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Grand Opera House York Panto

Grand Opera House York Panto - Cinderella

14 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
The cast include Star of Liberty X Michelle Heaton as The Fairy Godmother, Channel 5’s Milkshake Amy Thompson as Cinderella, the magical Martin Daniels as Buttons, Coronation Street's Ken Morley and Britain’s Naughtiest Dame Steve Wickenden as Covonia and Calpol, with BBC’s Allo’Allo!’s John D Collins as The Baron and Danny Rogers as Dandini. Tickets

York Calendar 2019

New 2019 Calendar "Illustrated York"
Free delivery for Christmas in York!

York Theatre Royal

Berwick Kaler
York Theatre Royal Panto

Join us and celebrate Berwick Kaler's 40th year as York’s legendary Dame in The Grand Old Dame of York.
13 December 2018 - 2 February 2019

© H.Williams. Festival of Angels York

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

Carved Ice Trail

York Ice Trail

February 2019
A city wide trail of 30 stunning Ice Sculptures. It is a fantastic free family event loved by both residents and visitors. During your visit you can follow the trail to find beautiful carved ice figures sprinkled around the city centre and lining the surrounding streets. View our ice trail video

Christmas Markets York

Christmas Shopping In York

Mulberry Hall York

The essential festive shop is Käthe Wohlfahrt in Stonegate. 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. Larger photo of Käthe Wohlfahrt

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 Living Advent Calender
Experience York's Living Advent Calendar as 25 locations across the city reveal a different festive window display each day.

Light Up A Life - York St Helen's Square

Dedicate a light on our Christmas Trees in memory of a loved one or as a gift in honour of a friend or relative. Our trees will be illuminated at three very special Carol Services

The trees will be illuminated at very special Carol Services:

  • Easingwold Market Place on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 7:00pm
  • St Helen’s Square, York on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Selby Abbey on Sunday 9th December 2018 at 4:00pm.

York Early Music Christmas Festival

Early Music Christmas Festival

December 2018
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.
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 2018
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.

Made In Yorkshire - Yorkshire Yuletide Village

15 Nov - 23 December 2018 10am - 5pm
Location: Jubbergate Forecourt, York
We will be running the Yorkshire Yuletide Village within the Jubbergate Forecourt area (adjacent to the Shambles Market). You will see exhibitors selling a variety of unique handmade art and design. A Yorkshire cafe will serve festive treats too.

Christmas Interior Decorations

Harrogate Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

29 November - 2 December 2018
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

City Cruises York, formerly YorkBoat.
For an extra magical Christmas this year, why not join a City Cruises York 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

7th, 8th, 9th December 2018
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

November & December 2018
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 Band Christmas Concert

Fri 21 & Sat 22 Dec 2018
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.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Box Office Tel. 01904 50 1935 (

York Christmas Cards

St. Helen's Square Christmas Tree

St. Helen's Square Christmas Tree

- New Christmas card of St Helen's Square

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

York Against Cancer Christmas Cards - A winter montage by photographer Chris Shepherd, available from our shops in Huntington and at York Hospital.

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