Festive activities in Helmsley this year are promising to be the biggest and best yet.
As always, the town, led by the Helmsley in Business group, will be supporting Small Business Saturday, which falls on 1st December, with a day of family-friendly activities to thank local residents for their support, and welcome new visitors to the town.
One of the key activities for 2018 will be a giant Nutcracker Trail taking place across the town. Ten six and a half feet tall wooden nutcrackers will be hidden throughout Helmsley, all waiting to be found for the chance to win a prize. Other fun things taking place include a giant inflatable snow globe – ideal for getting inside and taking a selfie; Santa’s Grotto; buskers and entertainers; food and drink tastings; Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Fire Brigade and Mountain Rescue; wreath making with Helmsley Walled Garden; and stalls from local organisations.
To add to the festivities the Helmsley Arts Centre will be launching its 2018 pantomime – Red Riding Hood – to coincide with Small Business Saturday, with a matinee and evening performance available.
Helmsley will also be running its popular Christmas Tree Festival for the sixth year. Individually decorated trees along the theme of ‘The best of Helmsley’ will be displayed in All Saints Church from 1st December to 16th December. Different organisations and businesses throughout the town will compete for their tree to be crowned the best decorated tree of 2018 by public vote.
To further continue the festivities, although the giant Nutcrackers can only visit Helmsley for the day, a Nutcracker Window Trail will take place until Christmas Eve. Can you follow the trail around town and find them all?
For more information about the festive events taking place in Helmsley, go to www.visithelmsley.co.uk or follow the town on social media.