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Plan the Perfect Christmas in York
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December 2023
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Experience the magic of Christmas in York this year

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of York, with enchanting activities to celebrate this Christmas. From heartwarming moments to captivating events, you and your family can revel in the holiday spirit in and around the charming city.

York's renowned Christmas Market is gracing the streets with its iconic Alpine chalets from 16th November until 22nd December. The York Christmas Market takes great pride in being predominantly local, creating a festive wonderland showcasing Yorkshire's finest artisans, delectable edibles, beverages and thoughtful gifts, all contributing to an exquisite winter escape. You're sure to find unique presents as you stroll amidst the charming chalets twinkling with fairy lights.

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The historical Shambles Market is open throughout the year, and you’ll find something different every day from local York makers. There’s an array of quality homemade and craft items, cut flowers, fresh produce and much more. It's also the place to find the Shambles Food Court, which is a perfect spot for culinary treats. There's something for everyone, with a wide variety of street food on offer from local traders.

Enhancing the seasonal charm, York’s historic buildings, trees and lamp posts will be adorned with a delightful array of illuminations, including garlands, pendant lights and solar-powered Christmas trees. Make sure to visit each of the four medieval city bars, which are dressed in a stunning cascade of shimmering draped lights.

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There’s fun for all the family across the city this Christmas, from the Nutcracker Trail to the Christmas Tree Festival and a vintage carousel, or why not go back in time and wander through York Castle Museum’s famous Victorian street, discover A Wartime Christmas at York Army Museum and experience 10th century York at JORVIK Viking Centre. Be sure to book your tickets for Jack and The Beanstalk at York Theatre Royal and Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol at York Barbican.

York has a lot to offer at Christmas and year-round. For expert advice, the friendly, knowledgeable team at the Visit York Information Centre, based in the heart of the city centre, can help you make the most of your time in the city and beyond.

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