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First look: York’s newest Christmas Attraction opens in the city centre. 

Inside the gingerbread house

The Mansion House belonging to the Lord Mayor of York has been transformed into a life sized gingerbread home as the city welcomes its latest Christmas attraction. 

Candy-coated doors entice passers by through the entrance just in time for the winter festivities to begin.

Magically the Georgian building has been converted to echo the home of the well loved gingerbread family. Settling down for the chilly weather in their extravagant building, they invite you for a look around where they will be spending the holiday season.

The Home

In the doorway a great statue of a loving gingerbread man embraces you into the warmth. He welcomes all of the house’s guests into the idyllic settings away from the bustle of the booming high street. 

Twinkling lights lead you into the dining room containing a feast fit for royalty. Adorned with iridescent decorations and a roaring fire, the state room follows.

Inside the houseEllie Davis from York Mansion describes the brand new attraction as: “a little retreat from the chaos of the city. We tried to step away from the idea of spending money and shopping. We want to invite people in for a proper cosy Christmassy experience.”

Within the house there is a variety of engaging activities including “ipad guides and interactive screens which take you around the house, showing off the history of the building and the city itself. There is something for all ages and every level of interest” explains Ellie. 

The homely mansion also offers the chance to build your very own gingerbread house if you’re feeling hands on. And if not you can sit back and relax with a steamy glass of mulled wine to warm you up. 

The history of the house

Alongside the Christmas arrangements, the house also offers an exclusive look into 4 floors of history.

The Mansion House dates back to 1725 and holds a lot of history for the city. The building was often the centre of entertainment events because of its grand rooms and luxuriousness.

Not only this but the house also holds the biggest collection of civic silver after London and also gold goblets worth millions,. The Mayor still uses some of the items to this day so it allows a real insight into their life. 

The York Gingerbread House will be open from the 14th of November to the 22nd of December 2019 every Wednesday to Sunday. The exhibition is free with admission and suitable for all ages.

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