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The Complete Guide to York at Christmas

York is my home city, so it makes perfect sense for me to write a guide to York at Christmas! Especially as this year, we will be having the Christmas markets back!

There’s so many things to do in York at Christmas, so if you are planning a trip, see what is on! There are shows, markets, festive teas, medieval style feasts and more!

The Complete Guide to York at Christmas

York Christmas Markets

The St Nicolas Fair is returning to York this year, after taking a break due to Coronavirus last year. The wintery wooden alpine chalets will be back, lining Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square. At York Christmas markets you can find local businesses selling handmade gifts, treats and drinks. There’s always a lovely selection of baked goods and local alcohol to buy. And mulled wine – there’s ALWAYS mulled wine!

York Markets 2021 dates: 18th November to 23 December.

thors tipi at Christmas - The Complete Guide to York at Christmas
Thors Tipi in York

Thors Tipi

Thors Tipi is a popup bar that is in Parlimaent square over Christmas. It’s walk in only and often gets busy, so it’s much better to avoid peak times as you won’t get a seat. But it’s a wonderful bar where you can enjoy mulled wine and cider by the fire.

This year YUZU will be on-hand to offer delicious Bao Buns!

Thors Tipi 2021 Dates: 18th November – 2nd January

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

At Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, you will find the North of Englands largest outdoor ice-rink. The Chalet over looks the ice-rink, a alpine-themed cafe which sells mulled wine, hot chocolates, hot dogs, toasties and other sweet treats.

The vintage fair has lots or rides for all ages to enjoy, like the dodgems and the Hush Hush Train ride. There’s also a chance to win a prize at one of the games stalls.

Of course there’s a Santas grotto here, where your child can visit Santa and get a special gift!

The Winter Wonderland is at the Designer Outlet, York. Just off the A64. Be sure to book in advance!

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland 2021 dates: November 19th 2021 – January 9th 2022

York at Christmas
Streets of York at Christmas

The History of Christmas in York Tour

If you love guided tours, this 90 minute tour takes you though the history of Christmas in the city of York and shows how the traditions have developed over the years into what we celebrate today. It tells stories of the Romans and Vikings and how their introduced their customs into the traditions of Christmas and New Year.

Book your tickets here.

The History of Christmas In York Dates: 26th November 2021 – 6th January 2022

Christmas in Narnia

Christmas in Narnia is at Castle Howard, where the castle will be decorated with lights, projections and soundcapes. There will also be the iconic 25ft Christmas tree with over 3000 baubles in the great hall. There’ll be food, drink, gift shops and farm shops.

Book your tickets here. They’re selling fast so be quick!

Christmas in Narnia dates: 13th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

The Complete Guide to York at Christmas

Festive Afternoon Tea

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea? Perfect after spending the day shopping in York and visiting the Christmas markets.

Enjoy your festive afternoon tea at Chez Mal Brasserie in York.

Festive Afternoon Tea dates: 24th November 2021 – 30th December 2021

Big Christmas Concert

This is the biggest Christmas concert in York and takes place at St Michael Le Beflrey Church next to the York Minster. The concert starts with a brass band and then Alistair Griffin’s Big Christmas Concert will get your Christmas Spirit live and kicking by playing popular Christmas songs and Christmas carols!

Get your tickets here.

Big Christmas Concert Dates: 3rd December 2021, 10th December 2021 & 11th December 2021.

York in snow

The Snowman at York Minster

The Snowman is my favourite Christmas movie and reminds me so much of growing up! This year you can watch the Snowman on a screen inside the beautiful York Minster. Accompanied by a live orchestra! This sounds like an amazing family event!

I hope they keep doing this as my son is too young to take this year, but maybe next year he will enjoy it!

The Snowman at York Minster dates: 11th December at 12.30pm, 3pm and 7.30pm.


Ready for some Panto! I love a good Christmas Panto and at York Royal Theatre this year, you can watch Cinderella.

Cinderella Dates: 3rd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

The Nutcracker Christmas shop in York

Love Actually in Concert

Get yourself to the Barbican to see this popular Christmas move accompanied by a live-orchestra.

Get your tickets here

Date: Wednesday 8th December 2021

Christmas Carol Concert

This community event features will be at the Barbican and features: Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band, Dringhouses Primary School Choir, Clifton Green Primary School Choir, Stamford Bridge Community Choir and Steve Cassidy. Proceeds from the concert will be shared by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of York’s Christmas Cheer Fund along with St Leonard’s Hospice.

Get your tickets here.

Date: 12th December 2021

Christmas shop in York

A Christmas Carol

The Penny Magpie Theatre Company are based in York and with local/regional actors. They believe that talent come from all backgrounds and to promote working-class and/or actors from under-represented areas, and those who have never had the resources or opportunities to formally study their art. This adaption of A Christmas Carol is an exciting version of the Charles Dickens classic by Samantha Hindman.

It’s sure to warm your hearts when you watch at York Mansion House.

Dates: 17th, 18th & 19th December 2021.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter

I love Harry Potter! And the music in Harry Potter is stunning. This live orchestra concert includes the Weasley brothers and will allow you to experience the most magical moment sof Harry Potter at the Barbican!

Get your tickets here.

Dates: 13th December 2021

Eagle and child at Christmas in York

Kate Rusby’s Christmas Tour

I love Kate Rusby – I have one of her albums on my phone and play it in my car loads. I had no idea she did a Christmas tour but I would love to go.

She’s a folk singer with a beautiful voice and is actually from Barnsley! She’s down to earth, funny and this Christmas tour sounnds amazing.

Get your tickets here.

Dates: 20th December 2021

Festive Medieval Banquet at Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a beautifully reconstructed medieval townhouse in the heart of York that was built in 1360. It’s the perfect place to have a medieval festive feast! You get a welcome drink, two-course meal, wine and entertainment incuded in your meal.

Dates: 11th December 2021

Festive Mead Tasting at Barley Hall

Join The Lancashire Mead Company at this tasting of the festive honey-based drink. Learn all about it and enjoy tastings and nibbles at Barley Hall.

Dates: 4th December 2021

house of trembling madness at Christmas in York

Hope you enjoyed this guide to some of my favourite things to do in York at Christmas! Are you planning to visit York this Christmas?

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