York at Christmas 2019: Your complete guide to the festive season

York sparkles at Christmas. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross

The festive season is here, and so is our guide to things to do in York for Christmas 2019.

The Coppergate Christmas Lights Switch On kicked things off, with the York Christmas Light Switch On moving this year to Duncombe Place.

The 39 day York Christmas Festival is back, featuring the St Nicholas Christmas Fair. This year the layout has been updated to allow more people flow through the market along with new dedicated break-out zones and seating areas so that shoppers can take a break and recharge with a hot drink or festive snack.

If you’re looking for something new, the Mansion House is being transformed into a spectacular Gingerbread House for the season.

Skate around the North of England’s largest outdoor ice-rink at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, and visit their vintage fairground.

And who doesn’t love a carol? Join the staff and students of York St. John University in their annual Christmas Carol Concert for free.

Head of marketing and communications at Visit York, Paul Whiting says, “York offers an unforgettable Christmas at its finest.”

Check out all the events happening over the festive period here

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Winter lights at Walmgate Bar. Photograph: Charlotte Graham/ visityork.org

York Christmas Light Switch On 2019

Thu, November 14 @ 6.00 pm
Duncombe Place
Duncombe Place
York, YO1 7ED United Kingdom
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Duncombe Place hosts the traditional launch of St Nicholas Christmas Fair and the switching on of the city’s Christmas lights

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York’s Official Christmas Festival and Markets 2019

Thu, November 14 @ 10.00 am - Sun, December 22 @ 6.00 pm
Parliament Street
Parliament St
York, YO1 8SE GB
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Soak up the medieval charm of York at Christmas.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
Sat, November 16 - Sun, January 5
York McArthur Glen Designer Outlet
St Nicholas Avenue
York, YO19 4TA United Kingdom
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Enjoy skating on the North of England's largest ice-rink and riding the impressive vintage fairground, then warm up with mulled wine and delicious treats

York St John University Christmas Carol Concert 2019

York St John University Christmas Carol Concert 2019
Thu, December 5 @ 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm
York Minster
Deangate
York, YO1 7HH United Kingdom
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It’s time to dust off your Christmas jumper and warm up your vocal chords because our annual Christmas carol concert returns to York Minster on 5 December!

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Family fun

Take your little ones back in time at the Castle Museum. Photograph: York Museums Trust / Mike Cowling

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A Christmas Masquerade at Castle Howard. Photograph: Charlotte Graham.

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Meet Father Christmas

Photograph: Mike Arney / Unsplash

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Sparkling shows

The cast of Snow White, coming soon to the Grand Opera House

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Merry music

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Seasonal shopping

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Festive film

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Fabulous food and drink

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Magical art

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Something different


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