Jingle bells! Christmas will be here before we know it and, after a funny old year, we could all do with something festive to look forward to. As always, there’s plenty of choice of family-friendly Christmas events in and around York for children of all ages, from meetings with Father Christmas to pantomimes and days out with added sparkle. Here’s our pick of the best things to do this Christmas in York with kids – do keep checking back as we’ll be adding more events as we get them. Top tip – book early as the popular events do tend to sell out and we don’t want you being added to the naughty list…
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
If you missed your ice skating fix last year, don’t worry. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to York Designer Outlet for 2021 with 975 sq m of real ice to glide, slide and wobble around. There will be two skate hire marquees for extra space, and a viewing platform too. The Chalet will be open too, serving from hot chocolate, mulled wine, sizzling sausages and more. You can even visit Father Christmas there too!
19th November 2021 to 9th January 2022 – yorkshireswinterwonderland.com
Watch Cinderella starring CBeebies’ Andy Day
In this timeless rags to riches story, relocated to our very own city of York, expect magical transformations, sparkling sets, stunning costumes, catchy songs and heaps of hilarity. Starring Cbeebies’ Andy Day, this brand new pantomime runs from 3rd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022, so we’d recommend booking early to guarantee your seats.
3rd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022 – Visit the York Theatre Royal website for more info and tickets
See The Snowman at York Minster
Make it a Christmas to remember with a special screening of The Snowman, accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra, in the incredible surroundings of York Minster. As well as The Snowman, you’ll also enjoy the stunning story The Bear and the Piano, complete with an exclusive big-screen animation and narration recorded by Joanna Lumley.
11th December 2021 – Visit the York Minster website for more details
York Christmas Market
York’s popular Christmas market, St Nicholas Fair, is set to return for 2021 with local businesses selling an array of gifts and treats. While children might not fancy the shopping element, they’ll love the twinkling lights and tasty food and drink on offer.
18th November to 23rd December 2021 – Visit the Visit York website for more info
Narnia at Castle Howard
Step through the wardrobe into a magical adventure this festive season. An ice spell has been cast on this mystical land where it is always winter, but will Christmas spirits be restored and will warmth and joy return? The grand interiors of Castle Howard will be lavishly decorated, and a series of theatrical installations, lighting, projection and soundscapes will evoke all that we love about this special time of year.
Saturday 13th November 2021 to Mon day 3rd January 2022 – Visit the Castle Howard website