It just snow happens that there are lots of things to do in Scarborough at Christmas in 2022. Whether you’re venturing out or just lazing about at our hotel in Scarborough, our seaside town has some great bits and bobs to make sure you have your ‘elf a merry Christmas.
What is There to Do in Scarborough at Christmas?
There is tonnes to get up to in Scarborough this Christmas, whether you’re wanting to meet Santa Claus, visit a Christmas market or enjoy something very different. It would be rude-olf not to explore Scarborough at this time of year!
Where Can I See Santa in Scarborough?
Santa will be making lots of appearances in Scarborough this Christmas – he’s even visiting our seafront hotel! As the most dog-friendly hotel in the UK and possibly the world, we’ve got to make a fuss of our furry friends this festive season. Eat at our Bareca restaurant (where you can get the best food and drink in Scarborough!) on the 11th of December, and your pup can get a pressie and a photo opp from the big man.
When he’s not at our hotel, Santa can be spotted on the Scarborough North Bay Railway Santa Specials! Jump on the Christmas Express which will take you straight to Santa’s Grotto. While you wait, you can even ride on Santa’s sleigh – what a treat.
Does Scarborough Have a Christmas Market?
Yes! Head on down to Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s Scarborough Sparkle event between the 25th and 27th of November. Wrap up in your fave scarf and a woolly jumper, browse the festive stalls and scream your heart out on the fairground rides. Do you reckon you can out-squark our seagulls?
Is Scarborough Nice in Winter?
If Scarborough was a person, she’d defo be on Santa’s nice list. We’re encouraging all our guests to turn their traditions upside down and experience Christmas by the seaside this winter! Dogs are allowed on the beaches this time of year, it feels like summer and there’s loads going on. What’s naughty about that?
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions
Did you know Scarborough is home to loads of barmy Boxing Day traditions that boot-loads of people turn up to see every year? Just when we thought we couldn’t love this place anymore…
First up is the Fishermen and Firemen Football Match, which started way back in 1893 – gosh! The tradition has been going on ever since, fundraising for the Fishermen and Firemen’s Charity fund – the fishermen wear white and the firemen wear red. The firemen aren’t the emergency services, but people that stoke the boilers of steam-powered engines. Our fave rule is that each team must wear wacky hats – if one falls off, the other team gets a free kick. Kick-off is usually at 10:30 after the teams march through town with a local band.
Next, there’s a ritual building of a Mile of Pennies along the seafront, again to raise money for charity. It begins on the curb outside the Lifeboat House if you’re looking to spend a penny or so.
If that isn’t enough, Boxing Day is traditionally Ladies’ Day in Scarborough. This originates from fishermen’s wives going for a drink after the pubs opened on Boxing Day. These days, men and women alike don their best frocks and head to the pubs on the seafront for a pint or two…or three or more.
Lastly, the Scarborough Raft Race! This is usually set up by the Sub Aqua Club and happens in the Harbour around midday. Teams build their rafts then things get messy at the start line, where both opponents and the audience pelt eggs and flour at the rafts. We bet that’s a smelly affair.
Food and Drink in Scarborough
Bin the boring Christmas dinners and enjoy a roast on the coast in our Scarborough restaurant. Alongside our usual menu, we’ll be serving up turkey pizzas, mince pie affogato and more.
Throughout the festivities, the Bareca will be taking bookings for groups of four people or more. G’warn, treat your ‘elf and enjoy a festive cocktail or five with your mates, family and pooches. Disclaimer: please don’t give your dog booze, obviously.
Whitby Krampus Run
We have the same council as Whitby, so it’s basically Scarborough – right? As a place known for its weird traditions, there’s loads of things to do in Whitby at Christmas time. Our personal fave is the Krampus Run. This tradition started in 2013 when a lone Christmas monster prowled the streets. Now the parade has grown in size, becoming a bizarre celebration where creatures take over the town. This event will take place at 3:30 pm on the 3rd of December, starting at Whitby Bandstand, and is all to raise money for Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary and St. Catherine’s Hospice.
The grizzly event is followed by a fire performance at Dock End at 5:30 pm and a Krampus Ball. Tickets for the ball can be bought online and the doors open at 8 pm, so get ready for a chaotic and crazy evening of music, performances and entertainment. This event probably isn’t for those that would prefer to be sat in our cosy Retreat with an Agatha Christie eating free tea time cake and drinking unlimited coffee. Although, you can always leave that family member (cough, grannie, cough) in our care.
Films and Theatre
Our hotel in Scarborough’s Film Club will be playing the best Christmas movies, three times a day. Exclusively available to hotel guests, this feature can be enjoyed by dogs, adults and kids alike – and you can even take food and drink down there! You’re spoilt, you are.
If you fancy seeing some live-action entertainment, take a trip to see a pantomime this Christmas. The Stephen Joseph Theatre will be showcasing Cinderella as you’ve never seen her before – Cinders is in Yorkshire! The Yorkshire accent alone makes us certain this will be the best panto ever.
Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend
Another place with a Scarborough postcode is Robin Hood’s Bay. Their famous Victorian Weekend will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December. Pop on your fave top hat and Victorian clothing (which of course, is a wardrobe staple) to join in with the celebrations. You’re defo in for a memorable weekend!
Scarborough Ice Rink
Scarborough Ice Rink is back and better than ever! Whether you’re grabbing onto the side for dear life or releasing your inner Torvill and Dean, the rink is open to everyone daily from 11 am until 8 pm. If sliding around the ice isn’t enough, there’s also a bar (hurrah!) and stalls selling gifts and snacks. We’d recommend visiting the bar AFTER you’ve been on the ice to avoid ending up sprawled out in the middle of the rink.
The best thing about our hotel in Scarborough is that it’s in a central location for you to set off on your wild, wintery walks. Feel the salty spray on your face and go for a stroll from the South Bay to the North Bay, grabbing a hot choccy on your way. Or, wrap up warm and venture further afield down the cinder track. Whatever your preference, there are enough walking and cycling routes in Scarborough to get your boots stomping.
We hope we’ve given you enough things to do in Scarborough at Christmas to convince you to escape to our hotel.
To find out more about the festivities taking place in our hotel in Scarborough this winter, check out our webpage here.