32 things to do this weekend in York, November 28-29, 2015

27 Nov 2015 @ 3.07 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightWith markets and charity fairs galore, you could get your Christmas shopping sorted this weekend (then spend the rest of the month feeling smug). And York Minster’s advent service reminds us of the real meaning of this time of year. The full lowdown is in our What’s On Guide

Medieval Christmas Fair


Take a break from Amazon and eBay and do some old-school browsing this weekend. Shopping doesn’t come any more olde worlde than the Festive Medieval Market at Barley Hall, offering handcrafted leather goods, traditional tableware and jewellery, as well as seasonal food and drink. Until Sundaymore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Made In Yorkshire Fair Guildhall Sat & Sun @ 10am-5pm
York Does Vintage Merchant Adventurers’ Hall Sun @ 11am-6pm
St Nicholas Fair Parliament Street Till Dec 23
Christmas Fair St Wulstan’s Church Sun @ 12.30pm-3.30pm
Christmas Craft Fair Tang Hall Explore Library Sat @ 9.30am-1pm
York Makers Christmas Fair Wigginton Recreational Hall Sun @ noon-4am


York Minster Advent Procession


One of the more magical moments in the run up to Christmas, the annual Advent Procession begins with York Minster plunged into darkness. Then a single flame is used to spread light throughout the congregation, with each person holding a candle and passing the flame to their neighbour, as York Minster’s clergy and choir process down the Nave from the Great West Doors. On Sunday at 5.15pmmore details.

More Christmas events

Event Venue Time
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland York Designer Outlet Sat & Sun
The Keeping of Christmas Fairfax House Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
1920s Christmas Experience Fairfax House Tell Dec 13

Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute


It is 40 years this year since Bohemian Rhapsody became the bonkers soundtrack to everyone’s Christmas. We’re just guessing, but we reckon the song will be one of the Queen back catalogue brought to the Grand Opera House by Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute on Saturday night – more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
The Wheel Black Box Theatre Sat @ 2.30pm
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm
2015 Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival University of York Sat @ 3pm-5pm
An Evening of Cabaret & Comedy – The Best Bits Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 7.30pm

UK Snooker Championships


It’s the first weekend of the Betway UK Snooker Championships at the Barbican this weekend. There have already been shocks – two-time winner Ding Junhui was dumped out in the first round and got very sweary at his press conference. Expect more twists and turn until the December 6 final – more here.

Watch the funniest moments and finest shots from 10 years of York snooker

More sport

Event Venue Time
White Rose Head 2015 River Ouse Sat @ 11am-1.30pm
York City v Accrington Bootham Crescent Sat @ 3pm

Christmas Big Band Night


It’s all going very 1940s down at the De Grey Rooms on Saturday night with the big band sounds of Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra. No rationing though – you are greeted with a glass of fizz and some canapés before the night swings into action. More here

More music

Event Venue Time
Whole Lotta Led Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Esperi Basement Bar Sat @ 8pm
A Frog in My Throat York St John Chapel Sat @ 6.30pm
University Symphony Orchestra Jack Lyons Concert Hall Sat @ 7pm
Deaf School Duchess Sun @ 7.30pm
Splendid Jewel: Micklegate Singers St Wilfrid’s Church Sat @ 7.30pm
The New York Dance Band Bishopthorpe Social Club Sat @ 8pm
Bluephunk The Ainsty Sat @ 9pm

St Leonard’s Hospice Christmas Fair


Games, prizes, fun, homemade cakes, festive refreshments and a barbecue are on the menu at the hospice on Tadcaster Road. And it’s one of a number of events for good causes this weekend – more below. Saturday, 1pm-4pm.

More charity fun

Event Venue Time
Wilberforce Trust Christmas Fayre New Earswick Folk Hall Sat @ 2pm-4.30pm
Christmas Fair and Coffee Morning Dunnington Reading Rooms Sat @ 10am-11.45am
National Childbirth Trust Nearly New Sale Mount School Sat @ 1.30pm-3.30pm