Grand Opera House York Panto - Aladdin
9 December 2016 to 1 January 2017
Aladdin, starring Suzanne Shaw, (Hear'Say) as the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Paul Sinha (ITV's The Chase) in the role of Abanazar, Debbie McGee, Carl Tracey (Nick Jr Go!Go!Go!), Frazer Hines (Emmerdale, Doctor Who) as The Emperor and Stuart Wade as Wishee Washee. Aladdin, with wondrous 3D special effects, a magical Genie, dazzling sets, glamorous costumes, fabulous music and hysterical comedy.
(Santa in ice above, The Festival of Angels) © H.Williams
Weekend 10 & 11 December 2016
A city wide trail of 30 stunning Ice Sculptures. It is a fantastic free family event loved by both residents and visitors. The Ice Trail is a beautiful addition to York's Christmas celebrations that will take place Sat 10 & Sun 11 Dec and is set to be a glittering celebration of the city. During your visit you can follow the trail to find beautiful carved ice figures sprinkled around the city centre and lining the surrounding streets. Watch a video from last year
The essential festive shop is Käthe Wohlfahrt in Stonegate (Opened in 2016). A German Christmas shop, supplying everything you will need for a magical Christmas and gifts all year round, including a huge range of Christmas decorations.
McArthurGlen's York Designer Outlet will also be staying open late in december. St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York YO19 4TA map
City of York Council is marking the start of the festive season with hundreds of new pea-lights, 250 four-foot real trees and 32 large trees illuminating the city centre.
A full season of Christmas events will start in November and will mark the beginning of a range of seasonal events, including festive markets, late-night shopping and the York Christmas programme.
Late Night Shopping: Grab those festive ‘must-haves’ from those city centre shops which are staying open late. Every Thursday up to Christmas.
Children's Christmas Fayre: Starts off the festive season with market traders specialising in items for children of all ages.
St Nicholas’ Fayre: The traditional festive weekend in the city centre offers everything from gifts and crafts to the best of local produce.
8 - 15 December 2016
York Early Music Christmas Festival brings the cream of Early Music performers from across the UK to celebrate the glorious music of Christmas in the festive surroundings of York. The York Early Music Christmas Festival is promoted by the National Centre for Early Music. 2016 Brochure
Box Office Tel. 01904 658338 ncem.co.uk
York Minster Christmas Carol Concerts
The most popular concert of the year! With York Minster Choir, one of the UK's leading choirs, and celebrated readers. yorkminster.org
Also see Live Music in York
York offers a range of Christmas markets from mid-November right through till Christmas week. York also has specialist boutique shops for that unique gift along with the main high street stores. Christmas is a great time to visit York and will put you in the very best of festive moods.
27 - 30 October 2016
10-5pm Parliament Street
31 Oct - 6 Nov 2016
10-5pm Early Christmas Festival, Parliament Street
24 - 27 Nov 2016
10-5pm St Nicholas Fair, The Guildhall
28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016
10-5pm Guildhall Christmas Show Week 1
5 - 11 Dec 2016
10-5pm Guildhall Christmas Show Week 2
12 - 18 Dec 2016
10-5pm Guildhall Christmas Show Week 3
The Fair is in centre of York, held at the Guild Hall just off Lendal. This is a well attended and established event that has been running since 1992. With upto 40 stalls, comprising of crafts, collectors and gifts. 10-5pm. The Guildhall is located just off St Helen's Square map
1 - 4 December 2016
Venue: Harrogate International Centre.
Join us for the Harrogate Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair and soak up the magic of the festive season, enjoy a great day’s shopping and leave with a hoard of heavenly gifts. The Fairs bring together hundreds of exhibitors from all over the UK in a fabulous extravaganza of quality and craftsmanship. Visiting is your chance to get inspiration for the festive season ahead. Tickets are now on sale. (countrylivingfair.com)
For an extra magical Christmas this year, why not join a YorkBoat Santa Cruise and meet a very special guest! Every child onboard will receive a personalised gift from Father Christmas. With refreshments and fun onboard, what better way to get in to the Christmas spirit this December?
Weekend 2, 3, 4 December 2016
Visitors and residents dress up in traditional Victorian costume. The village also benefits from a flurry of Christmas decorations from lights to window dressings, Christmas trees and festive wreaths.
End of November & December 2016
Join Santa and his special helpers for some festive fun this Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with the Santa Express shuttle service departing Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby stations.
Perfect for families with young children, embark on this magical adventure on-board the Santa Express to meet Santa in his Grotto on-board the train. What better way to start the festive season? nymr.co.uk
Friday 16 & Saturday 17 December 2016 19:30
The concert features four of the bands that make up the Shepherd Group Brass Bands, with festive music of all types. This is not your usual brass band concert, with lots of Christmas fun culminating in the grand finale when all the bands join together on stage.
All tickets £12 Tickets on general sale from 14 November.
No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre!
Box Office Tel. 01904 50 1935 (josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk)
Christmas Cards of York
York Minster Christmas Cards
View more Christmas cards and calendars of York, by local artist Tony Brook tonybrookyorkartist.co.uk
Late Night Shopping In Stonegate (360 movie)