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St Nicholas Christmas York Festival (19 Nov - 23 Dec)

It's the most wonderful time of the year and York will be celebrating the season in style with the St Nicholas Christmas Festival, a series of events and festive fun.

Every Christmas, York is transformed into a winter wonderland offering superb shopping, magical festivals and a fantastic programme of events for all the family.

Vibrant Street markets from 19 November onwards until Christmas, moving carol concerts at historic venues and the essence of hot mulled wine and roasting chestnuts help create a festive feel! If you want to do your Christmas shopping, York is the city, with a pedestrianised city centre full of boutique shops and markets with wonderful unique gifts as well as the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet just 10 min drive from the city centre.

Christmas is about sharing experiences with loved ones so why not share a chocolate making workshop and make your own chocolate Christmas tree or take your children to meet Santa and his reindeers in popular attractions in and beyond York.

Don’t miss Fairfax House and popular attractions like Barley Hall for a Christmas experience from bygone eras. With so many things to do, you need to stay in York.

Plan your Christmas break now!


Christmas at Castle Howard

Christmas at Castle HowardVisit Castle Howard this Christmas and be amazed by its festive decorations and lively events. (21 Nov- 23 Dec)

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

Yorkshire's Winter WonderlandHome to the north of England’s largest outdoor ice rink – The Ice Factor - a giant Christmas tree, and rinkside Alpine-themed café.

Christmas Carols in and around York

Christmas Carols in and around York The city comes alive with carol singers, buskers and moving concerts in venues in and around York!

Ice Trail beautiful addition to York’s Christmas celebrations (12 and 13 Dec)  set to be a glittering celebration of the city.

St Nicholas Fair

St Nicholas fairYork's annual festive market, has been given a tinselly twist with an extended run, new locations and even more stalls to peruse.

Thor's Tipi

Thor's TipiA festive experience, where friends and family can gather around a roaring fire, with cosy furs all in a beautiful giant tipi.

Family Christmas

Family Christmas in YorkMeet Santa, wander through magical winter wonderlands, ice skate or just bond over a chocolate making workshop!

Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping in YorkYork is a shopping heaven with a bustling mix of shops, traditional festive street markets & fairs full of unique presents!

Magical Christmas

Magical Christmas atmosphere in YorkDon’t miss York's attractions being transformed into winter wonderlands full of exciting activities for all.

Classic Christmas Fun

Classic Christmas funInformation on magical pantos, wonderful choral concerts, and festive lunches! All you need for a good classic Christmas.

Enriching Christmas

Christmas services in YorkA place for reflection and celebration, the church lies at the heart of Christmas. Attend one of the services and feel inspired.

Christmas Breaks

York Christmas breaksPlanning a Christmas break in York? With so much to do, Yule want to stay over! Browse a wide range of special offers.


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