Christmas plans this year are going to be very different – as if this year hasn’t been the ultimate test of character already – many events have been cancelled with the inclusion of smaller Christmas celebrations being imposed on families around the country.
However, not all is lost. There are a few Christmas events scheduled to go ahead as planned. If you are planning on visiting any of these events, please be sure to keep checking associated websites for further information in accordance with government guidelines.
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1. Winter Illuminations, Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The biggest lantern display in Yorkshire this year it features over 2,400 metres of illuminated trails filled with awe inspiring giant lanterns themed as animals, mystical creatures, Jurassic dinosaurs and more. Tickets which start at £6 are on sale now. (www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com)
Photo: Scott Merrylees
2. Virtual Santa Dash
The popular charity fun run is going virtual, runners will be taking on the one mile run alone, but, the iconic Santa costumes are still being sent out. Tickets are £12.50 for adults.
Enter by December 6. (curlysathletes.co.uk)
Photo: Chris Etchells
3. Santa's Grotto, Harpins at Ackworth Garden Centre
The grotto visit includes a reindeer hunt around the store, pictures on Santa’s sleigh and a private family audience with Santa Claus with a photo memento of your visit.
You can book online. (www.harpinsgardens.co.uk)
4. Cast’s Christmas Crackers
Cast are hosting their own virtual sing-a-long. A spokesman said: "Join us on Monday, December 21 at 2pm, when our wonderful musicians will be singing Christmas classics from carols to chart toppers straight from Cast’s Main Stage. Everyone is welcome to tune in via Facebook Live and YouTube, and for those of you without internet, you can also listen via the radio! To find out more register fill in either the form for individuals or organisations."