Santa is Coming to Town: How Santa’s sleigh is making its way around Ryedale this Christmas

by Jared Smith
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Ryedale Lions

It has been an unusual year, to be sure, but Ryedale Lions are determined the show must go on and are, once again, helping to bring Santa to Ryedale this December.

To minimise risks to everyone, door-to-door collection will be replaced with planned stops in the usual towns and villages. Visitors to the sleigh will be required to maintain social distancing from each other and from Santa and his helpers. Lions President Frank Hayward said:

It will be a different Christmas but we are very keen to keep Santa flying for the people of Ryedale and we are sure everyone will understand the changes we have to make.”

Santa’s Sleigh is Ryedale Lions biggest annual fundraising activity, raising thousands of pounds to be donated to local charities. Any individual or group interested in being involved when the Sleigh visits their town or village should contact Ben Hayes on 01751471409 or Ben said:

We are publishing our programme early so everyone can be aware and plan. But there may well be changes to the schedule. All updates will be notified through the press, radio and our Facebook, Twitter and website pages”

Ryedale Lions volunteers with local residents

Sat 5th Dec — Pickering Market Place 9.30am-2pm
Wed 9th Dec — Rosedale School 4.40pm, Cropton 5.40pm, Wrelton 6.10pm, Middleton/Aislaby 6.40pm
Thu 10th Dec — Salton 5.30pm, Normanby 6pm, Marton 6.30pm, Gt Edstone 7pm, Sinnington 7.30pm
Sat 12th Dec — Kirkbymoorside 10am-2pm, Market Place, Ryedale Crescent, British Legion Club,
Oxcroft, Parkers’ Mount, Kirkby Mills
Sun 13th Dec — Thornton le Dale 10am-2pm
Mon 14th Dec — Nunnington 5.30pm, Harome 6pm, Wombleton 6.30pm
Tues 15th Dec — Oswaldkirk 6pm, Ampleforth 6.45pm
Thu 17th Dec — Fadmoor 5pm, Gillamoor 5.30pm, Beadlam 6pm, Nawton 6.30pm
Fri 18th Dec — Appleton 5pm, Spaunton 5.30pm, Lastingham 6pm, Hutton le Hole 6.30pm
Sat 19th Dec — Helmsley Market Place 10am-2pm
Sun 20th Dec — Wilton 5.30pm, Ebberston 6pm, Allerston 6.30pm

There is a “Track and Trace” facility on their website and social media so you can see exactly where Santa is on the nights he is out.


Malton & Norton Lions

Santa takes to the streets with safety-first sleigh!

Santa will be sprinkling stardust and delivering magic in Malton, Norton and nearby villages in the run up to Christmas – riding a stay-safe sleigh! Hand sanitisers and Father Christmasks are at the ready to make it possible for the world’s most welcome visitor to go on his grand tour.

Working with Malton and Norton Lions, he is again aiming to help raise thousands of pounds to support vulnerable families and people in need. Lions President, Di Keal, said:

Santa has told us he is going to go with his sleigh to see children street by street over in December. Santa and his reindeer completed their quarantine together so children will still be able to give them a wave from their windows and doorsteps when they go by.”

Malton and Norton Lions in Malton Market Place

Anyone who would like to help the Lions support a whole range of good causes can make a donation by going to or Text to donate:

To donate £1, text VPNA02 to 70201
To donate £3, text VPNA02 to 70331
To donate £5, text VPNA02 to 70970
To donate £10, text VPNA02 to 70191

Di said:

Children are this year able to enter Santa’s colouring competition and tell us their top three wishes for Christmas, with a prize provided by the elves at Morrisons. Money raised by Malton and Norton Lions goes to support local people and families. […] We thought long and hard this year about what the Lions could do in the middle of this terrible pandemic and found a safe way for Santa to visit. We know how much youngsters look forward to Father Christmas calling and were determined to make sure they didn’t miss out. Santa is always keen to also help us raise money to help local people and we are grateful to everyone for their generous support. This year we hope in the absence of the collection by our team of Elves that people will support us with the click of a Chris-mouse!”

Thu 3rd Dec — Wentworth Street, Broughton Rise, Horsemarket Road, The Mount, Middlecave Road, all roads across to Castle Howard Rd.

Fri 4th Dec — Broughton, Broughton Manor, Showground Road, Copperfield Close, Ryngwoode Drive.
Sat 5th Dec — Hovingham, Fryton, Slingsby, Barton-le-Street, Appleton-le-Street
Sun 6th Dec — Langton Rd (From St Peters Church), St. Peter’s Crescent & Street, Sutton St, St.Nicholas St, Welham Rd, Riverside View, Station Way.
Mon 7th Dec — West Knapton, West Heslerton, Sherburn, Wintringham.
Tue 8th Dec — Kirby Misperton, Barugh, Brawby.
Wed 9th Dec — Sheriff Hutton, Terrington, Coneysthorpe.
Thu 10th Dec — Thixendale, Leavening, Burythorpe, Langton & Birdsall
Fri 11th Dec — Langton Rd from St Peters Church, The Ridings, Millside, Stables Est, Langley Drive, Hambleton Est, Beverley Rd Est.
Sat 12th Dec — Scampston, Rillington, Thorpe Bassett, Scagglethorpe, Settrington.
Sun 13th Dec — Lilling, Flaxton, Thornton-le-Clay, Foston, Whitwell, Crambe, Westow, Eddlethorpe.
Mon 14th Dec — Deansfield Court, Furlongs Ave, Beverley Rd, Dean Rd, Howe Rd, Eastfield Rd, Mill St, Commercial St, Parliament St.
Tue 15th Dec — East Mount, Highfield Road, Peasey Hill & Old Malton.
Wed 16th Dec — Weaverthorpe, through Wolds Villages down to North Grimston.
Thu 17th Dec — Swinton (part), Amotherby(part), Habton, B1257 through Amotherby/Swinton (at end of route)
Fri 18th Dec — Scarborough Road from Bowling Lane, Arbour Way, Beckside, Maudon Grove, Westfield.
Sat 19th Dec — Bulmer, Welburn, Crambeck, Huttons Ambo, Milton Ridge.

NB. This year’s Malton & Norton Santa’s Sleigh may be subject to changes depending on the introduction of further Government restrictions. Please see Facebook for updates.

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