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Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

7th Dec

Swinton Park - Festive Candlelight Suppers

Why not treat someone special to a candlelit supper at luxury castle hotel, Swinton Park near Masham? From December 9th – 21st the historic Drawing Room is being temporarily transformed into a festive dining room with log fires and twinkling lights. Book yourself and guests in for arrival drinks and sing along to the Christmas entertainment before enjoying a delicious festive two course candlelit meal with wine.

Other festive events at Swinton park include a seasonal inspired afternoon tea with indulgent hand-crafted cakes and festive treats served in Samuel’s restaurant in the afternnons of December 1st -  21st. There is also a carol concert, carol recital, popular wreath making course, family Sunday lunch with Father Christmas and hotel packages for Christmas and New Year.

6th Dec

Knaresborough and Ripon Christmas Market

This weekend we recommend the Christmas markets at Knaresborough and Ripon.

It is Christmas Artisan Market weekend in Ripon with stalls selling handmade crafts and unique gifts in the popular market place. A great opportunity to find an interesting present or two.

In Knaresborough the popular Christmas market includes festive foods, warming drinks, unusual gifts and live music set in the historic, picturesque town centre complete with silver band and town crier. Come along to shop, buy mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and enjoy the atmosphere. The weekend culminates with a firework finale on Sunday at 4:30pm.

Park and ride is available.

5th Dec

Masham Christmas Fair

This Saturday, 7th December, head up to Masham in Wensleydale for the annual Christmas Fair and to explore the charming town itself. The town boasts two breweries, a choice of traditional butcher’s shops, a bakery, a delicatessen, a green grocer, a fine wine shop, five art galleries, traditional sweet shops, clothes shops and much more.

There are regular markets but none as special as Saturday's festive market which is open all day in the Market Square with further activities and a craft fair in the Town Hall.

Browse the craft stalls for interesting and unique gift ideas, treat yourself to some delicious refreshments and take the children to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the Town Hall with entertainment from Carol Singers and hand bell ringers. 

4th Dec

Stockeld Park - The Christmas Adventure

Head to Stockeld Park, Wetherby for their famous Christmas Adventure open every day until January 16th with fun for all the family. Play all day enjoying the climbing nets, zip wires, rope bridge and other imaginative obstacles and try the exciting seasonal activities like ice skating undercover and the 1.2 km cross country Nordic ski trail. Once dusk starts to fall the Enchanted Forest lives up to its name as the award winning illuminations produce a magical atmosphere throughout the park with light displays and animated creations. Children and adults will all find something delicious in the cosy café and in the amazing gift shop packed with treats.

Don’t forget that you can also buy your Christmas Tree here.

3rd Dec

Father Christmas

If you are a family hoping to catch a special moment with Father Christmas during his busy preparations, the following venues are expecting him. He will be at Stockeld Christmas Adventure from December 16th – 24th in a beautiful log cabin and on the 16th and 17th around their Enchanted Forest with some of his reindeer and elves.  During the weekends from November 23rd to December 22nd he will pop into Fountains Abbey to tell stories and hand out gifts; November 24th to December 22nd are the dates for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Santa Specials; November 29th to December 24th he will be telling stories at RHS Harlow Carr, and November 30th to December 22nd he will be doing his laundry at Beningbrough Hall ready for Christmas Eve!

2nd Dec

Country Living Christmas Fair

From December 5th - 8th the Country Living Christmas Fair at Harrogate Convention Centre is an enjoyable day out packed full of everything you can imagine to help you get ready for the special day. From handmade gifts for all your loved ones and luxury shopping including exclusive and unusual clothing to beautiful decorations and antiques for your home. Watch or join in with the workshops and craft demonstrations, cake decorating and cookery shows and sample the delicious food and drink stalls. With over 300 artists in attendance you are certain to find unique gift ideas for all your friends and family. Don’t forget to enter the competition during the fair to win a selection of goodies from a number of exhibitors.

1st Dec

St John's Church Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival

A treat this week is a visit to the incredible Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival. These unique artworks were designed and hand made by different groups throughout the town from schools and Scout groups to local businesses and charities and will be displayed within the church until December 8th. The atmosphere created by the church itself and the Christmas tree lights is very special and is bound to get you into the festive mood as you delight in the creativity and enjoy a humorous pun or two, for example one year a tree made of Lego and entered by a child was named “The Night Before Bricksmas”.  Before you leave you have the chance to vote for your favourite tree.



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