Pantomimes, Christmas shows and carols in York 2018

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There’s something really special about heading out as a family to enjoy some festive entertainment, whether that’s watching the big lights switch-on in York city centre (15th November) or an evening of silliness at one of the theatres. Here’s some of our favourite festive entertainment in York this year.

Top of the list has to be legendary Berwick Kaler’s 40th pantomime at York Theatre Royal. If you’ve never been before, then catch it this year for all the usual silliness and a big sprinkle of Christmas cheer. You never know, there might even be a plot! But why change the habit of four decades?
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD
From 13th December 2018 to 2nd February 2019
Head to Sandburn Hall this festive season for the much-loved story of ‘Mother Goose’. It promises all the magic and excitement of a laugh-along, sing-along, shout-along family pantomime for all ages. Take a seat in the stunning Grand Function Hall for a fun afternoon to remember brought to you by Stage Door Productions. Oh no you
Sandburn Hall, Scotchman Lane Flaxton York YO60 7RG
Fri 4 January 2019 2pm to 4pm
Family of 4 £20
A firm favourite with our family and many others, actor Chris Cade will be bringing the Dickens classic to life in his fabulous one-man show. Catch it as part of your visit to the museum, or leave the kids behind and celebrate the 175th anniversary of A Christmas Carol on 14th December as part of
York Castle Museum, Eye of York, Tower St, York YO1 9RY
Various dates in December - visit the website for details
This popular annual carol concert takes place at York Barbican and is guaranteed to raise the festive roof. Sing your favourite festive tunes along with some brilliant local community groups of all ages.
York Barbican, Paragon St, York YO10 4AH
Sunday 16th December 2018, 2.30pm
For many York families, the York Minster Crib Service marks the real beginning of the festive celebrations. It’s really relaxed, with fancy dress positively encouraged (spot the Elsas and Stormtroopers among the wise men and Marys!). 24th December, 12 noon to 1pm. Free and no need to book – visit yorkminster.org.uk for more details.
York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
24ht December, 12 noon to 1pm
Free entry
Little Vikings is delighted to be sponsoring The Elves & The Shoemakers, this year’s Christmas show for children at York Theatre Royal. It’s a lovely tale about two poor shoemakers who can’t make ends meet and two mischievous elves who appear at the window as snow begins to fall and the clock strikes midnight. Expect
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD
From 11th December 2018 to 5th January 2019
Stars of stage and screen bring a much-loved fairytale to life with Cinderella at the Grand Opera House. The cast includes Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton, Channel 5 children’s presented Amy Thompson and Corrie’s Ken Morley. Visit atgtickets.com
Grand Opera House, Clifford St, York YO1 9SW
From 14th December 2018 to 5th January 2019
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