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December 5, 2018

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

Here’s our round-up of upcoming gorgeous events – the perfect place to find out what’s on in Yorkshire. If you’d like to be featured, simply email gorgeousyorkshire@gmail.com

Leeds Christkindelmarkt, Millennium Square, Calverley Street, until Dec 22. One of the longest-established German Christmas markets in the UK. With 40 traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and festive lights all creating a continental atmosphere in Leeds city centre. There is a weekly children’s show each Sunday morning with face painting, balloon modelling, singalongs, and arts and crafts. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-9.30 pm. Sun, 10.30am-7.30pm. https://www.millsqleeds.com/whats-on/all-shows/leeds-christkindelmarkt-2018-traditional-german-christmas-market/4469. Also recommended: St Nicholas Fair, Parliament Street, York, until Dec 23. Market stalls, mulled wine and medieval charm for all the family. https://www.yorkshire.com/view/events/york/st-nicholas-fair-2086585

Christmas at Harewood: Dreams of the 1920s. A  fantasy Christmas at Harewood House, near Leeds, 10am-6pm, until Jan 6, 2019. Creative director Simon Costin has created a Christmas dreamscape extending from the House into the grounds, with festive-themed music, events, demonstrations and experiences. Early close on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Tickets: adults £16.50, children £8.50, family £45. https://harewood.org/whats-on/event/christmas

Christmas Experience, Lotherton Hall, Aberford, Leeds, until Dec 23. Annual festivities including activities such as the Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, the Elf Village, the Enchanted Fairy Dell, The House and Edwardian Selfie Studio, and The Christmas Courtyard. There’s also a chance to meet Santa. Tickets are available from www.thechristmasexperience.co.uk

Northern Ballet autumn season. The season ends with festive favourite The Nutcracker  at Leeds Grand Theatre (Dec 4-16). northernballet.com/whatson

World War One Centenary Exhibition, The Station, Station Yard, Richmond. Exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1914-18 war by two local artists, Caroline Shepherd and Jennifer Richardson, until Dec 31. http://www.thestation.co.uk/news/remembrance-at-the-station

Once Upon a Time, Chatsworth House,  until Jan 6. Be transported into a world of make-believe as Chatsworth presents a selection scenes from classic tales woven throughout the house to create a storybook world. The creative team has produced a Christmas experience that draws on the talents of the staff from across the estate to make costumes, props and sets as well as painting, decorating, printing and staging with lighting, sounds and scents. The Chatsworth Christmas market runs until Dec 4, with more than 100 market stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations. Entrance to Once Upon a Time is included with Christmas admission. Tickets include the house, garden and farmyard are priced at £25 per adult; £15 per child and £69 per family (2 adults, 3 children). https://www.chatsworth.org/events/christmas

Castle Howard hosts The Twelve Days of Christmas, until Dec 31. See the grand interiors transformed by magnificent decorations on a journey through the grand state rooms, brining you open fires, candlelight and live music plus the 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with more than 3,000 baubles in the Great Hall, a fun indoor children’s trail, Christmas Market, Farm Shop and Garden Centre. And Father Christmas will be making some very special visits. www.castlehoward.co.uk.

Nutcracker Extravaganza, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, December 14-16. Featuring a secret entrance, an enchanted world (where snow falls daily) and surprises including brass bands, dance performance, acrobatics,  and festive treats – from street food to mulled wine, and themed cocktails. It’s family friendly by day, and a more grown-up experience in the evenings. Pre-booking is essential. www.sneakyexperience.co.uk

1918: The Long Last Mile exhibition, The Folly, Victoria Street, Settle. A commemorative exhibition looking at the lives and deaths among the men of North Craven in the final year of World War One, the year which took the greatest toll of all. Until Dec 22, 1pm-4pm. Adults £2, 16 and under free. The exhibition is organised in association with the Craven and the First World War project and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. http://www.thefolly.org.uk

Ostinelli & Priest, Christmas Ceramic Showcase, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery,  Leeds. Until Jan 5, 2019. Partnership that produces hand-built ceramic animals, focusing here on a variety of dog breeds  http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/ostinelli–priest-ceramic-showcase

Estate of War: Doncaster’s Country Houses, exploring the impact of the First World War on Doncaster’s country houses. Until Dec 2019, Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster. Closed Thurs and Fri. www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/cusworth-hall-museum-and-park

The BFG in Pictures, York Art Gallery, until Feb 24, 2019. An exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG. Curated by Quentin Blake himself, the exhibition contains 40 original artworks, including rarely seen unpublished illustrations, exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, giving an insight into the collaboration between author and artist. https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/the-bfg-in-pictures

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, The Hepworth Wakefield, until Jan 20, 2019. Exhibition featuring the work of shortlisted artists competing for this £30,000 biennial award recognising a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The sculptors in the running this year are Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans. https://hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/the-hepworth-prize-for-sculpture-2

Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 11am-5pm. Celebrating the restoration of Chatsworth. https://www.chatsworth.org

Dolls’ House Exhibition, Newby Hall & Gardens, near Ripon. Seventy houses of all shapes, sizes, styles and ages in one of the world’s most important private collections. www.newbyhall.com

A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley, York Castle Museum. https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

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