With only a few days left until Christmas you can soak up the festive atmosphere in York, below are just a few suggestions;
The Lord Mayor and Civic Party are inviting residents and visitors to join their annual Christmas Carol event, where attendees traditionally take part in the service, on Christmas Eve in St Helen’s Square.
The service, which starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 24 December in St Helen’s Square, is supported by the Salvation Army band and involves the audience are encouraged to form the choir for a range of Christmas Carols. The service is expected to finish at around 8.30pm.
Traffic restrictions will be in place at St Helen’s Square, Coney Street and Lendal, which will be closed to traffic from 6.30pm to 9pm as the event takes place.
Friday 22 December, 7pm and Sunday 24 December, 4pm: Nine Lessons and Carols
Two services consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir and hymns for everyone to join in. A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Sunday 24 December, Christmas Eve
12noon: Crib Service
Traditional service where families and children are particularly welcome
11.30pm: First Eucharist of Christmas
Traditional 'Midnight Mass' with music from the St William's Singers and York Young Soloists.
Preacher: Canon Chris Collingwood
Monday 25 December, Christmas Day
For more information please see www.yorkminster.org
Christmas At York Museum Gardens: until 1 January
For the first time ever, the Museum Gardens opens its doors at Christmas to a magical after-dark illuminated walk, inspired by the landscape itself.
Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour. Begin your journey in the edible garden with the 12 Frames of Christmas, then take a walk through the forest of trees glittering with LED lights. Pause at the spectacular video projection on one of York’s best kept secrets, St Mary’s Abbey ruins, and admire the majestic installation specially-commissioned by a local Yorkshire artist. The gardens will even make magical music for you as you reach the 14th century Hospitium.
After following the path down to Father Christmas in his secret bothy, enjoy some child-friendly fun with the ever-changing coloured mirror balls. The breath-taking finale of fire in the Library Lawn will ensure that every part of this enchanted walk will capture the imagination of young and old.
For more info visit http://www.christmasatyorkmuseumgardens.co.uk/
Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland: until 7 January
This fourt time award winning festive event is back and it's the largest outdoor ice rink in the North of England. With its iconic 30ft high Christmas tree, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas.
Recently voted York’s Family Friendly Experience, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will be welcoming new additions to this year’s festivities in the form of an alpine skate hire chalet with rinkside views and a stunning new Polar Express themed Grotto for Santa.
With vintage funfair rides dating from as early as 1933, Santa welcoming visitors in his enchanting log cabin, live weekend entertainment and of course Christmas shopping at York Designer Outlet with designer brands for up to 60% less, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone.
For more info please visit www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com/