School Holidays Harrogate

Christmas Events

The Christmas Trail will go live on Monday 7th December 2020 and will run throughout the school Christmas holidays until Sunday 3rd January 2021 

Participants can download answer sheets, map and cluesAlternatively, if you spot a Christmas trail poster in a shop window, pop in and ask for an answer sheet.  

The Harrogate Christmas trail has different challenges for families to enjoy. For younger children, there are 2 Christmas trail routes – the Red Trail and the Green Trail.  Each route consists of 10 images, which are displayed in 20 participating shop windows in the town centre.   


Once you have found 10 images, you can exchange your answer sheet for a small prize at all participating retailers.  Families have the option to do either the Green or the Red Christmas trail, or both (if little legs can manage it!)  

For older Children there is a “Festive Phrase Unscramble” with a chance to win our amazing prize hamper. There is 1 letter to be found on each of the 20 image posters. Collect all 20 letters and unscramble them to work out our Festive Phrase.  Submit your answer to Harrogate Mumbler online here to be included in our prize draw to win a bumper Christmas Hamper worth over £400.  

Hamper prizes include £50 worth of clothing from Milk & Honey and a beautiful jewellery set worth £177 from Infinity & Co. Entries must be received by midnight on Tuesday 22nd December 2020. Full T & C’s are on the Harrogate Mumbler website.  


The Christmas Trail is COVID Secure: 

  • We would ask people to only do the trail in groups of 6, or within your household or support bubble.
  • The trail can be done with no close contact – you do not have to enter any premises to participate.
  • You can download and print the answer sheets at home, bring your own pen or pencil.
  • All window displays will be visible from the street.
  • You do not have to collect the prize at the end.  You can still enter our Festive Phrase prize draw online.

Please tag Harrogate BID and Harrogate Mumbler in any social media posts and use the hashtag

Your adventure begins at the top of the shambles in Kings square, here you will be greeted by your magical wizard guide. Onward over the cobbled alleyways and winding streets to discover tales of historical York. Don’t fall too far behind as Spell casting needs your full attention, along the way seek out clues for the taverns location. Bring along a implement of magical spell casting, be it a wand or a spoon. Dressing up is encouraged however we will be braving the elements so dress according to the weather and bring umbrellas if required as we will be on foot for 30 to 40 minutes before we reach the school of magic.

Indulge yourself in our theatrically themed school cafe, marvel at our fabulous cast and relish an amazing afternoon tea.

“I have to say the afternoon tea (and particularly the cakes and sweet treats) were SOOO good and very generous portions – we were able to take some back with us as we couldn’t finish it all too!”

Each experience will be tailored to suit the season you choose to visit.

( Tour ,school and afternoon tea included in price )

Tickets from £15.95 Suitable from 5+ during daytime

Visit the Website to find out more HERE

Book your tickets HERE

Follow A Very Magical Adventure on Instagram HERE

Christmas 2020

Winter opening times: 10am – 3.30pm Saturday and Sunday plus Monday 28 December and Friday 1 January 2021.


Check WEBSITE for details and to book

The booking system closes around 3pm the day before. Our numbers are limited to ensure visitors can socially distance when they’re here.  On quieter days visitors may get in without pre-booking but this can’t be guaranteed until the day, we expect to be busy over the festive period so pre-booking is our message, it’s worth noting the booking system closes around 3pm the day before. Our numbers are limited compared to none covid times; this ensures visitors can socially distance when they’re here.

A Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail

Grab your goody bag (£2 per child – card payments only) whilst stocks last* complete with activity sheet, pencil, certificate, badge and play pack. Expect to find your favourites like Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail and at the end of the trail take your photograph alongside the large Peter Rabbit board.

* When they’re gone they’re gone. Check for sold out updates here and on social media before you visit, we’d hate to disappoint. Similarly if we’ve lots of goody bags left, we’ll extend the dates.

Opening information: The Saloon Galleries with the Arts Council Collection exhibition In the moment: the art of wellbeing will re-open. There is a one way floor system, this occupies the first floor of the hall – the rest of the hall remains closed. The shop will also re-open and the restaurant can now return tables to the indoor and outdoor area, along with their takeaway option. The gardens, parkland, play area, toilets and car park remain open as per lockdown. The first open day for this will be Saturday 5 December.

Beningbrough, Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD


 01904 472014


You may not be able to get to a Christmas Grotto this year, or to a Christmas Panto Show, but don’t worry, Enchantica’s are bringing Father Christmas and his Grotto sing along show to you instead!

The show starts with a personalised greeting from Tinsel for your child or up to 4 children. The adventure takes you to visit Father Christmas at the North Pole and you will all enjoy helping him get ready for Christmas… especially as there’s a very important job to do this year to make sure all presents can be delivered safely under the new “restrictions” of 2020!. The 20 minute sing along adventure show also allows your child(ren) to tell Father Christmas what they would like for Christmas and includes a magical photo opportunity too! Father Christmas speaks to every child using their name and with the DELUXE option he also reads out their letters!

When you book the DELUXE LETTER READING personalised video you will be sent a letter template and instructions of how to get your letters to the Elves at Enchantica’s and they will magic up the rest.

Its just £14.99 for the PERSONALISED VIDEO allowing up to 4 children per video and £39.99 for the DELUXE PERSONALISED VIDEO for up to 4 children per video.

And as an extra treat, and a big thank you from Enchantica’s for all the families who book this year … for every video purchased will receive a FREE Christmas Day sing along adventure show in your inbox on Christmas Day itself so you can sit down and enjoy it with your family. Of course, you won’t be sitting down for long – you’ll be jumping up to dance and sing along to their fantastic original action songs!

With the countdown to Christmas now upon us there will be a cut off for orders so we advise you book your personalised video adventures early to avoid disappointment.

For two days only, you can book a magical Christmas experience at Harrogate’s only immersive Fairytale venue; Beyond Imagination Emporium!!
Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd December you can come and meet the Snow Sisters and enjoy singing along to your favourite Princess songs and Christmas Carols! Tell them all about your Santa list; are you hoping for a few surprises? They would love to hear all about it in the magical Enchanted Storybook Land!
And, as an extra special Merry Christmas blessing from us here in the Emporium, when you book this festive character visit you will also receive 10% off in store on any purchase you make!!
So don’t delay, simply click the link below for this enchanting Christmassy Fairytale Experience like no other, and book your little ones in now to avoid disappointment, as time slots are very limited and all appointments must be pre-booked for track and trace.
Beyond Imagination Emporium
55 Tower Street
You can book your place here
**Friendly reminder to put your mind at ease; we have been assessed as a Covid Secure venue with social distancing measures in place (full details included in our online booking system) so please respect these rules when you visit the Emporium 🙂

Are you planning a very Yorkshire Christmas for 2020?

Come to Fountains Abbey for a full festive day out with your family. Have a winter adventure through colourful abbey ruins and discover the water garden. Read on to find out everything you can do.

Music & Lights at Fountains Abbey

Each weekend in December and every day from Boxing Day to 1 Jan*. Come together this Christmas for a full festive day out each weekend in December and every day in Christmas week. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights.

* Please note that we’re closed on Fridays throughout November, December and January with the exception of Friday 1 January. We are also closed on 24 and 25 December but open on Boxing Day.

Follow the fairy lights down to the abbey, aglow with light, then sing-a-long to your favourite Christmas carols in the cellarium and enjoy a mulled wine as you stroll through the grounds this Christmas.

Listen out and you might catch a carol or two in the cellarium where traditional music will fill the air. Sadly we won’t have our usual live choirs and bands this year. Music will still be played while you explore the glowing lights in the abbey. Feel free to still have a sing-a-long!

You can experience Christmas here all day but the lights will start to show as it gets darker in the afternoon. Last entry to the estate is at 4pm.

Normal admission charges apply. You will have to pre-book a ticket to visit.

Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing and your torch (it’s dark by 4pm).

The event is within normal admission times so you’re able to park at any of the carparks: the visitor centre or Studley Royal. West Gate car park is reserved for those who need flat access to the grounds.

01765 643160


And whilst Covid forced the cancellation of an official switching on-ceremony, this year’s display – which includes streets which have not been featured before – will the give the town centre a much-needed end of year boost.

Over the last few weeks, the BID’s partners in this project, Gala Lights, have been busy adorning buildings, lampposts and trees with an array of illuminations, including a host of animated effects.

In addition to a giant illuminated Christmas present near Betty’s, and a programmable and multi-coloured tunnel on the piazza in front of Victoria Shopping Centre, the tower of St Peter’s Church will also be lit.

Further information about Harrogate BID is available from its website

Here at Humble Bee Farm we would love to welcome you for a festive getaway; we will ensure your stay with us this December will be a memorable, special and safe experience. Humble Bee Farm is located near Scarborough in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, in Tier 2. We have a range of glamping accommodation on our working farm, choose from our cosy, heated Big Chief cabins, Running Water Deluxe cabins (with wood-fired hot tub), our Premium Wigwam Lodges (with electric hot tub) and our luxury holiday cottages just waiting for you this winter. We are welcoming all guests also living in Tier 1 & 2.

From 2nd December to 5th January your accommodation can be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, by adding on our Christmas Wonderland Package, including keepsakes, festive decor and sweet treats. Every Saturday up to Christmas, you can also visit our festive yurt where you can write a letter to Santa and get a photo with his sleigh.

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, North Yorkshire, YO11 3UJ. 

01723 890437

Due to popular demand we WILL be running our “Baby’s First Christmas” event this year! With a difference…

We will offer three timeslots with no more than 12 parents in each session. Each slot will have a 15 minute gap in between, during which time the gym is cleaned fully.

1.00 – 1.45pm
2.00 – 2.45pm
3.00 – 3.45pm

So why not join us for a fun, Christmas Celebration with your little one – for any baby celebrating their first Christmas.

Expect movement, music, sensory play and get a taste for our popular Bugs / Birds classes! We actively encourage dressing up and will even have a little gift for your babies.

A great time to meet other parents and have fun with your little ones. With numbers strictly limited there will be plenty of space to maintain social distancing and as always, our Covid procedures will be followed at all times.

Booking essential – £10 per ticket.

Call us to book your space 01423 701560

If this will be your first visit to The Little Gym, please fill out the form below so that we can register your details!

27th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 (Tickets go on sale 9th September 2020)

TIER 3 UPDATE: The house will remain closed. Wildlife World & the Shop will be open but indoor enclosures will be closed. The cafe will remin open as takeaway only. The Christmas Stalls will remain open outside the front of the house on weekends only. 

There are changes to under the Wishing Tree- please check your emails for updates. Please note that due to social distancing photos next to Santa will not be permitted. We promise to make Lotherton Christmas Experience magical as possible for everyone visiting. The changes we have made to keep within Government guidelines are to ensure we keep everyone is as safe as possible while visiting us.

Steeped in traditional Christmas magic and excitement, Lotherton is pleased to host The Christmas Experience once again for families to enjoy a festive trip out.

Enjoy the interactive 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk through the Captains Wood. Sing along and count the dancing ladies, calling birds and drummers drumming as you wander through.

Discover the fairies in their secret hideaway Fairy Dell, listen to the giggles and whispers as you tip-toe through. Marvel in the splendour of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery.

Visit Santa ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ in the Elf Village to interact with the elves and meet Santa in person (40 minutes).

Pre-school children can enjoy a shorter Santa visit in his cabin on weekday lunch times. Both experiences include a gift and tickets include entry to the wider estate.

The safety of our visitors and colleagues is our number one priority. To help keep everyone safe, we’ve implemented a number of measures and changes to The Christmas Experience.

We are operating to strict capacity therefore booking is essential for all visitors. We have limited capacity in the house and Santa has moved into the Elf Village which means this area will only be accessed for those with a Santa ticket.  For more details on Covid secure measures in place click HERE.

There’s also relaxed visits to Santa, for young people with additional needs, on Tuesday 8th December. The whole event will be safe and socially distanced, with staff wearing face coverings and hand sanitiser available.

For more details have a read of our review from 2019 HERE

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

To book visit

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB.


 0113 378 2959


Covid-Safe measures

A gorgeous Winter Woodland Walk with lots of festive delights and twinkling lights to see along the way! The magic of Christmas is here; Santa will be visiting and giving children a special wave from his safe and cozy grotto, and his festive friends are taking up residence in our very own Christmas Village.
Visitors cannot go inside Santa’s grotto but they can take a photo inside Santa’s sleigh and sit upon the Christmas throne. Don’t forget to bring your letters for Santa to post in our Post Box!

Stop by the incredible Petrifying Well and see the Cave where the famous prophetess Mother Shipton was born. Make a Christmas wish in the Wishing Well and explore the historic outdoor attraction.

Warm up with refreshments and drinks from our coffee kiosk. Our toilets are open and we have picnic benches throughout the attraction. Access to the adventure playground is subject to weather conditions. Our museum and gift shop is currently closed.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground and must be kept on a lead.

Running on  5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th  Dec 2020

Booking is essential


Looking for ways to keep Christmas magical this year? Get your little ones excited for the big day with a personalised Letter from Santa.
A suggested donation of £5 will help us be here for children this Christmas. Order your letter by 14 December.

Have a Magical Christmas at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this winter.

*Update Nov 2020 The Glow Evening are now sold out*

The Glow evenings will allow people to visit the garden safely after work and school and enjoy spending time in nature to benefit their physical and mental well-being.

Tickets for Glow must be booked online in advance. For further information, visit

We know that many families will be disappointed to not have the chance to see Santa and Tinsel this year, but we’re delighted to announce that they have been working their Christmas magic with the team at Enchantica’s to create personalised sing along Christmas Adventure videos for families to purchase this Christmas. To find out more and book your video visit

Harlow Carr will be open all through the Festive season, apart from Christmas Day.

Enjoy the glorious winter walks and exploring our new sculpture trail. Young imaginations can run wild in the Logness Monster and Craggle Top Tree House play areas. Why not finish your day out with treats and hot drinks from Betty’s Café?

In order to effectively manage social distancing measures, we’re asking all visitors and members to pre-book a time slot ahead of their visit. We ask that everyone visiting Harlow Carr please familiarise themselves with the latest Government advice, avoid meeting in groups greater than six, unless they are part of the same household or support bubble and maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres from people outside of your household.

For more information and to pre-book your visit head to our website.

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


Santa at the Showground!
Join Santa at this special event on 20th and 22nd December at Mrs Smith’s Cafe. This is an exciting Christmas musical show hosted by the one and only Santa who’ll be on drums and guitar. Santa Rocks, presented by Musicality Kids, is a unique live interactive show with songs, stories and games. Families will be provided with instruments, lights and props. After the 45 minute show your little ones will receive a gift and then be served hot chocolate and a festive treat all included in the price. A Christmas menu will also be available. We are only allowing four families per show so with limited sessions please book here

21st November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 The award-winning Enchanted Forest comes to life after dusk as Stockeld Winter Illuminations. Dazzling light effects, a captivating soundscape and animated installations come together through almost a mile of beautiful, ancient woodland in our Enchanted Forest. This event takes place from dusk and is open for all ages, from children to grandparents!


The code is for £2 off per ticket and is the ONLY discount available for Stockeld tickets this season. These codes are valid on Illuminations Only tickets on the following dates: 23rd – 26th November and 30th Nov – 3rd December.

Pre booking essential- click here to book! 

Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN

Pre-booking essential. Suitable for toddlers

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

 01937 586333


Join us and our Rocking Santa for a special start to your Yuletide Festivities.  You can book a private 10 minute family appointment with Rocking Santa in his cinema room grotto.  Booking is essential – £5 per child and includes a gift.


01756 752780

We also have a great event on for New Years Eve!  Bring the family along for our popular Ultra Violet Thursdays!  Experience the natural UV chemistry of our caves as you have never seen them before with a self guided torch lit UV tour.  From 4pm-8pm on 31st December 2020 – our cafe will be open late for refreshments!  A fab way to end the year!

Born of the Forest: Festive Family Sessions

Børn of the Forest is a classroom without walls where children learn from nature, within nature. Join us for natural, open ended play opportunities in our vast private woodland setting, led by Vikki, a qualified forest school practitioner and Early Years specialist teacher.

Book online for Festive Family Sessions on Sunday 13th December and Saturday 19th December.

Christmas at Lightwater Valley

Families can discover a whole host of festive fun as Christmas comes to Lightwater Valley on selected dates from Saturday, 21st November – Wednesday, 23rd December 2020.  Including Alice in Winterland giant lanterns display, traditional fairground rides and see Santa.  Hop aboard the Santa Express and see Lightwater Valley by train.


Harewood House – Upon A Christmas Wish

Friday 13 November to Sunday 3 January

Tickets for Harewood’s 2020 Christmas season are now on sale , with pre-booking essential and current restrictions necessitating visitors booking a time slot to enter the House.

Father Christmas will return to welcome families for exclusive out-of-hours access to the house.  A programme of pre-bookable festive workshops are back, as well as festive afternoon teas and the opportunity to visit after dark in Harewood Lates.