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Events - 17 Nov 18

A Victorian Christmas – Sat 17 Nov 2018

Kirkgate, the Victorian street at York Castle Museum, decorated for Christmas.

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Don’t miss this ever popular and award-winning experience celebrating the true magic of Christmas past…

Take a stroll over the cobbles of York Castle Museum’s twinkling Victorian street, Kirkgate, and experience the true magic and traditions of days gone by.

Journey back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated over 150 years ago on Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.

  • Walk under the beautiful garlands
  • Enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas trees
  • Listen to carols
  • Meet our Victorian residents
  • Discover original Victorian Christmas gifts displayed in the shop windows
  • See the Period Rooms decorated in traditional festive style
  • Follow the tempting aromas to our working studio kitchen, where you will learn about traditional Victorian gingerbread recipes and perhaps even have a try!

We’ll also have a Christmas trail for you to enjoy. Please note: this isn’t available on the dates when Father Christmas is visiting the Museum (see Meet Father Christmas).

Admission

The prices for A Victorian Christmas are:

  • Adults: £11 (with a 10% Gift Aid Donation) / £10 (without a 10% Gift Aid Donation)
  • Child under £16: Free
  • Adult with a YMT Card: Free
  • Access Day Ticket: £5.50
  • York resident: £8
  • Registered carer accompanying a disabled visitor: Free (please note that evidence may be required)

Buying Your Tickets

You can buy your tickets online prior to your visit, or at admissions on the day.

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A Father Christmas Experience – Sat 17 Nov 2018

A young boy and Father Christmas stood on a decorated Victorian street.

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Meet Father Christmas and Discover the Magic of Christmas Past

Take part in our special Christmas trail, join in with festive activities, including gingerbread making demonstrations and craft activities, which lead to an unforgettable visit to Father Christmas.

Join us in our Elf School where Father Christmas will be waiting with a traditional gift and some Christmas sparkle.

This fun festive event will take place 10am-4pm.

Visits to Father Christmas

Due to popular demand all visits to Father Christmas will be in groups of 3 – 4 families.

Father Christmas will be taking well-earned breaks throughout the day, at the following times:

  • 11.30am – 12 noon
  • 1.30pm – 2pm
  • 3.30pm – 4pm

Admission

  • Adults: £13 (with a 10% Gift Aid Donation) / £11.82 (without donation)
  • Access Day Ticket: £7.50
  • YMT Card Holder £3
  • Child under £16: £7
  • Registered Carer Accompanying a Disabled Visitor: Free (please note that evidence may be required)

Your ticket includes:

  • admission to A Victorian Christmas
  • Christmas trail
  • Christmas crafts
  • a visit to Father Christmas
  • one traditional gift per child

Please arrive early to guarantee your visit to Father Christmas.

Buying Your Tickets

You can buy your tickets online prior to your visit, or at admissions on the day.

Please note: our museum is accessible to wheelchair users except for the upper floors of the historic buildings. Some areas may also be difficult for people with visual impairment. For further details, please see our access page.

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Automaton Clock: Talk and Demonstration – Sat 17 Nov 2018

A person placing their gloved hand on a highly decorated clock.

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018, 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us for this talk on the Automaton Clock, an extravagant clock featuring moving figures and sound.

In this talk, we’ll discuss this fascinating clock and what we know about its history. Afterwards, we’ll activate the clock so you can see its many decorations brought to life.

The talk starts at 2pm, will last between 5-10 minutes and is included with your gallery admission. For our admission prices, please see our visitor information page.

In the meantime, why not see some of the other fascinating objects in our collection?

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York Researchers’ Night 2018 – Sat 17 Nov 2018

A collection of historical objects displayed above some ancient text.

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Prepare for a journey of discovery and explore the fascinating world of research at York Researchers’ Night (YorNight) 2018.

Through talks and fun activities for all ages, find out about the diverse research being carried out in York and its power to influence and transform our daily lives.

YorNight offers a warm welcome at the historic Yorkshire Museum and King’s Manor.

All events are free and no booking is needed.

Find out what’s on

YorNight 2018 is presented by the University of York with support from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

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