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As December beckons, bonfire night starts November off with a bang while thoughts turn to Christmas and our towns begin to sparkle with festive lights. Early booking is recommended for many of the Santa events.

Find challenge walks, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages while foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors, and Food & Beer Festivals.

See what's coming up in December too or you can also search for events by date here, which includes a list of our free guided walks for the month, or book online.

Christmas is coming...

As Christmas fast approaches, head to one of the area's great houses all decked out for the season's festivities. Burton Agnes Hall opens its doors from 14 November to 23 December, with festive events running alongside, including Christmas Craft Days, or experience Christmas at Nunnington Hall from the Georgian era to the war years (weekends only from 18 November until 17 December). At Castle Howard a host of angels will be found throughout the grand state rooms along with floral creations and beautiful decorations from 18 November until 23 December.

Complementing Briganta's WinterArt, exhibiting in the Inspired by... gallery (17 November until 21 January 2018), our very popular annual Christmas Craft Fair returns (18-19 November). We're also holding a Christmas shopping weekend at our Sutton Bank National Park Centre (25-26 November), with live music, children's activities and crafts.

Lighting up the dark skies, the Whitby Christmas Festival (17-19 November) includes a lantern parade (17 November), starting at Pannett Art Gallery, before reaching Dock End, where you'll find live music, the official Christmas lights switch-on and a firework display. In Endeavour Wharf car park find market stalls with plenty of gift ideas, artists, crafts, hot food and drinks throughout the weekend.

The popular NSPCC Christmas Fair returns to Duncombe Park (16-18 November) where you can enjoy more than 50 stalls selling a range of festive gifts. Nearby, Beadlam Grange Farm Shop's annual Christmas Gift Fair in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns 17-19 November. Free entry and a chance to browse more than 30 stalls in their covered yard. 

Kirkbymoorside holds its festivities on 25 November (10am-3pm), with carols around the tree, Kirbymoorside Brass Band, a Christmas treasure hunt, face painting for the kids and more than 30 craft, gift and food stalls in the Memorial Hall. 

Great Ayton are also holding their annual Christmas Fayre on 25 November (3-6pm) where you'll find plenty of stalls, kids activities, an angel trail, food and drink, live music, carol singing and sword dancing, Santa's grotto and the big Christmas tree switch-on plus late night opening for shops.

Newburgh Priory's annual Christmas Fair returns on 30 November (evening) with carols sung by Queen Mary's School, Topcliffe, and 1-2 December (day time) with plenty of festive gift ideas, workshops, talks and Christmas trees.

Find more Christmas Fairs at Beck Isle Museum (25 November) and at Scampston's Christmas Market (3 December) which includes free craft activities for children.

Searching for Santa Claus?

Little ones can visit Father Christmas at Nunnington Hall (weekends only from 25 November until 17 December; booking is advisable).

He'll be at Castle Howard too, sharing stories and magic with his wizard friend by the fireside for A Daytime Audience with Father Christmas or join the exclusive Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas, a fireside tea party and candle lit trail to discover Father Christmas and his friends (both 25-26 November; pre-booking required). Any visit to the house at Christmas also include a peek into the world of Father Christmas in the Magical Christmas Garden.

Other great events and exhibitions

Moorsview continues in the Inspired by... gallery daily until 14 November and features renowned local photographers who capture the beauty of the North York Moors and its coastline while Gallery 2 introduces new artist Adrian Wright with his Moors Moments, depicting the moody and dramatic skies of the National Park.

Elsewhere, Swan Song, an exhibition curated by Eton College's Master of the Drawing Schools, Ian Burke to commemorate his retirement. Hosted by Staithes Gallery, and running to 4 November, it offers a rare opportunity to see some of the UK's leading artists' work exhibited outside major cities, including work from renowned Royal Academicians, members of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

On 3 November, join us at the Inspired by... gallery as The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival holds an Exhibition Concert. Enjoy an energetic and passionate classical programme featuring The Oculi Ensemble performing classic quartets by Haydn, Mendelsshon and Beethoven.

See a flying demonstration of tiny owls by candlelight at one of NCBP Duncombe's Winter Owl Evenings (every Saturday until Christmas, 7-9.45pm), including a 2-course meal and mulled wine. Pre-booking required.

Malton Forest Rally returns to the area on 5 November, with rally stages around Cropton, Langdale and Dalby Forests. Please note that some of the walking and cycle trails may be closed or diverted for the day.

Also in Dalby Forest, there's a chance to explore not only our own solar system, the moon and objects from deep space on one of Hidden Horizon's two-hour Stargazing evening events held on various dates throughout winter. Booking is essential (Adults: £12; Under 16s: £8 inc. hot chocolate/snacks). These tend to sell out quickly so be sure to book your place early!

If you’d like something a bit different for your Christmas decorations this year, why not join a craft workshop, from willow to glass? Learn a new skill, so you can make your own presents. We've various dates in November and December, find out more and how to book your place. Yorkshire Arboretum also have a willow wreath workshop on 28 November.