It's Twixmas! Best events across Yorkshire between Christmas and New Year

Scarborough's annual New Year's Day Dip attracts scores of participantsScarborough's annual New Year's Day Dip attracts scores of participants
Scarborough's annual New Year's Day Dip attracts scores of participants
Nothing screams limbo more than the days between Christmas and New Year.

From beautiful winter walks to the Christmas attractions staying open for ‘Twixmas’, here’s our guide to the best things to do between Christmas and New Year in Yorkshire.

Flamingo Land, Malton

While Flamingo Land’s rides may be closed for the winter, their fantastic zoo is still open between Christmas and New Year, making for the perfect family day out.

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Winter at Flamingo Land sees a number of fun animal exhibits alongside keeper talks, where guests can see how the animals live day-to-day and learn much more about their species. Find out more here. Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton.

Here’s our guide to the best things to do between Christmas and New Year in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York

Fancy a family skate? Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will remain open until Sunday January 9.

Boasting a massive ice rink, a vintage funfair and an alpine cafe, visitors can extend the festivities on the real ice rink. York’s Designer Outlet is next door once the fun is over.

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure, near Ripon

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Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure will extend to January 3.

From the glowing, illuminated trail to activities such as ice skating, Nordic skiing, and the Snowflake Maze, there are absolutely tons to do that’s sure to fill your days between Christmas and the New Year.

Christmas in Neverland, Castle Howard, Malton

Fly into the adventure of a lifetime bursting with fairies, mermaids, and pirates. Vast ships will cruise into our great galleries, Lost Boy-laughter echos through the halls and the have been transformed into tropical lagoons.

It is open until January 7.

New Year Day’s Dip, South Bay Scarborough

It has been going for more than 20 years and more than a hundred people generally take part. It is to raise sponsorship money for charity, a quarter of which goes to the Scarborough Lions.Its vice-resident, Rob Hunter, said: “All the money that comes in, goes back into the local community.”

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The club is expecting people from all over Yorkshire, Humberside, Tyneside and more to participate in the event.“I think it's actually probably the challenge; because really what we're asking them to do is get sponsored to dive into the coldest sea; probably short of the Arctic ocean in the whole of the world, and get wet and cold and get paid for it to help charities,” said Rob.

Fantasy: Realms of Imagination, Leeds Central Library

Explore the building, discovering ancient artefacts, spellbinding books and pop culture legends as you go.

Journey from fairy tales and folklore to the worlds of Studio Ghibli. Venture into lands occupied by goblins and go down the rabbit hole.

Climb Mount Olympus and travel through Middle-earth.

Discover how the oldest forms of literature continue to inspire fantasy authors today. Gather your fellow adventurers and step through the portal into the realms of fantasy. The free event runs until January 17.

Dick Whittington, Harrogate Theatre

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Join Dick Whittington on an adventure of a lifetime to seek his fame and fortune in London town where the streets are paved with gold.

Harrogate Theatre’s magical pantomime is a seasonal spectacular which runs until January 14.

DJ Terry Farley’s New Year Party, The Piece Hall, Halifax

Dance your way into 2024 with house music legend Terry Farley on New Year’s Eve. One of the founders of seminal dance music labels Boys Own and Junior Boys Own, Terry has been a key player on the UK house scene for almost four decades helping to launch the careers of acts like Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Xpress 2.

Oliver! Leeds Playhouse

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver! follows the story of a small boy as he journeys from a workhouse to the paved streets of Victorian London.

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It features Food, Glorious Food, Oom Pah-Pah, I’d Do Anything and Where is Love? It is on until January 27.

A Viennese Whirl, Scarborough Spa

Major orchestras on every continent will play a popular programme of music featuring the Strauss waltzes and polkas with other well-known pieces by composers who found fame and fortune in Vienna.

Scarborough is no exception. Scarborough Spa Orchestra will present its traditional New Year's Day concert at 3pm.

Whirling waltzes, famous polkas and more great melodies from Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. It is always a big crowd-puller.