York at Christmas


Voted the UK’s most festive city in the UK, York is a special place to visit during the festive period. Sadly, as a result of the pandemic, York’s St Nicholas Fair did not take place in 2020 but it will be back with aplomb in 2021 from 18 November to 23 December.

Shops, restaurants and attractions will also be bringing the festive cheer to residents and visitors alike. The Shambles Market and Food Court is also remaining open for shopping with its diverse selection of fresh produce, crafts and traders. A warm welcome is always felt in York at this time of year and a visually stunning 15km of lights will span the streets to transform the city this winter. They will be on to light up the York streets right until early Spring.

*York Don’t Miss – A Christmas Special

A Kirkgate Christmas (York Castle Museum) – the famous Victorian Street is transformed into a snow covered ‘stage’ with puppets, music, trees and magic.

Outdoor Ice Skating – Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and will be open from 19 November – 9 January.

York Christmas Walking Tour – taking place from 18 November until Christmas Eve, it really does capture the spirit of Christmas.

York Theatre Royal and Grand Opera House – it’s panto season (oh yes it is) and this year, Cinderella will be on stage at the Theatre Royal and Dick Turpin at the Grand Opera House.

St Helen’s Square – head here to see the magical huge Christmas tree.

Thor’s Tipi – it’s Alpine Winter wonderland time in the garden of the Principal Hotel in York. Mulled wine, schnapps and boozy hot chocolate will compliment tasty street food.

York Minster Winter Village – a brand new event at the number 1 setting in York. With wood cabins selling food, drink and gifts, it is sure to be a tremendous hit with locals and visitors.