Top 8 Days out in York (with a Christmas twist!)
As the countdown to Christmas, the city is getting into the spirit of things ahead of turning into a winter wonderland. Whether you are looking for festive events to attend or family fun, now is the perfect time to plan what you’re doing in York throughout the season and beyond. We take a look at what’s on offer:
St. Nicholas Fair
A mainstay of the York Christmas season, the fair will come back to the centre bringing mulled wine, festive aromas and an array of stalls. On from the 17th November until 23rd December, you can enjoy the log fire of Thor’s Tipi as a respite from the cold and stocking filler hunting!
Keep your eye out for special themed events over this time, including brass band weekend (19th and 20th November), choir weekend (26th and 27th November) and the Shambles Market Christmas party (17th and 18th December).
Taking place on the weekend of the 10th and 11th December, the York Ice Trail is back for its second year in the city. Thanks to the success of the attraction last year – sculptures included James Bond, the Cheshire Cat and the Flying Scotsman – it is back and should be better than ever as 30 crystal-clear ice statues sprinkle magic across the centre. Can you find them all? Don’t forget to stay warm with a few mulled wines!
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
Fancy getting your skates on this Christmas? Home of the largest outdoor ice rink in the north of England, this is the place for you. Running from 19th November right through until the 2nd January, this award-winning event, run at York Designer Outlet, is sure to captivate families again. Perfect for all the family, you can hit the ice around a giant Christmas tree before (or after) shopping and dining! Don’t miss the vintage funfair rides either.
A free trip that can be enjoyed by adults and children, the National Railway Museum is one of the most popular family days out in York. Delve into 200 years of history as you hop on-board some of the legends of the railway and enjoy the atmosphere as you enjoy the interactive shows. Don’t miss the exhibitions around at the minute – the LMS Princess Coronation Class, Eurostar and Model Railway all come to an end on New Years Eve.
Once of the grandest religious buildings across the UK, York Minster has been around for 200 years and is rooted in our history. Classed as one of Visit England’s top 101 things to see, you can tour the building, taking in the underground chambers as well as heading up the Central Tower to get some of the best views of the city. Don’t miss the Christmas carol concerts on the 15th and 16th December.
The medieval townhouse is in the city centre and was once a home to the Mayor of York. Dating back to 1483, it wasn’t rediscovered until 1980s when it was going to be destroyed. With a beautiful Great Hall, experience medieval England here – and don’t miss it this winter when it’s decorated for Christmas between 17th November and 5th January.
York Castle Museum
Walk down – literally – hundreds of years of the city’s history in the brilliant Castle Museum. A great way to get an insight into York’s past, you can see Victorian criminals, Jacobean dining rooms and learn about the swinging sixties. What’s more is that they will also have the normal Christmas celebrations between 26th November and 24th December as you can stroll along the cobbled streets that are complete with all the sights, sounds and smells that would be around in festive seasons during times gone by.
A little out of the city, but the 300-year-old Castle Howard is always worth a day trip. This stunning stately home with landscaped gardens has long been a popular outing for summer picnics and walks but it’s also not to be missed at this time of year. During the Christmas period – 19th November to 23rd December – the log fires will be roaring as the staff get it kitted out.
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