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Countdown to Christmas in the North York Moors National Park

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Following the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions, The Moors National Park Centre in Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre are delighted to be opening their doors again just in time for an extra special yuletide experience.

Merry Mouse Christmas trail

The Countdown to Christmas events will bring together the very best of local arts, crafts and produce. Little ones can explore a magical Christmas trail featuring Merry Mouse, or older children can follow the elven adventure trail and unlock the Christmas magic. For adults there’s a fantastic range of gifts, seasonal treats and sustainably-sourced products.

At The Moors National Park Centre in Danby, Santa will be making a very special virtual appearance live from his workshop on the 5,6,12 and 13 December. Remember he’s a very busy man, so make sure to book a slot before visiting. Children who see Santa will also receive the precious gift of a real baby Christmas tree to take home for planting.

Rita Rudsdale, Visitor Centre Coordinator at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“Encouraging people to shop locally and support local artists and tradespeople has long been our Christmas message, and with many Christmas fairs and markets unable to go ahead, this is now more important than ever!

“Our Christmas selection of crafts and produce make it easy to find original, personal and eco-conscious gifts that you would struggle to find online. Plus hand-selecting a present from a small business makes everybody smile, not just the recipient, but the creator as well. So spread some Christmas cheer and bring the family for a festive day out at the same time.”

The Moors National Park Centre and Sutton Bank National Park Centre are now open daily from 10.30am-4pm, closed only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Park Life Cafés will serving hot and cold food, and both locations are hosting family-friendly Christmas trails with no need to book.

For more information, including a list of local producers and tickets to see Santa, please visit


Media contacts

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority. 
Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park Authority  

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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