School Holiday & Seasonal Events in North Leeds North Leeds

After Christmas and New Year Family Events

What’s on after Boxing Day around Leeds for families? Suggestions to see you through the rest of the Christmas Holidays, with Twixmas events and activities around Leeds in late December 2020/ Early January 2021.

Please check individual attractions for up to date opening times, especially on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Please note, many attractions now require pre-booking.


Are you planning a very Yorkshire Christmas for 2020?

Come to Fountains Abbey for a full festive day out with your family. Have a winter adventure through colourful abbey ruins and discover the water garden. Read on to find out everything you can do.

Music & Lights at Fountains Abbey

Each weekend in December and every day from Boxing Day to 1 Jan*. Come together this Christmas for a full festive day out each weekend in December and every day in Christmas week. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights.

* Please note that we’re closed on Fridays throughout November, December and January with the exception of Friday 1 January. We are also closed on 24 and 25 December but open on Boxing Day.

Follow the fairy lights down to the abbey, aglow with light, then sing-a-long to your favourite Christmas carols in the cellarium and enjoy a mulled wine as you stroll through the grounds this Christmas.

Listen out and you might catch a carol or two in the cellarium where traditional music will fill the air. Sadly we won’t have our usual live choirs and bands this year. Music will still be played while you explore the glowing lights in the abbey. Feel free to still have a sing-a-long!

You can experience Christmas here all day but the lights will start to show as it gets darker in the afternoon. Last entry to the estate is at 4pm.

Normal admission charges apply. You will have to pre-book a ticket to visit.

Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing and your torch (it’s dark by 4pm).

The event is within normal admission times so you’re able to park at any of the carparks: the visitor centre or Studley Royal. West Gate car park is reserved for those who need flat access to the grounds.

01765 608888


27th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 

TIER 3 UPDATE: The house will remain closed. Wildlife World is currently closed. The cafe will remin open as takeaway only. The Christmas Stalls will remain open outside the front of the house on weekends only. 

Steeped in traditional Christmas magic and excitement, Lotherton is pleased to host The Christmas Experience once again for families to enjoy a festive trip out. Returning for 2020 are: The 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk; enjoy this enchanting interactive walk through the Captains Wood, do you know how many ladies will be dancing or birds calling? Discover the fairies in their secret Fairy Dell, listen to the giggles and whispers as you tip-toe through.

For more details on Covid secure measures in place click HERE.

For more details have a read of our review from 2019 HERE

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

To book visit

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB.

0113 378 2959


A number of Covid safety measures have been put in place at Lotherton. Click here for more information.
21st November 2020 – 3rd January 2021
The award-winning Enchanted Forest comes to life after dusk as Stockeld Winter Illuminations. Dazzling light effects, a captivating soundscape and animated installations come together through almost a mile of beautiful, ancient woodland in our Enchanted Forest. This event takes place from dusk and is open for all ages, from children to grandparents!


The code is for £2 off per ticket and is the ONLY discount available for Stockeld tickets this season. These codes are valid on Illuminations Only tickets on the following dates: 23rd – 26th November and 30th Nov – 3rd December.

Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN

Pre-booking essential. Suitable for toddlers

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.

01937 586333


Anglers Country Park – Wakefield

Area: Wakefield

Car Park: Plenty of car parking, charges apply

Amenities: Cafe, toilets and adventure playground next to the Visitors Centre

Large country park that is great for walking, children’s biking and picnics. It also has a children’s adventure playground and The Room on the Broom trail. You can purchase activity packs from the Visitor’s Centre for £2. From the centre you’ll follow the trail, find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and have fun doing activities along the way.

At the visitor’s centre you can hire running buggies and bikes for the whole family including bike trailers for the tiniest!

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2EB. Tel: 01924 303980

Cannon Hall Farm

The perfect family day out in the pennine hills with hundreds of animals – including a milking parlour,  an amazing adventure playground, huge indoor play, farm shop and restaurants. The family favourites are the Sheep and Ferret racing and the tube maze! Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Bark House Lane, Hawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. Tel: 01226 790427.

Sleepy Santa Trail at Kirkstall Abbey

Santa, his elves and his reindeer are all exhausted after their hard work over Christmas, can you find them napping around the abbey in the festive trail.

Free entry

10am – 3pm 28, 29, 30, 31 Dec, 2, 3 Jan

Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Pop in to the Visitor Centre afterwards for a warming drink and snack!

Please remember to sign in to test and trace when visiting and maintain social distancing from other visitors as you follow the one-way route.

Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Harewood House

Harewood’s Grounds, Gardens and Bird Garden is officially reopened to the general public. Slots will be released every Thursday evening for the following week until guidance around capacity and social distancing alters.

All visitors (including under 5s) will need to pre-book tickets.

The Courtyard Café will be open with a takeaway service. All the toilets in the Grounds and Gardens will be open with a queuing capacity in place. There are also additional hand washing facilities around key areas of the site, and hand sanitisation stations at regular intervals around the site.  More details can be found here

Lightopia Festival, Manchester

20th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021

Lightopia is returning to Heaton Park, Manchester!

Enjoy an award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival. Explore interactive exhibits, immersive light installations, and the magical illuminated trail. This year’s event will also feature new creations to discover. New themes to uncover include a stand-out Christmas showcase, Astronomy display, and the immersive Musical City!


Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a working farm with a wide variety of animals, market gardens and woodland walks. Also visit the cafe, farm shop, and adventure play area for under 12’s. Accessible site, toilet facilities. Open daily, small admission charge. 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Lane,LS7 2QG. Tel: 0113 262 9759

Pugneys Light Railway

Pugneys Light Railway is the scale miniature railway operating within Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.
Our opening hours are 11am until 5pm on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, weather permitting.
Fares are £2.00 return and £1 single.

RSPB Fairburn Ings

With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife. Visitor centre open daily except Christmas day. Small parking charge. Accessible paths. Shop, snacks & toilet facilities.

Fairburn Ings, Castleford, WF10 2BH. Tel: 01977 628191

The Donkey Sanctuary – Leeds

Meet the wonderful team of donkeys – they love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. They have a good value cafe,great play area inside and out .  Themed events run throughout the year including grooming days and interactive sessions

Open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk. Admission and parking are free.

Swan Lane, Off Blackball Lane, Eccup, Leeds, LS16 8AZ Tel: 0113 261 9249


Winter Illuminations at Yorkshire Wildlife Park 

20th November 2020 – 10th January 2021 (Various dates)

This festive season Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be transformed into a spectacular after-dark wonderland! Experience our brand new magical festival of light featuring amazing interactive exhibits, immersive lantern displays and glow in the dark trails.

Pre-booking essential.

Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The only one of its kind, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, experienced and enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.

West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG. Tel: 01924 832631