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York Christmas Festival - 2016
(17 Nov - 23 Dec)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the York Christmas Festival is back bigger than ever, to transform the city into a winter wonderland with fairs, family fun and festive events.

Lots of exciting events are on offer, from The Snowman at the York Barbican to panto at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House - will Prince Charming find his true love? And don’t forget to book your tickets for the York Early Music Christmas Festival to hear a brilliant line up of musicians. Just a short journey from York you’ll be enchanted by Christmas at Castle Howard, where grand interiors and sweeping parkland are dressed for the festive season.

St Nicholas Fair lines the streets with snug wooden chalets and twinkling lights from 17 November right up to 23 December. Stallholders will be selling unique gifts including jewellery, homewares, crafts and local wines and cheeses. To add the festive atmosphere, scents of hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts will fill the air.

Shambles Market is open daily so don’t miss the chance to buy local Yorkshire produce for your Christmas feast! And with the historic Minster as the breath-taking backdrop to the festive activities, offering carols and services for all, York is the ideal destination for your Christmas adventure.

St Nicholas Fair Market stall opening times -
Sun - Weds - 10:00 - 18:00
Thurs - Sat - 10:00 - 20:00

Great Festive Escape

Great Festive Escape

Take a trip to some of North Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and enjoy some very special events.                                                                                                     


Family Christmas Fun

Santa Spotting YorkThere’s enchanting events for the whole family right up to Christmas Day in and around York and plenty of opportunities to meet the man in red.

St. Nicholas Fair

Christmas Shopping YorkWhen it comes to Christmas shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice with an amazing array of boutiques, markets and independent shops.

Ice Trail

Ice Trail 2016Wrap up warm and join the festivities with a sparkling celebration of the city during the weekend of 10 and 11 December.

Christmas Guide 2016

York Christmas GuideThe Christmas guide has got the season wrapped up with all your essential information and key dates.                                                               

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland 2016Get your skates on because York’s three-time award-winning festive event returns to York Designer Outlet from 19 Nov to 2 Jan.
York's Living Advent Calendar  

Christmas 2016

York Christmas Festival Including St Nicholas Fair 2016 video teaser.


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York Christmas Festival Events

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Wed 12 Oct - Sat 17 Dec 2016

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Wed 12 Oct - Sat 17 Dec 2016

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Castle Howard at Christmas

Sat 19 Nov - Fri 23 Dec 2016

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Mon 5 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

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Thu 17 Nov - Fri 30 Dec 2016

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Thu 17 Nov 2016 - Thu 5 Jan 2017

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