Looking for festive family days out this December, Yorkshire Attractions provides you with an insight into the best fun family activities taking place this month.

Discover new adventures at Yorkshire Attractions this month at the best theme parks, museums, animal attractions and adventure sites Yorkshire has to offer.

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This December visit Flamingo Land for story time with the big man himself as he stops by on his rounds. Join him every weekend until Sunday 16th December and every day from Monday 17th December until Christmas Eve for a delightful Storytime with Santa Starring Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale! Or, why not catch him on a cruise of the River Ouse with City Cruises York? Through Yorkshire Attractions you can also get a special 20% off this fantastically unique Santa experience too!

Pop down to William’s Den where Father and Mother Christmas will be on hosting brunch and afternoon tea on the 7th, 14th and 21st December. A perfect opportunity for those little ones a bit too young for a 1:1 experience. To get your winter dose of festive fun, be sure to join Eureka! The National Children’s Museum for their Winter Season at Eureka! There will be winter shows and “One of the best Grotto’s in the UK”, according to Netmums. Or to put the spark in sparkle this December join Eureka for their Patternarium exhibition, open from the 15th of December. Explore how digital technology and mechanical machines interact to make mind-blowing patterns in this brand new exhibition.

Christmas Markets are the perfect way to get the whole family in the festive mood and there are plenty to enjoy at Yorkshire Attractions. Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Christmas Fair returns this month 8th – 9th and 15th – 16th December. Experience over sixty festival stalls, live entertainment and take a ride of the Victorian fairground amusements. Or how about getting animated with Cannon Hall Farm‘s cheeky Elves at their Elves Workshop, they will guide you through how to make your very own cuddly toys, so every child can become an honorary elf for the day! The Elves workshop is open for business from 1st December to 24th December!

If you like to get more hands on with your Christmas experience, why not visit Tropical World Leeds and help Mango the Meerkat bring the magic of Christmas to the attraction. Christmas crafts will be running every day in December and you can visit Mango himself every weekend, plus every day from 17th December until Christmas Eve too. Join The Hepworth Wakefield on the 23rd December to play with paper and create some mesmerising paper decorations to fill your house with the festive spirit. This is a free session which runs from 11am – 4pm.

If you’re looking for a ‘flippin’ good gift idea this Christmas, then The Deep’s experience days are a ‘fin-tastic’ option. From fun-filled junior keeper days, to one to one experiences for budding marine biologists, they’ve got it covered. And if you can’t decide, we’ve got gift vouchers galore too! Another gift idea that your whole family will DIG is gift vouchers for Diggerland Yorkshire. They’re perfect to add that WOW factor on Christmas morning. If you’re a family of thrill seekers, then tickets to Lightwater Valley could be the perfect gift this Christmas AND they’re offering discounted tickets up until 14th December!

If you’re looking for sparkle and sophistication this Christmas, look no further than Harewood House’s Christmas experienceDreams of the 1920’s’. Sponsored by Swarovski, the Christmas dreamscape dazzles and is not to be missed. For an equally dreamy experience, visit The Bronte Parsonage Museum for their ‘Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee’ audio experience featuring poems by Emily Bronte set against enchanting music. Follow in Emily’s footsteps and revel in the dramatic landscape which inspired the poetry and novels of the sisters.

But what is there to do after the 25th December when all the turkey is gone and Christmas presents unwrapped? Well why not visit Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for their Mince Pie Specials. Ride the Worth Valley every day from Boxing Day until 1st January and enjoy on-train real ale, wine, spirits, hot drinks and free mince pies. December doesn’t have to be all about Christmas though. Take a break from the festive humdrum and join Royal Armouries for their action-packed themed weekend ‘Legends: King Arthur’ on 29th December until the 31st December.

Are you ready to get your groove on this December? Magna Science Adventure are celebrating Christmas the right way with their Eat, Bump, Groove event – it’s got food, music AND fairground rides! These funky Christmas party nights will be occurring on various dates between 7th and 22nd December. Or for a more refined Christmas experience visit Thornton Hall Country Park for their magical Christmas Adventure. Wrap up warm as your very own unique Elf takes you on a magical 2 hour journey like no other, with a chance to Build a Bear in the elves workshop!

Get involved with some Christmassy crafts this December as you join Santa and his Elves in their cosy outdoor Christmas cabin at Xscape Yorkshirefor just £5! Or, why not see Santa Underground? Visit the National Coal Mining Museum and see him 140m underground this Christmas. Visits are available every weekend in December and weekdays from 17th. If all this visiting Santa has got your stomachs rumbling, then why not pop on over to Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre for a spot of Christmas Afternoon Tea at Lottie’s Lounge. Their fabulous selection of festive treats is sure to fulfill your yuletide yearnings!

Santa's Sweet Adventure

Know someone who loves Emmerdale? What better way to surprise them this Christmas than with tickets to the Emmerdale Studio Experience, visit iconic replica sets, stroll through the model village and even have a photo taken on the famous Dingle’s sofa! Looking for some refuge from the winter chills, why not visit the Jorvik Viking Centre and admire their incredible collection of medieval treasures OR get your heart racing with their updated Jorvik ride. If you’re after a sweet treat this Christmas, then enjoy watching the kids as they help Santa save Christmas at York’s Chocolate Story. Santa’s Sweet Adventure is running right up until Christmas Eve (24th December) so there’s loads of time to take part in this festive themed tour!

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