5 of the best – Christmas Activities

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Grab your skates as Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns once again to the York Designer Outlet this Christmas. Home to the north of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, with its giant 30ft Christmas tree as the centre piece for the event. Surrounding the rink is the illuminated forest, log cabins, heated outdoor viewing platform and an Alpine café.

The annual festive event has it all, from vintage and modern fun fair rides to Santa’s grotto, and live weekend entertainment. It the perfect place for discounted Christmas shopping with more than 120 stores inside the outlet, as well as some speciality stalls outside.

In association is York’s only pop-up bar, Thor’s Tipi Bar, a secret bolt-hole in the heart of the cities Christmas festivities. Feast on wholesome winter fodder from the outdoor BBQ, washed down with local ales, lagers and mulled wine. The Wonderland is open now until January 3rd 2016 and its worthwhile booking skate tickets in advance!

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What better way to enter into the Christmas spirit than a trip to Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells at Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre. Hitch a ride aboard a magical sleigh to meet Father Christmas in his esoteric Enchanted Grotto, visit the nativity scene in the cosy stable to meet friendly farm animals, lemurs, meerkats, owls and snakes. Grab a seat for the pantomime-style free-flying Bird Shows each day, and give the elves a helping hand in the Christmas craft workshop, where you can write a letter to Santa.

Enjoy festive food in the Butterfly Café and browse a selection of stocking fillers in the Jungle Gift Shop, there’s daily children’s fancy dress competitions, and for the adults who come to the centre in a Christmas jumper you will be entered in to a prize draw to win a family day ticket in the New Year!

Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells is open weekends in December and every day from the 19th up until Christmas Eve!

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This December get in the mood, for a banquet of food, for the eyes and the ears, there’ll be laughter and tears, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

It’s time to brace yourself for Mike Kenny’s unique adaptation of Hansel and Gretel in the friendly setting of the Yorkshire coast. With a captivating acapella soundtrack by Oli Steadman from the band Stornoway and designs by Lucy Weller, it’s a positive feast of festivities and the happy ending comes just in time for Christmas pudding!

The show will go on between the 10th and the 27th of December with tickets priced between £9-£16 per person, £40 Family tickets or upgrade for £10 to VIP (2 adults 2 children).

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Head to the picturesque mid-Victorian country house, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens this festive period for bundles of Christmassy events happening throughout December.

Join in on the unique Christmas carol performance featuring fine Yorkshire Choirs, and beat the rush to enjoy a leisurely Christmas shopping experience in Brodsworth beautiful grounds, with a variety of crafts and tasteful gifts to treat your loved ones. Father Christmas will be there too enjoying tales of Christmas past, yuletide stories and poems, and for those brave enough, gather in the entrance hall for an evening of restless spirits and malevolent ghouls!

All events take place throughout December but keep an eye on the calendar because it’s bound to be a cracker!

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You don’t need to go to Lapland this year for a true Christmas experience. In the heart of Yorkshire Stockeld Park’s festive season is ‘open for Christmas’ from now until the 4th of January for magic and adventures.

The opportunities are endless, Stockeld boasts a whole range of activities, with a real outdoor ice rink, an Enchanted Forest filled with interactive sculptures and playgrounds, the snowflake maze, Nordic ski trail and of course, Santa will be there in his grotto.

After all the excitement, if you’re short of a Christmas tree, don’t forget to pick up a hand-pruned, home-grown tree on your exit. A memorable day for the whole family, giving you that ‘Christmassy’ feeling.

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