27 things to do in York this weekend, December 10-11, 2016

Some of the cast of Aladdin, this year's Grand Opera House panto
9 Dec 2016 @ 3.55 pm
| News
mix-six-logo-2016Hit the Ice Trail, see Santas good and bad, pop in to a craft fair and get your fix of panto slapstick – everything, as always, in our superlative What’s On Guide

Ice Trail

One of the Glacial Art team at work in St Helen’s Square

A polar bear, some spacemen, Marilyn Monroe and a Chocolate Orange Tree – just four of the 35 ice sculptures to see in the 2016 ice trail. There are prizes on offer too… Saturday and Sunday: more here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
A Christmas Mystery Castle Museum Daily
Saturday story-telling & tours York Minster Sat @ 10.30am
Santa At The Mill Holgate Windmill Sat @ 2pm
Christmas Crafts and Games York Baptist Church Sat @ 2.15pm-5.30pm


Some of the cast of Aladdin, this year’s Grand Opera House panto

York’s two professional pantos are underway. There’s Berwick and the gang (minus Martin Barrass after his brush with mortality) back at York Theatre Royal after a year away, with Cinderella. While the stars in Aladdin at the Grand Opera House include Debbie McGee and Paul Sinha. More here.

More shows and music

Event Venue Time
Medieval Music Barley Hall Sat @ noon
The Goldfinch Ensemble NCEM Sat @ 1pm
King Lear John Cooper Studio Sat @ 2pm & 7.30pm
A Christmas Carol Castle Museum Till Dec 18
Handel’s Messiah York Minster Sat @ 7pm
Bach at Christmas Jack Lyons Hall Sat @ 7.30pm
Cantar Community Choir Winter Concert Heslington Church Sat @ 7.30pm
Leather’o Christmas Bash Your Bike Shed Sat @ 7.30pm
The Mothers Ainsty Sat @ 9pm
Joe Below Black Horse Sat @ 9pm
13 Cities Victoria Vaults Sun @ 4pm
Trevor Pinnock & Friends NCEM Sun @ 7.30pm

Community Carol Concert

Sing up for Christmas at the community carol concert. Photograph: David Harrison

One of the city’s Christmas traditions, the York Community Carol Concert at York Barbican features enough festive magic to cheer the grumpiest of Scrooges. Among the performers on Sunday at 2.30pm are the Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band and the Military Wives Choir York. Proceeds to the Lord Mayor’s charities – more here.

More charity fundraisers

Event Venue Time
Sing for SASH 2016 Streets of York Sat and Sun
Charity head shave, leg and chest wax New Earswick Sports Club Sat @ 7pm
Charity evening for Syria Fulford Arms Sat @ 6pm

Pop Up Christmas Market


Looking for something a bit different? This pop-up market, tucked away in The Basement, features unique gifts by local designers, crafters and vintage vendors. Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pmmore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Christmas Craft Fair Tang Hall library Sat @ 9.30am
Christmas Cracker Fayre St James the Deacon Church Sun @ 1pm

Good Santa

Santa drops in to York Castle Museum. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Santa drops into York Castle Museum this weekend and next. Seeing him is just one of the festive activities on offer at the museum: why not take part in the Christmas Mystery while you’re there?
Where to see Santa in York this Christmas: Grotto Guide 2016

Bad Santa

Santa Claus on his night off – aka Seamus O’Neil. Photograph: Ben Porter

If you’re a grown-up looking for something entertainingly different, try the Old Fire Station. Before most of it is demolished you can tour a very different Santa’s grotto and help his miserable elves… On this weekend and nextmore here.