Christmas Family Festival
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.
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 10am – more here.
Santa at the Mill
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
The Mischief Before Christmas
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.
Hunchback of Notre Dame
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 Saturday – more here.
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 Strictly… more here.