Your guide to some of the top events taking place across the county in the next seven days.
MUSIC: Gordon Stewart/Huddersfield Boys & Girls Choirs & Adam Finchett - Huddersfield Town Hall.
This classic lunchtime concert is a Huddersfield institution. Expect a generous helping of traditional Christmas carols and organ music by Bach, Daquin and Cockcroft. Time: 1pm. Tickets: From £4.
FILM: It’s a Wonderful Life subtitled screening - Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds.
It’s hard to imagine a more heartwarming Christmas present than a pair of tickets to see one of the best loved movies ever made at the beautiful, 101-year-old Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. James Stewart and Donna Reed make for perfect company on a cold winter’s day. Time: 6pm. Tickets: From £5.
MUSIC: André Rieu - Sheffield Arena.
The wildly popular Dutch violin virtuoso visits Sheffield Arena with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Expect a peerless performance encompassing the most sweepingly romantic of pieces to lively, clap-along waltzes. Tickets cost a small fortune, but are nonetheless selling allegro. Time: 8pm. Tickets: From £44.
MUSIC: Shed Seven & Inspiral Carpets - O2 Academy Leeds.
York and Manchester’s finest Britpop exports meet in the middle for a brace of huge shows at Leeds’ O2 Academy. What finer way to welcome in the Christmas hols for those who like their live music anthemic, adrenaline-charged and a little bit lairy? Time: 7pm. Tickets: From £22.50 (The December 21st show is sold out).
CLASSES: Ukulele lesson - Beaumont Park, Huddersfield.
Brush up on your ukulele skills at gorgeous Beaumont Park in Huddersfield - could anything be more seasonal? Time: 12.45pm-4.40pm. Tickets: Call 01484 301411 to book.
DANCE: Dancing in the Ballroom - Tea Dances at Sheffield City Hall.
Waltz and quickstep your way into the Christmas spirit in the gorgeous art deco surroundings of Sheffield City Hall. Dancers with hearty appetites will be glad to hear there’s food and drink on offer in the Arches Bar, on-site. Time: 11.30am-2.30pm. Tickets: £3. (Also December 29th and 31st)
THEATRE: Winter Gothic - St Martin-Cum-Gregory Church, York.
Bottled Lightning in association with Pick Me Up Theatre present Winter Gothic - an evening of blood-curdling ghost stories with local character actors James Swanton and Robyn Grant. It wouldn’t be the Great British Christmas tradition without the chill… Time: Various times. Tickets: From £8. (no show on Christmas Day)
WALK: Boxing Day Walk - Marsden Moor Estate
Spend a heavenly Boxing Day on this 5-mile group walk above Marsden, West Yorks. Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing and bring refreshments. Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm (Meet at Marsden railway station) Tickets: Free.
EVENT: Mile of Pennies, Scarborough South Bay.
Join in with the grand old Boxing Day tradition of helping to line up a mile of pennies along Scarborough seafront. Proceeds from this fundraising event go to the Fisherman & Fireman’s Charity. Those in search of a more extreme (and hypothermia-inducing) Boxing Day diversion need look no further than the fancy dress Big Dips taking place at Whitby and Bridlington. Time: From 10am Tickets: Donations encouraged.
EVENT: Leeds Record Fair, Leeds Corn Exchange.
There’ll be over 35 tables of collectible records and CDs for sale at the Corn Exchange in Leeds on December 27th, making this one of the biggest record fairs in the North. Where better to spend whatever’s left of your Christmas funds? Time: 10am-4pm. Tickets: Free entry.
MUSIC: Christmas Concert Duo - Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Bridlington
This Christmas Orangery Concert from classical flute and piano duo Ann and Garth Blackburn promises to be one of the region’s best value-for-money festive events. Two and three-course Christmas meals will also be on offer at the Grade I listed property. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £2.45.
EXHIBITION: The Brontës, War and Waterloo - Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth
Lovers of classic Yorkshire literature should seize on the Christmas holidays as an opportunity to catch this intriguing exhibition exploring the Brontë sisters’ fascination with the Napoleonic wars. Do watch out for weather warnings before you set off! Times and tickets: Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum website for details. (Until March 2016)