Days Out: York Christmas Festival

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York Christmas Festival and York St Nicholas Fair will run for 37 days: November 17 to December 23, with a return of the Ice Trail and Scandinavian Tipi and a brand new Living Advent Calendar, plus much more…

Planning for York’s Christmas Festival is well underway.

With a new twist for this year, five themed weekends will add to the Christmas festivities: a brass bands weekend (19 & 20 November), a choir’s weekend (26 & 27 November), a family weekend (3 & 4 December), the Ice Trail weekend (10 & 11 December) and a Shambles Market Christmas Party celebration weekend (17 & 18 December).

Parliament Street will see the return of York’s popular Scandinavian style tipi and snug wooden chalets, dressed with twinkling lights will line Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square, Coppergate and Judge’s Lodging on Lendal. Returning on 26 & 27 November, school and community choirs will be popping up all around York’s streets and squares in a choral celebration of Christmas. Brass bands will add another musical note every Thursday evening through the festival.

Father Christmas and his friends will be settling in to his magical and cozy traditional wooden grotto in Shambles Market from 3-24 December, just around the corner from York’s Chocolate Story. Santa’s helpers will be on hand to entertain visitors with iconic brands and fun facts about our chocolate city in Christmases past. Events will also be held at York’s York Castle Museum and Castle Howard.


Thor’s Tipi : 17 November – 2 January

Medieval Christmas Experience at Barley Hal: 17 November – 5 January

York Minster Christmas Carol Concerts: 15 & 16 December

Ice Trail: 10 & 11 December

Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre Guildhall : 26 November – 13 December