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Getting into the festive spirit in Ripon

With less than one week to go until the big day, there are plenty of festive events taking place in the local area this weekend.

For a unique Christmas experience, Brimham Rocks will be the backdrop for a midwinter storytelling event including stories, songs and riddles to celebrate myths and folklore inspired by the season.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a stunning setting for an afternoon of music and lights, this Saturday 22nd December. Enjoy the colourful lights bathing the abbey, listen to choirs singing in the cellarium, tuck into tasty food and mulled wine and visit Father Christmas’ grotto.

At Harrogate Royal Hall meanwhile, ‘Rock Up and Sing!’, a talented community choir of over 400, will be putting on a magical one-off Christmas music event with accomplished harpist Claire Jones.

These are just a few of the exciting events taking place throughout Ripon and Harrogate in the run-up to Christmas. For more information visit