Here are the ten best things to do in the Harrogate District over Christmas and New Year

Littered with twinkling lights, breathtaking shop displays, and a month of back to back events, not many places get into the festive spirit quite the way we do in the Harrogate District.

Tuesday, 4th December 2018, 9:36 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th December 2018, 9:40 am
Littered with twinkling lights, breathtaking shop displays, and a month of back to back events, not many places get into the festive spirit quite the way we do in the Harrogate District.

Here's our list of the top ten must-do things in and around Harrogate as you plan out your Christmas calendar.

There's nothing like ice-skating, skiing or paying a visit to Santa to mark the beginning of Christmas - and you can do it all at Stockeld Park. Every year organisers go all out to create an enchanting winter wonderland.
Fountains Abbey is a magical place at any time of the year, but with a dusting of snow and the opening of The Nativity Trail, the festive spirit comes to life. The trail is open from Nov 24 to Jan 7.
Get creative this Christmas with festive crafts, including wreath-making at Brimham Rocks every weekend between 11am-3pm from Nov 3 - Dec 16 (wreath-making session held from Dec 6-8).
You may have noticed colourful lights in the sky as you drive up Harlow Hill in Harrogate at the moment. The lights are RHS Harlow Carr festive 'glow illuminations' display which is open Thurs - Sat from 4.30-8pm until December 29.
Knaresborough's annual Christmas tree festival returns to St John's Church, on Vicarage Lane, this year. Trees are dressed in the most creative ways possible. The festival runs from Dec 1-9 and is open from 10am-5pm.
For those that haven't been, this is no ordinary shopping event. On Dec 14 Pateley's shops will stay open late for you to find the perfect gifts while enjoying refreshments and carol singing on the High Street.
The Brighouse & Rastrick Band joins forces with Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society for a Christmas concert to remember, with rousing favourites, Christmas medleys and join-in traditional carols for all ages.
So once Christmas Day is over and it's time to clear out the cobwebs and walk off those mince pies, where better to start than at Ripon Cathedral for the Boxing Day pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey - a centuries old tradition!
This New Year's Eve, the Clocktower at Rudding Park will be transformed into a sophisticated club. If you're looking to dress up and enjoy a dance, this is the place to be. Dinner from 7.30-8pm, carriages at 2am. Tickets cost 99.
The historic market town of Knaresborough has proudly upheld many traditions and this quackers event is another which makes a great day out. Sponsor a duck and if it crosses the finish line first you win the race!