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Christmas 2016 York Festival (From mid November till Christmas)

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.

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

 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

A 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

Thors BarA 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.


Use the form below to search fantastic deals on York Hotels, B&Bs, Self-catering accommodation.



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