York Disability Week

Various locations York

Now in its 5th year, the twenty four events in York Disability Week offer something for people of all ages, disabled or not. Events include poetry evenings, a Christmas fayre, art exhibitions, lectures, talks and more.

Santa’s Staycation (Part II)

Murton Park - Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Park - Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Lane, York

Step this way for a magical Christmas experience in Santa’s village. Meet the big man himself in his cosy winter cabin where children will receive Santa money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop. Then take a walk through the village and be enchanted by the elves and peek inside their homes and workshops.

York’s Jewish Story : 1170 to Present

York Castle Museum Eye of York, York

An exciting new community exhibition, in partnership with York Liberal Jewish Community, is now open at York Castle Museum. The compelling history of York’s Jewish community, spanning from 1170 to the present day, is shown through a series of insightful […]

The Bar Convent at Christmas

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, 17 Blossom Street, York

Gather your family and friends for a unique Christmas experience against the backdrop of our beautiful historic surroundings. Come in from the cold and join us in our café for a warming traditional Christmas dinner, complete with all the trimmings, and explore our heritage home with festive activities for all to enjoy.

The Christmas Express


A magical virtual journey to see Santa at The North Pole! Meet Aunty Madge as she tries to make hot chocolate, laugh at Frostbite the Penguin’s silly antics and enjoy plenty of magic from The Magic Hatter along the way!

Toddle Into Christmas

The Web Adventure Park The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York

A Christmas Event especially for babies and toddlers. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and meet the elves as they prepare for the big day. Children will receive a small gift too!

Ghost Stories for Christmas

York Medical Society York Medical Society, 23 Stonegate, York

Shutter up the windows, dim the candles, and settle by the fire for a Christmas ghost story, told by no less than Charles Dickens.

York Early Music Christmas Festival

National Centre for Early Music St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York

This Christmas our festivities will open with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and close with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists presenting Bach’s B Minor Mass. 


York Theatre Royal St Leonard's Place, York

York Theatre Royal presents the most magical pantomime of all, Cinderella! In this timeless rags to riches story, relocated to our very own city of York, expect magical transformations, sparkling sets, stunning costumes, catchy songs and heaps of hilarity.

A Very Merry Christmas Parade!

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan, York

We’re parading into Christmas with style here at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park! Join us every weekend in December leading up to Christmas as Santa and his band of merry elves parade through the Wildlife Park!

Santa’s Grotto

Dobbies Garden Centre York Dobbies Garden Centre York, Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York

Bring your little ones along to walk through the magical outdoor woodland, spotting the Christmas characters along the way. Then be welcomed by Santa himself, plus receive a special gift.

Santa’s Grotto at Beetle Bank Open Farm

Beetle Bank Open Farm Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York

Come and meet Santa in his spacious Grotto and meet Blitzen one of Santa’s faithful Reindeer.

Santa’s Courtyard Grotto

Castle Howard Castle Howard Estate, York

The Courtyard Grotto is back, with more Christmas magic and fun than ever before for your little ones. The adventure will begin with a festive tale from Story Craft Theatre before meeting the main man himself...Santa.

Experience Christmas Trail

York Minster Deangate, York

Discover more about the Christmas story by exploring six activity stops hidden around the Minster. Families can follow a special trail with items to look at, touch, smell and discuss at each point.

Santa Specials

Various locations York

Santa Claus is coming to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Join him and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Arnup Studios Christmas Shopping Weekend

Arnup Studios Arnup Studios, Panman Lane, Holtby, York

The artists and makers at Arnup Studios are opening their studios for the first weekend of December – just in time for Christmas! There will be ceramics, paintings, sculptures and collages, jewellery, books, cards, prints, gift boxes and more.

Storytime with Father Christmas

Beningbrough Hall Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York

The man in red is visiting once more to rest and recharge ahead of his busy night on Christmas Eve. He loves welcoming visitors and sharing stories of his adventures during his Beningbrough holiday.

A Cracking Celebration

Manor Church of England Academy Manor Church of England Academy, Millfield Ln, Nether Poppleton, York

Join The Magic Hatter, Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and even Santa Claus for festive fun for all the family in this special Christmas party show.

A Vintage Christmas

York Racecourse Racecourse Road, Knavesmire Road, York

Enjoy a nostalgic day out to get you into the spirit of Christmas past at York Racecourse! There will be vintage shopping, live music, vintage funfair and more.

Japanese Performing Arts Festival

York St John University Lord Mayor's Walk, York

Join us for a day of immersive Japanese experiences with a morning of hands-on workshops followed by an afternoon of performances.

£5 – £10

Harry Potter Themed Christmas Weekend

York Bird of Prey Centre York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, Huby

A magical Harry Potter themed Christmas weekend at the York Bird of Prey Centre. Handle birds of prey, make your own wand, visit Santa's grotto - and much more!


Piccadilly Pop Up

23 Piccadilly 23 Piccadilly, York

Independent art gallery, studios and shop. Paintings, drawings, graffiti, murals, fine art, sculpture, prints, postcards, collage and poetry created by York-based artists who maintain the building as studio space. Free […]

Dick Whittington

Joseph Rowntree Theatre Haxby Rd, York

As the arch villain King Rat wreaks havoc across London Dick Whittington arrives from his home town of York seeking adventure. Rowntree Players present song, dance, slapstick silliness and twisted plots all bound by the same old jokes in this rollicking romp of a traditional family pantomime.