Spanning the spacious slopes of the North York Moors is the quaint county of Yorkshire. Dubbed “God’s Own County,” Yorkshire has been the subject of several renowned novels.
Wuthering Heights is one of the most famous literary works, depicting life on the magnificent Yorkshire moors. Yorkshire was also the inspiration behind Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He wrote this intriguing Christmas tale after spending a winter holiday in Yorkshire. In fact, Yorkshire’s most treasured Christmas traditions have their origins in the 19th century.
Welcome to a tour of Christmas present in Yorkshire, birthed from a cherished history of Christmas past.
GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET, a.k.a. CHRISTKINDELMARKT, LEEDS
Dates – Now through 12/20/14
Times – Monday-Saturday, 10:30am-9:30pm; Sunday, 10:30am-6:30pm
Location – Calverley Street, Leeds City Center
Millennium Square is magically transformed into a winter German village for this festive shopping venue. Over 40 chalet stalls are dressed in dazzling lights and decorations. The centerpiece of the village is a vintage carousel. A wide array of gifts is available for purchase, such as jewellery, pottery, toys, and cards. Traditional German delights include stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts, and candied fruit.
Christmas Time AT Castle Howard
Castle Howard is an immense 18th century residence, surrounded by sprawling lawns and charming gardens. During the holiday season, the Castle is garlanded, flower-filled, and candlelit. Christmas items are available for purchase at the Farm Shop, Garden Centre, and Gift Shops. The on-site restaurant and cafés offer delicious holiday fare. Seasonal treats include pumpkin latte, panettone, and pies. A special music program will serenade visitors, as follows:
Dates – Now through 12/21/14
Time – 12:00 noon
Location – Long Gallery
Daily from now through December, there will be enchanting performances by distinguished artists. The musical agenda includes flute, piano, violin, jazz, and string quartets. Vocal entertainment will be provided by school and community choirs. For the complete concert schedule, go to: www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/christmas-music
Diocese of Leeds Christmas Concerts
The Diocese of Leeds Music Department is hosting several Christmas concerts:
Leeds Town Hall Christmas Concert
Date – 12/8/14, 1:05pm
Location – Leeds Town Hall
This thrilling concert will spotlight the Cathedral Choirs and the Choir of Leeds Minster.
Cathedral Carol Service
Date – 12/14/14, 4pm
Location – Leeds Cathedral, Cathedral House, Great George Street, Leeds
Lessons and Carols with all the Cathedral Choirs is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Huddersfield Carol Service
Date – 12/21/14, 3pm
Location – St Patrick’s Church, 34 New North Road, Huddersfield
Hear the endearing sound of Boys and Girls Choirs in their Carol Service.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
Dates – Now through 1/4/15
Location – St. Nicholas Avenue at the A64/A19 Interchange, Fulford, York.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland features an ice-skating rink, Cafe and Bar, Funfair, and Outlet shopping.
The Ice Factor – This is a spacious outdoor ice rink with a gigantic Christmas tree and viewing platform. The forest surrounding the rink will feature lights and log cabins. Rink-side refreshment is provided by Papa Kitchen, a heated alpine chalet offering fine food in a cozy atmosphere. Skating reservations are recommended, which can be made by going to: www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com/tickets
Funfair – There’s plenty of fun to be had at the speedway, carousel, and game stalls.
Father Christmas will be on hand to offer gifts to children from his holiday grotto.
The Outlet – This indoor shopping mall sells apparel, jewellery, fragrances, and accessories. Merchandise is discounted at 60% off original prices.
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery
Dates – 12/1/14 through 12/24/14, Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm; Christmas Eve, 10am-1pm
Location – Leeds City Art Gallery
This gallery has seven showcases of unique English handcrafts. Available for sale are limited-edition prints, glass, ceramics, textiles, art, and jewellery.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Dates – Now through 1/17/15, Monday-Saturday, 7:30pm, & Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 2pm Matinee
Location – Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds
White Christmas will be performed as a reproduction of the original Broadway musical by Irving Berlin. This is a story about a military song-and-dance team that becomes romantically involved with a sister act. Together, they save the failing Vermont Inn of their former Commanding General, while falling in love. Some of the best songs ever written include Blue Skies, Sisters, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, and White Christmas. For ticket reservations, go to: www.wyp.org.uk/what’s-on/book-tickets
Yorkshire’s Famous Food
Yorkshire has popularized certain foods, to which the county has lent its name and reputation. Below are some you’ll want to sample this holiday:
Yorkshire Pudding – a golden-brown popover made of baked, unsweetened egg batter
Yorkshire Curd Tart – a variation of cheesecake, filled with currants, eggs, and spices. For an image of this tasty tart, click here:
Parkin – a sweet, moist ginger cake, containing oatmeal and treacle. For a picture of Parkin, click here:
Gingerbread – Yorkshire gingerbread is unique, with a layer of crystallized ginger in the middle, rather than ginger spice or shavings.
Wensleydale Cheese – a local cheese associated with Wensleydale in North Yorkshire, with a unique flavour. The Wensleydale Creamery hosts a Cheese-Making Gallery and Museum, which is open from Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Optimal viewing times are from 10am-2pm.
Also on-site is a Cheese Shop, Gift Shop, and Calvert’s Restaurant. For further information, go to:www.wensleydale.co.uk/visitor-centre
The Yorkshire Terrier
A description of Yorkshire would be remiss without mention of the Yorkshire terrier. This is a small dog, originally bred in the 19th century, in Yorkshire. The distinguishing features of the “Yorkie” are its gray-black-tan coat and maximum size of 7 lbs. The breed belongs to the “Toy Terrier” class. The Yorkshire terrier is an active, protective, and curious animal, who loves attention.
Yorkshire Luxury Hotels
A stay in a Yorkshire luxury hotel is an ideal complement to your Christmas holiday. You’ll enjoy delightful pampering, choice cuisine, and a spectacular hillside view. Yorkshire hotels feature inviting lounges, soothing spas, and cozy quarters. Some hotels have fireplaces and jacuzzis. Aesthetic touches include unique antiques and fine art. Common to all hotels is an attentive staff, dedicated to ensuring your comfort. At a Yorkshire hotel, you’re a welcome, valued guest. Service with a smile is guaranteed.
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A Yorkshire Yuletide
A Yorkshire Yuletide will provide you with special holiday memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime. So come to Yorkshire, and attend a Christmas market, concert, or fair. Relish a Parkin, and kiss a Yorkshire terrier. See the moors dressed in snowy splendor.