ST MARY'S Church, Thirsk, will hold a carol service, featuring a Nativity play with a difference, on Sunday (December 23), from 3pm. A crib service will be held on Christmas Eve at 4pm and midnight mass at 11.30pm. Christmas Day holy communion will start at 8am, followed by family communion at 10.15am. Those attending the family service are invited to take a present to show the congregation.

MEXICAN MEAL: The Watermill, in Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk, will stage a Mexican-themed Christmas party, featuring a buffet, raffle, games, and live music from Sugar Town to raise funds for the village playing field, on Saturday, (December 22) from 7pm. For tickets, costing £20, call 01845-526344.

VOCAL SUPPORT: The Crown & Anchor, Sowerby, will stage a karaoke night with Paul Bumby, on Saturday (December 22), from 8pm. Free entry.

SEASONAL SERVICE: Sowerby Methodist Church will hold a carol service on Sunday (December 23), at 6.30pm.

FESTIVE SINGING: Shoppers are invited to join carol singers in the Market Place, Thirsk, on Saturday, (December 22), from 11am to noon, to raise funds for Christian Aid.

YOUNGSTERS' DATE: The World of James Herriot will host a Christmas holiday activities session, including a festive trail, craft activities and stories, on Saturday, (December 22), from 1pm to 3pm. For details, visit

FESTIVE CHARITY: Thirsk Clock will provide meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and a party day on December 27. Donors can call 01845-524494 or send cheques, made payable to Thirsk Clock, to Thirsk Clock, Church Hall, St James’ Green, Thirsk.

FILM SHOWINGS: Twilight, Breaking Dawn, part 2 (12A) will be screened at the Ritz cinema, Thirsk, from today (Friday, December 21) until Sunday (December 23), at 7.30pm. Madagascar 3 (PG) will be screened on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30. For details, call 01845-524751 or visit

ON SONG: Vocalist Mike Everly will perform at Thirsk Conservative Club on Saturday (Saturday, December 22), from 8.30pm. Guitarist-singer Colin Whittaker will perform at the club, at 8.30pm, on Christmas Eve. For details, call 01845 522576.