The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching – but what is Christmas without family? From wholesome walks to quaint markets packed full of festive treats, we’ve rounded up the very best dog-friendly Christmas events in Yorkshire this winter, meaning the festive season can truly be a family affair this year. Can’t leave the pooches out, after all!
Grab a lead and get adventuring…
1. Christmas at Temple Newsam
Christmas at Temple Newsam is returning this year, and luckily for our four-legged friends, they’re invited, too.
Taking place between November 26th and January 2nd, dogs and their owners can enjoy the sparkling Christmas Light trail, so long as dogs are kept on their leads during the trail.
Find out more and book tickets here.
2. Christmas at Harewood House
Harewood House will light up once again for Christmas 2022, bringing plenty of festive cheer to the West Yorkshire estate.
While pooches aren’t permitted to enter the house, there’s 100 acres of wonderful grounds to explore alongside a stunning lakeside – so long as they’re kept on lead. Find out more here.
3. The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall
The beloved Lotherton Christmas Experience is returning this winter, and there’s plenty for our pooches to enjoy.
Offering a glittering woodland walk as part of this year’s experience, owners and their dogs can enjoy a wholesome stroll together, in a glowing woodland immersed in fresh, winter air. Find out more here.
4. Mother Shipton’s
Kicking off this November 26th til December 24th, Mother Shipton’s Cave will transform into a family-friendly festive wonderland – where dogs are permitted to enjoy the festive fun, too.
Due to the outdoor nature of the attraction, dogs are permitted in all areas with the exception of the playground, meaning they can experience the mysterious cave and the lovely winter village, where guests can grab a cup of tea (or refreshing bowl or water) after learning about the fascinating Mother Shipton. Find out more.
5. Fountains Abbey
This Christmas, Fountain’s Abbey will be amplified by stunning, colourful lights, which will leave the historic structure glowing in the night.
Guests can explore the abbey alongside music and lights, with choirs and bands performing in the cellarium from 2-3pm.
Dogs are permitted in the outdoor areas at Fountain’s Abbey. Find out more here.
6. The Piece Hall
The Piece Hall’s huge courtyard will transform once again this Christmas, into a stunning festive wonderland that we can explore with our dogs.
Dogs are permitted in all outdoor areas and indoor spaces run by The Piece Hall, and this year, they can enjoy the Winter Makers Market, live performances and more. Find out more here.
7. Burton Agnes Hall
Burton Agnes Hall promises a festive makeover this Christmas, and dogs are permitted to enjoy the grounds, too.
The beautiful East Yorkshire Hall’s Christmas offering will run from November 14th to 23rd December, with a magical a trail of giant, hand-carved and painted candy canes in the woodland behind the house, alongside wood fired pizzas, spiced hot drinks, home baked cakes and lots of other treats on hand, too. Find out more.
8. Kirkstall Abbey
Kirkstall Abbey makes for the perfect winter wander, pooch in tow, thanks to its dramatic backdrop that feels extra special when the leaves are frosty and crunchy.
There’ll also be one last Kirkstall Abbey Market this year during the last weekend of November, where visitors can get a head start on Christmas shopping and find unique items made by talented local producers. Find out more here.
9. Boston Park Farm
A fantastic place for families, Boston Park Farm also welcomes our four-legged friends, too, meaning they won’t have to miss out on this Christmas’s wholesome Christmas Fayre.
This 20th November, guests will be aable to browse over 30 stalls stocking festive gifts, and also enjoy a delicious cake stall to help raise funds for charity.
Alongside the fayre, guests can also get up close and personal with the farm’s lovely animals, which include goats, pigs, chickens and more. Find out more.
10. Chatsworth House
Sitting just a short drive South of Sheffield, Chatsworth House will provide a magical atmosphere this winter, inspired by glittering Nordic winters.
Kicking off this November 5th and running into the new year, guests can wrap up warm and enjoy a winter walk through the beautifully illuminated gardens, with glowing scenes at every turn and even a Northern Light installation over the Canal Pond.
Chatsworth House will also host a Christmas market this year, too, which dogs are welcome to come along to while their humans browse quaint gifts, enjoy artisan food and. somuch more. Find out more.