Best Yorkshire Day Trips to do at Christmas

By Leeds Credit Union

Christmas comes but once a year and after what has been a pretty stressful 12 months, everyone's ready to make the most of it with some days out between now and the New Year.

But with so many incredible destinations in Yorkshire to choose from, where should you go? Here are a few of our suggestions:

The Christmas Adventure

With a labyrinth made up of thousands of yew trees, Santa's grotto, adventure playgrounds and beautiful woodland all decked out in Christmas attire, The Christmas Adventure is a must for families with young children.

But wait, there's myrrh! After dusk, the award-winning Enchanted Forest comes to life with some stunning Winter Illuminations, turning the park into a breathtaking winter wonderland that will make you think you've stumbled into Narnia.

The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby. LS22 4AN.

Nostell Priory

If you're pine-ing for a good walk this Christmas, look no further than Nostell Priory, one of the jewels in the crown of the National Trust.

With miles of gorgeous Yorkshire parkland and gardens to explore and plenty of nature to admire, there's no better place to experience a bit of fresh air on a cold winter's day. There's also a Percy the Park Keeper-themed winter wander trail for kids and a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat and a hot drink.

Nostell Priory, Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wragby, Wakefield. WF4 1QE.

St Nicholas Christmas Fair

There aren't many places as beautiful as York at the best of times, so when the St Nicholas Christmas Fair arrives and the city's festive lights are turned on, it truly is a sight to behold and well worth a visit.

The Fair itself boasts dozens of alpine chalet-style huts selling a huge range of food, drink, gifts and stocking fillers by artisanal companies from all over the UK. With carousels and small rides for kids, there's more than enough to keep the whole family entertained but the roaring log fires, Christmas trees, fairy lights and vast selection of festive drinks make the popular Thor's Tipi bar the icing on this festive cake.

St Nicholas Christmas Fair, 7 St Sampsons Square, York. YO1 8QT.

Aladdin at Carriageworks Theatre

In the age of TV streaming services and CGI movies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that pantomimes might not be quite the draw they used to be… but you'd be very wrong.

With a huge variety of shows on in almost every city in the country, the pantomime industry is alive and well and there are few better ways to celebrate the Christmas holidays than with a trip to check one out. When it comes to Leeds, the Carriageworks Theatre's take on Aladdin is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, with brilliant songs, a timeless story and an audience just itching to yell 'HE'S BEHIND YOU!' at every opportunity. Don't hang around though - tickets are already selling fast!

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 3AD.

Upon A Christmas Wish

Getting into the Christmas spirit is easy with a visit to Harewood House's Upon A Christmas Wish.

An immersive Christmas story that takes place in the historic house about a little girl's festive wish coming true, the less you know about what to expect the better. Needless to say it's a whimsical tale of make believe involving charming theatrical sets that will leave kids and adults alike absolutely enchanted. Yule love every minute.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds. LS17 9LG.

Staying in control of your finances this Christmas

However you decide to spend the festive period, we can help make it more affordable with one of our small loans. For more information and to see how much you could borrow, click here.