32 fabulous things to do in York this weekend: December 12-13, 2015

A festive favourite: the Magic Hatter's Christmas Cracker. Photograph: Magic Hatter on Facebook
11 Dec 2015 @ 4.32 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightGet your hat and gloves on – and other clothes as desired – and head round the Ice Trail, move on to the panto and call in at a movie memorabilia exhibition. Full What’s On Guide here.

York Ice Trail

The Bettys Teapot ice sculpture. Photograph: bettys1919 on Twitter
The Bettys Teapot ice sculpture. Photograph: bettys1919 on Twitter
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York will offer a frosty reception to visitors this weekend, in the best possible way. Thirty frozen sculptures are dotted around the streets for the first city-wide Ice Trail. There are competitions and ice carving demonstrations all weekendmore here.

York Ice Trail 2015: Where to see all 30 frozen sculptures across the city

More festive fun

Event Venue Time
Kinofolk Pop-up Cinema Presents Tokyo Godfathers Basement Bar Sat @ 7.15pm
York Nativity Mystery Plays All Saints Church Sat @ 7.30pm
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland Designer Outlet Sat & Sun
The Keeping of Christmas Fairfax House Daily 10am-5pm
St Nicholas Fair Parliament Street Daily 10am-6pm
1920s Christmas Experience Nunnington Hall Sat & Sun 11am-4pm
Father Christmas’ Toy Museum Castle Museum Sat & Sun 11am-4pm

Panto time

Berwick Kaler makes his debut at the National Railway Museum, while former Emmerdale star Stuart Wade plays Dame Tilly Trot at the Grand Opera House
Berwick Kaler makes his debut at the National Railway Museum, while former Emmerdale star Stuart Wade plays Dame Tilly Trot at the Grand Opera House
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It may be Dame Berwick Kaler’s 37th panto for York Theatre Royal, but everything has changed this year. Berwick and the gang have been rehoused at the National Railway Museum for Dick Whittington & His Meerkat, and it’ll be fascinating to see how they adapt to the new space. More familiar surroundings for the cast of Jack And The Beanstalk at the Grand Opera House. Both shows have started runs which take them into January – more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Oliver Upstage Centre Youth Theatre Sat 2 &.30pm
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Jo Ro Theatre Till Sat @ 7.30pm
Beauty And The Beast Bishopthorpe Village Hall Till Sat @ 7.30pm
A Christmas Carol Guildhall Till Dec 16
A Christmas Carol Black Swan Till Dec 16
The Great Gatsby Fleeting Arms Till Dec 31
The Time of Our Lives Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 7.30pm

York Interior & Gift Fair

Wreath making is part of the gift fair
Wreath making is part of the gift fair
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Traders, artists and makers take to the elegant interior of the De Grey Rooms for this Rose & Brown Vintage fair. Expect interiors, contemporary design, vintage and handmade gifts, plus workshops. Saturday, 11am-4pmmore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Made In Yorkshire Fair Guildhall Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Hearts & Crafts St Bede’s Pastoral Centre Sat @ 11am-4pm

Minster Messiah

A wonderful sound in a wonderful setting: the Minster choir. Photograph: York Minster
A wonderful sound in a wonderful setting: the Minster choir. Photograph: York Minster
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The York Minster Choir are joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful Nave. Could there be a better way to celebrate Christmas? On Saturday at 7pmmore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Cantar Community Choir Winter Concert NCEM Sat @ 7.30pm
The Overtones Barbican Sat @ 7pm
B’Rock Orchestra Jack Lyons Concert Hall Sat @ 7.30pm
Ousefest Xmas Bash Duchess Sun @ 7.30pm
Lifesigns Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm

Prop Art Exhibition

Movie Mania show off their film memorabilia
Movie Mania show off their film memorabilia
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As excitement builds ahead of the new Star Wars movie, head down to the Basement to enjoy MovieMania’s first public exhibition. Amalgamating popular culture with contemporary art, they will be showcasing original movie props – which might make someone a unique Christmas gift. On Saturday and Sunda, 10.30am-5pmmore here.

More exhibitions

Event Venue Time
Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives Treasurer’s House Till Dec 20
Luxury Shopping In Georgian Britain Fairfax House Daily

Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker

A festive favourite: the Magic Hatter's Christmas Cracker. Photograph: Magic Hatter on Facebook
A festive favourite: the Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker. Photograph: Magic Hatter on Facebook
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We’re promised more surprises than Santa’s sleigh as the Magic Hatter returns for his popular seasonal show. Expect illusion, stories and a lot of laughs at the Manor Academy on Saturday and Sunday afternoonsmore here.

More for children

Event Venue Time
Crazy Creatures NCEM Sun @ 11am
Nearly The Goat Copmanthorpe Primary School Sat @ 6pm
Festive Artrageous Beninbrough Hall Sat & Sun @ 1pm-3pm