Silent night? Not likely. Head along to one of these Christmas shows for full-throttle festive entertainment for the whole family, or head to York Minster on Christmas Eve for a lovely traditional start to your celebrations. Here’s our pick of the best pantomimes and Christmas shows in York this year, and the all-important details of this year’s York Minster Crib Service. Oh, and if you’re looking for festive days out or places to meet Santa in York, take a look at our handy guide. We hope you and your family enjoy your-elf!
Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet at Friargate Theatre
New children’s show, Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet promises a crackling Christmas treat with vivid storytelling, original music and creative puppetry. Finn is a fidget. His brain is ablaze with an unbreakable buzz that fizzes to his fingers and tickles his toes… or it would do if he could only find his feet. Join Finn and Tink the cobbler in her amazing story-telling Shoe Shop, full of shoes filled with exciting, enlightening stories. Suitable for age 5+.Friargate Theatre, 2 Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL – December 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2021 (times vary) – Visit ridinglights.org
Cinderella at York Theatre Royal
It’s the timeless tale we all love, moved to York and starring CBeebies’ favourite, Andy Day! This brand new pantomime runs from 3rd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022 and promises singing, dancing, sparkling costumes and big smiles all round. 3rd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022 –Visit the York Theatre Royal website for more info and tickets
Horrible Histories presents Horrible Christmas Drive-in!
The world’s first car park drive-in returns to York this Christmas, enabling families across the UK to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner, from the comfort of their own sleigh (car)! When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? Sunday 2nd January 2022 – 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm – Elvington Airfield, York – carparkparty.com
Dick Turpin Rides Again at Grand Opera House York
The Grand Opera House York reunites Berwick with his band of pantomime favourites, Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, AJ Powell and David Leonard in a production packed full of madcap comedy, spectacular song and dance, and a Wagon Wheel or two! December 11, 2021 to January 9, 2022 – Visit atgtickets.com
The Snow Dancer from Badapple Theatre
Badapple Theatre is back with The Snow Dancer, an original tale that blends festive family entertainment with an important eco-message. The Snow Dancer tells the story of the animals of The Great Wood, who are desperate to sleep, but it is too warm. The characters must search for the Snow Dancer to make it snow if they will ever get to sleep. Runs in various venues from 2nd December 2021, including Joseph Rowntree Theatre from 14th to 16th December. Visit the Badapple website for more.
York Minster Crib service
The York Minster Crib Service is a very popular way for York families to see in the festive season on Christmas Eve (11.30am). Expect the traditional Christmas story told in a very family-friendly way, with carols to sing along to. It’s a very relaxed affair, where dressing up in your best Christmas jumper is encouraged. This year, you’ll need to book your free tickets online – they’ll be available from 10am on Tuesday 9th November 2021. Visit yorkminster.org