York at Christmas 2020: Your complete guide to what’s on this festive season

Christmas in the city will be a little different this year. Photograph: Visit York / Alan Milner
12 Dec 2020 @ 6.22 pm
| Entertainment

The phrase ‘a new normal’ is one that has been thrown around a lot this year and unfortunately it’s been no different for the festive season. Yes, Christmas will be different this year but there will still be a chance to celebrate with loved ones.

The city has pulled together to make this festive season one to remember for the people of York with safe, fun, and innovative events to join in with both in person and online.

So here’s our guide to things to do in York for Christmas 2020.

There are no Christmas markets in the city centre this year, so why not take a tour around the Virtual York Christmas Market from the comfort of your home?

Pantomime is coming to you this Christmas – oh yes it is! Don’t miss The Travelling Pantomime created by York Theatre Royal, and York Stage are putting on a socially distanced Jack and the Beanstalk over at Theatre 41.

Join in with the Chapter House Choir and sing along as loud as you like with York Minster’s Virtual Carols by Candlelight.

Enjoy all your favourite Christmas films in a drive-in cinema experience to remember with Daisy Dukes’ Winter Wonderland!

Meet the big man himself at the same time as a tour of the city’s river with the Santa Experience from City Cruises.

Merry Christmas everyone, and stay safe.

Must do


One of the projections at York Castle Museum this Christmas. Photograph: Danny Lawson / PA Wire
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Family fun


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Christmas at home


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Meet Father Christmas


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Festive films and shows


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Merry music


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Seasonal shopping


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Fab food and drink


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Magical art and crafts


Exhibition: The Christmas Show

Exhibition: The Christmas Show

Sat, November 14 - Sat, January 16
Online
Virtual event - see weblink

An online exhibition featuring original paintings

More merriment


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