Stuck for ideas on where to take the family this Christmas? Don’t worry, we’ve got Christmas covered so that you can spend less time worrying about where to go and get out there exploring the very best attractions.
Delight the whole family with a magical Christmas experience as the season starts with Stockeld Park, complete with a Santa’s grotto complete with live reindeer and camel rides through the Enchanted Forest. For a classic Christmas experience, visitors to Tropical Butterfly House can meet Santa in his new grotto before encountering their favourite animals in daily animal encounters, attend an elf workshop with Christmas crafts and see a nativity scene set in a real barn.
Visitors looking for something a little more unexpected can head to National Coal Mining Museum for England for Santa Underground, a Santa grotto that welcomes children of all ages, including Under 5’s down the pit where they will receive their gift and certificate after meeting Santa himself.
Visitors looking to steam into the festive season can still find some limited spaces Santa Special for Keighley Worth Valley Railway where each adult will receive a seasonal drink and mince pie as they aboard the Keighley Worth Valley Railway and watch a winter wonderland beckon as they steam through the Yorkshire Countryside of Haworth.
For Christmas magic above and below water, visitors can book a Santa experience at The Deep where they can benefit from free car parking and take a ride on Hull’s famous land train. Inside The Deep they will be greeted by Santa in his grotto and receive a small gift.
For fans of exotic animals, visitors can take advantage of new winter entry at Flamingo Land Resort and find an all-new Christmas market included in their ticket, where they can spend their visit over at the Winter Zoo seeing over 140 species of reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians and birds when they visit. They can also book onto a Storytime with Santa experience in his grotto.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be welcoming its visitors to see animals both great and small in their park as well as meet their very own ‘Polar Bear Santa.’ And as if that wasn’t enough, Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Christmas Fair will be welcoming visitors into the warmth with their market held in a fully heated marquee including crafts, food, and drinks and delicious confectionary- a perfect winter treat!
What’s more, visitors after an interactive experience can find elvish magic at Cannon Hall Farm. Join the elves for a toy-making on the production line where they tell all the boys and girls about their work for Santa himself. Kids can find out whether they have made the naughty list or the nice list and choose a teddy bear to take home and keep. There is also the option to book onto a Santa breakfast after a visit to Santa’s Grotto, so fill up the hungry bellies as well as the Christmas stockings!
York’s Chocolate Story are inviting its Chocolate fans to take a trip to a more classic Christmas be seeing Santa in the Shambles at Santa’s ‘old fashioned sweet shop’ where they can take part in some fun chocolate themed activities. Each child will then be able to greet Santa with their Christmas wishes, have a commemorative photo taken and receive a special present for each child.
Visit Eureka! The Children’s Museum for a sprinkling of snow as they encourage the little ones to explore all the fun the winter season brings as a child experiences snow for the very first time in their ‘Snow Day’ show.
At Xscape Yorkshire, the attraction welcome its competitive visitors to step into the Cyclone and attempt to capture as many snowballs in just 30 seconds to earn points, with highest scorer at the end of the day winning a £100 Xscape Gift Card. Visitors both young and old can find entertainment to suit even the liveliest of family members and make the most of their day visiting the 4D Golf, Snozone and Gravity Trampoline Park.
Visit The Hepworth Wakefield for one of the best Christmas markets around and sample both seasonal wares as well as purchase handcrafted pieces. Make yuletide decorations for the beginning of advent, take inspiration from Yorkshire Sculpture Park current exhibition of Not Vitals’ beautifully reflective sculptures for all the family before exploring the hidden treasures of the Sculpture Park- and as both attractions have free entry to the main site, a day out this Christmas needn’t break the bank.
Yorkshire Attractions also include attractions who have now closed for the season- but why not Treat the ones that aren’t afraid to muck in and get messy with a gift voucher for a day out at Diggerland Yorkshire?
Fans of Lightwater Valley can treat a loved one to a memorable Hawk Walk or Owl Experience at Lightwater Valley‘s Bird of Prey Centre at a discounted price.
Finally, Yorkshire Attractions Gift vouchers offer visitors the chance to plan the perfect day out and with lots more days out so there’s no excuse for a dull day out lined up for 2017.
Full listings can be found on the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions website www.yorkshireattractions.org/events.
The Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions group was founded 18 years ago, and currently includes 17 attractions in Yorkshire. The attractions work closely together on combined events and marketing activity, welcoming over 8 million visitors to Yorkshire each year.
For further information on Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions visit www.yorkshireattractions.org