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Meeting Father Christmas at Grassington Dickensian Festival

30 November, 1, 7, 8 December. Grassington. Make a note in your diaries to visit Grassington’s legendary Dickensian Festival at the most magical time of the year. There is a full entertainment programme over two weekends, with bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers and for the children, a chance to meet Santa in his grotto and to take part in a torchlit nativity procession. www.grassingtondickensian.co.uk

DECEMBER EVENTS

To 28 Leeds. Playhouse. The Night Before Christmas. A beautiful, funny and delightful story of friendship and the true meaning of Christmas. www.leedsplayhouse.org.uk

To 24 Wakefield. National Coal Mining Museum. Meet Santa underground. 01924 848806. www.ncm.org.uk

To 22 Ripon. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Christmas in the 1930s. Free event but normal admission applies. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

To 15 Helmsley. Christmas Tree Festival. www.visithelmsley.co.uk

1 Malton. Scampston Hall & Gardens. Festive Weekend. 10am-4pm. Free entry. www.scampston.co.uk

1 York. Racecourse. Toy Fair. www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

1 Richmond. Town Hall. Vintique Vintage & Craft Fair. www.wherecanwego.com

1–24 Knaresborough. Mother Shipton’s. Visit Santa for a magical memory-making Christmas experience. www.mothershipton.co.uk

2 Keighley. Local Studies Library. Airedale & Wharfedale Family History Talk: ‘Grave Concerns.’ 7.30pm. www.awfhs.org.uk

3 Guisborough. Christmas Festival. 4pm. Free. www.redcarcleveland.co.uk

6 York. Minster. Sankta Lucia. Candlelit procession and carol service. 7.30pm. Free. www.yorkminster.org

6–7 Harrogate. Convention Centre. The Gin to My Tonic Festival. Over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk

6–8 Driffield. Burton Agnes Hall. Twilight Weekend. www.burtonagnes.com

6–8 Robin Hood’s Bay. Victorian Weekend. www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com

6–8 Scarborough. St Andrew’s Church. Angel Festival. www.scarborough-urc.org.uk

7 Malham Cove. Christmas Concert with Skipton Brass Band, plus mulled wine and mince pies. https://blog.yorkshiredales.org.uk

7 Leyburn. Christmas Festival. www.welcometoleyburn.co.uk

7 Gargrave. Village Hall. Book Fair. 10am-4pm. www.gargravevillagehall.org.uk

7 Doncaster. Sandall Park. Santa Dash. 1-mile family fun run. Starts 11am. www.curlysathletes.co.uk

7–8 Bolton Abbey. Meet Father Christmas in Strid Wood. Continues weekends in December. www.boltonabbey.com

7–8 Hutton-Le Hole. Ryedale Folk Museum. Christmas Through Time. 10am–4pm. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk

7–8 Golcar, nr Huddersfield. Colne Valley Museum. Father Christmas and Fun. 1pm-4pm. Continues 14-15. www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk

7–14 York. Early Music Christmas Festival. www.ncem.co.uk

8 Bradford. Lister Park. Reindeer Stampede for Epilepsy Action. www.epilepsy.org.uk

8 Emley. St Michael’s Church. Emley Brass Band play Christmas music. 2pm. www.emleybrassband.co.uk

8 Hebden Bridge. Little Theatre. Comedy Night. www.visitcalderdale.com

8 Barnsley. Heritage Centre. Antiques Fair. 10am-4pm. www.elsecar-heritage.com

9 Ripon. Cathedral. Carol Concert in aid of Macmillan. 7pm. macmillanriponcarolconcert.co.uk

9 Leeds. Town Hall. The Choir of Leeds Cathedral. 1.05pm–1.55pm. www.leedstownhall.co.uk

11 Dewsbury. Town Hall. Brass Band Christmas Concert. 12.30pm. Tickets £5. www.kirklees.gov.uk

12 to 4 January York. Grand Opera House. Snow White. www.atgtickets.com/york

14 Halifax. Ogden Water. Visit Santa in his woodland grotto. www.visitcalderdale.com

14 Scarborough. Westborough Methodist Church. Scarborough Choral Society Christmas Concert. 7.30am. www.scarboroughchoral.com

17–21 York. De Grey Rooms. ‘A Christmas Carol’. 7.45pm. www.degreyrooms.co.uk

17 to 2 January Leeds. Grand Theatre. Northern Ballet’s Cinderella. www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

21 Wakefield. Cathedral. Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir Christmas Concert. 7pm. www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk

29 Keighley. The Club Rooms. Model Railway Exhibition. 10am-4pm. www.ukmodelshops.co.uk

31 Flamborough. Fire Festival and Fireworks Spectacular. www.flamboroughfirefestival.org

For a list of pantomimes in Yorkshire this Christmas, visit www.bigpantoguide.co.uk

Christmas fairs and markets

30 November. Bolton Percy. All Saints Church. Christmas Market. 1pm-4pm.

30 November. Copt Hewick, nr Ripon. Grand Christmas Fair and Tree Festival. 11am-4pm.

To 1 December. Halifax. Piece Hall Christmas Fair.

To 1 December. Wakefield. The Hepworth Christmas Market.

To 1 December. Thirsk. Christmas Fayre.

To 8 December. Harrogate. Christmas Fair.

To 21 December. Leeds. Christkindelmarkt.

To 22 December. York. St Nicholas Fair.

To 24 December. Sheffield. Christmas Market.

1 December. Otley. Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market.

1 & 8 December. Skipton. Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market.

5–8 December. Harrogate. Convention Centre Christmas Fair.

7 December. Halifax. Bankfield Museum Christmas Craft Fair.

7 December. Ripponden. St Bart’s Church and The Old Bridge Inn Festival Christmas Market.

7–8 December. Knaresborough. Christmas Market.

7–8 December. Malton. Christmas Food and Gift Market.

8 December. Richmond. Christmas Market.

8 December. Beverley. Festival Market.

MARKET DAYS

Monday: Halifax, Huddersfield, Hull, Kirkby Stephen, Leeds, Malton, Pickering, Rotherham, Scarborough, Selby, Sheffield, Shipley, Skipton, Thirsk, Todmorden, Yeadon, York.

Tuesday: Barnsley, Bedale, Doncaster, Halifax, Hawes, Hull, Leeds, North Ormesby, Otley, Scarborough, Settle, Sheffield, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Whitby, York.

Wednesday: Barnard Castle, Barnsley, Bentham, Beverley, Bingley, Bridlington, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Hornsea, Kirkbymoorside, Knaresborough, Leeds, Masham, Northallerton, Scarborough, Sedbergh, Sheffield, Skipton, Todmorden, York.

Thursday: Driffield. Guisborough, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Hull, Kirkby Lonsdale, Leeds, Richmond, Ripon, Scarborough, Sheffield, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Wakefield, Whitby, York.

Friday: Barnsley, Bingley, Doncaster, Easingwold, Elland, Filey, Halifax, Helmsley, Hull, Ingleton, Leeds, Leyburn, Otley, Redcar, Reeth, Rotherham, Scarborough, Shipley, Skipton, Sowerby Bridge, Stokesley, Todmorden, Wakefield, Yeadon, York.

Saturday: Appleby, Barnsley, Beverley, Bingley, Bridlington, Doncaster, Driffield, Guisborough, Halifax, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Malton, Masham, Northallerton, North Ormesby, Otley, Richmond, Ripon, Rotherham, Scarborough, Shipley, Skipton, Sowerby Bridge, Thirsk, Todmorden, Wakefield, Whitby, York.

Sunday: Bridlington, Catterick, Hull, Hornsea, Leeds, Todmorden, York

DECEMBER WALKS

1 Howardian Hills, Hovingham. Moderate 10 miles. Meet, 10am Hovingham VHCP (GR: SE668757). www.ramblers.co.uk

1 Easingwold Circular. Moderate 7 miles. Meet, 10.30am car park on Crabmill Lane (GR: SE530697). www.ramblers.co.uk

1 Sowerby Bridge to Norland. Moderate 7 miles. Meet, 11am Sowerby Bridge station car park (GR: SE062234). www.ramblers.org.uk

1 Huddersfield. Strenuous 10.5 miles. Meet, 10am Station Road by Slaithwaite Railway Station (GR: SE080142). www.ramblers.org.uk

1 Half of the Worth Way. Moderate 6 miles. Meet, 10.30am Belle Isle Road, Haworth (GR: SE034370). www.ramblers.org.uk

3 Thruscross. Easy 6 miles. Meet, 9.30am High Cleugh Ripon for car share park (GR: SE153572). www.ramblers.org.uk

4 Middleham. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am, Middleham (GR: SE127877). www.yorkramblers.org.uk

4 Yorkshire Wolds. Moderate 10 miles. Meet, 10am Pocklington Station, Robertson Close car park (GR: SE802487). www.ramblers.co.uk

7 Grass Wood from Grassington. Moderate 5 miles. Meet 10.30am, YDNP car park, Grassington (GR: SE003637). www.cravenramblers.org.uk

7 Ripon Circular. Moderate 10.5 miles. Meet, 9.45am, Ripon bus station (GR: SE313713). www.ramblers.org.uk

7 Ribblehead to Settle. Strenuous 15 miles. Train times www.friendsofdalesrail.org

8 Gentleman Jack’s Estate. Moderate 11 miles. Meet, 10am Shibden Park car park, Halifax (GR: SE108261). www.ramblers.org.uk

11 Sherburn in Elmet. Moderate 7.5 miles. Meet 10.30am, Sherburn in Elmet Church (GR: SE488335). www.yorkramblers.org.uk

14 Swinsty, Fewston & Beyond. Moderate 8 miles. Meet, 11am Swinsty Moor Plantation car park (GR: SE186537). www.ramblers.org.uk

14 Yorke’s Folly. Moderate 8 miles. Meet, 9.30am Pateley Bridge car park (GR: SE158654). www.ramblers.org.uk

14 Malham Tarn to Darnbrook House. Moderate 8 miles. Meet 10am, Malham Tarn car park, south of Tarn (GR: SD894658).

18 Thirsk. Easy 6.5 miles. Meet 9.30am High Cleugh, Ripon (GR: SE305708). www.ramblers.org.uk

19 Reeth to swing bridge and along River Swale. Moderate 7 mile circular. Meet 10am Reeth Green (GR: SE038992). www.northallertonramblers.org.uk

21 Nidderdale Way via Cayton and the Kettles. Moderate 7.5 miles. Meet, 9.30am Ripley Cross (GR: SE283605). www.ramblers.org.uk

21 Steeton & Silsden to Bingley. Moderate 10 miles. Train Times. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

22 Haworth to Hebden Bridge. For meeting details. www.bradfordwalking.org

28 Settle Circular. Easy 7 miles. Train Times. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

29 Calderdale Heritage Walk. Story behind the growth of the town. www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk

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