What’s on in Scarborough this Christmas

What’s on in Scarborough this Christmas 2020

Planning your trip around what’s on in Scarborough this Christmas? Well you’ve come to the right place as Scarborough is host to a wide range of events and festivals that will keep you coming back year after year.

What’s on in Scarborough this Christmas Summer

During the summer you’ll find a whole lot of amazing annual events and festivals such as: Scarborough Cricket Festival, Seafest, Scarborough Goldwing Light Parade, Armed Forces Day and of course a great musical line-up at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre. 

Haunting Julia

Type: Play

Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire,

Dates: 1 December -5 January

Cost: £12

On The Rocks (12A)

Type: Film 12A

Venue Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1JW

Dates: 3 December -4 December

Cost: £7 per adult

Uncle Vanya

Type: Film

Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1JW

Dates: 3-5 December

Cost: £12

Christmas Cracker

YMCA Productions proudly present their annual Christmas Variety Show ‘Christmas Cracker’. Come along and kick the festive season off with a show full of festive songs, dazzling dances and some good old fashioned Christmas comedy. As well as a host of gifted talent from in and around Scarborough, YMCA Productions will also be joined by some very special guests to be the ribbon on top of this glittering present of show. 


Christmas Cracker is a staple of the YMCA Theatre’s calendar and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Book early to get the best seats in the house – you don’t want to miss this festive weekend extravaganza.

Dates: 4-6 December

Cost: £10

Venue: YMCA Theatre, St Thomas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1DY

North Bay Heritage Railway Santa Specials

Come down to the North Bay Heritage Railway in Scarborough to join in the festive celebrations, and most importantly meet Santa himself. Our Santa Specials will be fully Covid-19 safe and all compartments will be fully cleaned between trains.

Pre Book

The first Santa Special train will be departing from Peasholm Station at 11am on Saturday 5th December, other times are 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Other dates are 6th,12th,13th,19th, 20th, 21st December.  They advise everyone to pre book via the web site or in person at the North Bay Heritage Railway.

Format Changed

This year to remain Covid-19 safe they have had to change the format of Santa Specials. You will travel from Peasholm Station to Scalby Mills Station, hot drinks will be included before your board the train. At Scalby Mills you will be greeted by our Elves and the big man himself, Santa, he will visit your family group whilst your seated in your carriage compartment. Children will receive a gift from Santa and there will a chance to take a photo’s, the train will then return to Peasholm Station. 

Outdoor Event

As the event is all outdoors please wear warm clothing, the event will be held whatever the weather, please feel free to bring along a blanket and your Hot Water Bottle! Also be aware some trains are very busy especially on peek dates (12th – 21st December), we endeavour to keep your wait to see Santa as short as possible. Please allow up to on hour 1 hour for the Santa Special.

Location: North Bay Railway, Burniston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6PF

Cost: £ 5 and 7.50

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