Helmsley will be a great place to visit for those who are feeling full of Christmas spirit this December.
The town’s third annual Christmas Tree Festival begins on Saturday 6th December. Held in Helmsley’s historic All Saints Church, 30 locally sourced 6ft trees will be on display, decorated by different businesses and organisations from the town along the theme of “An Iconic Christmas”.
With creative takes on everything from the Queen’s Speech to Christmas Dinner, there’ll definitely be some eye-catching displays! The Festival runs until 21st December and is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
To coincide with the opening of the Christmas Tree Festival, Helmsley’s many independent businesses will also be supporting Small Business Saturday with a Festive Fun Day on 6th December.
A pop up ice rink will appear at The Black Swan on the town’s picturesque Market Place from 4th – 7th December. Open to the public from 12noon – 8pm daily, there’s room for 50 skaters at a time, and for those who prefer to watch, delicious wintery refreshments will be served from an Alpine-style log cabin.
Other fun things on the day include a visit from Santa, a Dog Festive Fancy Dress Competition, funfare attractions, light projections, live music and entertainment, children’s arts and crafts, games, competitions, raffles and tombolas and plenty of great Yorkshire food, drink and hospitality.
Much of the activity is free except for the ice rink (£5 for 30 minutes) and a minimial charge for funfare attractions and festive hotdogs.
Donations are welcome for the Helmsley Christmas lights fund, and for St Catherine’s Hospice and All Saints Church.
Reduced car parking charges will also apply for 6th December.
Find out more about the Business in Helmsley Group.