It’s fair to say that after time apart from loved ones, we want to make the most of the time we have with our bubbles and Christmas bubbles in the run up to and over the Christmas period. While we can’t necessarily take part in what would normally get us into the Christmas spirit, there’s still plenty to do to get you feeling festive and maybe make some new Christmas traditions.

Walks and warmers

Gather your bubble and head out for a crisp winter walk in beautiful East Yorkshire. There are so many walks right here on our doorstep, but if you’re looking for a new route or something different to try, use the Walking the Riding website for local walks. Fill your flasks and bring a hot drink to warm you through, while you enjoy the view. For something extra special, support local and bring a hot chocolate from your local cafe - just don’t forget the marshmallows. Find a cafe to support here.

Christmas lights and trails aplenty

There’s Christmas Tree Trail aplenty across towns and villages across East Yorkshire and most have a Facebook page or group, so give them a search and get involved. Decorate your windows or make your own trees and join the trail or follow the trails and choose your favourite display!

Without a big town light switch on, residents are making their houses look as festive as possible, and within a couple of weeks whole streets are being lit up with twinkling lights. With the evening’s drawing in, bundle the family into the car and explore your village and town, enjoying the lights and picking out your favourite!

Christmas movies, hot chocs and snacks

Whether it’s Home Alone, The Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street or, controversially Die Hard, snuggling up on the sofa while the weather’s grey and dull with a festive film and an array of snacks is a Christmas must. What those snacks are and where they come from is a difficult decision to make with so many excellent makers and producers in the area, from a selection of chocolates from White Rabbit Chocolate, to a graze box from Connoisseurs Deli, or something sweet from 42nd East Bakehouse. Nothing you fancy here? See our ever growing list of places open for click and collect and takeaway?

Fingers Crossed for snow 

It’s cold, it’s wet and it’s often a massive inconvenience, but while we stay at home as much as we can, the thought of waking up to a blanket of crisp, white snow seems like something to look forward to. Wrapping up in bobble hats, scarves and gloves and heading out to explore the best sledging places in East Yorkshire is definitely a childhood dream. From the pasture of Beverley Westwood, to the Yorkshire Wolds, to building snowmen on Sewerby Cliff tops, or a snowball fight in the woods make sure you’re prepared should the white stuff appear and plan where to sledge and erm … where is the sledge?

A visit to Santa - 2020 style

Sledmere House have organised a very special ‘walk in’ magical adventure that allows little one’s and their household bubbles to see Santa in the North Pole. Be greeted by the elves, before seeing Santa’s magical outdoor grotto and hear the tales of how he makes the magic work. Don’t forget to choose a present to take home and visit the reindeer too! Tickets also allow access to the grounds and gardens where you can have a go on the play area and meet the farm animals! 

Make a meal of those festive catch ups!

Catching up with friends and family is going to be very different over the festive period, but you can make the most of your zoom catch ups by ordering a special treat to each of your doorsteps. From afternoon teas from a local bakery and delicatessen such as Tiffin & Co and Wolds Village, or graze boxes of charcuterie or sweet treats from Connoisseurs Deli or Beverley Street Food. Perhaps choose your favourite cafe or restaurant that’s offering takeaway and treat yourself to a meal in. Don’t forget your drink of choice! With so many talented local brewers and distillers whether its gin, beer or wine you want East Yorkshire has it. Create your own Christmas cocktail or just enjoy a local beer.

Bake, Bake, Bake!

Christmas and food go hand in hand, and with plenty of time to spend at home have a go at baking your special treats from festive favourites such as mince pies to something that’s a firm family favourite. Or if you don’t fancy baking treat you and your bubble to something special from TC Patisserie, who have an array of fresh bakes, French patisserie and festive delights to choose from. Keep the kids - and adults - busy with an afternoon of gingerbread house building and decorating. With a variety of kits available from making every element from scratch, to already made and ready to build or built and ready to decorate, there’s an option for every ability.

Energy and excitement but what to do about it?

Waiting for the main man to come on Christmas Eve can make days seem like years to young children - and those young at heart - but there are plenty of things around to keep everyone entertained! Get plain white or fillable baubles to make your own decorations, old jars and glitter make pretty DIY snow globes. Or for something a little different have a go at RSPB Bird Identifier, try it on a walk or sit by the window, search your own garden, and maybe even spot a Christmas Robin. Active East Riding has an abundance of ideas to keep everyone occupied from online exhibitions, to learning to draw cartoons, playing games and trying a workout.

We want to wish all of our Visit East Yorkshire businesses, visitors and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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