The Pantomime – 28th Dec to 6th Jan

Dec 28, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019

Guiseley Theatre, The Green, LS20 9BT Guiseley


The Prince is turned into a beast by the evil Drusilla and the only way back is to persuade Belle to fall in love with him before the final petal falls.
Come and watch our Pantomime, suitable for all the family, to find out if good can defeat evil.

7 afternoon and 4 evening performances. Presented by Styletrax Entertainments who brought us the fantastic production of Jack & The Beanstalk last year.
If you saw that you won’t want to miss this one!

Christmas at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Elf School
6th & 13th December 2018. 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.

Magical Christmas
24th, 25th, 30th November, 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th and 15th – 23rd December 2018

(Late nights are available on Friday evenings from 30th November 5.30pm – 7pm)

A magical sleigh ride for just your family to see Santa and his elves in the woodland grotto. Sit by the fire and tell Santa your Christmas wishes. This is a traditional and personal visit with each paying child receiving a gift from Santa.  After visiting Santa you will take a ride back on the sleigh where you will then be able to meet reindeers and see lots more animals in the farm yard

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

Christmas at Bolton Abbey

The Christmas Countdown

1st December 2018 – 7th January 2019
9 am – 4 pm

Stroll through a wintery Strid Wood & spot the wooden Christmas trees along the trail. Each Christmas tree has an oversized advent calendar door waiting to be opened….

See what clues lie behind the 24 doors & solve the festive crossword puzzle. Trail sheets available at the kiosks on arrival.

Free event, state admission applies.

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

Christmas at Eureka!

Seasonal Show – ‘A Place for the Winter’

24th, 25th November, Weekends in December and Daily from 19th -23rd December 2018.
17th & 18th December designated Toddler Days

A 30 min interactive show in the theatre suitable for children 3- 7 years. It’s almost time for the animals to hibernate but Dormouse isn’t too keen. He’s never experienced this time of year before and is just too curious to go to sleep. Hedgehog must help his young friend understand the season and find just the right place to rest, but will he do so before Old Man Winter arrives? (The seasonal show will also be available  from 27th Dec – 6th Jan apart from New Years Day)

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

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

Christmas at Harewood House

Christmas at Leeds City Musuem

22nd December 2018- 6th January 2019 (Museum closed 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec and 1 Jan)

Spend some time hiding out at the museum with cosy colouring activities, and search for animals that hibernate!

Tiny Tigers under 5 crafts run as normal on Fri 21 Dec, 28 Dec & 4 Jan 10am-11.45am.

Rory Saturday Club crafts run as normal on Sat 22 Dec, 29 Dec & 5 Jan 11am-12.15pm

Drop in events. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers. Free events.

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

Christmas at Temple Newsam

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018. 10am-3pm

Visit the Farm and get warm by the fire in the Joiner’s shop and let your Christmas creativity run wild with our Christmas crafts – transform a pinecone into a cute Christmas friend. On the 1, 2, 15, 16 come and make a Christmas table decoration or on the 8, 9, 22, 23 a Christmas wreath using natural materials from the estate.

8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018. 1pm – 4pm

Carry on to the finely decorated House and enjoy the changing programme of live performance of carol singers, musicians and dancers. Check out the festive feasts enjoyed by residents of Temple Newsam’s past, see the gifts, play our games, dress up and join the quest to hunt down presents for Arthur the Elf.

Normal admission charges apply. Drop-in events, no booking required.

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

Christmas Nativity at Bolton Abbey

Saturday 15th December 2018. Performances start at 11 am and 1:30 pm
FREE event – the Estate’s usual admission fee applies

Bring the whole family along to the outdoor promenade nativity play in the ruins of Bolton Priory. Starring farm animals and young members of the community, it promises to be a memorable, festive experience.

Performances will last approximately one hour. The performance will move around the priory ruins. Warm clothing and suitable, sturdy footwear is advisable. There will be opportunities to meet the animals after each show.

Refreshments will be on sale after each performance in the West Tower.

No need to book.

Promenade performance in the Priory Ruins

Cinderella the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

30th November 2018 – 13th January  2019

City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, LS1 6LW Leeds


The timeless rags to riches tale is given a soulful twist!

A fast-paced panto mixing traditional elements of audience participation & corny gags with a panoply of classic chart-topping pop and soul hits played live on stage!

Our Rock’n’Roll Pantos contain loud live music, smoke effects, flashing lights and “a barrage of boulders” plus loud bangs from the “explosive” action on-stage…

Dear Santa at Kings Hall Ilkley

King’s Hall Ilkley
09 – 10 December 2018
Running Time: hrs 55 mins

Rod Campbell’s classic children’s book Dear Santa is magically brought to life.

Sun 09 Dec 2018
1:30 pm
£ 14.00*
SOLD OUT – Call to join waiting list

4:00 pm
£ 14.00*
SOLD OUT – Call to join waiting list

Mon 10 Dec 2018
10:30 am
£ 14.00*

1:30 pm
£ 14.00*

4:00 pm
£ 14.00*

Box Office: 01274 432000

*Prices inclusive of booking fees: Phone/Counter – £1 per ticket plus postage charge where applicable. Online – £1.50 per ticket plus £1 per transaction for postage. Please note, concessions may not be available on every performance.

Festive Film Screenings at Leeds Industrial Museum

4th – 23rd December 2018, 2pm-3.30pm

Head to the Palace Picture House throughout December for a different family Christmas movie matinee. For £9 a family of five can go to the cinema and get the chance to look around the rest of the museum as well!

Closed Monday.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Canal Road, LS12 2Q. Tel: 0113 378 3173

Indoor Make & Play at Thwaite Mills

Dec 27, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019 10 am – 5pm. Not New Years Day

Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, LS10 1RP Leeds

Beat the post-Christmas blues at Thwaite Mills, we will have indoor toys and games, plus a picnic area and craft activities to keep all the family entertained whatever the weather.

Leeds Christkindelmarkt (German Christmas Market)

20th November – 22nd December 2018 

Millennium SquareCalverley St, LS1 1UR Leeds

Christkindelmarkt is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

The German Market will be open daily from 10.30am to 9.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 7.30pm on Sundays (6pm on Sun 22 Dec) from Friday 9 November. In respect of Remembrance Day commemorations, the market will not open until 12pm on Sunday 11th November.

Telephone: 0113 378 6988

Leeds Hidden Christmas Festival With Sneaky Experience

14th-16th December 2018, 10am-11pm

Leeds Industrial Museum Christmas

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December 2018, 10 am – 5 pm and 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd December, 1 – 5 pm

In the run-up to Christmas you’ll have the chance to make your own reindeer feedbag. The perfect thing to help tired reindeers on their busiest night of the year.

Happy Hogmanay
27th, 28th, 29th December 2018, 10 am – 5 pm and 30th December 2018, 1-5 pm

In the lead up to New Year you’ll be able to make your own Hogmanay gift bag and will learn all about the traditions behind this festival.

Drop-in events, no booking required. Suitable for toddlers. Normal admission applies

Armley Mills, Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Legends: King Arthur at The Royal Armouries

29th – 31st December 2018, 10am-5pm

An action-packed themed weekend featuring the legendary leader of medieval myths and romances.

Inspired by our global collection, the Legends event season explores mighty and mysterious warrior legends from cultures around the world through storytelling, performances, combat demonstrations, music, film and activities for all ages.

FREE event. No booking required.

Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999

Lotherton’s Christmas Experience

23 November – 23 December 2018

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 for a taste of Edwardian Christmas complete with Edwardian selfie studio.

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

Modelmania at Bradford Industrial Museum

SAT 15 DEC 2018 – SUN 10 NOV 2019

A family-friendly exhibition exploring modelling and why models are created. The exhibition will look at a variety of models such as engineering models, apprentice models, children’s educational and instructional toys, salesmen’s models, planes, trains and automobiles.

Models are made and used for many reasons; for work and as a hobby or for social development.  A model is a representation of an idea or an object. Building models helps people understand how things work; they can be used to educate, to develop skills or to show how skilled you are.

Entry to the museum is free. Donation boxes can be found around the site and donations are always very gratefully received.

Otley Snowman Trail

Saturday 1st December – Saturday 22nd December 2018

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

18th – 21st December 2018, 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm

Festive fun craft activities for the under 5s.

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

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

Skate with Olaf this Christmas at Bradford Ice Arena

Christmas Event, from 1 Dec 2018

Sat 8 – Sun 9 Dec
Sat 15 – Sun 16 Dec

Saturday (10am – 12.30pm) Sunday morning (11am-1.30pm)

Skate with your favourite snowman, join Olaf from Disney’s Frozen on ice.

You can take a spin with Olaf during the family sessions at Bradford Ice Arena

Family sessions are reserved for beginner skaters and families so that only supervised youngsters are on the ice.

Children Under 5* FREE
Peak Admission £6.50
Peak Family Admission** £5.30
Adult Spectator £2.00
Skate Hire £2.50

Bradford Ice Arena 01274 733535

19 Little Horton Lane,
West Yorkshire,

Sleepy Santa Trail at Kirkstall Abbey

27th -30th December 2018, 10am -3pm

Santa, his elves and his reindeer are all exhausted after their hard work over Christmas, can you find them napping around the abbey in our trail?

Drop-in event, no booking required.

Free entry.

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

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

1st November 2018 – 7th January 2019, 10.30am – 8.30pm

Enjoy the exciting Adventure Zones, including Real Ice Rink (*new covered for 2018), Nordic Ski Trail, fun-filled Maze and Illuminated Enchanted Forest with four different Adventure Playgrounds.

17th & 18th November: Santa’s Arrival and Sleigh Parade

24th & 25th November: Giant Snow Globe

Entry to the Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during the winter.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

The Polar Express Screening

Hosted by Picturehouse at Science and Media Museum and National Science and Media Museum

A firm family favourite, The Polar Express returns to the National Science and Media Museum for its annual Christmas screenings!

Late on Christmas Eve, a boy sits in bed doubting the existence of Santa Claus and waiting to hear the sound of sleigh bells. Instead, a magical steam engine roars outside his window and he begins an extraordinary journey towards the North Pole and beyond his imagination.

Sat 12:50 PM – 2:50 PM

Sun 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Mon 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Picturehouse at Science and Media MuseumNational Media Museum, Little Horton Lane, BD1 1NQ City of Bradford


The Wizard of Oz: Children’s Performance at Bradford Playhouse

Friday, 21 December 2018 to Sunday, 30 December 2018

We’re off to see…a wizardly wonderful Musical Pantomime adventure, The Wizard of Oz! Join Dorothy Gale as she befriends a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West. With a little help from Glinda the Good Fairy and the almighty and powerful Wizard of Oz, good is sure to conquer evil. Featuring an all-star cast to be announced over the coming months. This Christmas treat is fun for all the family from ages 2 to 102! Packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and plenty of laughter, it’s going to be the best value family-friendly pantomime in town! Book now and join us on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz!

Check the website for timings

Price notes:

Adult Ticket £15.95 Concession Ticket £13.75 Family Ticket (Admits 4) £54 (Including Booking Fees)

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Thornton Hall Country Park Christmas Adventure

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2018

Be amazed on a magical journey (last 2 hours) as you join your very own Elf on a unique Adventure!

Includes luxury welcome drinks, Mrs. Christmas’ festive kitchen, Elf workshop (includes NEW Build a Bear!), NEW live, interactive choreographed show, a ride on the Santa Express to the deer park, magical Grotto experience, plus all the fun of the farm.

Pre-booking required.

Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS. Tel: 01282 841148