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News release - Issued by Christmas at York Museum Gardens

York’s newest festive attraction –Christmas at York Museum Gardens is NOW OPEN

  • Runs from Thursday 16 November 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018
  • 4:45pm – 9.30pm daily (except Christmas Day)

The newest Christmas attraction to hit York this winter, Christmas at York Museum Gardens, is NOW OPEN!

Sponsored by TalkTalk, Christmas at York Museums Gardens launches today, Thursday 16 November from 4:45pm. Tickets are on sale now for this unforgettable after-dark experience, set in the award-winning York Museum Gardens.

From now until Monday 1 January 2018, the City’s historic gardens will be transformed into a magical illuminated trail, filled with seasonal colour and music. From the modern display of mesmerising musical LED trees to the projection of a traditional Christmas scene onto the ruins of the beautiful medieval St. Mary’s Abbey, there is something to capture the heart and imagination of each visitor that steps through the historic gates.

Home to over 10 acres of stunning botanical gardens in the heart of the city, York Museum Gardens are famed for their fantastic collection of trees and plants set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the city’s prized Yorkshire Museum. The fantastic scenery of the gardens has been utilised to its full extent, making every twist and turn of the hour-long illuminated route a Christmas experience like no other.

As visitors arrive, they will step into a Christmas village with the familiar sights and smells of Christmas, including a vintage funfair ride and games stall, festive face painting and delicious warming pies from the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company.

From here, visitors will enter the ‘edible garden’ to discover the delightful ’12 Frames of Christmas’ - based on the traditional song but with a special York-inspired twist, before stepping through the gateway to be captivated by musical LED trees and a mesmerising sea of ever-changing coloured globes adorning the lawn opposite. The dramatic St Mary’s Abbey ruins provide the backdrop for a series of Christmas scenes, spectacularly projected onto the walls of the Grade I listed building.

This leads to an electrifying display of neon as a specially-commissioned art installation by local Yorkshire artist Richard Wheater makes a unique and majestic statement on the lawn outside the Yorkshire Museum. Visitors then have a chance to get creative at the musical tree stumps before reaching the 14th century Hospitium. From here, the trail passes Father Christmas in his secret bothy, tucked away within the trees, and through a shimmering 20m tunnel of lights before reaching a dazzling display of glittering mirror balls.

The enchanting walk ends with the Finale of Fire on the Library lawn where visitors can warm themselves with mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate, along with a toasted marshmallow or two.

The company behind this new festive attraction, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, are leading international producers of live entertainment; partnering with Raymond Gubbay Ltd, a world-renowned producer of illuminated Christmas trails and events in the United Kingdom. Following months of dedicated work and effort from the team, they are excited to bring this magical yuletide experience to York.

Christmas at York Museum Gardens is set to captivate young and old alike, locals as well as visitors, with its immersive Christmas spectacle. As the attraction opens its doors for the first time ever, tickets can be purchased by visiting the website – but be quick, availability is limited!


For images and more information please contact Sara Merritt at Bonner and Hindley on or call 0113 243 4713

For more information on Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Ltd, please go to

Notes to Editors

Christmas at York Museum Gardens admission:

Note: Entrance is to the right of York City Art Gallery

Tickets are on sale now via

Box Office 08442 097362 (calls cost 7ppm plus network charges)

Ticket Prices

Adult: £14.95
Child: £8.95 (Aged 16 and under)
Family: £40.00 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Children under 4: Free

(The transaction fee is £2.00 for E-ticket (Print-at-home) or £2.50 for Standard Delivery. Please note that this fee is per transaction and not per ticket.)

Entry times

Entry to the walk is by timed ticket.

16:45 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30
19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30

It is recommended that visitors book in advance as there will be limited tickets available for each time slot.

The walk is fully accessible and child friendly. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all times.

About Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is a leading international producer of live entertainment, with companies in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

Selling almost one million tickets each year to audiences across five continents, the company specialises in bringing West End and Broadway shows to new overseas markets, as well as touring a wide variety of top quality productions internationally including spectaculars, boutique shows, international artists, plays, ice shows, children’s shows and events. Originally founded in 1992 in Hong Kong by former private banker James Cundall, and now headquartered in the UK, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions works with a number of international producing partners.

In the UK, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions/Lunchbox Events runs Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland in York – the home of The Ice Factor open-air ice rink and a vintage funfair – as well as THOR’S tipi bar is in York, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes and Lincoln.

About Raymond Gubbay Ltd

Founded in 1966 by Raymond Gubbay, Raymond Gubbay Ltd is recognised as being at the forefront of promoting and producing popular classical music, opera, ballet and events in the United Kingdom. The company now regularly presents over 500 performances each year in London, around the UK and abroad.