Christmas in York 2022 – The best shows, festive days out and where to see Father Christmas around York this year

Christmas in York 2021

Jingle bells! Christmas will be here before we know it, and it’s looking good for a sparkling festive season. 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 twinkle. Here’s our pick of the best things to do this Christmas in York in 2022 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…

Peter Pan York Theatre Royal

Watch All New Adventures of Peter Pan at York Theatre Royal

Head to York Theatre Royal this Christmas for a fun-packed, swashbuckling adventure with an extra sprinkling of fairy dust starring CBeebies’ Maddie Moate as Tinkerbell. Great value family tickets are available for all performances. 2nd December 2022 to 2nd January 2022 – Visit the York Theatre Royal website for more info and tickets

City Cruises York

Meet Father Christmas on the river with City Cruises’ Santa Experience

Join the City Cruises York Santa Experience for the most magical event on the River Ouse! Santa works hard all year round and manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well-behaved boys and girls in York before Christmas! Each child will be hand-delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Selected dates in November and December 2022 – Visit the City Cruises website for information

Castle Howard Christmas

Into the Woods at Castle Howard

Castle Howard becomes a wonderland of happily ever afters, fair maidens and magic for Christmas 2022. Expect to be enchanted by theatrical installations and projections that bring to life your favourite fairytales as the sounds of glass slippers on ballroom floors and horse-drawn pumpkins echo through the great halls via state-of-the-art soundscapes.

12th November 2022 to 2nd January 2023 – Visit the Castle Howard website

Winter Woodland Sewerby 2022

Winter Woodland at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

The hugely popular Sewerby Winter Woodland will return to Sewerby Hall and Gardens in Bridlington this Christmas, from 9th to 23rd December 2022. An all-new spectacular display of lights, sounds and special effects will bring the grounds to life, and the house itself will be filled with decorations, lights, trees and cheeky elves hiding in the rooms. There’ll be a new food and drink area and licensed bar. It was amazing last year and sold out completely, so be quick if you’d like to go.

9th to 23rd December 2022 – Visit the Sewerby Hall website

Northwood Trail York Christmas

Christmas at Northwood Trail

Northwood Trail is hosting a Santa experience with a difference: no red-suited ‘ho ho ho’s here! Expect a more natural, wholesome and enchanting experience with stories, candles and imagination. Dressed in green, Northwood’s St Nicholas mirrors the Father Christmas of the past, while Lady Winter encourages us to rest, be still and dream. Enjoy a glass of hot punch (alcoholic/non-alcoholic), before being taken to the woodland grotto to make a wish with Lady Winter and listen to a short story with St Nicholas. Children will receive something symbolic to take home, and a chocolate coin too.

Details for 2022 to be confirmed – Visit the Northwood Trail website

York Minster Christmas 2021

Christmas at York Minster

York Minster has a selection of fabulously festive activities that children will enjoy, from a Christmas Tree Festival to the York Minster crib service.

Various dates in November and December 2022 – Click here to find out more about what’s going on at York Minster

Meet Father Christmas at Mother Shipton’s

Santa is flying to see you at Mother Shipton’s! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical, memory-making Christmas experience. Wander through the gorgeous winter woodland to see the enchanted Christmas Village, festooned with festive delights and merry displays to marvel at along the way. Take a photo inside Santa’s beautiful sleigh and sit upon the magical Christmas throne, then visit the Elf Mail Post Box to post your letters to Santa.

20th November to 24th December 2022 – mother-shiptons.co.uk

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland 2019

Get your skates on at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to York Designer Outlet for 2022 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 hot chocolate, mulled wine, sizzling sausages and more. You can even visit Father Christmas there too!

Dates to be confirmed – yorkshireswinterwonderland.com

York Christmas markets 2021

Visit York’s Christmas Market

York’s popular Christmas market, St Nicholas Fair, is set to return for 2022 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.

17th November to 23rd December 2022 – Visit the Visit York website for more info

Barley Hall at Christmas

Barley Hall at Christmas

Gold, frankincense and myrrh… At Barley Hall this Christmas, explore how magic infiltrated this religious time in the middle ages, whilst discovering the fine line between science, religion and magic during the medieval period at the Magic & Mystery exhibition. The house will be beautifully decorated for Christmas too.

Visit the Barley Hall website

Sewerby Hall Christmas

Winter Woodland at Sewerby Hall

The Yorkshire coast is beautiful at this time of year, and Sewerby Hall’s Winter Woodland is the perfect excuse for a trip to Bridlington. Details are to be confirmed for 2022, so watch this space.

Visit the Sewerby Hall website

The Grand York afternoon tea Christmas

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Grand, York

Enjoy afternoon tea with a festive twist at The Grand, Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel. Filled with Christmas delights and even served with a festive cocktail, it’ll be a sparkling experience to remember. There’s even an option for a special children’s menu.

Visit The Grand’s website for more details and to book

Lotherton Santa 2021

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton 2022

There’s a variety of festive experiences on offer at Lotherton’s Christmas Experience for 2022, from a one-on-one meeting with Father Christmas to a shorter experience for younger children or just a Christmassy day out including a new winter woodland walk. Booking is required for all elements.

Dates to be confirmed – thechristmasexperience.co.uk

Rowntree Park

Christmas crafts at Rowntree Park

Join The Friends of Rowntree Park for a festive time as they craft decorations made from natural resources. Think pine cones, fern, cinnamon sticks, willow, dried oranges, log circles and more! You can even make your own mini wreath and learn basic willow weaving.

The 2022 dates are to be confirmed – Visit the Friends of Rowntree Park website

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