By / 10th December, 2019 / News / Off

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on and with so much happening in our District this Season, there’s something for everyone to enjoy a very Harrogate Christmas!✨🎄❄️🍷🎅🏻☃️

Glow at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

As dusk falls, special lighting effects bring a touch of colour and magic to the garden – see iconic features including Streamside, the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns and Alpine House transformed.

New for this year, enjoy illuminated sculptures, including a striking silver angel, meander through a tunnel of twinkling lights as you enter the Kitchen Garden, and finish the trail at a festive-themed marquee with Christmas carols.

Warm yourself with refreshments from Bettys Café Tea Rooms or Bettys Café Takeaway. Treat yourself to a Bettys mince pie and hot chocolate on your way around the garden.

Discover great Christmas shopping opportunities in the Gift Shop and Plant Centre, including the chance to buy Christmas trees, wreaths and seasonal gifts. Glow visitors will receive a 10% off coupon to use on the evening of their visit.

Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday–Saturday) from 4.30pm – 8pm, with the last admission at 7pm.
Reduced entry applies after 4.30pm. Tickets available online or at the garden and this event runs until 28th December.

Christmas at Stockeld Park

We love Stockeld Park, especially at Christmas time!

Along with their exciting Christmas events, the magical Winter Illuminations will be lighting up the Enchanted Forest and the Snowflake Maze will be open for you to explore!
Fancy more of a challenge? Try Nordic Skiing and enjoy the Winter Illuminations from a different view by taking to the 1.2km Nordic Ski route!

The ice-skating rink will also be open over Christmas and Stockeld’s rink is covered, meaning you can whizz around the rink in any weather!

There is so much festive fun to be had at Stockeld Park this Christmas, visit their website for more information.

Alice in Winterland at Lightwater Valley

Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland.

Illuminated by the hundreds of magical lantern displays, this Christmas, Lightwater Valley will be home to Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Humpty Dumpty and many more of those Lewis Carroll’s childhood characters we all know and love.

This immersive experience is perfect festive fun for all the family, whatever your age. From a life-size chessboard with an Alice pawn to the iconic Mad Hatter’s tea party, there’s ways to get involved throughout the experience.

Nearby Ripon is believed to have been a major influence on Lewis Caroll’s classic children’s story. The author’s father was the canon of Ripon Cathedral and carved figures resembling the Mad Hatter and Alice with which Carrol would have been familiar, have been discovered on several of its’ choir stalls so Lightwater Valley is a perfect venue to host Alice in Winterland!

Alice in Winterland will be open from 4pm with last entry at 7pm
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 22nd November – 15 December

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 20th December to 30th December.

A Christmas Masquerade at Castle Howard

Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.

The Castle Howard “Christmas Masquerade” celebrates the House’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its magnificent architecture and interiors.

Visit on one of their Twilight Evenings and discover Castle Howard in a new light as night falls, as they stay open in to the Evening (14th December and 21st December).

Visit their website for more information.

Christmas Reindeer Weaving at Harewood House

Join Harewood House this Christmas, for a festive Willow Weaving workshop, where you will have the chance to make your very own 4 foot Christmas Reindeer!

Willow weaver Leilah Vyner will teach you the art of creating sculpture from willow rods and the random weave we use to make large and small sculptures.

All the tools are provided for the day, you can bring an apron if you want to protect your clothing.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. Please notify Harewood House upon booking of any dietary requirements you may have.

This workshop is suitable for beginners or people who have tried willow before and want to try something different. No prior experience is needed. Please note that people with severe Arthritis in their hands will find the activity painful.

This is a one off event on Wednesday 18th December 2019, 11am – 4pm.

Bookings can be made via their website.

Bonus Boxing Day Event:

Wetherby Races

It’s as traditional as turkey and tinsel… Since 1940 folk have been enjoying the Yorkshire Christmas Meeting at Wetherby. Join the ritual….

Thursday 26th December features a 7 race card with the highlight being the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase.

Gates open at 10.00am and the first race is currently scheduled for 11.55am, with the last race at 3.20pm.

More information and tickets available on Wetherby Racecourse website.

New Year’s Day:

Knaresborough Duck Race

Around 5000 plastic ducks will be dropped from High Bridge in Knaresborough at this annual New Year’s Day event and then make their way downstream to the finish line outside Marigold’s Cafe.

The first duck to the finishing line wins £100!

Tickets are on sale now for £1. Also there is a corporate ticket option, £25 per ticket with corporate prizes and promotions and you also get a gold duck too.

This is always such a spectacle to behold and a community event not to be missed!

For tickets contact Sarah Martin by ringing 01423 814385 or emailing

From all of us at The Kimberley Hotel, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!