Winter In North Yorkshire: Amazing Attractions - Indigo York

Winter In North Yorkshire: Amazing Attractions

Winter in North Yorkshire is incredible.

Not only is North Yorkshire the biggest county in the UK, but it’s also one of the most beautiful and vibrant. With quaint villages and picturesque towns, it’s the perfect location to spend your winter break – especially if you’re looking for postcard-perfect pictures! If you’re looking to branch out this December and explore more of what the region has to offer then read on and look at what’s waiting for you just outside your York hotel.

Whitby Krampus Run

If you’re looking for a date that’s a little less traditional than the annual Christmas light switch-on events, then you have to check out the Whitby Krampus Run. It was started in 2013 as one Krampus parading through the streets of the coastal town, but soon became a full public event in 2017. Infused with the folkloric history of the Krampus legend, but with a unique artistic twist from organisers Decedant Drawing, this is a unique event that’s not to be missed. 

Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special

Do stream engines make you nostalgic? Did you grow up watching the Polar Express wishing for your own wintery adventure? Perfect for little ones (as well as the young at heart), the Santa Special trips on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway are truly magical. See all the delights that the stunning countryside has to offer and meet Mr Claus himself. Grab your tickets now.

In Winter : A steam train moving with snow on the surroundings

Meet Father Christmas at Castle Howard

Just a 25-minute drive from your hotel in York City Centre, you’ll find the impressive stately home and grounds of Castle Howard. Through December it’s transformed into a Christmas wonderland that everyone will enjoy. Treat yourself to a festive British afternoon team in the courtyard, or grab a ticket to the wreath-making workshop led by Laura Newby from Belle Blooms Florists in York. How romantic! 

Take a wintery walk through Richmond

If you’re looking to escape the city for a bit and see the parts of North Yorkshire that you might otherwise miss, then you have to take the short drive up to Richmond. One of the hidden gems of the North, this Georgian market town has a wealth of walks to choose from along the River Swale and through the woodlands to the ruins of Easby Abbey. You can end your wintery excursion with a hot chocolate in Mocha, Richmond’s award-winning shop and cafe. 

In Winter : Mother and daughter ice skating on a rink in the city

Skate at Harrogate Ice Rink 

What could be more romantic than skating arm-in-arm with your loved one this winter? If you’re in the mood for something utterly charming, then you have to go ice skating in Harrogate. Just a single train from Hotel Indigo in York, it’s right on your doorstep. If you head over to Crescent Gardens this year you’ll be delighted with what you find. Not only do they have an ice rink on the picturesque land, but they also have an antique carousel you’ll be begging to take a ride on. Check out more information here and plan the most unforgettable date ever. 


Once you’re done taking in all the sights North Yorkshire has to offer, you’ll be delighted to get back to Indigo York and curl up in your luxury hotel room. It’s the perfect place to warm up and rest after a full day of exploration.  Book your December stay with us now, and experience everything the local sites have to offer this festive season.

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