We know it’s only October, but there’s no harm in indulging in a few moments of festive anticipation…

The big new event in York this Christmas is an ‘illuminated wonderland’.

Christmas At York Museum Gardens will see the park “transformed into a magical after-dark experience filled with colour, music and the biggest display of lighting and special effects York has ever seen”.

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Christmas In Museum Gardens trailer
York Christmas attraction is new this year

Which is quite a boast after so many years of Illuminating York…

But it is brought to us by the team behind Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland and Thor’s tipi bar, so they have a festive track record.

Now they have released this teaser trailer to give us a flavour of what to expect.

Santa and a tunnel of light

Another twinkly still from the video

As you walk round the gardens you will see a light and sound installation commissioned by a Northern artist, and hear the music of Christmas as you reach the 14th century Hospitium.

Museum Gardens, York

Thurs Nov 16-Mon Jan 1, 4.45pm-9.30pm

Adults £14.95, children (4-16) £8.95, under-fours free, family £40

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Children can discover Father Christmas in his secret bothy, there is a display of ever-changing coloured mirror balls and a 20m tunnel of light.

The Finale of Fire on the library lawn “will envelope visitors in a warming glow”, while there will be treats available, including mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Organisers expect the experience to last 60-90 minutes at average pace. It runs from Thursday, November 16 to New Year’s Day, and entry is by timed ticket only.

Santa’s hiding out in the gardens too