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.
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.
Community Carol Concert
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.
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-4.30pm – more here.
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
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 next – more here.