There’s no better place to spend Christmas than in the beautiful city of York. With so many festive activities to do and so many magical things to see that will get you into the spirit of Christmas, there is no doubt that you’ll leave your visit well full of cheer.
Take a look at our luxury hotel’s top recommendations for Christmas activities in York.
York Christmas Market
You can’t visit York during Christmas time without strolling through the Christmas market. Soak up the festive atmosphere with charming wooden huts offering handmade souvenirs while enjoying all of the delicious seasonal food and drink.
York Christmas market is said to be one of the best in the country, so you won’t want to miss a trip to Yorkshire’s greatest winter wonderland!
Watch the Pantomime
You can’t miss out on this British Christmas tradition. Get ready for the return of panto season at York Theatre Royal, it’s fun for all ages so be sure to get stuck in!
It’s the perfect addition to any festive agenda in York. Importantly, however, make sure you book your tickets quickly though, it’s sure to be a sell-out. What a wonderful festive activity!
Christmas walking tour
Furthermore, you can fit in a bit of sightseeing, history and Christmas magic with the York Christmas Walking Tour. It’s said to be Britain’s original Christmas city, so there’s plenty of fascinating festive history to discover!
This winter is certainly a fabulous occasion to get your cosy Christmas jumper on and join Blue Badge Tourist Guide Sarah Cowling for a magical stroll back in time. You may even get a cheeky mulled wine thrown into the mix too!
Wander through the city and see the Christmas lights
Moreover, feel the magic as you wander through the city. York has an impressive array of light installations during the festive period. It’s a wonderful setting for an evening walk wherever you are in the city.
You can see all of the memorable sights of York like York Minster and Clifford’s Tower beautifully lit up, as well as specially placed decorations to celebrate Christmas in style.
Make chocolates at York Chocolate Story
Christmas isn’t complete without chocolate! What better place to craft some delicious sweet treats than at the York Chocolate Story?
There are plenty of different activities to enjoy during the season. Not only are there all the aforementioned seasonal activities on offer, but there are plenty of workshops on offer at the York Chocolate Story. These festive workshops are especially perfect for families as you can partake in activities such as enjoying chocolates with Santa. On the other hand, for adults only, Christmas truffle making is available and during this, you can sip some boozy hot chocolates.