And just like that, it’s Christmas again.

Now is often the time many of us begin to feel a panic slowly simmering; a panic of how we can switch up the usual Christmas catch-up with friends, or how we can make this event one of the lesser stresses of Christmas. But now it’s time to take that panic pan off the heat, as we have just the solutions for your festive frustrations. Let’s begin!

Friargate Theatre

This December, Friargate Theatre invites audiences to join in York’s own Christmas comedy improv show, Right Here, Right Now, an evening of wit, belly-laughs, and general silliness (festive silliness, we might add). It works like this, you and your friends (in the audience) will come up with the ideas and suggestions (Christmas-related, or not), and Riding Lights Theatre Company’s merry band of improvisers will effortlessly turn your ideas into chaotic comedy sequences. So, if you’re hoping to inject a little more fun into your Christmas catch-up with friends this year, this is the perfect chance; it’s foolish, it’s funny, and it’s fit for family audiences too! Get yourself down to Friargate Theatre on Friday 20th December and take part in this unrepeatable evening of Christmas comedy, and put your genius ideas on the stage.

Barley Hall

If it’s a Christmas do you’re planning, why not switch the typical wine or beer tasting for something a little more… how do we put this… vintage? This Christmas, Barley Hall will host an evening of mead tasting. Lead by The Lancashire Mead Company, guests will be served several different delicious award-winning meads alongside nibbles and appetizers to perfectly compliment what we think might be your new favourite festive drink. Mead connoisseurs from the Lancashire Mead Company will teach you and your friends about the cultural and historical significance of mead, and will be on hand to talk you through the tasting notes of this honey-based drink, which was beloved in the Middle-Ages, and now again in the 21st century. The tasting will take place on December 14th, in the perfect festive and intimate venue of this astonishing medieval town house’s ‘Great Hall’.

Burton Agnes

In one of Yorkshire’s most important historic houses, guests are being invited every week to join in on Burton Agnes’ Christmas Craft Wednesdays. Before the Cunliffe-Lister family close their home to enjoy the Christmas period, they are inviting the public to enjoy the house in all its festive glory. Simon and Olivia Cunliffe-Lister, with the help of their five children, annually decorate the Elizabethan home to create a winter wonderland for visitors, using traditional and contemporary handmade decorations. The craft workshops will take place in Burton Agnes’ Hall every Wednesday until the house closes for Christmas, starting December 14th – 23rd. In these workshops, guides will demonstrate how to design and make many decorations which you often see at Christmas time, as well as reveal some of the tricks and secrets behind the handmade decorations displayed in the magnificent Hall.

Nunnington Hall

And Burton Agnes isn’t the only place getting creative this Christmas, as this year, National Trust’s Nunnington Hall is holding an Art for Christmas Community Exhibition. The exhibition celebrates some of the best arts and crafts from Yorkshire and beyond, showcasing a variety of artists, and incorporating a broad range of art, from painting, photography, crafts and many more. With art subjects covering local life, landscape, wildlife, and more, the exhibition celebrates its fifth year, showcasing some of the best undiscovered artists in the region; a perfect opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, or spend a day with friends celebrating all things Christmassy and crafty in the fantastic grounds of Nunnington Hall.

Scampston Hall

New to 2019, Scampston Hall will this year welcome their Festive Weekends, celebrating the run up to Christmas. Up until the 22nd December, Scampston Hall’s garden café will be open, beautifully decorated for Christmas, and serving up festive refreshments including special hot chocolates and festive cakes; perfect for a Christmas get-together with friends. If you’re on the look out for any stocking fillers whilst you’re there, you’re in luck! You can find candles, gift cards, prints and many more. And if you come baring children, you’re in luck! Children are free to play and join in Christmas activities, making decorations and crafting Rudolf treat bags. And if you’re hoping to dedicate a whole day to Christmas festivities, you’re in luck! You can pick up one of Scampston’s locally grown Christmas trees on your way out.

Hotel Indigo

This December, York’s Hotel Indigo is giving you and your friends the chance to get into the festive spirit with wreath-making. Decorate Christmas wreaths of fresh holly with cinnamon sticks, pine cones, berries, and ribbons in this intimate workshop lead by Janine, owner of local independent floristry, Ello Flower on Goodramgate. Enjoy mulled wine and delicious mince pies with friends whilst crafting a wreath to give as a gift or to take home and add a bit of handmade Christmas charm. This ticketed workshop will take place on December 13th.