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Christmas day trips in Yorkshire: 10 of the prettiest villages, towns and cities in the region to visit in December including filming locations for All Creatures Great and Small

The village is known for its picturesque appearance and being the primary location for filming All Creatures Great and Small.With its cobbled streets, shops, cafes, galleries, a museum, library, pubs and restaurants, it lights up during the festive season. The Grassington Christmas Markets take place on Saturday, December 2 and December 9, 2023.There are lots of beautiful walks, footpaths and woodland for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts to visit. (Photo: Tony Johnson)

There are plenty of things to do in various areas in Yorkshire this winter, including Christmas winter walks, supporting independent shops and visiting the beautiful markets.

While it is always tempting to escape the country over the Christmas period, it’s just as magical to visit the charming towns and villages at your doorstep without having to spend a fortune.

The home of the Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne is always beautiful during the Christmas season.The rough, moody moorland surrounds the village, home to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, the former home of the Brontes.Haworth hosts a magical festive experience, which takes place across the four weekends leading up to Christmas.The village is lit by twinkling fairy lights and beautiful shop windows and the event includes traders, choirs, carol singers, processions and parades. (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

With the cosy pubs, winter wonderland walks, unique shops and elaborate parades, these villages and towns have it all.

This Yorkshire coast town is famous for its connection with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Captain Cook.Whitby has a rich history, stunning scenery and captivating landscapes.The Whitby Christmas Festival returns to the town and will host lots of stalls, a Christmas Lights Switch On, Children’s Mini Disco and plenty of family activities to enjoy. (Photo: Tony Johnson)
The festive season is popular for its food and Malton is known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital with a myriad of markets, independent shops and businesses and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside to enjoy.The town is passionate about artisan producers and takes pride in its locally sourced food and drink.The Malton Christmas Festival takes place on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2023. (Photo: Richard Ponter)
The beautiful bridge overlooking River Ouse is a popular spot to take pictures and it’s no surprise.York is full of history and the city comes alive with festive spirit.The York Christmas Market started on Thursday, November 16 and will run until Wednesday, December 22, 2023. (Photo: James Hardisty)
The beautiful bridge overlooking River Ouse is a popular spot to take pictures and it’s no surprise.York is full of history and the city comes alive with festive spirit.The York Christmas Market started on Thursday, November 16 and will run until Wednesday, December 22, 2023. (Photo: James Hardisty)
Every year over Christmas, Harrogate is illuminated with beautiful lights, along the Stray and throughout the town centre.Harrogate Christmas Fayre will return to the pedestrianised areas of Cambridge Street and Market Place from Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 17, 2023.It will include festive shopping opportunities, arts and crafts entertainment from artisan creators, delicious treats and decorations. (Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images)
The picturesque village of Appletreewick is based in one of the most beautiful parts of Wharfedale.Some of the charming houses date all the way back to the 12th century and overlook the hillside above the river with dramatic long distance views over the Yorkshire Dales.It is the perfect place to visit for a Christmas day trip. (Photo: Gary Longbottom)
Just like in York, the town of Knaresborough has a lot of history and a beautiful viaduct overlooking the peaceful river.It is the home of famous prophetess Mother Shipton.The 2023 Christmas Market will take place on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 10am to 5pm. There will be festive events, independent shops and eateries throughout the town. (Photo: Tony Johnson)
This town is home to the magnificent Hardraw Force, considered England’s highest unbroken waterfall and next to the historic Green Dragon Inn, a location used to film All Creatures Great and Small.It is also famous for Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. (Photo: James Hardisty)
This town is home to the magnificent Hardraw Force, considered England’s highest unbroken waterfall and next to the historic Green Dragon Inn, a location used to film All Creatures Great and Small.It is also famous for Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. (Photo: James Hardisty)
The hidden gem village in the North York Moors is considered one of the prettiest places in Yorkshire with great walks, history and an attraction for holidaymakers.It is also close to the Yorkshire coast and cities such as York.Goathland also has beautiful views to enjoy particularly over the Christmas period. (Photo: James Hardisty)
The hidden gem village in the North York Moors is considered one of the prettiest places in Yorkshire with great walks, history and an attraction for holidaymakers.It is also close to the Yorkshire coast and cities such as York.Goathland also has beautiful views to enjoy particularly over the Christmas period. (Photo: James Hardisty)