Information on this page is being updated – please check back soon for festive days out this year! 

The event is taking place in Ripley Village between Harrogate and Ripon, at Ripley Castle from 17th to 19th December 2021!

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Music and Lights:

As twilight falls see the abbey aglow with all the colours of the rainbow. Walk beneath the cellarium’s vaulted ceilings, under the grand columns of the nave and stop to watch the live choirs and bands fill the ruins with festive music. Join in if you know the tune!

Choirs and bands will be performing in the cellarium 2-3pm each Saturday and Sunday from 20 November until 2 January. From Monday 20 December to Tuesday 4 January (closed on 24/25 December) the abbey will be lit each day and playing recorded carols on afternoons when there’s no live music.

Drop into Swanley Grange on your way down to the abbey and get stuck into some family Christmas crafts. Perfect for little ones to get messy with natural materials to create festive decorations.

Have you got any puff left? Join in with a festive trail with Percy the Park Keeper daily (from Saturday 4 December until 3 January)

Come along and be Percy’s helper for the day! Step into his ‘wellies’ while he’s busy as there’s a lot to get done in winter. Working with Percy’s animal friends follow clues to find lost items and help get the tasks done with lots of fun along the way. Complete the trail for a fun prize at the end. Trails cost £2 and can be collected from our admissions teams.

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Tickets for Christmas at Mother Shipton’s can be purchased ONLINE ONLY for selected dates through November 2021 and December 2021. Places are limited, don’t miss out!

What to expect this Christmas:

· See Santa (socially distanced)

· Meet Chief Elf Chestnut

· Optional add-on purchase of a special soft toy gift to receive from Santa’s Elf Helper whilst you meet Santa

· Winter Woodland Walk

· Festive Displays & Scenes

· Christmas Post Office

· Adventure Playground*

· Cave where Mother Shipton was born*

· Petrifying Well*

· Gift Shop

· Museum

· Wishing Well

· Wishing Logs

· Take-Away refreshments available to purchase

· Picnic tables available & toilets open

· Dog Friendly (on a lead, the only place that dogs can’t go is inside the adventure playground)

*Subject to weather conditions


Tickets are for timed sessions. Most sessions allow up to 2.5 hours within the attraction.

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Come on down to Spilman’s Farm this winter for some magical festive fun… and instead of picking your own fruit and veg….you get to PICK YOUR OWN Christmas!!!

  • Includes storytelling with Santa
  • A trip to Mrs Claus’s Gingerbread
  • Toy Workshop
  • Free Mulled Wine & Hot Chocolate
  • Pick your own Present
  • Christmas Disco
  • Fairground Rides

27th & 28th November, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th – 23rd December 2021.

Experience lasts around 60 minutes. Pre-Booking Essential

Church Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB


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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 

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

01937 586333
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Join us and our Rocking Santa for a special start to your Yuletide Festivities.  You can book a private 15 minute family appointment with Rocking Santa in his cinema room grotto.  Booking is essential – £12 per child and includes a gift.

Caves and Cafe open as normal.  Recommended to book online in advanced – they’ll be lots of festive specials on at the Time Cafe!

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1. Festive Fairground and Christmas Rides

Harrogate Town Centre

Monday 15th November 2021 – Sunday 2nd January 2022

Mon – Weds, 10am – 7pm, Thurs – Sat, 10am – 9pm and Sundays 10am – 5pm

In addition to a truly festive Harrogate Christmas shopping experience, there will be traditional fairground rides including a Ferris wheel, Victorian carousel, helter skelter, entertainments and a performance area to captivate young and old alike.

2. Magical Window Trail

Boroughbridge, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Ripon

Monday 6th December – Friday 24th December

Join Percy Penguin and his sledge as he journeys through the towns of Harrogate District of Boroughbridge, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Masham, Pateley Bridge and Ripon, looking for a friend to join him in some snowy fun.  Who will he meet along the way, an elf, a squirrel, a robin, or a snowman, and will they be ready to come and play?

Follow the delightful Magical Window Trail around the Harrogate district.  A new friendly character is revealed at each new destination.  Just click on the QR code of each of the 3D stand-alone advent calendar windows to reveal the next chapter of Percy the Penguin’s story and the quest to find a friend.

Young ones will be charmed by the magical story of Percy and his quest to find a playmate to join him on his sleigh.   Grownups will love the magical shop windows trail as they follow the QR codes to special offers, discounts and wonderful Christmas gift ideas.  Lots of local shops and restaurants are taking part in Boroughbridge, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Masham, Pateley Bridge and Ripon, so you can follow Percy on his quest and pick up some wonderful gift ideas and exclusive discounts at the same time, that’s a Christmas gift that keeps on giving!

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Brimham Rocks Christmas

This Christmas, a brand new experience awaits younger visitors to Brimham Rocks with: Sticks, Stones & Christmas Tones, an interactive storytelling adventure with actor, Richard Kay.
Join in the fun on a journey around Brimham Rocks as you listen and take part in a mythical and enchanting new story based on the nature all around you.
This event takes place each day at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm and lasts approximately 40 minutes.
You’ll need to pre-book a ticket to attend. Tickets for 1 adult and 1 child are £10 and this includes a small gift for each child. We’d recommend early booking to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.
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Festive Family Fun at Lightwater Valley

Treat the family to a magical afternoon/evening of Christmas cheer on selected dates this December.

Experience festive fairground rides, a Sing-a-long Santa show and our magical Elf Express Christmas Train which will take you on a journey through a fantasy land of twinkling lights, Candy Cane Woods and the Gingerbread Land.


Sat 4 December & Sun 5 December – 3.30pm – 7.30pm

Sat 11 December & Sun 12 December – 3.30pm – 7.30pm

Fri 17th December – 3.30pm – 7.30pm

Sat 18 December – Wed 22nd December – 1.30pm – 7.00pm

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Winter 2021

Tickets for Glow at RHS Garden Harlow Carr are now on general sale, as the world’s leading gardening charity prepares to light up all five of its gardens this winter, for magical moments throughout the festive season.

· Dates: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only from 18 November – 18 December; then Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only 20 – 29 December

· Times: 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Last entry to the garden 7.30pm

· Pre-booked tickets only: All visitors including members, guests of members and under 5s require a pre-booked Glow ticket

Santa Rocks Ripon!

NEWS FLASH! Santa Rocks Ripon is coming to Ripon Arts Hub on 19th December for a very special, interactive, family friendly show.
It’s nearly time for Santa to deliver presents to all the children…. but there’s a few problems this year.
Things are not going to plan!
Through music and interactive activities using instruments and props (provided) we can help Santa solve the issues so he can set off on his travels around the world.
Santa (on drums and guitar) and Mrs Clause will take you on a magical musical journey. There’ll be plenty of chances to join in including action songs, playing and singing along and games.
The show is suitable for all ages.
After the 40 minute show, all families will get a chance to meet Santa and receive a special gift. Families will then make their way to the Green Room where children will enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate and festive treat, and adults can purchase mulled wine as well as any other drinks from our licensed bar.
Priced at just £10 per child and £5 per adult, this is the hottest Festive Ticket in the City. Tickets go on sale on Friday 5th November a 10am.
Don’t miss out!
50% of the profits for this event will go to Ripon Operatic Society, a registered charity.
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