Glow illuminations
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Our Magic of Christmas days are packed with family fun. Get in the festive spirit on our Christmas trail, enter our Design a Christmas Jumper competion, sample and buy delicious seasonal fare and don't miss our popular storytelling sessions with Santa - bookings open 1 September.

Visitors browsing giftsYorkshire Christmas Shopping Showcase
11–12 & 25–26 November and 9–10 December

Meet the makers and sample festive delights in the Harlow Carr Shop & Plant Centre. Well-known Yorkshire food and drink suppliers will be on hand to talk about their products and hand out selected ‘try before you buy’ samples.

Join a talk on Christmas house plants and stock up on Christmas favourites including natural tree decorations, wreaths, mistletoe and holly as well as a selection of books, perfect for stocking fillers.

Glow illuminationsNEW ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations
23 November–30 December (Thursday–Saturday 3–8pm, last entry 7pm)

See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. See the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as you’ve never seen them before.  

Warm up with a treat from Bettys Café Tea Rooms (full café menu until 6.30pm) or Bettys Café takeaway (hot drinks and light refreshments until 7pm) and pop into the Shop & Plant Centre for beautiful festive gifts (open until 8pm).

Free to members (plus usual guest allocation). Reduced entry for non-members applies after 3pm.

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Boy meeting toy penguinsThe Magic of Christmas
1–3, 8–10 & 15–24 December

Put on your best Christmas jumper and get in the festive spirit on the Christmas trail. Make a 3D snowman or Christmas tree, decorate a Christmas pudding plate and cookie and don’t forget to enter our Design a Christmas Jumper competition. The winner will be selected on Christmas Eve and will win a stocking brimming with festive treats to enjoy in the New Year! 

Santa and Mrs Claus in their sleighStories with Santa
1–3, 8–10 & 15–24 December

For something extra special, why not book onto a Christmas story with Santa? Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift. 

Sessions last approx. one hour and there will be an opportunity for photos. All children wishing to receive a present from Santa will need a valid ticket (including children under the age of one). 

Daily session times


9.15am – 10.15am
10.15am – 11.15am
11.15am – 12.15pm
12.45pm – 1.45pm
1.45pm – 2.45pm
2.45pm – 3.45pm

Ticket prices

  • Member adult £3.50, member child £5.50. Note: RHS members will need to produce a valid membership card upon entry to the garden.
  • Non-member adult £11.50 (includes garden entry), non-member child £9 (includes garden entry)

You may use your Stories with Santa tickets to stay on in the garden and enjoy the Glow Winter Illuminations on Fridays & Saturdays until 30 December.
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Girls running on the Winter WalkBeautiful winter strolls

Enjoy Harlow Carr's stunning Winter Walk, packed with colour and scent to brighten even the coldest of days.

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Admission is free for RHS members and a family guest

Normal garden admission applies for non-members, plus special event prices where stated.

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