Christmas Fun with Go Yorkshire

Written by: Elmtree Press

Christmas is almost here and there are lots of great days out to be had. From visiting our beautiful stately homes to shopping till you drop there is something for everyone irrespective of age!
Beautiful handmade and natural decorations adorn every corner of Burton Agnes Hall, from 14th November to the 23rd December and there is a programme of festive events for everyone to enjoy. Needless to say, Santa will also be there, and Mrs Claus will meet you in the Great Hall and take you to visit him.
The Yorkshire Lavender shop and plant nursery will be open during the run up to Christmas between 18th November and the 21st December 2017 It will give you ample time to find the perfect present or decoration!
What's that sound? It's the jingle of reindeer bells - Father Christmas is touching down at Fountains Abbey this year from 25th November to the 17th December, and he comes bearing gifts. If you've been a kind and helpful little boy or girl it's time to give Father Christmas a visit in his cosy grotto. He may have a special gift for you!
The Lost Traditions of Medieval Christmas Rediscovered are at Barley Hall Thursday from 16th November to Friday 5th January This is your chance to discover the hidden history of Christmas in medieval York at the beautifully decorated townhouse. Don’t miss a series of special events showcasing the different aspects of the preparations of a medieval Christmas taking place every weekend in the run up to the big day. The Lost Traditions of a Medieval Christmas Rediscovered is included in your admission price to Barley Hall.
Join Thornton Hall Farm for a Christmas adventure like no other from 25th November to the 24th December. They need your help to save Christmas from their mischievous Elf! Wrap up warm and prepare to be amazed. You can also Dine with Santa or enjoy a Christmas Toddle!
 For a sweet treat Santa will be taking up residence at York’s Chocolate Story from December 2nd -24th, helped by his merry elves. Guests will join Santa’s magical elves on the mission to save Christmas! These special themed tours are filled with cracking Christmas games, incredible seasonal secrets and plenty of festive fun. There will of course be a meeting with the big man – Santa himself!
You can explore a 660-year-old building, enjoy a bite to eat and pick up a present or two at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall during special late-night openings, between the 30th November to the 21st December. The Merchants’ Coffee House by Café No.8 will be open throughout the evening providing light bites, meals, refreshments and festive fare, all in the stunning and suitably decorated surroundings of the Medieval Undercroft.
It’s Christmas capers time in Hull and the Deep’s fun-packed Christmas pantomime is no exception! join Finderella, as she returns home from the Prince’s ball in a classic tale with a fishy twist. This laugh out loud performance has bundles of audience participation, so make sure your little ones don’t miss out.
 From 2nd December to 7th January Follow a trail of ice sculpture carvings around York with Jack Wolfskin on the 9th and 10th December. This year there are over 40 carvings and a chance to win some great prizes. Youi have the chance to win a jacket by posting a photo & caption of yourself with their Jack Wolfskin ice sculpture to their Facebook or twitter page.
Bolton Castle is holding a Christmas Party Knight to remember! Come and join them for a Christmas Party. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival followed by a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person. Dance the night away with their resident DJ
On December weekends before Christmas White Scar Cave will have a festive theme, with special illuminations and effects. Father Christmas will be in the Battlefield Cavern, with lots of presents for children. Dates include 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th December. These arrangements replace the standard tour, which operates during the rest of the year.
As you can see Santa is doing his normal, fabulous job of keeping all the little ones happy and managing, as usual, to be in all places at once! image credit Jonathan Pow