5 of The Best 8-9th December

Another week is over and we have another Saturday and Sunday crammed-full of Christmas cheer with these five events taking place in Doncaster this weekend.

So many of the town's biggest attractions are pulling out all of the stops to bring you festive fun as well as some traditional Christmas music in some really atmospheric venues. Read on and find out which five we've selected this week, but don't forget that there are lots more ideas on our What's On page you can find here.

1. Yorkshire Wildlife Park Christmas Fair

YWP, Brockholes Lane, Branton, Doncaster, DN4 6TB

Experience over sixty festive stalls in a giant heated marquee, with oodles of craft, gift, food and drink stalls to explore this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December.

Be dazzled by live festive entertainment and take a ride on the Victorian fairground amusements. The 100-acre park will be enchanted by Christmas elves, Polar Bear Santa and Christmas characters spreading festive goodwill during special walkabout appearances.

Father Christmas will be at Santa’s Grotto on all four days of the Fairs and there will also be live entertainment all day on a stage in the courtyard with a magician, brass bands and singers performing Christmas song.

Not only do you get all that this weekend, but also next, the 15th and 16th December.

The fair will open at 10am and close at 5.30pm, with the wildlife park closing at 4pm. Last entry to the park will be no later than 3pm. Admission prices apply, annual pass members go FREE.

2. Victorian Christmas at Cusworth Hall

Cusworth Hall and Park, Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, DN5 7TU

The team at Cusworth Hall are inviting us all to travel back in time to the era of the birth of the modern Christmas. Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December from 11am until 4pm.

Meet a traditional Father Christmas and receive a special Victorian-themed gift, dress up in Victorian costume, browse some festive stalls and enjoy crafts and a Christmas story by candlelight.

Tickets £10 per child (accompanying adult £3.50, under-3s free).  Phone Cusworth Hall to book on 01302 782342.

3. Come Sing Christmas!

Priory Methodist Church, 20-26 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TR

Join the enormously talented Doncaster Choral Society for a gala of festive music this Saturday 8th December at 7:30pm.

Enjoy a packed programme of Christmas music, featuring soloists and peformances from the Clifton Handbell Ringers for an authentic sound of Christmas.

£12.00 tickets in advance - available from Tourist Information Centre, 1 Priory Place, DN1 1BN or £14.00 on the door.

4. Flourish Christmas Fayre

Flourish Enterprises, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Rd, Doncaster, DN4 8QP

There will be lots of free  family fun at the Flourish Christmas Fayre this Sunday 9th December.

Santa is flying in from the North Pole to see all of the young visitors at the event at St Catherine’s House and Woodfield Park, and will be in his grotto.

There will also be gift stalls including Christmas wreaths made by the team at the Walled Garden, children’s Christmas craft activities, children’s fairground rides, Face Painting, Tombola and Free Children's books and much more festive fun.

Head down and enjoy all the fun 11am until 4pm.

5. South Yorkshire Police Band Christmas Concert

St. Lawrence's Church, Station Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6HN

The stirring sound of a brass band is perfect for creating that Christmassy feeling and what better way to experience it than in the atmospheric surroundings of a beautiful church?

The South Yorkshire Police Band will be performing a programme of carols and Christmas music at St. Lawrence's Church, Hatfield this Sunday evening from 7:00pm.

This lovely concert is FREE to attend but with a request for donations as a contribution to the heating of the Church during the Christmas period. 


Whatever you're up to, don't forget to let us know and if you decide to take the plunge with any of our suggestions, please let us know what you thought, and of course - as ever, whatever you're up to this week and beyond, have a great one and don't forget to keep us up to date with how you're spending your time in Doncaster, by uploading your pics and using @VisitDoncaster, #youradventureawaits and #doncasterisgreat.

We're also onboard with a new digital initiative to put Doncaster Town Centre and all the fabulous things going on there, so whenever you're checking in and tagging mates doing great stuff in DN1 - join in with our new #YourDN1 hashtag! 

If you represent a venue or are organising an event that you'd like us to include in future guides, please contact the TIC by telephone on 01302 734309, on email tourist.information@doncaster.gov.uk or via our social email accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @VisitDoncaster