Illumine: Light Up Festival


Join us for our Christmas launch as we light up the Museum for a bumper weekend of festive fun. The man with the bag, Santa returns to collect coal for his stockings, and to kick off his grotto meetings with lucky visitors Underground (pre-bookable – more information soon).

Over the weekend you can enjoy pop-up activities around the site, brass band and choir performances, plus plenty of festive treats and food. Families can get crafty and join in our lantern-making workshops over the weekend ready for Sunday evening’s unmissable lantern parade to close the festivities.

Friday 24 November – Launch Event – 5pm-8pm
Saturday 25 November – All day
Sunday 26 November – All day, 4pm for carols at Hope Pit, ready for the Lantern Parade at 5pm

For more information please visit

November 24, 2023 – November 26, 2023
National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
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Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
October 2, 2023 – October 6, 2024
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October half term - Flying Scotsman and Wonderlab
National Railway Museum, York Address National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
October 21, 2023 – November 5, 2023
York's Santa Experience at City Cruises
City Cruises York - Kings Staith Landing, King's Staith, York
October 25, 2023 – December 23, 2023