York Museums Trust

Christmas 2015 at York Castle Museum

Father Christmas’ Toy Museum

This Christmas holiday, Father Christmas will be opening his very special festive Toy Museum at York Castle Museum!

Monday 30 November, Tuesday 1 December, Sunday 6 December, Monday 7 December, Saturday 12 December, Sunday 13 December and Thursday 17 December – Thursday 24 December, 11am – 4pm (2.30pm on 24 December)

Included in museum admission, no need to book.

Experience some Christmas magic as the toys come to life to tell tales of Christmas traditions and re-discover some of the most popular Christmas toys of past and present.

Father Christmas will be making special appearances throughout the day to finish making his list of presents to deliver on Christmas Eve. Each child will receive a chocolate treat for the Christmas tree.

Victorian Christmas Experience

Saturday 19 December – Wednesday 23 December, tours start between 4pm and 7.30pm

The experience will last approximately one hour

This is a family-friendly, magical festive tour of the museum’s Victorian street and a chance to capture the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas.

This year Eliza Mistletoe and Barnaby Jingle need to find Christmas presents, can you help them decide what to buy from the shops in Kirkgate? Meet some of the residents and shopkeepers of Kirkgate as they get ready for Christmas and take part in some fun festive activities along the way.

Join in with wassailing under the Christmas tree – if you can sing loud enough then Father Christmas might just make an appearance to tell his tales of Christmas.

All children taking part will have a special moment with Father Christmas and receive a traditional toy.

£8.50 PER CHILD (includes a gift), £6 PER ADULT

Tours start between 4pm and 7.30pm

The experience will last approximately one hour. Children must be accompanied by adults and adults must be accompanied by children!

Tickets are limited and booking is essential. Price includes museum admission, shopping list gifts, present from Father Christmas for children, and coffee and mince pies (juice and biscuits for children).

To book a place please ring York Museums Trust on 01904 697979.

Special Victorian Christmas Evening


Friday 18 December

Enjoy a special evening just for the grown-ups on the Victorian street at York Castle Museum, celebrating a Victorian Christmas and meeting the residents and carollers. Includes a special performance of A Christmas Carol.

With Christmas crafts, decoration making, ghost stories, gift stalls, special curator’s talks and object handling, this is an evening to enjoy the traditions of Christmas.

£10 per ticket.

Tickets are limited and booking is essential.

To book a place ring York Museums Trust on 01904 697979.

Children’s Christmas Trail

Monday 30 November –Thursday 31 December

Follow the trail and discover some Christmas cheer!
50p per trail, includes reward.

A Christmas Carol

Saturday 12 December, Sunday 13 December, Thursday 17 December – Thursday 24 December, performances between 11am and 4pm

Included in museum admission, no need to book.

Scrooge is back by popular demand! Drop-in performances by actor Chris Cade on our beautifully decorated Victorian street, Kirkgate.