The end of 2018 is almost upon us and you can celebrate with a range of activities close to our holiday parks in the heart of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. Here are just a few ideas to mark the occasion and see in the New Year in style.

Ripon New Year’s Eve Celebrations

The New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service takes place at 11.15pm at Ripon Cathedral with a torchlight procession to the market square afterwards promises to be both atmospheric and memorable. There is live entertainment in the market square from 10pm and the traditional fireworks from Ripon Town Hall at midnight.

York Minster

Another long-standing tradition is to gather round the impressive Minster in York to listen to the bells chime in the New Year. It’s a great feeling to share this special moment with others against the backdrop of such an impressive landmark.

Panto Season

Always a favourite, there are some fabulous pantos showing across North Yorkshire. Fun for all the family, Cinderella is showing at the Grand Opera House, York, The Grand Old Dame of York at the Theatre Royal York and Jack & the Beanstalk at Harrogate Theatre, to name but a few.

Whitby

See in the New Year with fabulous 60s band Five Divide at Whitby Pavilion. Formed in 1992, the group have a strong fan base covering tracks from The Beatles, The Searchers, The Shadows and many more.

Scarborough Spa Orchestra New Year’s Day Concert

Tickets are always in great demand for the annual concert at The Grand Hall as the Scarborough Spa Orchestra play a traditional programme of favourite waltzes and polkas composed by Johann Strauss, his family, and other composers who found Vienna to be their City of Dreams.

Knaresborough Duck Race

This quirky and ever-popular New Year’s Day tradition sees around 5,000 plastic ducks dropped from High Bridge in Knaresborough to make their way downstream to the finish line outside Marigold’s Café. The first duck to the finishing line wins £100. Tickets are now on sale so get ready to sponsor your duck!

Winter Walks

After all the New Year celebrations, a wintry walk promises to blow all those cobwebs away. The spectacular Sutton Bank on the doorstep of York House Holiday Park is a great spot to enjoy a short New Year’s Day walk, weather permitting. Wrap up warm and don’t forget to stop at one of the many North York Moors traditional pubs and enjoy the delicious Yorkshire food and beer by a roaring fire.

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