Alice in Wonderland – Out of lockdown and straight into Wonderland!
30th December 2020 – 16th January 2021 (Revised dates)
This December Alice is coming out of lockdown and straight into Wonderland. Join us as we go on an adventure like no other, down the rabbit hole, where nothing is as it should be and everything is turned on it’s head (Well actually a bit like 2020!). If it’s your Unbirthday (or your birthday) come and celebrate, the Mad Hatter will be holding a tea party and the Queen of Hearts is having a royal garden party, so Jam Tarts for everyone!
A traditional Pantomime with a modern feel that will have you cheering, laughing, and booing along!
Written by Graham Carpenter and John Fedorenko
Doncaster Little Theatre, 1 King Street, Off East Laith Gate, DN1 1JD
NOW extended until February 21st 2021
Sammy and her dad used to make up stories about giants and mix witches’ potions in the kitchen. But now, something outside is frightening Sammy’s dad. So they stay inside their flat, at the top of a tall house overlooking the city. Dad’s fear of the outside world starts to take shape in unsettling, fairy-tale ways. Brambles and vines are creeping up the walls and tapping at the windows to get in. Can Sammy release Dad from his illness in time to make Mum’s present with her, before Mum gets home for Christmas?
Olivier Award-winning OperaUpclose presents a fun, spooky and contemporary Christmas story, told from the perspective of 8-year-old Sammy. It’s a story about bravery and kindness, which also tackles the isolation we’ve all experienced over the past few months. We will be drawing inspiration from classic winter tales, both cosy and gothic, as well as opera, theatre and film to create a thrilling story-telling experience, in a wonderfully intimate setting.
This performance will be available to watch online until February 21st 2021. Once you’ve booked your tickets, you will be sent an email with all the details you’ll need, including a password, in the days running up to the launch date.
Tickets are £5 per person (£20 family ticket)
Visitors to Doncaster town centre might have seen the lights are up and the Christmas Tree in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
Whilst the usual Countdown to Christmas event can’t take place, there will be a video of the lights and new installations to watch from home. Special video footage will include:
On Wednesday December 2nd at 6.30pm the film will be premiered and we hope you’ll join us online.
If you’ve missed them, you can see them here
We’ve also been filming with Father Christmas too!
There will be some amazing Storytime with Santa films, online EVERY Friday in December and a very special one on Christmas Eve! All will be shown at 6.30pm.
Santa’s Storytime Week 1
A spectacular light and lantern festival will create a dazzling Christmas at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park this year. A million lights bulbs and LED lights will transform the park into a Winter wonderland featuring 42 different displays with 1,000 individual lanterns.
The immersive light installations and interactive exhibits will be the largest ever in Yorkshire and will amaze visitors along a 2,400 metre trail at the innovative park.
The enchanting routes have been designed with the safety of friends and family in mind with advanced booking only and limited numbers of people on site with 15-minute timed entry slots to maintain social distancing.
The experience will be enhanced by delicious festive food and drink for all the family to enjoy and get in the spirit of Christmas.
The evening festivities will be open to the public from 4.00pm until 9.00pm on 44 selected dates from November through Christmas and into early January. The light and lantern trail is expected to take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
The park’s animals will not be on view during the evening lantern trail but you can purchase tickets to enjoy both a day with the animals and the chance to explore the illuminated trail later on.
Book Tickets on the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Website
Family favourite theatre company Wrongsemble return this Christmas with HUMBUG: a COVID-safe family show that promises to delight and unite all ages. This innovative digital production will allow families to enjoy seven filmed episodes of this exciting story throughout December, accompanied by an interactive HUMBUG ‘Fact File’ filled with 13 artefacts sent directly to their homes.
HUMBUG takes place deep beneath the city, where a secret world full of wonder awaits; a place where wizards bake endless gingerbread, goblins bottle festive cheer, and there’s a whole department devoted to detangling fairy-lights! This is the Ministry of Make Believe…But recently, strange things have been happening at the Ministry. From nose-less snowmen, to exploding baubles, and a forest of bald Christmas trees – things are not quite right… It’s almost like someone (or something) is trying to sabotage Christmas! Together with Secret Agent Dash, audiences will help to solve the mystery and save the day!
Dates: 1st December – 5th January Running time: 7 short films
Ticket prices: £10 for the whole family + a Fact File
UPDATE 18/12/2021 – Tickets now £8.50 with a digital fact file
Bake, Battle & Roll are open for shopping, click and collect on orders and game rentals. Takeaway hot and cold drinks available
You can also buy games for local delivery or postage anywhere in the UK.
24-26 Wood Street, Doncaster, DN1 3LW
27th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 (Various dates)
Belton will be transformed with sparkling lights, snowflakes and festive baubles adorning the trees. Enter a world festooned with seasonal cheer, enhanced by a soundtrack of festive classics.
Giant luminescent candles rising high into the night sky, a meadow of light shimmering, giant baubles, glowing flowers and snowflakes where you least expect them and clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of colour.
Belton House, High Road, Grantham, NG32 2LW
Enchanted Brodsworth will not take place this year 2020
Fri 27 Nov – Sun 3 Jan 2021, Various Times
12 Days Walk & Fairy Dell
A magical woodland walk, with twinkling lit paths and enchanting installations of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Explore all of the interactive stations, offering something for each family member to enjoy. Each station will be cleaned regularly but please use the hand sanitiser stations provided before and after use.
Uncover our secret fairy hideaway, tip-toe through the dell to catch a glimpse of our fairies in their new village and listen to their giggles and whispers.
Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB
Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!
Departing from Pickering and Grosmont Stations, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!
Sadly this event is cancelled, however Wentworth Woodhouse have their open gardens event.
The gardens at Wentowrth Woodhouse are well worth a visit (lots of things for the Children to look out for including a bear hunt, mud kitchens etc – see our Mumbler Review from ealier this year here.
29th October – 15th November 2020
Follow the illuminations along the magical trail around Rufford’s grounds. See the garden of Glowing Spheres, the Kaleidescope of Colur and the flickering Field of Fire! Also a chance to explore the Adventure Play Ground by night!
Hot food available.
Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, NG22 9DF
Statement November 26th 2020
” It is with great sadness that we have had to make the hard decision of remaining closed this Christmas. Due to being in tier 3 we cannot offer the magical Christmas experience which you have all come to love.
21st November to 23rd December 2020
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully dressed in PJs, will experience a fun filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love.
Tickets available soon.
Information for 2020 not yet released
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 4EQ
Saturday 12th December 2020, 10.00-11.00
Come along and make a wintry wreath with fabric flowers and festive sparkle! All materials will be provided.
Join professional artist Karen Hall for this wonderful winter workshop designed for children with disabilities and their families. These safe, fun sessions, delivered at The Point will leave you feeling playful, festive and ready for the winter holidays.
Sessions are designed for ages 7 plus. Parents and carers are required to take part alongside their young person, and must remain in the building throughout the session. Please note that parent and carer places are limited to one per child, due to social distancing measures in the building.
Numbers are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The Point, home of darts (Doncaster Community Arts), South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR