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Take a stroll over the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street this Christmas and experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by.

Find out more about our festive events at yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

*Kids go FREE – Children 16 and under go free with a paying adult; maximum 4 children per adult.


16 NOV - 22 DEC

SOAK UP THE CITY’S MEDIEVAL CHARM AND SCENTS OF SPICED MULLED WINE THIS SEASON, AS FAIRS, FAMILY FUN AND FESTIVAL FLAVOURS TRANSFORM YORK INTO A FESTIVE FAIRYTALE.

Discover the delights of the iconic St Nicholas Fair, don some skates at the Ice Factor or spend a night in the stalls for playful panto fun. Immersed in tradition and bustling with activity, the historic streets of York come alive during the wonderful winter months. We’ve got the season wrapped up with all the information you need for the ultimate Christmas experience in York. Front Cover by Kirsty Crowder, Little Leaf Creative Bespoke Illustrations, littleleafcreative.co.uk Follow us on Twitter at @VisitYork PUBLISHED BY

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Family FestivIties

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Cheer in the new Year

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Christmas

11 OCT - 16 DEC

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES

3 NOV - 9 JAN

30 OCT - 5 NOV

MADE IN YORKSHIRE EARLY

9 - 12 NOV

St Helen’s & St Martin’s Churches

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

SANTA CRUISE & CHRISTMAS

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City Cruises // yorkboat.co.uk

LIVING NORTH CHRISTMAS FAIR

Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk 2 NOV - 22 DEC

CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE

Stockeld Park stockeldpark.co.uk

York Racecourse livingnorth.com 12 NOV

YORK DOES VINTAGE

Merchant Adventurers' Hall britaindoesvintage.co.uk


14 NOV - 31 DEC

16 NOV

15 NOV - 1 JAN

16 NOV - 22 DEC

16 NOV - 1 JAN

KEEPING OF CHRISTMAS

Fairfax House fairfaxhouse.co.uk

FESTIVE FIRST NIGHT

St Helen’s Square visityork.org/christmas THOR’S TIPI

Parliament St // thorstipi.com

16 NOV - 5 JAN

REDISCOVERED

Barley Hall // barleyhall.co.uk 18 NOV - 23 DEC

CASTLE HOWARD AT CHRISTMAS

castlehoward.co.uk

18 NOV - 7 JAN

YORKSHIRE’S WINTER WONDERLAND

York Designer Outlet

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YORK ST NICHOLAS FAIR

Various locations visityork.org/christmas

MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS

18 - 19 NOV

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

23 NOV - 30 DEC

‘GLOW’ WINTER

CHRISTMAS AT THE

Moors National Park Centre northyorkmoors.org.uk

MUSEUM GARDENS

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ILLUMINATIONS RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR

Harrogate // rhs.org.uk

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25 NOV - 24 DEC

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

2 -20 DEC

AT THE CASTLE

York Castle Museum yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk 7 DEC 1 DEC

LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

1 - 31 DEC

A CHOCOLATE COVERED

York Minster // ysj.ac.uk 8 - 16 DEC

CHRISTMAS

2 - 23 DEC

2 -25 DEC

BREAKFAST WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS

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YORK EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

The National Centre for Early Music // ncem.co.uk

9 - 10 DEC

ICE TRAIL

14 DEC - 3 FEB

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

FINDERELLA

The Deep thedeep.co.uk

YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

Various locations visityork.org/christmas

York’s Chocolate Story yorkschocolatestory.com

SANTA SPECIALS

North Yorkshire Moors Railway // nymr.co.uk

Various locations visityork.org/christmas

York Theatre Royal yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


14 & 21 DEC

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

22 & 24 DEC

NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

15 DEC - 7 JAN

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

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FIRST EUCHARIST OF

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Holy Trinity Church visitchurches.org.uk

Grand Opera House atgtickets.com/york

York Minster yorkminster.org

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York Minster yorkminster.org

THE SNOWMAN LIVE

York Minster yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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HOLY COMMUNION, EUCHARIST ON CHRISTMAS DAY, CHORAL MATINS &

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YORK'S ANNUAL COMMUNITY CAROLS CONCERT

York Barbican yorkbarbican.co.uk 21 - 31 DEC

ROBIN HOOD

York Barbican yorkbarbican.co.uk

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St Nicholas Fair 16 NOV - 22 DEC

York’s favourite festive market is back and more spectacular than ever before...

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Meander through the magical market stalls of St Nicholas Fair and delight in a truly special shopping experience. Wander inside traditional chalets adorned with twinkling lights and follow the aromas of mulled wine and tempting treats to the new Yorkshire Barn for a taste of yule themed Yorkshire fodder. Be the first to the fair on Festive First Night, commencing the celebrations across York. The 16 November will see the official opening of St Nicholas Fair and the Christmas light switch-on, illuminating the city and making the medieval bar walls even more magnificent. Scandinavian style stalls will light up the winter days along Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodging, where the Small Business Christmas Market will be the home of handcrafted gifts, plus there’s inspired presents aplenty in Coppergate. Local flavour will fill York’s famous Shambles Market and Food Court and there’s decorative details on offer at the new Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village.

After shopping, take time to relax around a roaring log fire at cosy canvas hang-out Thor’s Tipi, where you can warm up with a hot chocolate or something a little stronger. To add to the merriment there’s five uniquely themed Festive Weekends, welcoming fanfare on Brass Band Weekend between the 18 and 19 November and a generous sprinkling of carols during Choirs Weekend between 25 and 26 November. Little ones will love Family Weekend between 2 and 3 December, don’t miss the glittering Ice Trail weekend of 9 and 10 December and join the fun on Shambles Market Party Weekend on 16 and 17 December. Book Your Stay Linger a little longer to experience everything at York’s Christmas Festival. To book your break and enjoy an enchanting York Christmas, speak to our team at the Visit York Information Centre on 01904 550099, email info@visityork.org or check out visityork.org/christmas.

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1. CHRISTMAS AT York museum gardens

See York’s favourite green gardens in a new light as they are transformed into an illuminated Winter Wonderland.

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Kids will love to ho-ho-ho down the helter-skelter and experience the festive fun of the fair.

6. Shambles Market + Food Court

Feast your eyes upon fresh produce and tuck into seasonal street food. 7. MADE IN YORKSHIRE yuletide Village

Explore Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village for unique gifts from talented designer makers.

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Pop in and out of Scandinavianstyle chalets on a site which once served as a Viking Village.

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Discover one of the finest medieval guild halls in the world this Christmas

Enjoy delicious festive food and drink in the MERCHANTS’ COFFEE HOUSE. Find unique and exclusive Christmas gifts in our shop. 01904 654818 merchantshallyork.org

Open for late-night shopping every Thursday from 30th November.

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Join the lady of the house, Joan Snawsell, as she prepares her household to welcome the great and the good of York for the festive season. Expect to see much greenery and colour as you are transported back in time to explore the beautifully decorated rooms of Barley Hall.

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Christmas is about magical moments with the people you love most, and there’s enchanting events to entertain the whole family right up to Christmas Day in and around York. Get in to the holiday spirit with home cooked food and a delicious Christmas pudding scone with An Edwardian Christmas at Treasurer’s House, then head up to the attic to see if you

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can spot Father Christmas flying overhead. Toast your toes by the fire and find out about the Terry’s chocolate business at Christmas time at Goddard’s House and Garden, the Terry's former family home. Discover the enchantment of a Victorian Christmas at York Castle Museum and see a Georgian Christmas in all its splendour at Fairfax House, celebrating the Keeping of Christmas with


extravagant displays. Dive into Christmas at The Deep and treat yourself to a Chocolate Covered Christmas at York’s Chocolate Story, where you can make festive lollies, learn about iconic brands and watch special chocolate demonstrations. Skate through the season at the Ice Factor at York Designer Outlet and head to Barley Hall’s The Lost Traditions of Medieval Christmas to relive lost traditions of medieval times. After dark, wander a new illuminated trail through a lush landscape at Christmas at York Museum Gardens and make memories to cherish in candlelit Holy Trinity Church. Try a York tradition with a fairytale favourite, there's Jack and the Beanstalk at York Theatre Royal, Beauty and the Beast at the Grand Opera House or festive folklore with Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at York Barbican.

Santa Spotting Santa has been sighted in and around the city! He’s swapped his sleigh for a steam train so you can enjoy an unforgettable journey through the North York Moors National Park. Join him and his elves on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Specials. He’ll also be stopping at Castle Howard to warm up by the roaring log fire as he writes his list and Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure, where he’ll be handing out presents to all the good girls and boys. Meet Santa on a special themed tour and complete a mission to help him save Christmas at York Chocolate Story. The man in red is a busy man so he’ll also be welcoming visitors in his quaint log cabin at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at York Designer Outlet.

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Swap stressful Christmas shopping for something a little more laid back and wrap up your festive shopping in style. Purchase locally handcrafted treasures at the Small Business Christmas Market at Judge's Lodging, where it isn’t about fighting your way through crowds to see the same old products but about discovering something special and supporting 20

local independents in the process. Feast your eyes on wonderful wares for the whole family at the magical markets of St Nicholas Fair from 16 November right up to 22 December. Whether you're searching for a last-minute stocking filler or seeking inspiration for the perfect present, you’ll find edible offerings, art and everything in-between in York. Delve into the delicatessens of Gillygate, Fossgate and Goodramgate for food-themed gifts. For fashion, you’ll find luxury labels along Stonegate and high-street favourites down Coppergate and Coney Street. Dip in and out of shops on Davygate and spoil a chocolate lover with a sweet something from York's Chocolate Story on Kings Square. If you're


looking for something extra special, pick out a piece for an art lover down Micklegate and peruse beautiful British crafted jewellery at Bradley’s Jewellers on Low Petergate. For unique and exclusive gifts, stroll down the Shambles and find the Shop that Must Not be Named and be sure to visit the medieval Merchant Adventurers' Hall on Fossgate. Take a short trip to Vangarde for some of the biggest names in fashion or visit McArthur Glen’s York Designer Outlet where you’ll find designer brands at discounted prices. Don’t forget to pop into Visit York’s Information Centre on Museum Street for York themed gifts, maps and guides, plus your York Pass the easy way to see all the city’s top attractions.

Late Night Shopping Enjoy late-night shopping every Thursday during the run up to Christmas from the Festive First Night on 16 November. Park & Ride buses will run every Thursday until 9:30pm from the 16 November - 21 December.

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Festive theatrics

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Music lovers will love the colourful programme at the internationally renowned York Early Music Christmas Festival, with everything from choral carols and brass bands to orchestral arrangements on offer. The packed programme begins on 8 December with a performance by soprano perfection Elin Manahan Thomas to sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter’s night. Shout ‘he’s behind you!’ from the stalls at one of York’s famous Christmas pantos or sing along to 'We're Walking in the Air' as a live orchestra fills the magnificent Minster in perfect synchrony with the Snowman film. Brass Band Weekend will fill the streets with fanfare for a fun festive soundtrack to the York Christmas Festival on the 18 and 19 November and Choirs Weekend brings heavenly choral music on the 25 and 26 November. The 60th Annual Community Carol Concert brings Christmas Cheer to the York Barbican on 17 December and you can sway along to Carols by Candlelight at Holy Trinity Church on 14 & 21 December.

MUSIC IN THE magical minster The historic York Minster is a magical place to enjoy musical Christmas traditions which have been part of the city's celebrations for many years. York Minster’s Christmas Carol Concerts are the most popular event in the cathedral’s calendar, with many people returning year after year to be a part of the festive tradition, so why not make it part of your Christmas? The concerts on the 14 and 15 December will feature traditional Christmas music sung by the full York Minster Choir, with the Yorkshire Volunteers Band leading the audience in Christmas carols and celebrity readers performing special seasonal poetry and readings. For a full listing of services, events and activities at York Minster, visit yorkminster.org.

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Experience York’s Living Advent Calendar as 25 locations across the city reveal a different festive window display each day. Pick-up your trail map from the Visit York Visitor Information Centre or view it online at yorkadvent.com

Win a Prize! Go to facebook.com/ visityork and like a picture of the Calendar Window on the day of its reveal for a chance to win a special prize. Plus, don’t forget to vote for your favourite display at yorkadvent.com!

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biggest outdoor Ice Trail in the uk!

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This year there are even more carvings to find, with over 40 frosty figures formed from crystal-clear ice sprinkled across the centre and surrounding streets, plus there's a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Warm up with street food and sip mulled wine as you decide which statue is your next stop. The Ice Trail is a favourite in York’s festive calendar and will be the icing on top of your Christmas adventure in York. VISITYORK.ORG/CHRISTMAS

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Festive treats this winter at Treasurer's House Add some colour to Step back in time tothis an your weekend Edwardian Christmas with autumn at Gibside beautifully decorated rooms and a special visit from Father Go crunching through fallen leaves and discover a forest Christmas (booking teeming with wildlife and autumn colours, with walking routes for all ages and abilities. recommended).

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New year Cheer in the

Bring in 2018 with a bang as parties, fireworks and celebrations fill every corner of York. Reminisce with friends at one of York’s esteemed eateries or make the most of the city’s vibrant night time offerings. See out the year in style with the Sparkling Silver night at York Racecourse including a three-course meal and disco or go all out at the Glittering Gold night, bringing glamour to the evening with a red carpet arrival, four-course meal, live Yorkshire party band and midnight bagpiper. Why not combine your celebrations with a stay at one of York’s luxurious hotels? Dance the year away at a special Gala Dinner at the Grange Hotel or dress to impress at the Park Inn’s party. Ring the New Year in, in the stunning

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surroundings of the Grand Boardroom at The Grand's Black Tie Gala dinner or indulge in a glorious Glittering Gatsby five-course dinner at Mercure York Fairfield Manor. Receive the royal treatment at the Principal York’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Champagne reception and see the coveted countdown to 2018 brought in with a breath-taking firework display.

extend your stay Carry on the fun and festivities and begin your year exploring York. Our highly experienced team at Visit York’s Information Centre can help you choose from hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation and secure the best rates. Pop into 1 Museum Street, book online at visityork.org or call 01904 550099.


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Wander beyond the City Walls for a wondrous Christmas adventure… Venture beyond York to explore magnificent castles and historic houses, which are even more enchanting when embellished with ornate decorations. Flamboyant figures will add to the dramatic surroundings of Castle Howard, as spectacular angels descend upon the grand state rooms. Tuck into festive feasts and join Father Christmas in his cosy library at Beningbrough Hall. See Harlow Carr in a different light as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate or celebrate a little further afield at the Enchanted Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster, where illuminations will transform the gardens into a special seasonal spectacle.

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A Christmas Adventure Visit Santa’s village at Murton Park to find out how the Elves are getting on at Yule School and dive to see Finderella at The Deep, a Christmas panto with a fishy twist. Let your imagination run wild in the illuminated Enchanted Forest and get lost in the only illuminated maze in Yorkshire at Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure. Savour breakfast with Santa at the Web Adventure Park and head to the charming nearby market town of Helmsley for a quintessential English Christmas, where you can cosy up by a log fire and tuck into delicious festive food. The Santa Express Make magical memories on a journey with Santa and his little helpers aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. During the Santa Specials you can set sleigh through the national park from Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby and meet the legendary man himself in his on board grotto.

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If you are travelling by car, York’s Park & Ride service offers an easy way to get into the city. Six sites are located around the ring road, offering modern buses (all adapted for pushchairs and wheelchairs), secure parking and free travel for up to two children accompanied by a full-fare paying adult. Buses run from early morning every 10/15 minutes throughout the day and run later on Thursdays throughout the Christmas period. Concessionary Travel Pass holders pay a reduced fare of £1 when boarding at a Park & Ride site after 9am on Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. There is no charge when boarding at any other bus stops, including the city centre, at these times. Seasonal Timetable On Saturdays from 18 November up until Christmas, additional buses will be available. Details of Christmas services can be found at itravelyork.info/park-and-ride. Late Night Shopping There will be late night shopping in York on Thursday evenings from 16 November right up to 21 December. The last bus from the city centre will depart at 9.30pm.

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York Designer Outlet &The Ice Factor The Designer Outlet Park and Ride will run until 9.30pm Monday to Saturday between 16 November and 22 December. Christmas & New Year’s Eve The last buses leave the city centre at 6pm and car parks are locked after the last bus has departed. There is no overnight parking available. There will be no services on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Boxing Day A special Boxing Day service will run on 26 December. For further details, visit itravelyork. info/park-and-ride. Get in Touch Park and Ride sites Askham Bar 01904 702072 Grimston Bar 01904 413108 Monks Cross 01904 883993 Poppleton Bar 01904 787881 Rawcliffe Bar 01904 883991 York Designer Outlet 01904 626106 (mornings) For general enquiries and more information about seasonal Park & Ride services, call 01904 551400 or visit itravelyork.info/park-and-ride.


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