Christmas in York

Posted November 29, 2018
by Louise – Astor York
“Its the most wonderful time of the year”. With so much going on this festive season its no wonder Christmas in York is a spectacle to behold.
A winter wonderland, magical markets, winding cobbled streets of twinkling lights, cosy pubs and the smell of mulled wine in the air.
They don’t call it “Britains most Festive City” for nothing!! No seriously, a study of 500,000 tweets determined that York does live up to this title. 89% of tweets coming out of York about Christmas are positive, therefore York is positively a festive city, and one definitely worth visiting.

Winter Wonderland & The Ice Factor

From the 17th November, York Designer Outlet becomes the home to the north’s biggest outdoor ice rink, it’s centrepiece a glittering 30ft Christmas tree. There is an awesome vintage funfair, live weekend entertainment & an Alpine cafe where you can enjoy a Local ale or warming hot chocolate.
The Wonderland runs until the 6th January so get your skates on.

Thors Tipi

There is no better place to drink a mulled wine (or three), and get yourself in to that Christmas spirit than in the fantastic, pop up Nordic Thor’s tipi bar in York’s Parliament street. Cosy up around the open fire pit surrounded by furs and fairy lights.
The perfect retreat from the bustling shops – all the Christmas feels guaranteed.

St Nicholas Fair

Wander through the streets as they come alive with magical market stalls and rows of wooden alpine chalets selling traditional Christmas gifts. Visit the Yorkshire Yuletide Village where you can find quality Yorkshire-made crafts & produce.
There are mulled wine & roast chestnut stalls a plenty if you need a little warm up.
St Nick’s fair runs from 15 Nov until 23rd Dec & is a truly unique Christmas shopping experience.

Ice Sculptures

On the 12th and 13th of December, the city is filled with amazing ice sculptures (if you don’t watch Game of Thrones, this one is understandably terrifying). Follow a trail to find 30 intricately carved ice figures throughout the city!

So throw on your favourite Christmas jumper and come down to Astor York and kiss us under the mistletoe.



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Thank you to all the Astor Family for your support. We’ll be back soon!
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