(Santa in ice above, The Festival of Angels) © H.Williams
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
York Designer Outlet will also be staying open late in december.
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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 Fair: The traditional festive weekend in the city centre offers everything from gifts and crafts to the best of local produce.
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.
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 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.
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?
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
St. Helen's Square Christmas Tree
Christmas Cards of York
York Against Cancer Christmas Cards - A winter montage by photographer Chris Shepherd, available from our shops in Huntington and at York Hospital.
Late Night Shopping In Stonegate (360 movie)