26 things to do in York this weekend, December 3-4, 2016

Ready for a rollicking good romp, the Rowntree Players
2 Dec 2016 @ 4.15 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016It’s the family Christmas weekend, the first panto hits town and there’s shopping and wrestling too, though not necessarily in that order… Find the lot in our What’s On Guide

Christmas Family Festival

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The emphasis is on family fun across York this weekend. Santa moves in to his new grotto in Shambles Market, and a viking from Jorvik will be offering 45 minutes of free storytelling at 11am and 3pm. Look out too for Betty Balloon and her giant balloon characters, as well as trees and snowmen walking around. Saturday and Sunday.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
At Home with the Snawsells Barley Hall Sat @ 10am-4pm
Saturday story-telling & tours York Minster Sat @ 10.30am

Toy Fair

A collectable Dinky toy bus. Photograph ©  FaceMePLS on Flickr
A collectable Dinky toy bus. Photograph © FaceMePLS on Flickr
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Take a nostalgic trip to playtimes past as the Toy Fair brings some old favourites to York Racecourse. From Dinky to Corgi, Star Wars to Scalextric, there will be something from most people’s childhoods among the 100 stalls. Sunday, from 10ammore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
York Makers Christmas Fair Clements Hall Sat @ 10am-4pm
Made In Yorkshire Christmas Show Guildhall Till Dec 18
Etsy Made Local, Team York’s Christmas Market Hilton York Sat @ 10am-4pm
Skelton Schools Christmas Fair Skelton Primary School Sat @ 2pm-5pm
Scarcroft Primary Christmas Fair Scarcroft Primary School Sat @ 2.30pm-5.30pm
Christmas Fayre 2016 Yorkshire Heart Vineyard Sun @ 10am-4pm

Santa at the Mill

Saling into the mill. Photograph: Holgate Windmill on Facebook
Saling into the mill. Photograph: Holgate Windmill on Facebook
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Father Christmas is popping up all over the place at the moment, but one of his more unusual grottos is inside Holgate Windmill. He’s hauled a sack of goodies up the steep stairs and is ready to meet youngsters on Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 4pm. More here.
Where to see Santa in York this Christmas: Grotto Guide 2016

More Christmas

Event Venue Time
Victorian Christmas at the Castle Castle Museum Till Dec 24
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland Designer Outlet Till Jan 2
Christmas Embroidery Workshop York Minster Sat @ 10am-1pm
Family Carol Service York Minster Sun @ 2pm

The Mischief Before Christmas

Fancy some festive mischief?
Fancy some festive mischief?
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Once upon a time there were two rather mischievous Christmas spirits. They would travel the land with a twinkle in their eye, looking for a place to tell their stories. And they have landed at York Theatre Royal from Saturday, sharing their tales with youngsters aged between three and seven… more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
King Lear John Cooper Studio Sat & Sun 2pm & &.30pm
Three Cheers For Christmas! Friargate Theatre Sat @ 2.30pm
Jim Davidson Grand Opera House Sat @ 7.30pm

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Ready for a rollicking good romp, the Rowntree Players
Ready for a rollicking good romp, the Rowntree Players
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Panto time has arrived (oh yes it has!) First out of the blocks in York are the Rowntree Players with a slapstick take on the Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Governor LeTrump is determined to cast his menacing spell over the city of Paris but with the circus in town, his evil plans slowly begin to unravel… At the Joseph Rowntree Theatre from Saturdaymore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Jake & The Jellyfish Fulford Arms Sat @ 7.30pm
Family Christmas Concert York Minster Sat @ 7.30pm
Gig-Rocket Reducer Winning Post Sat @ 8.30pm
David Ward Maclean Yorkshire Terrier Sat @ 9pm

American-style wrestling

Over you go… wrestling at Fibbers. Photograph: Fibbers / Kluens Photography
Over you go… wrestling at Fibbers. Photograph: Fibbers / Kluens Photography
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Fibbers has become quite the wrestling hotspot, and there’s another treat for grapple fans this Saturday from 7pm. Featuring ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero and ‘Dangerous’ Danny Binks, they sound a whole lot more entertaining than Judge Rinder on Strictlymore here.

More sport

Event Venue Time
UK Snooker Championships 2016 Barbican Till Sun