THERE is lots to enjoy in the Bradford district between Christmas and New Year.

The Sparkling Bradford campaign - - details the huge range of events, activities, entertainment and performances to help plan days and trips locally.

Here's a small selection:

It’s an Ilkley Christmas Trail

Ilkley Town Centre

Until December 31

‘It’s an Ilkley Christmas’ trail is now available on the Discover Ilkley App. Venture into town, download the app, and try to find all of the special festive characters, whilst taking in the beautiful scenery. Mix it in with a little Christmas shopping or a bite to eat.


Bradford Playhouse

December 26 - 29

Tricked into going into the cave of wonders by the evil Abanazar, Aladdin finds himself trapped in a cave with nothing but a dirty old lamp and no way out. Join the hilarious Aladdin who is joined by his wacky washerwoman mother, Widow Twankey along with the beautiful Princess Jasmine and a magical spirit to guide our hero along the way.

Mince Pie Specials

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

December 26-January 3.

Travel in a toasty, yuletide carriage as the festive journey continues into the New Year. See the stunning stations transformed with an amazing Christmas display, creating a magical glow as the train rolls in.

3D Imax film screenings

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

December 27

Explore films in immersive 3D on the biggest screen in the region, at the IMAX, based at the National Science and Space Museum. A perfect family day out during the Christmas holidays; visitors can watch epic documentaries such as Antarctica and Walking with Dinosaurs.

Bank Holiday Skate Through

Bradford Ice Arena

December 27

Pop down and take a spin on the ice this Christmas. Join the general sessions where the house lights are on and everyone is welcome to skate at a steady pace.

Art in the Park

Lister Park, Bradford

Throughout December

For the perfect winter stroll, head to Lister Park and enjoy a selection of stunning sculptures. Including artist loans and works from Bradford’s public collection, the park is ideal for an afternoon with the family; works such as Hochlandbew by Otmar Alt and George James Frampton’s Peter Pan are on display.

Riddlesden Festive Trail


December 29

With more than 20 festive winter scenes, explore the village of Riddlesden to find the snow people.  Wrap up warm for this perfect excuse to stretch your legs throughout the Christmas break.

The Sparkling Bradford winter campaign works to boost the visitor economy by showcasing the visitor experience on offer across the Bradford district during winter 2021 delivered by partners VisitBradford, The Broadway Bradford, Bradford Business Improvement District (BID), Ilkley BID and Bradford Council.