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Christmas in York 2017

By Mia Wilson

The festive season has crept up on us once again. The lights are up, the trees are decorated and the smell of mulled wine is engraved within your senses. All of the country Christmas is being celebrated in all manner of ways. The city of York offers a bunch of fun events and activities for everyone to enjoy during the festive period.

St Nicholas Fair , 16th November- 22nd December

The annual Christmas fair taking place on Parliament is already in fully swing, having begun on the 16th November.  Walking through the stalls you’ll see small businesses who are seemingly hidden away throughout the year. From Scandinavian crafts to gourmet cheese and the Shambles Kitchen for food, the fair is a full day event.

York Ice Trail 9th-10th December

Grab your warmest gloves, ice figures are returning to the city of York for the famous Ice Trail around the city. There’s 45 figured throughout the center, Monks cross and Vangarde.  You’ll see familiar faces such as the Ice King from Game of Thrones and a 2 meter tall Viking and at 3pm every day you can learn how to carve ice yourself, with live demonstrations taking place in St Helens Square.

Don’t forget to use the #YorkIceTrail to get included in the events social media.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland 18th November- 7th January 2018

Fancy a few bruises on your legs? The York Outlet is hosting Yorkshires Winter Wonderland with a fairground and ice rink, including the 30ft Christmas tree. Following being voted York’s Family Friendly Experience, there are new additions this year including a Polar Express theme Santa’s grotto.
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Christmas at York Museum Gardens 16th November-1st January 

New to 2017, this attraction, created by the team behind Yorkshire Winter Wonderland, is an exciting occasion for all. This after dark experience includes music, colour and the largest display of special effects and lighting the city has ever seen. The 10 acres have been transformed into a Christmas extravaganza.

If money is a problem, (as it is for many students) walk around the beautifully decorated city. Festive lights are up on each bar, including Monkgate just by York St John University. Finish of the night in Thor’s Tipi at the end of St Nicholas Fair, or head to Vodka Revolution for a Christmas cocktail. Most of all enjoy yourself during the festive season!