York Christmas Festival

Enjoy the Christmas cheer on offer in one of the UK's most festive cities as York's restaurants, shops and attractions are beautifully decorated and provide a wonderful winter experience, with an incredible range of festive events! For the perfect York Christmas, stay in York hotels, B&Bs or self catering and give yourself a luxurious amount of time to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Christmas is a great time to support local businesses and we're looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to safely enjoy the festivities in York.

Step into the festive spirit with York Park & Ride! Avoid the hassle and expense of driving into the centre with buses up to every 12 minutes and free parking at all sites – what’s more, an Adult Return ticket is just £3.60 and up to three children go free.

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Experience Christmas in York

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Book Your Festive Stay

Elevate your Christmas experience and immerse yourself in the city's yuletide charm with an extended stay. Discover the magic of York's Christmas traditions, wander through twinkling streets, and let the festive spirit embrace you a little longer.

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Visit York Gift Shop

Discover handpicked treasures from the Visit York Information Centre & Gift Shop. Adorn your Christmas tree with our exclusive York Baubles, cherish the city's beauty through Chris Ceaser's photography cards, unique handcrafted Fardz magnets, and more!

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Visit York Pass

Embrace the magic of York this festive season with the Visit York Pass! Unlock exclusive savings at top attractions, savour more and spend less. Your Yuletide adventure awaits!


York Park & Ride

Step into the festive spirit with York Park & Ride! Glide past the busy streets and straight into holiday cheer with frequent buses every 12 minutes and complimentary parking.

What's on this Christmas in York

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Fun events for all the family and the festive!

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Malton Christmas Festival

Malton Christmas Festival Sat 7th and Sun 8th December 2024 9am-3.30pm Malton Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire. O…

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Beauty and The Beast

Unleash the beast and the magic of pantomime with this years sparkling musical fairy tale. The most enchanting pantomim…

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Pick Me Up presents Nativity!

FRI 22 - SAT 30 NOV 2024Tue - Sun at 19:30 | Sat and Sun at 14:30 Get ready to Sparkle & Shine...𝐍𝐚…

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All Christmas Events in York

Santa sightings? Festive Afternoon Tea? Plan your perfect Christmas adventure by browsing all of the Christmas events in York.

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Meet Santa

Santa has been spotted across the city! Don't miss the chance to tell him what's on the top of your Christmas list this year.

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Pantos, Theatre and Music

From classic carols, to theatre fun and orchestral masterpieces, there is something for all music and drama lovers in York this Christmas.


Family Friendly Events

Family friendly festive events to keep kids, and all the family, entertained this Christmas!

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Enjoy Christmas Safely

We’re working with Counter Terrorism Policing UK to keep York safe. Your safety is our priority. If you see something that doesn't feel right, tell security staff or report online at gov.uk/ACT

Extend your Christmas break and soak up more of the city’s festive magic by booking a stay.

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Castle Howard Lakeside Holiday Park

Enjoy a peaceful, rural retreat at Castle Howard's tranquil Lakeside Holiday Park. Nestled between the Great Lake and t…

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The Sidings Hotel

Our unique hotel gives you the pleasure of experiencing not only the wonders of early 20th century rail travel but also…

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The Caravan & Motorhome Park at The Boatyard York

The Boatyard’s caravan and motorhome park is an idyllic spot where nature's beauty meets the comforts of home. Whether …

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Hoxne Cottages

Hoxne Cottages are four award-winning luxury 2 bedroom self-catering holiday cottages with hot tubs. Located just six m…

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