There’s a new experience coming to York this Christmas, and we couldn’t be more excited. For Christmas at York Museum Gardens, one of York’s most stunning locations will be transformed to create a fantastic enchanted trail with light installations and illuminations, all brought to us by the team behind Thor’s Tipi and Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. This memorable, one-of-a-kind festive experience opens on Thursday 16th November, with lights, colour and music guaranteed.
What can you expect? As you arrive, you’ll step into a fairytale Christmas village with a vintage funfair ride, colourful face painting and delicious warming pies from the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company and other festive fare. Leading down from the village square, follow a mystical UV light pathway and unearth hidden Christmas messages in a unique game of hide and seek.
You’ll then be greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas while you walk beneath colour-drenched tree canopies. The festive journey begins in the ‘edible garden’ with the ‘12 Frames of Christmas’, followed by a stroll past a forest of singing trees glittering with lights, which then leads on to a spectacular projection onto one of York’s best kept secrets, St Mary’s Abbey ruins.
The walk will feature a unique and majestic installation commissioned by a local artist, and within the gardens, visitors will be immersed in the music of Christmas as they reach the 14th century Hospitium. After the excitement of discovering Father Christmas in his secret bothy, there’ll be a display of ever-changing coloured mirror balls and an enchanting 20 metre-long tunnel of light. Round off your journey around the fire, where there’ll be Christmas treats, toasted marshmallows and a selection of hot food available. The walk will be fully accessible and is firmly family-friendly. We can’t wait.
Christmas at York Museum Gardens will run from 17th November 2017 to 1st January 2018 2018, 4.45pm to 9.30pm daily (except Christmas day)