The Perfect Christmas in Yorkshire

Published: Wednesday 24th Oct 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Yorkshire... 

Christmas in YorkshireThe christmas lights are up, the mince pies are out and there's even a little bit of snow on the forecast! Here at Ingrid Flute's we love Christmas, there's always so much to see and do in Yorkshire and it's magical watching the Yorkshire landscapes transform into winter wonderlands. If you're planning on spending the festive season in Yorkshire this year you'll be spoilt for choice on wonderful Christmas markets, delicious seasonal food and great events for all ages, we've rounded up some of our favourites below...all that's left to do is start on that Christmas shopping!

Christmas Markets

Harrogate Christmas Market 
An award winning (and very popular!) market which is now in its 6th year! Visit here for locally produced food, drinks and gifts with a strong Yorkshire theme.

St Nicholas Fair, York
Meet Santa, shop for those last-minute gifts at this wonderful festive market in the cntre of historic York. You'll find plenty of local arts and crafts, handmade soaps and chocolates.

Christmas Fair at Duncombe Park
Each year independent stall owners set up shop within the grounds of Duncombe Park's stunning and historic estate, selling a variety of luxury gifts. Duncombe Park is rarely open to the public so this is a rare treat to admire the impressive interiors and parkland.

Grassington Dickensian Festival
This famous Christmas festival with a Victorian twist has been runing for over 35 years. A unique and magical annual event

York Minster
York Minster

Yorkshire Christmas Markets
Yorkshire Christmas Markets


Rotunda Festive Walk
This walk begins from the Rotunda Museum on Scarborough's South Bay and provides fun for all the family. Learn about the geology of the area and enjoy the refreshing sea air!

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this breathtaking Abbey and water garden are a well-worth a visit anytime of the year, however there's something magical about a winter visit! Explore this local beauty spot and keep your eyes peeled for the three types of red deer that live within these grounds.

Cleveland Way
Stretching 109 miles from Filey, to Saltburn on the Yorkshire Coast and then through the moors to Helmsley, this beautiful coast and country walk offers breathtaking coastal views, historic castles, and stunning stone crosses. Best enjoyed with a stop by a cosy moorland pub! 

Santas Grottos

Piglets Adventure Farm, York
Meet Santa in his Christmas woodland village just outside of York's historic centre or enjoy a ride on his sleigh with his Christmas elves!

Santa Express on York City Cruises
A truly unique way to see the City from the Rive Ouse and take the little ones to submit their wishlists. 

Mother Shipton's Cave
Walk through enchanted woodland to meet Santa and his elves in their cosy cabin at Mother Shipton's Cave, close to Harrogate.

Santa in his Grotto
Santa in his Grotto

Castle Howard at Christmas
Castle Howard at Christmas

Christmas Events

Castle Howard at Christmas
Admire the splendour of Castle Howard at Christmas time. Each year the impressive interiors and grounds of Castle Howard (within the Vale of York) is marvellously decorated, this year with a Twelve Days of Christmas theme. You'll see Christmas angels, a fairytale gingerbread house, and, of course, a 25 ft ornate Christmas tree!

Santa Express on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
Go on a magical adventure with Santa and his helpers through the wintery landscapes of the North York Moors, travelling 75 minutes from Pickering to Levisham. Children are provided with a Christmas activity bag (adults with a Christmas tipple!), have your photo taken with Santa and meet his baby reindeers!

Winter illuminations at RHS Harlow Carr
The illuminated trails of RHS Harlow Carr are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Enjoy a winter walk around the lake and see the lake, streamside and Doric columns bathed in a festive glow at this magical event.


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