You know it’s Christmas when panto season kicks off, and town’s packed with stalls, mulled wine and mince pies, and the National Centre for Early Music graces us with a series of festive concerts, and York’s Gospel Choir are having a joyful celebration… Our What’s On Guide has more to offer so don’t miss out on any yuletide treats!
Made In York Christmas Fair
The festive season picks up a notch this weekend with the Made In York contemporary arts and crafts fair at Clements Hall on Saturday afternoon. Immerse yourself in the wares of wonderful local artists and enjoy a mince pie or two.
- Find out more about Made in York
- Don’t forget to visit York’s first Pop-up Shopping Mall at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
- Add to your collection with the Toy Fair at York Racecourse
Early Music Christmas Festival
The Early Christmas Festival is now a twinkling bauble on York’s festive tree. This year it boasts a variety of acts, including violinist Rachel Podger directing her instrumental ensemble Brecon Baroque with recorder virtuoso Pamela Thorby. Also medievalists and vocal experts Alamire unveil music from the 15th century in a programme of England Medieval Carols
Jack and the Beanstalk
Panto season begins in York with the Joseph Rowntree Players’ Jack and the Beanstalk on Saturday night. Join Jack as he combats giants and tries to save his family from ruin – it’s a classic favourite and fun for everyone.
- Find out more about Jack here
- More panto paradise this weekend with Cinderella at the De Grey Rooms
- Meanwhile there’s a wild Goose Chase at St Michael le Belfrey
York City Gospel Choir
The York City Gospel Choir is a lively, friendly and supportive community of performers from all walks of life, performing songs by well-known gospel artists and original songs by musical director, Kofi Mensah. Their Christmas concert on Saturday evening is set to be a joyful celebration of one of the most important times of the year, so get down to Manor Academy and get involved!
Mostly Autumn gig
Our very own Mostly Autumn are back on their home turf this Saturday. Producing music influenced by early Seventies rock, the band formed in 1996 and have gathered a strong following through constant touring. Also don’t miss the chance to meet the group in an intimate, one-off acoustic meet and greet at Fibbers on Friday night.
RSPCA Christmas Fair
The RSPCA has been helping animals and their owners in York since 1864, and its first “Home for Lost Dogs” opened on St George’s Field in 1944. This was replaced 12 years later by the building on Castle Mills Bridge where it remains to this day. The York RSPCA Christmas Fair on Sunday has lots of stalls including: children’s lucky dips, surprise jars, tombola, books, refreshments and, of course, all the animals waiting to greet you.