About The Snowball

About The Snowball

The Snowball 2020

Sadly there will be no Snowball in 2020 but please kindly donate here to help us provide toys for needy local children this Christmas before 4th December 2020. 

The Snowball is held every year with the aim of raising a collection of toys for needy children in the Leeds & Harrogate area. We have also been able to donate funds to a number of children's charities; most recently supporting the work of Throstle Nest Riding for the Disabled, plus a new online platform helping children suffering from Type 1 Diabetes and their families.  

Other fantastic causes include Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group, the Aireborough Supported Activities Scheme, the children's ward at Leeds General Infirmary, and Martin House. To find out more about the charities we have supported click here.

We're delighted to announce that the Snowball 2019 will be hosted again at The Old Swan, Swan Road, Harrogate. The event will be taking place from 7pm - 12.30am on Saturday 7th December. Save the date now!


The Old Swan is one of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, with a history going back nearly 200 years. Surrounded by pretty lawns and gardens, and just a short walk from the town centre, it combines Victorian splendour with contemporary luxury.


What's happening this year?

After a wonderful event last year, we look forward to welcoming you again for what should be a fantastic evening! You'll receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival along with some fun pre-dinner entertainment. You'll then enjoy a 3 course meal and dancing to kick the festive season off in style!

The Menu

Sloe Gin Cured Salmon, with Beetroot and Horseradish Textures, Soused Cucumber


Sweet Potato & Thyme Soup , Crispy Leeks (v)

Traditional Roast Turkey, served with Roast Potatoes, Cranberry Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets, Gravy. Honey Roast Parsnips, Brussel Sprouts & Carrots.

Garden Pea Risotto, Rocket & Parmesan Crisps & Pea shoots (v)
Glazed Seasonal Plum and Apple Tart with a Creme Anglaise 
Freshly- Brewed Tea or Coffee and Mince Pies

The Music

Back by popular demand, the fabulous Nightjars will be providing entertainment with music and dancing into the early hours! You can find out more about the band here: www.nightjars.co.uk 

A Gift for a Child

Guests are asked to bring new unwrapped toys for disadvantaged children. These gifts are impressively piled up on a sleigh upon arrival, and given to the NSPCC to bring Christmas smiles to as many families as possible! 

Dress Code


Black tie


"What a great night! I don't think I've ever been to a ball as much fun as the Snowball! I really hope I can make it next year."

Latest News 2020

September 06, 2020

Snowball 2020: covid-19 update

To all our Snowball guests and supporters, Having had lengthy discussions with the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, due to their restrictions on numbers, government guidance on larger events and social distancing, this years Snowball has had to be cancelled. Covid -19 has caused many tough decisions to be made but we are determined to continue to supply the Christmas presents this year to needy children in the Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate areas. For this purpose, we are asking for your support and more details will follow informing you how you can help. In the meantime please get Saturday 4th December 2021 in your diaries as we intend to have a double celebration then !

September 22, 2019

Mouthwatering 2019 Menu Announced

From cured salmon to roast turkey with all the trimmings, it is a feast to be delighted by! See the full menu below

January 01, 2019

Snowball 2018 a Great Success

Latest News
The 71st Snowball in 2018 was a resounding success in our new home, The Old Swan in Harrogate.  It was a bumper year for toys, boosted by the generous donation from the Catalysts (part of Harrogate Rotary Brigantes).  The NSPCC passed on their heartfelt gratitude to all who supported the Snowball and conveyed how much the toys would mean to all the families they help across their various projects in the region.  We thought you might like to see a copy of their letter and how your generous donations make such a difference - click below or visit the 'Charities we Support' section of the website.  Also, check out the 'Gallery' to see some great pictures of the evening itself!

November 16, 2018

Snowball Supports Type 1 Diabetes Awareness

Christian, Snowball Committee, meeting Maddie Hughes, Director of DigiBete: Extending Type 1 Diabetes Awareness, Education and Training for Children and Families. There are currently no training resources tailored for toddlers managing T1D. The Snowball donation will go towards helping the under 5s community to access essential filmed content to model good care regimes after leaving hospital with this very challenging diagnosis.

October 18, 2018

When Sally met....Princess Anne!

Our chair, Sally Bickerton meets HRH Princess Anne at the opening of  Throstle Nest Riding for the Disabled equestrian centre, recently relocated from Eccleshill to Wilsden. The Snowball recently sponsored Sunday afternoon pony lessons...

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