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Panto Suzanne Shaw

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.


© H.Williams. Festival of Angels York

(Santa in ice above, The Festival of Angels) © H.Williams

Carved Ice Trail

Weekend 12 & 13 December 2015
The Ice Trail is a beautiful addition to York's Christmas celebrations that will take place Sat 12 & Sun 13 Dec and is set to be a glittering celebration of the city. During your visit you can follow the trail to find 30 beautiful carved ice figures sprinkled around the city centre and lining the surrounding streets. Video

Christmas Markets York

Christmas Shopping In York

Christmas Shop

The essential festive shop is Christmas Angels at 47 Low Petergate. Supplying everything you will need for a magical Christmas and gifts all year round, including a huge range of Christmas decorations. Re-live the run up to Christmas as depicted in those fabulous Victorian style Christmas cards.

McArthurGlen's York Designer Outlet will also be staying open late in december. St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York YO19 4TA map

Tis The Season To Be Festive

Light switch on York

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.

York Early Music Christmas Festival

Early Music Christmas Festival

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

York Early Music Christmas Festival

Santas Grotto

Christmas At York Minster

York Minster Carols

York Minster Christmas Carol Concerts
December 2016
The most popular concert of the year! With York Minster Choir, one of the UK's leading choirs, and celebrated readers.

Christmas Carols at York Minster

Also see Live Music in York

York Christmas Markets

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.

York Guildhall

York Guildhall Craft & Gift Fair

26 November - 29 December 2015
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.
Located just off St Helen's Square map

Christmas Interior Decorations

Harrogate Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

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. (

Santa Cruises

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?

Christmas Trees, Decorations

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend

4, 5, 6 of December 2015
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.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Specials

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?

Shepherd Group Brass Bands Christmas Concert

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December 2015
All four shepherd Group Brass Bands come together to perform a Christmas Extravaganza at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.
Friday 18 December 7:30pm
Saturday 19 December 7:30pm
Tickets: £10
Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases. Nicola Harper Tel. 01904 655076

York Christmas Cards

York Minster Snow Scene

Christmas Cards of York

York Minster Christmas Cards

York Minster Christmas Cards

View more Christmas cards and calendars of York, by local artist Tony Brook

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