York Christmas Walking Tour

Blue Badge Guide

23 Popeshead Court, Peter Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8SU

Tel: 07956 636 980

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A 90-minute Daily Festive Guided Walking Tour, Exploring the History, Tales and Traditions of Christmases Past 

Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Yule, CHRISTMAS!! - The streets of York have been witness to ALL of them for nearly 2000 years. Explore the streets beneath the twinkling lights and discover the traditions and history of this Wonderful Winter City. 

Put your Christmas Jumper on and join Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Sarah Cowling, for a safe, outdoors, socially distanced experience to capture the Spirit of Christmas. Don't let 2020 be the one that got away - Come and celebrate a York Christmas in style. Its time to get Festive!​​ Banish all thoughts of 2020 as we hear tales from the bacchanalian celebrations of Roman Britain to the Midwinter Ceremonies of the Vikings - all have left their mark on our festivities today

Is York really England's  most Christmassy City? Is it true it held the very first Christmas celebrations on these shores almost exactly 1500 years ago in 521AD? 

Where did Rudolph get his Red Nose from? and should we really kiss under the mistletoe? Discover who was the grinch who tried to cancel Christmas and which author read his stories in York and made us a present of Boxing Day. 

Come and get into the Spirit of things in Britain's original Christmas City  and who knows? - we might even find some takeaway mulled wine!

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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Season (3 Dec 2021 - 24 Dec 2021)*

* Tours run everyday from 3rd December to 24th December. Private Tours are bookable at your convenience (including 25th/26th Dec ). Please check the website for details and tour times
Booking is essential

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Guide Prices

Tickets for the Bookable Public tour are available at £12 per person
Private Walking Tours Available for groups of up to 6 people. Booking to be made at a time convenient to you. From £150 per group


  • York Christmas Walking Tour



  • Disabled access - Tour involves walking on level for 90 minutes. No steps. Wheelchair accessible


  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Online booking possible
  • Open now
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Guided tours for individuals


  • Accessibility of route
  • Description of route - Weave through medieval streets of York, echoing with the Dories of Christmas's Past
  • Length of route (miles)
  • Typical duration of route - 90 Minute Guided Tour

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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