And it starts this weekend. Well today, actually, because the Yorkshire diary of festive events seems to be kicking off grand style.
First up is Lotherton Hall where The Christmas Experience runs from 23rd November to 23rd December and families can embark on a festive adventure in a winter wonderland. Activities include the Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, the Elf Village, the Enchanted Fairy Dell, The House and Edwardian Selfie Studio and The Christmas Courtyard.
The Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience will also feature a very special North Pole, where children can help Santa’s elves in their workshop, as well as visiting Father Christmas himself to share their wishes. It’s run by Lotherton, Leeds City Council and Breeze. Fly to www.thechristmasexperience.co.uk to find out more and book a magical trip.
On this weekend is The Christmas Fair at Ripley Castle until Sunday. This is a fab indoor fair in a heated marquee in the courtyard of the historic castle near Harrogate. I’m looking out for decorations and wreaths, and there are two restaurants and lots of lovely Christmas food ideas. It’s £9 on the door. Take a look inside Ripley church too – beautiful.
Also on now is Glow Winter Illuminations at Harlow Carr which runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 21 November until 28 December 2019. It’s an illuminated adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. As dusk falls, special lighting effects bring a touch of colour and magic to the garden with Streamside, the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns and Alpine House transformed.
New for this year are illuminated sculptures, including a striking silver angel, a meander through a tunnel of twinkling lights as you enter the Kitchen Garden, and a festive-themed marquee with Christmas carols. And there’s a Betty’s on site!
Check out all the relevant websites for details and tickets and keep up to date with festive events with our very own weekly diary of Yorkshire events.