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Christmas at York Museum Gardens

Walking Event

Yorkshire Museum & Gardens, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR

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Opening on Thursday 16 November 2017, the gardens will be filled with light, colour and music as the City’s beautiful, medieval grounds play host to an exciting yuletide experience.

Home to over 10 acres of stunning botanical gardens in the heart of York, the award-winning York Museum Gardens are famed for their fantastic collection of trees, plants and historic architecture, set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the City’s prized Yorkshire Museum.

For the first time ever, York Museum Gardens will welcome visitors to a magical Christmas after-dark illuminated experience as the Gardens are transformed into a landscape of twinkling lights and festive cheer.

As visitors are welcomed to the attraction, they will step into a fairy-tale Christmas village with a vintage funfair ride, colourful face painting and delicious warming pies from the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company and other festive fare. Leading down from the village square, visitors will follow a mystical UV light pathway and children can unearth hidden Christmas messages in a unique game of hide and seek.

Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, visitors will walk beneath tree canopies drenched in colours. The festive journey begins in the ‘edible garden’ with the ‘12 Frames of Christmas’, followed by a stroll past a forest of singing trees glittering with lights, which then leads on to a spectacular projection onto one of York’s best kept secrets, St Mary’s Abbey ruins.

The walk will feature a unique and majestic installation specially-commissioned by a local Northern artist, and within the gardens, visitors will be immersed in the music of Christmas as they reach the 14th century Hospitium.

After the excitement of discovering Father Christmas in his secret bothy, children will be captivated by the display of ever-changing coloured mirror balls and an enchanting 20m tunnel of light.

The Finale of Fire on the Library lawn will envelope visitors in a warming glow, providing the perfect opportunity to contemplate the year gone by and look forward to the promise of the New Year ahead. Traditional Christmas treats round off the experience, with mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate available, together with toasted marshmallows and a selection of hot food.

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, leading international producers of live entertainment, and the company behind Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland and THOR’S tipi bar, have partnered with Raymond Gubbay Ltd, world-renowned producers of illuminated Christmas trails and events in the United Kingdom to bring this magical new experience to the city.

Christmas at York Museum Gardens is a brand-new evening attraction for York, offering a wonderful festive experience for all and guaranteed to create enchanting Christmas memories.

Opening Times

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Guide Prices

ADULT £14.95

FAMILY (ADMIT 1 PERSON) £10.00
2 Adults + 2 Children or 1 Adult + 3 Children

CHILD (4-16 YEARS) £8.95

CHILD UNDER 4 YEARS £0.00

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Children

  • Children welcome

Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018

Map & Directions

Road Directions

On Foot:
Located in the city centre.

Park & Ride:
With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier. www.yorkparkandride.co.uk

The nearest railway station is York, which is 0.5 miles away.

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