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December 2021
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Cultural, reflective and fun activities that’ll get everyone excited for this weekend

From festive tunes to get you rocking ‘round the Christmas tree to the best Christmas events to visit – here’s what to do this weekend.
The Dunwells The Dunwells

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Leeds based indie-folk band The Dunwells have released their first ever Christmas single, This Christmas Time. A heartfelt festive ballad with all the musical trimmings you’d expect from a Christmas single, carefully curated to warm the iciest heart in this brisk December weather – think twinkling keys, soft melodies and wonderful backing harmonies by Ripon Grammar choir. If you like new Christmas music (a genre which is in dire need of a tune or two that hasn’t been over played until the vinyl starts to warp) then this is a must listen. 


Sam Fender, the unwavering sound of the North East, lends his ‘Springsteen-esque’ musical touch to a winter edit of The Dying Light from his triumphant second album, Seventeen Going Under. Originally the closing track of his chart topping LP, The Dying Light - Winter Edit brings an icy air of festive brilliance to an already spine-chilling closer. If you like your crescendos big, your lilts smooth and your Baileys cold then slap this new winter single on your playlist ASAP.

Christmas experience at Lotherton Hall Christmas experience at Lotherton Hall

Festive city sights for the whole family, or a fun festive date…

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

Skating to the rescue this Christmas is the whimsical Christmas experience at Lotherton Hall, Leeds. Complete with a grand trail of Christmas-themed light installations nothing short of wonderful, a Wildlife World and a Woodland Walk provide the perfect evening experience to light up the winter sky alongside family, friends or even a wintery date. 

Christmas Market

A tried and true way of diving head first into wholesome Christmas vibes, the Newcastle Christmas market is back with a sparkle throughout the month of December. With all the stalls finally set up (with an even larger tipple offering this year, littered with craft beer huts, gin bars and whisky shops) now is the time to get your warmest hat on and sample some cheer. 


York Castle Museum, A Kirkgate Christmas Tale York Castle Museum, A Kirkgate Christmas Tale

Artistic spots for a splash of culture…

Dockside Open Exhibition 

An open exhibition showcasing local artists, this free gallery features accessible and uplifting artworks in a calm and restful environment. With a strong emphasis on local artworks in many different mediums, ranging from fine art, sculpture and print  to pottery, there’s something for everyone. Berwick’s Dockside is a perfect place to escape the busy hustle and bustle of the festive town centre and unwind. If you need to scratch that creative itch this weekend then this is definitely an arts injection worth braving the cold for. 

York Castle Museum, A Kirkgate Christmas Tale

An evening of festive cultural learnings from the famed York Castle Museum, making history and art an accessible experience for adults and children alike. The York Castle Museum’s Kirkgate will be lathered in festive trimmings, glistening with snow, and projecting a story of Christmas cheer for audiences to laugh, learn and share a moment of Christmas joy. This is a ticketed event, so book fast if you hope to secure a place amongst the tinsel this weekend!

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