15 Festive Family Days Out In Yorkshire 2017

The lead up to Christmas really is the most magical time of the year. I have rounded up some of the best festive family days out happening in Yorkshire this Christmas. As always there is plenty going on to keep everyone entertained so gather the whole family together for a fabulous day out.


Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland
Running from now until 7th January, this four time award winning event looks and sounds fabulous. Held at York Designer Outlet visit for the norths largest outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair rides and Santa's grotto. Plus you can shop and eat too. Find out more and book tickets online now.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
There is so much going on at Harlow Carr over the festive period. Magical winter illuminations, a Christmas trail, stories with Santa and a a Christmas shopping showcase. You can also enjoy the colourful winter walk around the gardens.  This is a day out for all generations. Events are running from 23rd November. Find out more and book tickets online now.

Stockeld Park
Visit The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park open from now until 8th January. It is set to be a magical day out with an illuninated enchanted forest, adventure playgrounds, an illuninated maze, skating rink and woodland trail. Father Christmas will be in his grotto too. Find out more and book tickets online now.

Flamingo Land
Winter at Flamingo Land sees the theme park attractions closing but the zoo is still open for visitors.  Certain dates will see story time with Santa and his elves. Find out more and book tickets online now.

Lotherton Hall
Enjoy a magical interactive twelve days of Christmas where you can be one of the drummers drumming and walk through the five gold rings. Explore the house decorated for Christmas and visit the elf village for crafts and stories. Find out more and book tickets now.

York Museums Gardens
Christmas at York Museums Gardens is a brand new event for this year. The historic gardens are being turned into an after dark experience of colour, lights and music. You can even toast your own marshmallows. Find out more and book tickets online now.

The Magical Lantern Festival Yorkshire
This Christmas themed lantern festival is set to light up Roundhay Park in Leeds once again. Enjoy the colours, sculptures and lights and warm up in the tipi tent with a hot chocolate. Find out more and book tickets now.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
We visited Brodsworth in October and loved it here. This Chrsitmas visit and see Brodsworth lit up in a fairy themed wonderland. Toast marshmallows on the fire and visit the traditional fairground. Find out more and book tickets online.

Castle Howard
An impressive place to visit at anytime a visit to Castle Howard at Christmas will be even more special.  For children there is a Magical Garden and the chance to meet Father Christmas.  You can also see the stunning tree and experience live music around the house. Find out more and book tickets now.

Nostell Priory
Explore the house and gardens decorated for Christmas with a clockwork theme. Father Christmas will be at Nostell and you can have breakfast or an indoor picnic with him. Find out more and book tickets online.  

The Piece Hall
It only opened in August but The Piece Hall has already held many fab events and Christmas is looking the same. With the erection of a Speigeltent in December which will be home to various storytellings, shows and music. There is also a Christmas market and family workshops running. Find out more and book show tickets online.

Cannon Hall Farm
Visit the award winning farm for a great day out. Alongside the animals, soft play and outdoor play areas there will be toy making with the elves, Santa specials and even a panto. Find out more and book tickets online today.

Piglets Adventure Farm
Visit Piglets Adventure Farm for a truly unforgettable day out. Go on a magical sleigh ride through a twinkling woodland village to visit Santa in his grotto. See the animals in a nativity scene and leave your Christmas wish on a the wishing tree. Find out more and book tickets now.

Harewood House
Visit Harewood for a Victorian Christmas, the house will be dressed by the award winning set designer from ITV's Victoria. Play a game of Christmas eye spy, go on a carol family trail, meet the donkeys and see live music being performed. Events start on 24th November. Find out more and book tickets online.

Fountains Abbey
There is plenty going on at Fountains Abbey over the festive period. Grab a map and follow the reindeer trail around the estate, write to Father Christmas at the post office in Fountains Hall and get crafty in Swanley Lodge. Find out more now.

If you are looking for more magical fun, take a look at my West Yorkshire grotto guide.

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