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Our Magic of Christmas days are packed with family fun. Get in the festive spirit on our Christmas trail, put on your best Christmas jumper and join our fluffy polar bears and penguins for a festive snap, get creative in the glitter emporium. And don't miss our popular storytelling sessions with Santa - book early.

The Magic of Christmas: 2 - 4, 9 - 11 & 16 - 24 December 2016
What's On

Santa with wreath

Stories with Santa
Sold Out

We're sorry but all Christmas Stories with Santa sessions are now sold out. Don't forget there's plenty of other festive fun at the garden, from cookie decorating to our Festive Garden Detective Trail - see below for more details. 

Child eating a biscuitChristmas cookie decorating

Decorate a Christmas cookie to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. If you can’t resist and eat the cookie yourself, pick up a recipe to make your own at home.

Make a Christmas Eve kit

Create your own ‘Thank You Santa’ Christmas Eve kit to leave out for Santa and his reindeer.

Decorate a Christmas Eve plate, write a thank you letter to Santa, make the reindeer a tasty treat and create a tree decoration to keep your reindeer food safe until Christmas.

Girls running on the Winter Walk

Festive Garden Detective trail

Wrap up warm and explore the garden on a festive Christmas trail. Get in the Christmas spirit and search for festive clues all around the garden.

Don’t forget to take a family photo with the polar bears and penguins before you leave.

Visitors browsing gifts

Find the perfect gift

Bath House Gallery: Christmas Crafts Showcase
1 - 27 November

If you’re looking for unusual presents that you can’t find on the high street, pop in to the Bath House Gallery for a Christmas gift with a difference – from jewellery, scarves and hand bags to children’s baking kits and Christmas decorations. 

Yorkshire Christmas Shopping Showcase
12 - 13 November, 26 - 27 November and 10 - 11 December

Visit the RHS Shop & Plant Centre for festive treats and inspiration:

  • meet the makers
  • festive 'try before you buy' samples from well-known Yorkshire food and drink suppliers
  • a special talk on Christmas house plants
  • stock up on natural tree decorations, wreaths, mistletoe and holly, and exclusive 'Made in Yorkshire'-branded Burgon & Ball garden tools 

See more about Yorkshire Christmas Shopping Showcase events (557kB pdf)

Cornus stems on the Winter Walk

Beautiful winter strolls

Enjoy the colours and scents of Harlow Carr's stunning Winter Walk, which celebrates its 10th birthday in 2016! It is sure to brighten even the coldest of days.

More about the Winter Walk

Plan your visit

Admission is free for RHS members and a family guest
Normal garden admission applies for non-members

Don't forget you can buy garden tickets in advance.

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I enjoy a refreshing walk… my membership gives me free family days out as often as I like.

Mrs Giddings, RHS member

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