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Christmas Events

Every day throughout November and December you will find great Christmas events taking place to really get you in the festive spirit.

From the traditional to the contemporary, classical to modern, there is so much going on.

The festivities start with the switch on of the Christmas lights in towns across the district during November. 

However, for many The Messiah signals the true start of Christmas, and Handel’s masterpiece can be enjoyed in the atmospheric setting of The Royal Hall in Harrogate, as well as the other towns across the area.

With Christmas tree festivals, late night shopping and candlelit carol cervices in spectacular surroundings both ancient and modern to enjoy, the excitement and anticipation continues to grow.

Traditional family fun can be always be had with Harrogate Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime, a guaranteed crowdpleaser jam packed with jokes and of course all the usual audience participation – ‘oh yes there will!’.

Alternatively you can enjoy something completely different with an entertaining and informative look at what life was like at Christmas for the less fortunate in the Victorian Workhouse at Ripon.

There are a number of ‘hands on’ arts and crafts workshops where you can make your own garlands, decorations, and floral displays - and if you want to shake the cobwebs away and enjoy the crisp December air there are pilgrimages, enchanted forests and winter trails to explore, Tug of War across the River Nidd, or the opportunity to show off your ice skating skills at Stockeld Park.

The Christmas events around Harrogate offer the perfect way to get in the festive spirit and make the preparations for Christmas enjoyable for all the family.

The festivities draw to a close with traditional gatherings in market squares across the region to see in another year, and the Knaresborough Duck Race on New Year’s Day.

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  1. Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure

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    Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure

    Type

    Christmas

    Wetherby

    Stockeld Park - where magic is made & adventures begin.... Nestled within ancient woodland, Stockeld Park hosts its Adventure Seasons from Halloween through to Christmas. We have a real outdoor ice skating rink, an Enchanted Forest filled with interactive sculptures and playgrounds, a huge…

    Venue

    Stockeld Park, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2019 To 7 Jan 2020
  2. Open all day

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    Harrogate Christmas Market

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    Putting a distinctly Yorkshire stamp on the traditional Christmas market experience the Harrogate Christmas Market has a strong focus on regionally made products, bringing the best of home-made and fairly traded Christmas goods to the heart of Harrogate for 4 days of festive cheer, absolutely free…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Nov 2019 To 17 Nov 2019
  3. Alice in Winterland

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    Alice in Winterland

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland.

    Illuminated by the hundreds of magical lantern displays, this Christmas, Lightwater Valley will be home to Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle…

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2019 To 30 Dec 2019
  4. Christmas Gift and Food Fair

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    Christmas Gift and Food Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Saturday 23 November 2019

    Save the date to join us for the best Christmas Fair in Yorkshire, in the fantastic setting of Ripon Cathedral. With over 100 stalls offering unique gifts and food, helping you find the perfect gift and support local, independent businesses at Christmas.

    Still just £3…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
  5. Henshaws Handmade Christmas Workshops

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    Henshaws Handmade Christmas Workshops

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Join a Henshaws Handmade Christmas workshop and enjoy a few hours of relaxed crafting. This year we are offering a range of festive workshops including wreath making, wooden reindeer or tree decorations.

    All workshops take place in the relaxed setting of our welcoming Arts & Crafts Centre in…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2019 To 24 Nov 2019
  6. Meet Father Christmas at Beningbrough, hear his stories and receive a gift.

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    Storytime with Father Christmas - rewashed! at Beningbrough Hall

    Type

    Family Event

    Boroughbridge

    Father Christmas has been on many travels and he needs to do his washing so he's visiting the Victorian laundry at Beningbrough during weekends on the build up to Christmas. He's a very busy man getting ready for Christmas Eve but you're invited to book some time with him.

    What to expect As a…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2019 To 22 Dec 2019
  7. Champion Day, Christmas for Children and Adults with Additional Needs

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    Champion Day, Christmas for Children and Adults with Additional Needs

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Mother Shipton’s will be hosting a Champion Day on 30th November for children and adults who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed visit to Santa with no bright lights or loud noises.

    Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2019 To 30 Nov 2019
  8. Christmas at Mother Shipton's

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    Christmas at Mother Shipton's

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical memory-making Christmas experience.

    The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2019 To 24 Dec 2019
  9. Festive Lunch

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    Festive Lunch

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Available throughout December why not get your friends, family or collegues together. 

    For bookings of 10 or more and for only £14pp this includes a 2 course luncheon, coffee & mini mince pies.

    If you'd like to book or to find out more information then visit our…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2019 To 22 Dec 2019
  10. Festive Dining at Rudding Park

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    Festive Dining at Rudding Park

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Get together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the party season with a choice of Festive lunch and dinner at Clocktower, Festive Afternoon Tea in the conservatory or dinner and dancing at Rudding House. For full details visit https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk/christmas/the-run-up/

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2019 To 23 Dec 2019
  11. Party Nights at Rudding Park

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    Party Nights at Rudding Park

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Get together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the party season with dinner and dancing at Rudding House.

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2019 To 5 Dec 2019
    From:
    18 Dec 2019 To 19 Dec 2019
  12. Christmas wreath making at Brimham Rocks

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    Christmas wreath making at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Join us on 6, 7 & 8 December to use natural evergreens and seasonal foliage to create a wonderful wreath for your front door.

    Guidance and help is on hand to help you create your own stunning Christmas wreath using natural materials and seasonal foliage. This also includes creating your own…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    6 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
  13. Black Tie Ball at Rudding House

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    Black Tie Ball at Rudding House

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    A glamorous evening at Rudding House with dinner and dancing to Chris Hilton's Little Big Band.
    For full details visit https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk/media/7307/black-tie-ball.pdf

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    20 Dec 2019 To 21 Dec 2019
  14. Knaresborough Christmas Market

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    Knaresborough Christmas Market

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Knaresborough market square and the surrounding streets and courtyards overflow with festive delights and christmas cheer for the first weekend in December.  

    Visit our traditional Yorkshire Christmas Market for a feast to greet the senses, Fine local food and drink stalls, lovely handmade…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
  15. On the hoof

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    On the hoof

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn about their job managing the wild herd. Meet outside St Mary’s Church in the deer…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 7 Dec 2019
    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    14 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  16. Carols by Candlelight

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    Carols by Candlelight

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  17. Festive Food & Flicks

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    Festive Food & Flicks

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    The perfect way to celebrate with a three course dinner at Clocktower followed by a film screening in the 14 seat private cinema. For full details and film schedule visit https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk/media/7313/festive-food-flicks.pdf

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2019 To 19 Dec 2019
  18. Henshaws Carols by Candlelight

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    Henshaws Carols by Candlelight

    Type

    Charity

    Harrogate

    Henshaws annual carol concert is coming to St Wilfrid's Church in Harrogate on Wednesday 11th December, with a number of fantastic performers including Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre band "The Hotspots", Soprano Elizabeth Frankland, New York Brass Band and more. There will be mince pies, mulled wine…

    Dates

    From:
    11 Dec 2019 To 11 Dec 2019
  19. Christmas Late Night Shopping in Pateley Bridge

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    Christmas Late Night Shopping in Pateley Bridge

    Type

    Christmas

    Pateley Bridge

    Late night shopping in Pateley Bridge will have a vibrant Christmas spirit with Carol Singing and refreshements along the High Street and Beyond.

    Dates

    From:
    14 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019
  20. Family Festive Lunch at Rudding House

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    Family Festive Lunch at Rudding House

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    A relaxed family buffet lunch at Rudding House with Christmas activities to entertain the children. For full details visit https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk/media/7310/family-festive-buffet-lunch.pdf

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
    From:
    22 Dec 2019 To 22 Dec 2019
  21. Christmas Eve at Rudding Park

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    Christmas Eve at Rudding Park

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Relax the evening before Christmas with a three course dinner at Clocktower followed by a traditional carol service at Rudding Park chapel or enjoy contemporary fine dining at Horto Restaurant or a formal evening at Rudding House with jazz on arrival. For details visit https://www.ruddingpark.co…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Dec 2019 To 24 Dec 2019
  22. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

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    Boxing Day Pilgrimage

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

    On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Dec 2019 To 26 Dec 2019
  23. Family audience around Christmas tree

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    Midwinter storytelling at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Looking for something a bit different this Christmas? Create a new tradition at Brimham Rocks and experience a midwinter storytelling event celebrating myths and folklore inspired by the season and the magical landscape of the rocks. Join storyteller Noel Watkins on 28 & 29 December for 40 minutes…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    28 Dec 2019 To 29 Dec 2019
    From:
    28 Dec 2019 To 29 Dec 2019
  24. Knaresborough Duck Race

    Knaresborough Duck Race

    Type

    Competition / Game

    Knaresborough

    Around 5000 plastic ducks will be dropped from High Bridge in Knaresborough, and then make their way downstream to the finish line outside Marigold's Cafe. The first duck to the finishing line wins £100! Tickets are on sale now for £1. Also there is a corporate ticket option, £25 per ticket with…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020 To 1 Jan 2020

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