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Christmas at The Moors National Park Centre: Magical events for all the family

Virtual Santa experiences at The Moors National Park CentreVirtual Santa experiences at The Moors National Park Centre

17 November 2021

Festive family trails, virtual Santa experiences and a woodland storytelling adventure; the Countdown to Christmas has begun at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby.

Christmas in the North York Moors Credit Polly BaldwinFrom Saturday 13 November, visitors to the Centre can get into the seasonal spirit with the launch of Brigantia’s Bounty, featuring an incredible range of hand-made crafts from 20 talented artisans. The Centre’s gift shop will also be championing the region’s passionate local suppliers, stocking a wide selection of delectable Christmas treats and environmentally-sourced products.

For those visiting with children, there’s a choice of two Christmas trails around the grounds of the National Park Centre. Younger visitors may like to help Merry Mouse locate the lost parcels, while those aged seven or older can take part in an exciting Christmas word hunt. Collect your trail maps for £5 from the information desk (prize included).

Santa will be making a very special virtual appearance live from his workshop on 27-28 November, and again on the 4-5 and 11-12 December. There’s no need to book and all children who see Santa will also receive an eco-friendly gift from the elves to take home.

New for 2021 is the Magical Woodland Journey, taking place at 3.45pm and 5.45pm on Sunday 19 December. As the night draws in, participants will collect a lantern before heading out along an enchanted trail with the ‘Lady of the Landscape’. Along the way, characters, such as ‘The Keeper of the Light’ will share ancient tales about our connection with nature. The experience is suitable for all ages and promises to capture the imagination of everyone who enters. Tickets cost £10, and include a tasty treat and drink in the Park Life Café following the adventure.

Lucy Heal, Centre Manager at The Moors National Park Centre, said:

“At the National Park Centre, you can combine a festive family day out with the chance to shop for original, personal and eco-conscious gifts, many of which are handmade by local crafts and tradespeople. Our children’s trails and events are an opportunity to make enchanting Christmas memories with loved ones, all while enjoying the cherished and protected landscapes of the North York Moors.”

The Moors National Park Centre is open every day from 10.30am-4pm until 3 January, then weekends only. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For more information, including booking links for the Magical Woodland Journey, please visit


Media contacts

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority.
Tel: 01439 772577

The North York Moors National Park

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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