We think this every year around this time … the clocks are going back one hour and suddenly it is CHRISTMAS! 
Does this festive fussiness sound familiar? 
Of course it does … and yet a little bit of us totally loves it, too! 
With Santa getting ready, his reindeer gearing up for some serious sleigh pulling, it’s only fair the rest of us get in the merrymaking mood as well. 
Our blog will give you some yuletide inspiration this season ... 
Whitby certainly doesn’t disappoint with a variety of Christmas events taking place in and around the historic maritime port. 
Let’s start the festive fun with lots of entertainment at the Whitby Pavilion including film, live performances and more. 
Then during the following month, the annual Whitby Christmas Festival starts on Friday 15th November and finishes on Sunday 17th November. 
The beating heart of this event is the Christmas Market with its spectacular range of stalls selling a diverse range of gift ideas. 
Away from the bustling town centre, you might want to visit the stunning North York Moors National Park Centre at Danby, which will host its Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November from 11am to 4pm. 
As we head closer to Christmas, the whole family can enjoy Magic Mike’s Christmas Special on 22nd December at the Whitby Pavilion, just a short distance from us here at the Riviera. 
Whitby is also transformed throughout the main streets of the town and across the harbour with lovely twinkly lights and graceful Christmas trees. 
And the delightful village of Robin Hood's Bay (just a few miles away) will host its Victorian Weekend on 6th, 7th and 8th December. 
If you fancy a change of scene, then Scarborough is about a 40-minute drive away and always makes the most of Christmas. For 2019, the Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Thursday 14th November from 4pm with lots going on apart from the ceremonial flicking of the switch! 
There will be a Family Fun Treasure Trail, a town centre Victorian Christmas Market, a suspended Christmas Tree, pantomime characters, carol singing, an Ice Sculpture, street entertainment and lots more. 
Then Santa arrives in Scarborough on Saturday 16th November at 10.30am. And Rudolph gets a rest as Santa arrives by boat in the town’s harbour! 
This celebrated tradition always attracts the crowds and the kids just love it. You can then follow Santa through the town before he arrives at his grotto in Boyes Department Store in Queen Street. 
The famous Stephen Joseph Theatre also has its annual Christmas performance, this year focusing on the classic tale of Treasure Island. 
However, here at the Riviera we feel that Christmas is a time for families and friends to find time to spend some quality time together. Exchanging gifts and eating delicious food is part of the experience, yet just as important is doing something together as another year draws to a close. 
Have fun! 
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