From an ice-rink to a Santa meet and greet for dogs, it just snow happens that there’s tons to get up to in our seaside town this winter! We’re absolutely sleighing it.

In this blog, our hotel has listed the top things to do in Scarborough this Christmas.

Take your Dog to Meet Santa Paws

Did you know the big man is visiting our seafront hotel in Scarborough this winter? As the best dog-friendly hotel in the world, of course we had to make a fuss of our VIPs (that’s Very Important Pooches, FYI). Santa will be stopping by to take piccies with your pups on the 19th of December, between 12pm and 4pm. If you’re looking to come on down and would like more info, check out our page:

Scarborough hotel

Go Ice Skating

For the first time EVER, Scarborough’s bagged it’s very own ice rink! Open daily from the 3rd of December, the rink is for people of all abilities so anyone can give it a go. Whether you’re skating around like Torvill and Dean or clinging to the side of the rink for dear life, you’re bound to have an fantabulous time. If you’re wanting to go, book your tickets in advance and head to North Street Car Park.

Get Involved on Boxing Day

Scarborough is home to loads of Boxing Day traditions that boot-loads of people turn up to see every year. First up is the Fisherman and Fireman football match, which started way back in 1893 – gosh! Each team must wear wacky hats – if one falls off, the other team gets a free kick. 

There is also a raft race, where teams build their own creations and compete in the Harbour. Things get messy at the start line, where both opponents pelt eggs and flour at the rafts. If all that’s not enough, there’s a ritual building of a Mile of Pennies along the seafront. It begins on the curb outside the Lifeboat House, if you’re looking to spend a coin.

Stop by the Bareca

Open all day over the festive period, our Bareca restaurant in Scarborough is the place to be this winter! Alongside our usual menu, our venue is serving up twisted festive favourites until the 3rd of January. Expect sautéed sprouts, Christmas turkey pizza and mince pie affogato. We’ve also got hot spiced apple juice, winter whiskey sours, festive fizz cocktails and more. Treat yo’ elf.

Scarborough restaurant

Whitby Krampus Run

We have the same council as Whitby, so it’s basically Scarborough – right? We think we can get away with it in this blog! This tradition started in 2013 when a lone Christmas monster prowled the streets. Now the parade has grown in size, becoming a wild celebration where creatures take over the town. This event will take place on the 4th of December, starting at Whitby Bandstand.

Things to do in Scarborough

Head to the Theatre

If you fancy a trip to see a pantomime this Christmas, look no further than the Stephen Joseph Theatre. They’ll be showcasing the World Premiere of Jack and the Beanstalk for families to have some fee-fi-fo-fun! We’re hosting a giveaway on the Bareca’s Facebook page for one of you lucky lot to win some tickets to the show and a voucher for our venue!

Things to do in Scarborough

Visit Bike & Boot

Get away from home this season and escape to our dog-friendly hotel in Scarborough. After long walks along the beach and cliff tops to blow away the cobwebs, crash in one of our hotel rooms. Our Sleepeeze beds are soft as snow and will leave you feeling cosy in no time at all. If you venture out of your room, our free Film Club is showing classic Christmas films all afternoon, and our Retreat is full of board games, free cake and unlimited hot drinks. We’re the place to be!

Hotel in Scarborough

To find out more about the festivities taking place in our hotel this winter, check out our webpage: