Christmas. It’s all about the feeling, the magic, and believing. How is this achieved? Festivities with our favourite people! A calendar of exciting events, eating delicious locally made food and drink, finding lovingly handmade crafts and perfect gifts - it all goes together to make Christmas the best time of the year. Here’s our handy hints and tips on how to make the most of the festive season in East Yorkshire.

Discover Somewhere Special

First things first, we have to let the jolly man in a red coat know that we have, of course, been very good all year, but also what we might want to find underneath the Christmas tree on the 25th. The region offers several magical Santa experiences, it can be difficult to know which to book, but the main thing to remember is to book early as these experiences are often a sell out. 

Let Loose! Christmas and Santa Adventure

Discover Christmas around every corner at Let Loose! Christmas and Santa Adventure, where you and the family are immersed in the magic on a train ride, and journeying through a wonderland of pine trees and glittering lights before a meeting with Santa himself. Available from the 1st to the 24th December, there’s plenty of chances to book in and enjoy.

Sledmere House Magical Santa Experience

Enjoy a day of festivities at the Magical Santa Experience at Sledmere House, available to book on weekends from 27th November throughout December and daily from 18th - 23rd December. A day at Sledmere House never disappoints, add in a magical Christmas experience and it’s certain you won’t leave disappointed. Be greeted by Santa’s most entrusted elves as they bring you to meet Santa himself, before visiting the VIP Elf Toy Store to choose a gift. Continue the festivities with a visit to Christmas village full of festive games to play, stories of North Pole and animals to meet, a tractor trailer ride to see the beautiful red deer in the grounds - will you spot Rudolph? - not to mention a spot of shopping in The Woodyard home, gift and garden store.

Find Festive Delights

Love it or loathe it, Christmas time comes with its fair requirement of shopping. For gifts, for food, for decorations and treats. What better way to indulge in the task than by visiting a market or two. Christmas and shopping? Only one place comes to mind - Beverley! 

Beverley Festival of Christmas

The renowned Beverley Festival of Christmas returns this year on Sunday 12th December. The day is filled with cheery entertainment, fairground rides and stalls upon stalls of homemade crafts, gifts, locally produced food and regional ales. Find the perfect something for someone special in your life, or stack your pantry with quality local produce, the festival sets you in the Christmas spirit and is a great way to begin the festivities.

Made in East Yorkshire Christmas Market

Brand new for 2021, the Made in East Yorkshire Christmas Market begins the day after the festival on Monday 13th and runs daily until Friday 17th December, offering plenty of chances to pick up all your favourite festive treats and gifts from the best producers and makers in East Yorkshire. Open from 10am till 8pm daily (4pm Friday) there’s ample opportunity to indulge in some late night shopping and soak up the spirit of the season. Get wrapped up warm, enjoy the lights and a mulled wine or festive coffee as you browse the stalls in Saturday Market in Beverley.

Tempting Tasty Treats

‘Tis the season for catch ups, get togethers and parties! And what better way to catch up than over a delicious afternoon tea… even better if it’s festive themed. 

The Manor Rooms

In a beautiful setting, overlooking fields and countryside, The Manor Rooms festive afternoon tea menu is delightful and perfect for getting the family together, a group of friends or having an afternoon off with the work team.  

Tickton Grange

For something extra special, afternoon tea at Tickton Grange is the perfect way to treat a friend or family member. Expertly made sweet treats with festive flavours by their pastry chefs, and savouries made with Yuletide fillings and ingredients from Yorkshire suppliers. All set in the gorgeous, Georgian Tickton Grange, which emulates luxury and indulgence. 

Tiffin & Tart

For those with an extra sweet tooth, it has to be Tiffin & Tart in Bridlington. Their afternoon teas are always outstanding but the festive menu is packed with all the season favourites. From Turkey, cranberry and brie tarts to gingerbread muffins and of course their signature tiffins. The cafe is cosy and quiet, ideal to book a table for the whole family to enjoy. Alternatively you can order an adapted version to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

However you celebrate the festive season, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope to see you all in 2022.