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10 festive places to visit by bus from Hull this Christmas



Embark on a yuletide adventure with East Yorkshire Buses

It seems like only yesterday that we were enjoying the warm summer days, but now, as the nights draw in and the air turns crisp, the festive season is upon us! With the school holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning those special Christmas outings with the family.

To make your festive season even brighter, we’ve put together 10 fantastic day trips from Hull that are just a bus ride away. Remember the excitement of a bus journey when we were young? Well, it’s time to relive that joy with your little ones. And here’s some great news: East Yorkshire Buses has capped single fares at just £2 per person, making these festive trips not only memorable but also affordable.

Whether you’re looking for traditional Christmas markets, dazzling light displays, or just a change of scenery, our list has something for everyone. So, get ready to hop on an East Yorkshire Bus to explore the wonders of East Riding and beyond this Christmas season. Let’s dive into these festive suggestions and make this holiday one to remember!


York comes to life with its enchanting Christmas Market, a festive highlight from November 16th to December 22nd. More than 75 beautifully decorated alpine chalets line Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, creating a delightful winter wonderland. Visitors can explore a variety of stalls offering unique local treasures, artisan gifts, and seasonal treats.

The EastRider Service X46 provides a comfortable and direct route to this cherished Yuletide event. The bus drops you off in the heart of the city centre, so you’re straight into the shops and attractions. You can plan your journey to York here.

East Park, Hull

East Park in Hull, the city’s largest park, transforms into a picturesque winter woodland during snowy and icy weather, making it a magical destination for family outings this Christmas season. With its scenic lake and abundant wildlife, it’s perfect for leisurely strolls and feeding the ducks, geese, and swans. Children will love the play area, and the animal zoo offers a delightful educational experience.

Though some summer features like the splash boat may be seasonal, the park’s wintry charm provides a refreshing escape. After exploring, warm up with homemade treats at the Pavilion Café. Free and easily accessible by bus, East Park is an enchanting winter retreat for families.

There are buses every few minutes down Holderness Road which stop right at the entrance to the park. You can plan your journey to East Park here.


Beverley comes alive with festive spirit this Christmas season, starting with the dazzling lights switch-on event at Flemingate, a spectacular display that marks the beginning of the town’s holiday celebrations. Adding to the yuletide cheer, families can join in the Reindeer Rampage, an engaging trail around Beverley town centre, where children can help round up the reindeer for Father Christmas. This delightful activity, running from 4th November to 31st December, includes a free trail map and reindeer mask available at the Tourist Information Centre.

These festive events, combined with Beverley’s historic charm, make it a wonderful destination for a seasonal day out, easily accessible via East Yorkshire Buses. You can plan your journey to Beverley here.

Bridlington & Flamborough

In Bridlington this December, the Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Burlington Church, starting December 1st, showcases 60 beautifully adorned trees by local groups, with festive entertainment and activities. Bridlington Priory’s ‘Christmas Brass & Voices’ concert on December 16th features the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band and the Priory choir for an evening of classic Christmas music.

Both events offer a unique festive experience in this charming coastal town, accessible via East Yorkshire Buses’ Service 121 from Hull. These events are perfect seasonal destinations for a day filled with holiday cheer and community spirit.

You can plan your journey to Bridlington and Flamborough here.

Hull City Centre

Hull City Centre, bathed in festive lights, offers a charming Christmas atmosphere, perfect for late-night shopping on Thursdays. This extended shopping experience, combined with the enchanting light displays, makes for a memorable seasonal outing. Amidst this festive ambiance, families can enjoy Santa’s Grottos at Prospect Centre and Princes Quay, as well as the varied holiday events at Hull Minster.

All bus services into Hull call at the Interchange, so you’re right in the heart of the city centre when you get off the bus.
You can plan your bus journey into Hull City Centre here.


Withernsea, an often overlooked gem, offers a tranquil seaside experience with its sandy beach and scenic promenade, ideal for peaceful winter walks. While the main attraction of climbing the Withernsea Lighthouse is seasonal, the town’s charm and serene beauty are constants.

The EastRider X7 bus from Hull, equipped with luxury interiors and modern amenities like WiFi, makes the journey comfortable and enjoyable. Withernsea is a perfect destination for those seeking a quiet coastal escape during the festive season.

You can plan your journey to Withernsea here.

Humber Bridge & Country Park

The Humber Bridge, a regional icon, provides stunning views and is a gateway to scenic walks in the Humber Bridge Country Park or Barton’s Waters’ Edge Country Park. Easily accessible via a short walk from Bridgehead Business Park, it’s a perfect spot for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. The surrounding areas offer a blend of natural beauty and peaceful exploration, ideal for a refreshing day out. The bridge and its parks are a testament to the region’s natural splendor, easily reached by bus.

You can plan your journey to the Humber Bridge and Country Park here.


Hornsea offers a peaceful Christmas getaway. Its blue flag beach and quiet streets provide a tranquil contrast to the usual festive frenzy. Wander along the serene Hornsea Mere or visit the quaint local markets for unique gifts.

Services 24 and 25 make this charming town an easy escape. You can plan your journey to Hornsea here.

Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington

Over the Christmas holidays, consider a visit to Burnby Hall Gardens, a hidden treasure near Pocklington in East Yorkshire. Explore the dramatic and exquisite gardens spread across nine acres of woodlands and gardens, offering a serene winter wonderland. While the gardens enchant year-round, the festive season adds a special touch. Wander amidst the winter blooms and discover the magic of the water lilies, which burst into bloom from mid-June to the end of August.

To ensure a seamless experience, it’s advisable to book in advance via Burnby Hall’s website. Conveniently accessible via EastRider Service X46 from Hull, equipped with luxurious interiors and free WiFi, Burnby Hall Gardens provides an ideal escape for families and nature enthusiasts during the Christmas holidays. Plan your journey to Burnby Hall Gardens here.

Festive Bus Times

As you plan your festive journeys with East Yorkshire Buses, please note the following festive bus times. While we can’t detail every bus time here, this guide will help you plan when to hop on board:

  • Sunday, 24th December: Normal service, with buses finishing between 6pm and 8pm.
  • Monday, 25th December: No services will run.
  • Tuesday, 26th December: No services will run.
  • Wednesday, 27th December, Thursday 28th December & Friday, 29th December: Saturday service will run on most routes, with select services running as normal. Late-night Saturday journeys will not run.
  • Saturday, 30th December: Normal service.
  • Sunday, 31st December: Normal service, but with buses finishing between 6pm and 8pm.
  • Monday, 1st January 2024: No services will run.
  • Tuesday, 2nd January 2024: Normal service resumes.

For a comprehensive schedule, please visit the East Yorkshire Buses website or use the East Yorkshire Buses app.

Celebrate the Season with East Yorkshire Buses

With East Yorkshire Buses, the journey to these festive destinations is as delightful as the destinations themselves. Now just a note, attractions may have restrictions or limited opening hours which are subject to change, so check before you travel.

Embrace the spirit of Christmas with these enchanting day trips, all made wonderfully accessible with the £2 fares. Have a merry Christmas and safe travels! 🎄🚌✨

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