There’s no missing the festive feel to this weekend’s round-up, featuring shopping, Santa and more. Plus a new exhibition of historic treasures and a fab music night.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

Festive Fifth Quarter

A festive tree trail is one of the attractions

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The Fifth Quarter is the new name for the independent traders found along the streets of Gillygate and Bootham. And this Sunday they are hosting a festive event, complete with tree trail, free treats, crafts and more. Get along and support these vibrant indie businesses! More here

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Etsy Made Local 2017 at the St Sampson’s Centre on Saturday and Sunday
Christmas Fair at Nether Poppleton Tithebarn on Saturday
The Vintage Vera Kilo Clothing Sale at Central Methodist Church on Saturday
York Mumbler Nearly New Sale at Clements Hall on Saturday
TM York 2017 Winter Market at Travelling Man on Saturday
Winter Beer Festival at the Falcon Tap till Sunday

Yuletide at York Mansion House

Step this way… Photograph: Richard McDougall

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After months under wraps, the refurbished Mansion House reopens for a festive preview on Saturday and Sunday. With a tree decorated by Stonegate shop Käthe Wohlfahrt, and food historian Dr Annie Gray cooking up Georgian Christmas treats, the event has discounted tickets for York residents. More here

See also
York Toy Fair at York Racecourse on Sunday
Santa Special with the Derwent Valley Light Railway from Saturday
York Christmas Festival – Family Weekend in York city centre on Saturday and Sunday
At Home at Christmas with Lady Snawsell at Barley Hall on Saturday and Sunday
Little Diggers: Christmas Toys and Games at DIG on Saturday
Santa’s Sweet Adventure at York’s Chocolate Story from Saturday
Storytime with Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall on Saturday
Christmas Tree Festival at Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday and Sunday
Advent Procession at York Minster on Sunday
Light up a Life in St Helen’s Square on Sunday


Effects Design Market

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If you know someone who loves great design and would like a beautiful, unique gift, this is just the place to look. Northern designers bring furniture, lighting, clothing, art and homewares to the beautiful Stained Glass Centre on Saturday and Sunday. More here

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Goodramgate Victorian Christmas Market at Holy Trinity Church till Dec 21
Acomb Book Sale at Acomb Explore on Saturday
Christmas Wreath Making at Rowntree Park Reading Café on Saturday
Christmas Embroidery Workshop at York Minster on Saturday
Independents Day: Vintage, Vinyl and More at the Eagle & Child on Sunday

York Music for Refugees

The Howl & The Hum. Photograph: Priti Shikotra Photography

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Some of York’s finest musical talent come together to raise money for Refugee Action York. The Howl & The Hum, Bull and the Blueprints are on the bill at the Crescent on Sunday. More here

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The Heartbreakers at Fibbers on Saturday
Slip Hop 2 at the Slip Inn on Saturday
The South East Duo at the Lighthorseman on Saturday
Lunchtime Concert – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen at St Olave’s Church on Saturday
NCEM Concert at St Olave’s Church on Saturday
Send a cow world music benefit at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
Gary “GazFunk” Small at the Spread Eagle on Saturday
The Hidden Landscape: Legends and Folklore at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Saturday
KJ Riley at the Acorn Rugby Club on Sunday
The Dark Flowers at the New York Club on Sunday
Phil Dean Band at the Inn On The Green on Sunday
Dave Keegan & Band Album Launch at the Winning Post on Sunday
Kate Peters Big Band – The Music of Ella Fitzgerald at the Post Office Club on Sunday


Medieval York: Capital of the North

A king in stained glass – one of the treasures on display. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross

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From jewels to coins to swords, the Yorkshire Museum has a remarkable collection of medieval treasures. This new display will tell York’s medieval story, illustrated by amazing finds old and new. Starts Saturdaymore here

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WWII Living History Weekend – Axis-Allied at Eden Camp on Saturday and Sunday

A Christmas Carol

Scrooge and the gang, from Nightshade’s production of A Christmas Carol

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A classic story in a classic setting. Always innovative, Nightshade Theatre presents A Christmas Carol in Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate.
Guests will follow Ebenezer Scrooge around the church and graveyard as he encounters several mysterious apparitions… On till December 21. More here

See also

For Love Or Money at York Theatre Royal till Saturday
Flashdance at the Grand Opera House on Saturday
Christmas Swing and Song at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday
Cabaret Of Dreams at the University of York on Saturday
Say Owt & York Independent Living: Disability Pride poetry event at York Explore on Saturday
Ben Target and John Hastings: Comedians of Art at the Basement on Saturday