Staff at Sewerby Hall and Gardens have declared the first Weekend of Christmas, held over the weekend of 2 and 3 December, to be a big success.
Events included husky mushing, a new Rusticus Christmas adventure; children's Christmas Activities; carol concerts; face painting and donkey rides; and a Christmas Photobooth.
Marie Gascoigne, senior facility manager, said : " I am absolutely delighted with the way the Weekend went. We welcomed over 1000 people over both days, and we have still more Christmas activities to come!"
The house itself has been decorated in all its festive glory and also features a new exhibition, The Making of Christmas, exploring how the Victorians adopted some ancient customs and grafted on some of their own to create what is now our idea of the perfect Christmas.
Curator Janice Smith explains: "The idea of Christmas evokes scenes of jolly old Santa and perfectly wrapped presents; a cosy room with a log fire burning brightly; a scented fir tree laden with baubles and twinkling lights; Christmas dinner; crackers; Christmas cards from all your friends; a kiss under the mistletoe and so on, yet have you ever considered who put all these ideas together? This exhibition will give you the answers!"
In addition, there will be chance to make your own Christmas cards over the next two weekends.
The house is open at weekends only, but the gardens and the zoo are open daily.
For details of all the events taking place at Sewerby Hall and Gardens together with opening times and admission prices, visit www.sewerbyhall.co.uk or call (01262) 673769.