School Holiday Ideas

Christmas – Panto’s, Shows & Parties

There are lots of Christmas pantomimes, shows and places holding family Christmas parties in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Find a handy guide on Mumbler here.

peter pan pantomime at bridlington spa christmas 2021Hook Your Tickets Now! Runs 14th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022.

Singing sensation Michael Auger from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro will headline in the starring role of Peter Pan, in the Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan this Christmas. Hoist the mainsail for ship-loads of pantomime-style nautical naughtiness with the boy who never grew up in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling as they fly from the rooftops of Victorian London with Peter to join the Lost Boys and the fairy Tinker Bell in Never Land where Captain Hook is on a mission to outwit and out-manoeuvre our hero.

This year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever featuring all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket-loads of laughter and awe-inspiring flying guaranteed to entertain all the family.

Book tickets on their website now, or call the box office on 01262 678258. Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH.

burton constable at christmasA visit to this fascinating country house at Christmas is the perfect chance to lift your spirits for the festive season ahead. Runs November 20th to December 19th, 2021.

Meander upstairs and downstairs though 30 evocative rooms filled with fine art and furniture that will be transformed with seasonal floral displays, stunning decorations and garlands. Children can experience the magic of the Hall at its twinkling best searching for the Christmas Reindeer hidden in each room.

  • Hall: open daily 11am – 4pm, last admission 3pm.
  • Stables, Grounds, Stables Kitchen & Gift Shop: open daily 10am – 4pm.

Normal admission charges apply. Pre-book tickets online. For further information email or call 01964 562400.

Burton Constable Hall & Grounds, Skirlaugh, HU11 4LN

culture tots baby and toddler music classes hullCarols with Culture Tots – A moment to relax with your little one and take in the magic of Christmas. We’ll sing traditional Christmas carols with lovely sensory and music activities to engage the little ones. Carols with Culture Tots takes place in the stunning World of Wonder space, which will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkly lights and fluffy snow! We have separate sessions for each age group from 0-7, as well as a mixed age class.

Wednesday 22nd December: 9.15-10.05 for 9 months-2 years, 10.20-11.10 for 2-7 years, 11.25-12.15 for newborn-9 months, 2.30-3.30 for 0-7 years

Also this Christmas from Culture Tots – Christmas Specials. Celebrate Christmas with Culture Tots! Why not join us for our Christmas Specials, in the beautiful winter wonderland at the World of Wonder, Newland Avenue, Hull. You might catch a the Reindeer Hokey Hokey, a magical jingle, bell sleigh ride, bubble snow or twinkly Christmas star. Whichever class you choose, you can expect beautiful music and sensory fun, and a Christmas experience you can enjoy together.Monday 13th December: 10am Toddle Songs (9 months-2 years), 10.45 Junior Maestros (2-5 years), 11.30 Sensory Songs (0-9 months)Friday 17th December: 9.30 Toddle Songs (9 months-2 years), 10.15 Sensory Songs (0-9 months)Monday 20th December: 9.30-10.20 for 9 months-2 years, 10.35-11.25 for 2-7 years, 11.40-12.30 for newborn-9 months, 1.30-2.30 for 0-7 years.

Also Story Explorers – The Snowman. Join us to discover the enchanting story of The Snowman through live music, creative painting and imaginative play. Story Explorers is a new collaboration between Culture Tots and Creative Explorers, offering magical storytelling experiences filled with music. Tuesday 21st December, Hessle Community Centre.

Booking is essential – contact Anna to find out more on 07946 746 967, email or visit her website here.

snow white at hull new theatreThis years pantomime at Hull New Theatre is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Runs 11th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022.

Mirror, Mirror on The Wall, Hull New Theatre’s panto will be the fairest of them all! Starring musical theatre and Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, panto favourite Neil Hurst and the ultimate panto dame Nigel Ellacott this year’s Hull New Theatre panto will be the ultimate fairy-tale adventure for you and your family. Brought to you by Crossroads Pantomimes, the world’s biggest panto producer, you can be sure of a show packed with special effects, comedy in abundance, beautiful costumes and stunning sets.

With so much to look forward to, you’ll want to book your tickets today… otherwise you won’t be able to look yourself in the Mirror! To book, call the box office on 01482 300 306 or book online here.

Kingston Square, Hull, HU1 3HF.

the railway children, family christmas show at hull truck theatre

This year the Christmas show at Hull Truck Theatre is The Railway Children. Runs Friday 26th November 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022

All aboard as E Nesbit’s classic story steams into Hull this Christmas! Join Bobby, Peter and Phyllis in this warm-hearted, uplifting tale of hope, friendship and family. With their Father gone, the family is forced to leave their comfortable home in London. Here in Yorkshire they experience a life of adventure by the railway, whilst struggling to make ends meet. Through the kindness and generosity of friends and neighbours they continue to have faith that it’ll all come right in the end.

Audio Described Performance – Sat 18 Dec, 2pm, BSL Interpreted Performance – Wed 29 Dec, 7pm, Captioned Performance (Open) – Thu 30 Dec, 2pm, Relaxed Performances – Thu 16 Dec, 7pm and Sun 2 Jan, 2pm.

Recommended Age: 7+. Book tickets now on their website here.

Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB. 01482 323638.

Hull Truck Theatre A Great Christmas AdventureRuns 18th to 24th December 2021, morning and afternoon show each day.

Christmas needs rescuing and you’re the only ones who can save it. Join our Adventurers on a festive quest to restore Christmas and have lots of excitement and fun along the way. The adventure features an arts & crafts session followed by an interactive performance where the children’s craft items come to life as part of the show!

Designed for adventurers aged 3 to 6 & their families. £6 per child with one accompanying adult free. Buy tickets on their website here.

Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB. 01482 323638

magic hatter 2021 christmas showsThe Magic Hatter brings his much-loved comedy magic and seasonal silliness with two new Christmas shows – a live show and a digital show to watch at home!

A Cracking Celebration – Live Show. Celebrating TEN magical years, join The Magic Hatter and friends for a very special Christmas party show! Featuring Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and even SANTA CLAUS! Festive fun for all the family…’yule’ love it. December 4th and 5th at Manor Academy in York. £10 adults, £9 children or £32 for a family of four. Shows sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended!

The Christmas Express – Online Show. All aboard for some festive fun inspired by The Polar Express! Join The Magic Hatter on a virtual journey to meet Santa at The North Pole. Meet Aunty Madge as she tries to make hot chocolate, laugh at Frostbite the Penguin’s silly antics and enjoy plenty of magic along the way! All booking options come with free printable train tickets! Launches late November, but available to pre-order now.

Book both on the website here.

middle child theatre panto rapunz'ull, hull marinaRuns 16th to 24th December 2021, at Social, 63 Humber Street, Hull. The rock’n’roll Hull panto is back with a helter skelter take on the classic fairy tale.

Waltzing wanderer Rapunzel is the heart of Hull Fair, bold as brass and always seeking adventure. Pattie Breadcake is the fair’s worst fortune teller, forever casting chip spice to predict the future and find a fella. And mayor Gothel is the wicked goblin who’s locked them both in a tower far, far away. He plans to bottle Rapunzel’s sorcery and become richer than Bezos, Branson and Mr Burns put together. But not if the mighty lass with the magic hair and you – the revolutionary people of Hull – have anything to do with it!

With live music, mess galore and the chance to make as much noise as you can, the Middle Child panto returns to Humber Street after four years away. Tickets are on-sale now from £10.50-£16.50. More info and tickets are on their website here. You can follow them on facebook here.

P&O ferrys hull dine with santa christmas party eventsThe magic is back this Christmas at P&O Ferries! Santa is taking a well-earned break from all of his Christmas preparations and sailing into Hull this December 2021.

Join Santa and his elves on board for a day full of family festive fun. Head to our Show Bar for some Christmas crafts, get your festive face paint on, join in our jingle disco games and listen to a magical Christmas story before meeting the big man himself. Plus! A special little gift awaits for all the boys and girls who have been extra good this year. Don’t forgot your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities for your little ones. That’s not all, we have a delicious buffet lunch included in your ticket price, with lots of yummy Christmas delights to choose from. Our Show Bar will also be open to purchase soft and alcoholic beverages and any additional snacks. Dates:

  • Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December 2021
  • Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December 2021

With the option to book the 11:00, 12:00 or 13:00 sitting to see Santa. Prices: Adult £14.99, Child £19.99, Infant Free of Charge. Book online here.

Location: Hull port event – ship to remain in port. P&O Ferries, Terminal 1, King George Dock, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 5QA

sewerby winter wonderland festive family experience near bridlington


The Sewerby Winter Woodland will take visitors on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.

Visitors will discover that The Snow Queen has cast a spell on the beautiful woodland, which has come alive with light and sounds. Joining the Sewerby polar explorer on his expedition, visitors will travel through an illuminated tunnel into the winter woods, and embark on their quest into the Snow Queen’s domain.

As they journey deeper into the enchanted woodland, visitors will have the opportunity to make some winter magic of their own – taking part in activities such as wand making with Moonlight, the enchanted moth; learning spells; and even meeting the Snow Queen herself, before enjoying the grand finale of a superb lighting display set to music!

The house itself will be filled with Christmas decorations and trees, and the lighting in the house will add a magical feel. Visitors will also be able to sample a range of local craft stalls, a bar, and vintage fairground rides.

Winter Woodland will run from Friday 3rd December to Thursday 23rd December 2021. Relaxed performance 4.30pm Monday 6th December. Book tickets on their website now.

Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.

she productions christmas 2021 east riding libraries tourWritten by She Productions. Directed by Becky Hope-Palmer.

It’s Christmas Eve and the Fig family are feeling festive. With decorations galore, the final touch is the Fairy on top of the Christmas tree. It is little Freddie’s turn to do the honours but as she stretches onto her tiptoes she stumbles and Fairy tumbles to the floor. Will Bob the Bauble, Tina Tinsel & the rest of decorations find a suitable understudy or will Fairy be thrown in the bin forever?

With a set made entirely out of recycled materials, this all-singing, all-dancing Christmas musical is a reminder that being present is the most priceless gift. All performances are relaxed with acoustic sound and natural lighting. 2021 shows:

  • 4th December – Withernsea Library, 10.30am
  • 8th December – South Cave Library, 4.30pm
  • 11th December – North Bridlington Library, 11.00am
  • 13th December – Cottingham Library, 5.30pm
  • 14th December – Cottingham Library, 5.30pm
  • 17th December – South Cave Library, 4.30pm
  • 18th December – Beverley Library, 2.30pm
  • 20th December – Bridlington Central Library, 10.30am & 2.30pm
  • 21st December – Beverley Library, 6.00pm
  • 23rd December – Willerby Library, 11.00am
  • 23rd December – Beverley Library, 6.00pm

Tickets: £3, Babes in Arms go free. Book online here or contact for further information

sky magic drive in fireworksRunning for it’s second year, come join us to celebrate bonfire night with an amazing musical firework display alongside local food/drink vendors, great Driffield radio, competitions and give aways. Perfect for all ages and weathers with the warmth of your car to keep dry.

This year we are also selling walk in tickets (no parking available with these tickets). Have friends with drive in tickets but want to stand together, that’s fine!!

Come and join us for an evening of fun and of course the best fireworks display in East Yorkshire!! At Scampston Hall – 18th December 2021

More information on their facebook page here, or for tickets and info visit the website here.

stockeld park christmas treesChoose your real Christmas Tree from Yorkshire’s largest Christmas grower! Grown and freshly cut from the Stockeld Park Estate. Non-needle drop Nordmann Firs are available from 3ft – 12ft.

Head to one of the three Stockeld Christmas Tree sites with the family and choose your tree together! You can choose your Christmas Tree from any of the following locations:

  • Stockeld Park – Harrogate Road, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN (home delivery can be arranged from this site).
  • Harrogate Horticultural Nursery – Nursery Lane East, off Harlow Moor Road, Harrogate, HG2 0FH
  • The Arium, Leeds -Thorner Lane, Leeds, LS14 3FB

Or you can order your tree online and have it delivered to your home – available to order now! For more information visit their website here.

The Balloon Tree Farmshop has a brand new online shop where you can order all your Christmas dinner goodies in one place, alternatively pop into the shop and fill out an order form. You could be in with a chance of winning your turkey or a luxury gift hamper by entering the prize draw in the farmshop.

Lots of sizes of fresh Christmas trees, locally and sustainably sourced and all reduced needle drop…and you can bring them back to be recycled at the end.

Enjoy a delicious home cooked Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Served in our spacious cafe every day from 12 – 4pm, 28th November – 22nd December. Let’s get festive!

Lots of great gifts for the whole family from sweet treats & stocking fillers to scented candles and locally produced gins & beers. Or why not ‘Pick your own’ contents for the beautiful tailored hamper.

Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge). 01759 373023. For more information email or visit their website here.

24 Days of Christmas – Activity Advent Calendar

Local mum Jo Whittaker has come up with this fantastic idea for an activity advent calendar – each day of advent she has an idea for a festive activity to do with her family. She’s inspired me to do something similar and I’m going to fit some ideas in to suit our family and our budget. Her children are 9, 5 and 4 so I’m going to adapted it to suit mine, who are 7 and almost 11.

They’re all just suggestions of what you could do each day, I hope it inspires you like it’s inspired me!

  1. Make Christmas cards
  2. Make crackers for Christmas dinner
  3. Make presents for family
  4. Make a funny family calendar
  5. Christmas baking day
  6. Make a gingerbread house (there are a range of sets from £2.99 at B&M to more expensive ones at M&S!)
  7. Christmas film day
  8. North Pole Breakfast
  9. Visit Santa
  10. Post off our Christmas lists
  11. Drive round some local Christmas lights
  12. Christmas walk around- our local area to look at houses lights, taking a hot chocolate with us
  13. Random acts of Christmas kindness day
  14. Sort out our old toys to drop some off at a charity
  15. Buy a new decoration for the tree
  16. Look round a Garden Centre’s Christmas displays
  17. Christmas puzzles and games day – there are lots of free doenloads online and we sometimes pick up new ones at charity shops
  18. Learn about Christmas past, usually with a craft or food
  19. Learn about Christmas in other countries, usually with a craft or food
  20. Watch a Christmas show or pantomime
  21. Visit a Christmas fair or market
  22. Christmas crafts day
  23. Christmas music – either seeing some carols or a concert or just murdering silent night on recorders and a triangle.
  24. Get ready for Santa!

Other things we’ve done and I sometimes swap in are:

  • Making a santa’s workshop for my littlies to practice designing toys, constructing out of junk modelling or lego, or practice their wrapping skills
  • Christmas story days
  • Lego challenges e.g. make a sleigh out of lego that can hold santa and with room for presents
  • Christmas tree displays (both Hull and Beverley Minsters have one this year)
  • A shop for the food banks with the kids choosing what they think would be good to receive at Christmas and being set a budget to work to
  • Making pictures for residential homes
  • Live Nativities and seeing reindeer
  • Making reindeer food out of birdseed and edible glitter

Hope everyone has a super December!

Angel Trail Kirkella & Kirkella Churches Christmas Events

Angel Trail – starting at St Andrew’s Memorial Hall, Beverley Road/Redland Drive corner, Kirkella. Runs 28th November – 24th December 2021.
Follow the trail to find all the angels and watch the videos at each location to decipher the code. Prize available for all those who find the answer.
Also at Willerby & Kirkella Churhes this Christmas:
  • 11th December: Carols Under the Stars. 5.30-6.30pm St Andrew’s Churchyard. Join us as we gather together outside for atmospheric carol singing.
  • 12th December: 4-5 pm Christingle St Luke’s Church. Come along with the children to make their own Christingles decorated with a candle, red ribbon and sweets. And why not bring the whole family to this fun and most atmospheric of Christmas children’s services? With refreshments served afterwards.
  • 19th December: Nativity Service, 10.45-11.45 St Andrew’s Church. Children are invited to come dressed as a character from the first Christmas story as told in the Bible and take part in the dress-up nativity! With singing by the St Andrew’s children’s choir.
  • 19th December: Carols by Candlelight, 6.30-7.30 St Andrew’s Church. Come and join us for a traditional carols by candlelight service.
  • 24th December: Christmas Eve all age service, 2-3pm St Luke’s, 4-5pm St Andrew’s. Join us on the day before the big day and celebrate with all the family.

Anlaby Village Hall – Live Nativity

Awaiting 2021 update

Live Nativity at Anlaby village hall.

Anlaby Village Hall, Hull Road Anlaby HU10 6SP

Beverley Minster Christmas Tree Festival

Beverley Minster Christmas Tree Festival is back! With an estimated over 100 trees inside the Minster, all decorated by local community groups and businesses.

Runs 3rd to 12th December 2021, £4 per adult, children free.

Bridlington Winter Festival

Sunday 28th November 2021, 10am. Christmas Winter Festival in Bridlington’s Old Town with performers, stalls, rides, entertainment and a Lantern Walk. The Christmas lights will also be switched on. Organised by Regeneration of Bridlington Old Town (Robot).

Bridlington Old Town, YO16 4PX

Burton Agnes at Christmas

Christmas Colouring! Cards, Sheets and Gift Tags

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Christmas Craft Ideas

Find LOADS of ideas for Christmas crafts to do with kids at home this year on Mumbler here 

Christmas Fairs

There are several Christmas Fairs taking place across our region:

  • Larkers Market, Ground Floor Princes Quay: Starts 18th November, then Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • The Ferry Inn Christmas Market: 20th November, 12-4pm, over 30 stalls, including a hog roast, candles, cakes, books & more.
  • The Mile Cafe Christmas Artisan Market: 20th November, 11am-3pm, lots of stalls, raffle, tombola, crafts.
  • Christ Church, Beverley Road, Christmas Fair: 20th November, 10am-2pm, stalls, games, face painting, crafts.
  • Hessle Memorial Hall Christmas Fair: 20th & 21st November, 10am-3pm, different stalls each day, crafts & gifts, free entry.
  • North Ferriby Village Hall Christmas Market: 27th November, 10am-2pm.
  • Hesslewood Office Park Outdoor Christmas Market: 27th November, 10am-3pm. 50 different stalls plus food and drink, buy tickets online.
  • CANCELLED – RNLI Christmas Craft Fair, Bridlington: 27th November, 11am – 4pm. Craft stalls, raffle & tombola 
  • Children’s University Christmas Fair, Jubilee Central: 27th November, 10am-4pm. Stalls, gifts, tombola, Santa & elves.
  • Pocklington Christmas Festival: Sunday 28th November, 1-5pm. Stalls, Food & Drink, Santa, Rides and Music in the Town Centre.
  • Anlaby Park Community Library Christmas Fair: 3rd December, 5-8pm, includes Carols on the Green (more details to follow)
  • Manor Farm Christmas Fair: 4th December, 12-6pm. There will be entertainment, stalls, face painting, food and drink, Christmas gifts, plus much more.
  • Tranby School Christmas Fair: 4th December, 11am-3pm. Stalls, refreshments, crafts & games.
  • Cottingham Christmas Festival: Sunday 5th December, 10.30am-4.30pm. Stalls, food and entertainment.
  • Eastfield School Christmas Fair: 7th December, 3.10-5pm. Stalls, donkeys, refreshments.
  • Highway Pub Christmas Craft & Gift Market: 12th December, 11am-4pm. Crafts & gifts.
  • Beverley Festival of Christmas: Sunday 12th December, 10am-4pm. Staged around the town centre are traditional Victorian market stalls selling all things festive, along with family-friendly entertainment, including Santa and his reindeer parade. Come along for the perfect way to get into the spirit. FREE Park & Ride.
  • ‘Made in East Yorkshire’ Christmas Market, Beverley: A brand-new Christmas market is coming to Beverley! Taking place in Saturday Market, Beverley from Monday 13th to Friday 17th December 2021, 10am-8pm (Friday to 4pm). Festive stalls of gift ideas. Fine food and drink. An array of exciting entertainment and activities. Late night shopping within the town. Free Park & Ride facilities from Beverley Racecourse.
  • Bay Horse in Arnold, Christmas Fair: 14th & 21st December from 4pm. Gifts, food, refreshments.
  • St Nicholas Fair York: 18th November to 23rd December, Sunday to Thursday 10am-6pm,  Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm. In York city centre; the best way is to start with a stroll along Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square.

Christmas Holiday Camps & Workshops

Not many places offer Christmas Holiday Clubs and Camps, but these are the ones running this Christmas:

  • Soccer Kings Christmas Soccer Camps. Monday 20th December to Thursday 23rd December 2021. Main coaching camp 10am-3pm (£10 per child). 8am to 10am Breakfast club (£3 per child). Also have a Festive Fun Day, Thursday 23rd December 10am to 3pm
  • Kids Takeover – Christmas Holiday Activity Camps Running for Christmas 20th to 23rd December 2021. For info and booking call 0845 122 3457.
  • Free Camps at Leisure Centres across Hull. Running 20th-23rd December 2021, 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm at 4 locations across Hull – Ennerdale Leisure Centre, 01482 331136, Costello Stadium, 01482 331315, Woodford Leisure Centre, 01482 331322 and the Waudby Centre, 01482 715550. Book online or call one of the sites.
  • Free Swimming throughout the Christmas holidays at Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Woodford Leisure Centre, and Beverley Road Baths. Selected times, and children must be under 15 years or under to qualify. Contact the centres for more information.
  • Ballers Soccer Academy, 20th to 23rd December & 28th to 30th December 2021, Tranby School, 28th to 30th December, Tranby School Keepers Academy. Call 01482 218 753 for info.
  • Tiger’s Trust Christmas Football Centre, 20th-22nd December 2021, call 01482 358 371 for more info.

Christmas Party Games for Families and Children

Stuck for ideas for children’s games for Christmas parties? Here’s a list of great Christmas party games for families and children!

Christmas Party Games for children:

  • Make a snowman. Use a roll of toilet paper to wrap up an adult as quickly as possible so nothing is showing. Stick on a hat, scarf and gloves to finish off the look.
  • Present wrap. Choose some unusally shaped objects that children have to wrap up- either as quick as possible or do the best job with what they have.
  • Present stacking. Wrap up different objects of various shapes and sizes and see who can build the biggest tower!
  • Christmas Mittens. Put on a pair of mittens and try to unwrap some Christmas sweets!

Traditional Party Games with a Christmas Twist

  • Ring Toss. Make it festive by using Reindeer Horns to catch the inflatable rings that are thrown!
  • Treasure hunt/ Scavenger Hunt. Hide festive objects around the house and garden that children have to find (chocolate coins/ candy canes/ jingle bells)
  • Christmas Memory Game. A game that’s great for all ages. Show the children a number of festive objects. Hide them in a stocking and take one out. The children must guess which is missing. Make it easier for younger children by reducing the number of objects.
  • Santa Dash. A classic game of tag/ races/ egg and spoon race/ three-legged races in full festive fancy dress.
  • Pass the Parcel. Same only the presents are wrapped in Christmas Paper.
  • Musical Statues. Use your favourite Christmas Music.
  • Musical Chairs. Another classic game to play with your cheesy Christmas tunes!
  • Pin the nose on the snowman. No explanation needed!
  • Guess the object. Perfect for younger children. Use a stocking to hide an object in and get the children to guess what it is.
  • Santa Says…. the festive version of Simon Says!
  • Charades. The family classic, all Christmas themed
  • Pictionary. Christmas pictures!
  • Messy eating. Eat something messy (cream cake/ pasta/ jam donut) as quickly as possible with your hands tied behind your back. Make it festive with a Christmas hat or by using Christmassy food.
  • Cake decorating. Only this time decorate Christmas biscuits, Christmas Party Buns or Gingerbread men!

Cottingham Civic Hall – Humbug!

Hull Savoyards and the Kingston Brass Quintet are to present ‘A Musical Christmas Carol’ – Humbug!’ which is an adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol’ with the addition of various Gilbert & Sullivan songs and traditional Christmas Carols. The show includes a mixture of costumed and staged scenes with a concert style Victorian carol singers chorus.

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th and 15th December 2021. Tickets are £10, £5 for under 16s and students, available from Barkers on Hallgate, or online.

The Civic Hall, Market Green, Cottingham, HU16 5QG 01482 844599.

East Riding Theatre – Frost Hollow Hall

9th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022, 7.30pm. In the middle of a frozen lake, a girl is skating. She’s not supposed to be here. But the dead don’t scare Tilly Higgins. Suddenly Tilly falls into the treacherous water. Near death, a strange spirit appears to her; a boy so beautiful, Tilly’s sure he’s an angel. But he’s not an angel, he’s a ghost. A very troubled ghost. And he desperately needs her help…

£23 adult, £12 child (recommended age 9+) Book via the box office 01482 874050 or online.

East Riding Theatre, Lord Roberts Road, Beverley

Festive Family TV and Films

We love a festive film in our house so here is my Mumbler festive family film guide!! 24 films for the 24 days of Christmas. Read the list on Mumbler here.

2020 info, to be updated.

Or check out the full Mumbler Family TV Guide for Christmas 2020! All the best shows and films on TV from 12th December to 1st January. Read it on Mumbler here.

Hessle Town Hall Robinson Crusoe

Hessle Theatre Company are delighted to welcome you back to the Hessle Town Hall for their annual pantomime spectacular – Robinson Crusoe. Multiple showings on the 3rd, 4th & 5th of December 2021. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children, and can be bought from The Cake Room in Hessle Square, or online.

Hessle Town Hall, South Lane, Hessle, HU13 ORR

Hull City Centre Christmas Events

The Hull Christmas Lights Switch On, 18th November in Queen Victoria Square kicks off a seven-week music and lighting scheme each day/evening across the square alongside a further lighting scheme of the Albion Square building.

In addition, the three Saturdays in December (4th, 11th, 18th) will see the city centre come to life with Christmas-themed street theatre entertainment. Fairy stilt walkers, walking Brussels sprouts, roller skating illuminated Christmas presents, a sofa-driving Santa and a mobile piano playing nun will be just some of the characters taking to the streets, 11am – 3pm on each Saturday.

Hull City Centre Ice Sculpture Trail

Visit Hull city centre on 18th December 2021 between 11am and 3pm to watch three ice sculptures being carved, each from a single block of ice. From a huge ice sleigh to an ice post-box you can post your letters to Santa in, catch them before they melt. The locations of the ice sculptures are Queen Victoria Square, Trinity Market, and The Streetlife Museum.

Hull Minster Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival, 1st to 11th December 2021 during normal opening hours. Businesses and organisations have been invited to take part in a charity Christmas tree festival. The event will see decorated Christmas trees displayed in the Minster. Funds will be raised for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund, which this year supports Hull Help for Refugees and Street Angels.

Christingle Service, 18th December 2021 3pm, the service has children in mind so it is perfect to come along as a family but ALL are welcome to come and join us, to share in the joy, warmth and celebration.

There are more 2021 Christmas events at the Hull Minster, find them on the events calendar here.

Hull Minster, Trinity Square, Hull.

Parkway Beverley – Pantomime, Aladdin

The annual live pantomime at Parkway is back! This year Talegate Theatre present Aladdin. Runs 11th to 28th December 2021.

For tickets call the box office on 01482 968090

Parkway, Flemingate, Beverley, HU17 0PW.

Scampston Hall Christmas Trees


Christmas trees are sold from Scampston Walled Garden, near Malton.

2021 Opening times, 26th November until 19th December, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

For more info please call 01944 759111 / 07762325028 email 

Scampston Hall – Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, YO17 8NG

Talegate Theatre Mother Goose

Get ready for a cracking Christmas panto from Talegate Theatre – Mother Goose! Feathers will fly as Fairy Virtue battles against Baron Vain in a traditional tale of good vs evil. Have a gander at our pantomime full of silliness, slapstick and magic. at:

Pocklington Arts Centre, Market Place, Pocklington, YO42 2AR: Saturday 11th December 2021. Call the box office for tickets on 01759 301 547 or email

Junction Goole, Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL. 17th December – 23rd December 2021. Call the box office for tickets on 01405 763652.

Trinity Market Laser Light Shows

Spectacular Laser Lights shows at Trinity Market on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd & 23rd of December 2021 at 3pm, 5pm & 7pm. They are free to attend and there will be festive food, drink, music and magic as well.

Trinity Market, HU1 2JH

Village Hotel Hull – Christmas Dinner & Family New Years Party

The Village Hotel have family Christmas meals and New Years Eve Party. The meals are available on 12th & 19th December 2021.  To book call 01482 427110 or visit their website here.

Henry Boot Way, Priory Way, Hull, HU4 7DY.

Walkington Preschool Festive Scarecrow Trail

Running 18th & 19th December 2021. 20 festive scarecrow friends for you to find as you make your way around the village, then finish off by casting a vote for your favourite and delivering it to the colourful post box that will be set up, opposite the pond. There’s only one vote per map and therefore, to ensure a harmonious family Christmas, you may wish to purchase more than one.

Maps are available from Monday 13th December and can be purchased for £1 from the Pre-school or our fantastic village shop. Please support our wonderful Pre-school and enter into the Christmas spirit by taking part. For more information email

Waters’ Edge Christmas Activities

Waters’ Edge have lots of Christmas themed events running throughout December:

  • Santa workshop experience on Sunday 28th November 2021, 10am-4pm. Write a letter to Santa, make a reindeer decoration, photo opportunity on Santa’s Sleigh, and a lucky dip gift bag. Register your interest on their Facebook page, but no need to pre-book and you can pay on the day (£5 per child)
  • Christmas Pop Up Shop starting 27th & 28th November, running every weekend up to Christmas.

There is also an amazing range of gifts and Christmas decoration made locally by artisan crafters; getting you ready for the festive season.

Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, Barton, DN18 5JR 01652 631500

Willerby Methodist Church – The Journey to Bethlehem

Willerby Methodist Church Family Fun invites you to experience ‘The Journey to Bethlehem’. Follow along as we take you on a journey to share the story of the first Christmas. You can come dressed as an animal from the story!

Saturday 18th December 2021, shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Free entrance, donations welcome. Booking advised, please contact Mandy on

Also this Christmas at Willerby Methodist Church – Family Fun, Saturday 4th December 2021, 10am-12noon. Christmas themed crafts and refreshments for all the family, alongside toys, games and play equipment. £2 per family. All families and all ages welcome.

Willerby Methodist Church, Carr Lane (just off Willerby Square), Willerby.


Wrongsemble Online Christmas Shows

Aladdin and the Stolen Stories is an online theatrical adventure for the whole family streaming online for free.  A thrilling digital adventure for families from the original One Thousand and One Tales. Follow Aladdin’s journey to find the five stolen stories hidden in Bradford before the evil villain Margo gets her hands on them. Enjoy all five episodes by clicking here.

You can also view Stargazer and Humbug, for a £4 fee, or both together for £7 which also includes a Digital Factfile.

York City Cruises – Christmas

Our most magical event of the year returns again in 2021! Running from 27th Nov until 23rd December 2021.

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse.

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. You will then be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas or Ernie the Elf, who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.

Find out about the Covid-19 safety measure that have been put in place this year on their website and pre-book tickets. For more info call 01904 628324 or email