Shopping hell – sorry, joy – is here with St Nick’s and a vintage fair, while the first weekend of the UK Snooker Championship arrives at the Barbican. And if that doesn’t float your boat, there’s even a burlesque cabaret. Here’s a few ideas to get your weekend going, but as always, see our comprehensive What’s On Guide for more details.
St Nicholas Fayre
Prepare to fight your way through town this weekend with the return of St Nicholas Fayre, providing a range of stalls and bargains from local farm produce to festive gifts and crafts across Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate. This includes a special Medieval Market in Barley Hall, a pop-up cafe in St. Michael le Belfrey, an arts and crafts fair at St. William’s College and finally even the Mansion House is opening it’s doors to the public.
York Does Vintage
Winner of Visit York’s Outstanding Customer Service Award 2013 this is the original Britain Does Vintage fair. Each stall brings individual quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories. Immerse yourself in the full vintage experience with a tea room, free workshops, live music and more at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Sunday.
An Evening of Burlesque
Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza arrives at the Grand Opera House direct from London’s West End in this “all-new riotous romp”. Evocative Arabian Nights, fabulous fan dancing fantasies, foxy 40s WAF sirens, bubblegum blowing baseball babes, cheesecake pin-ups… it’ll be a night to remember.
Santa’s Steam Adventure
“Little helpers” can help sort Santa’s letters and load them onto a magical train. Snuggle up in blankets and join in with a special story telling adventure and before the journey ends, children will meet Santa Claus and get a special present to take home.
UK Snooker Championship
While snooker legend Steve Davis braves the Australian jungle in I’m a Celebrity, his fellow waistcoat wearers go head to head at York Barbican this year for the coveted UK Snooker Championship title 2013.
An atmospheric candle-lit service of music, readings and prayers celebrates the first Sunday of Advent as York Minster gets into the Christmas spirit.