26 things to do in York this weekend, November 25-26 2017

The Christmas lights in Acomb. Photograph: Acomb Alive on Facebook
24 Nov 2017 @ 8.47 pm
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A soap star switches on the lights, Christmas hits Kirkgate, and the lip-sync battles begin again…

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

Acomb Christmas Festival

Ricky Norwood in EastEnders. Photograph: BBC

After a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2016, the festive lights are set to dazzle Acomb for the second Christmas running. Ricky Norwood of Eastenders fame, and one of the stars of York Barbican’s Robin Hood and the Babes In the Wood, will be switching on the lights on Saturday at 4pm on Front Street. There’s entertainment from 2pm, Santa’s Grotto, an indoor market and more. More here

See also
Table Top Sale at Tang Hall Community Centre on Saturday
St Leonard’s Hospice Christmas Fair at St Leonard’s Hospice on Saturday
Makers’ Market at Shambles Market on Sunday

BBC History Weekend

The history consultant behind BBC hit show Poldark is one of the speakers. Photograph: BBC

Featuring more than 25 events hosted by leading historians and authors, the BBC History Weekend returns to York. There are talks from Hannah Grieg, historical consultant on the BBC drama Poldark, former politician Roy Hattersley and broadcaster Michael Wood among many others. It’s hosted by the Yorkshire Museum and the Hospitium all weekend. More here

York Christmas Festival – Choir Weekend

Singing up a storm in York

Choirs Weekend is back so you can explore St Nicholas Fair to a festive soundtrack of heavenly choral music. Various York choirs are taking part across York city centre – expect some familiar songs and classic carols. More here

See also
Alt Day Events Presents Mates Fest at The Fulford Arms on Saturday
Beth McCarthy at The Crescent on Saturday
The Clem Collective at the Woolpack Inn on Saturday
University Symphony Orchestra at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Saturday
The Bone Idol Band at Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday
University of York Concert Orchestra Winter Concert at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Sunday
Gypsy Bill at the Guy Fawkes Inn on Sunday

My Castle Gateway: Explore the Masterplan Ideas

Eye of York Cliffords Tower
An aerial view of the Eye of York. Photograph © Bing Maps

The Castle Gateway consultation has been running for months, harvesting people’s thoughts about what can be done to improve the area around Clifford’s Tower and beyond. This weekend the organisers will share the ‘masterplan ideas’ with a series of guided walks. Join in, and see which of the plans you like best. More here

Christmas At The Castle

Christmas comes to Kirkgate at the Castle Museum. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated 150 years ago on a beautifully trimmed-up Kirkgate at York Castle Museum. Meet Victorian residents as they prepare for the big day – and Santa himself. Runs from Saturday to Christmas Eve – more here

See also
Visit to Father Christmas at Nunnington Hall from Saturday
Winter at Treasurer’s House on Saturday and Sunday

Lip Sync Lollapalooza

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The crazy cabaret club night returns. Expect brand new audience games as well as lip sync battles between York’s best comedians and drag acts at Fibbers on Saturday night. The theme is fairytale fantasy, so dress (in)appropriately… More here

See also
My Fair Lady at the Grand Opera House till Saturday
Wait Until Dark at the York Theatre Royal till Saturday
My Son Pinocchio and Into The Woods Matinee at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday
The Lords of Misrule Present: Selections from the Wakefield Mystery Plays at St Mary’s Church on Saturday
Say Owt Slam #18 featuring Mark Grist + Tim Clare at the Basement on Saturday
White Feather Boxer at York Theatre Royal on Saturday
Opera North Opera Tales at the National Centre For Early Music on Sunday

Gospel Street at St Paul’s Church on Sunday