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.
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.
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.
Burton Constable Hall & Grounds, Skirlaugh, HU11 4LN
Carols 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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:
Tickets: £3, Babes in Arms go free. Book online here or contact email@example.com for further information
Running 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
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:
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.
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!
Other things we’ve done and I sometimes swap in are:
Hope everyone has a super December!
Awaiting 2021 update
Live Nativity at Anlaby village hall.
Anlaby Village Hall, Hull Road Anlaby HU10 6SP
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.
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
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Find LOADS of ideas for Christmas crafts to do with kids at home this year on Mumbler here
There are several Christmas Fairs taking place across our region:
Not many places offer Christmas Holiday Clubs and Camps, but these are the ones running this Christmas:
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:
Traditional Party Games with a Christmas Twist
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scampston Hall – Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, YO17 8NG
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 email@example.com.
Junction Goole, Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL. 17th December – 23rd December 2021. Call the box office for tickets on 01405 763652.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Waters’ Edge have lots of Christmas themed events running throughout December:
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.