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Events - 21 Nov 18

A Victorian Christmas – Wed 21 Nov 2018

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

Date: Wednesday 21 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).


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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Curator’s Choice – Wed 21 Nov 2018

Female curator holds large grey ceramic vessel overhead with Victorian roof space in background

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Our Curator’s Choice talk is the perfect way for you to discover more about the fantastic collections at York Art Gallery.

This event is included with your gallery admission.

For all our upcoming events, see our events calendar.

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Curator’s Talk: the map that changed the world – Wed 21 Nov 2018

Large building with pillars at the entrance with green lawn and blue sky

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum Curator of Natural Science, Sarah King, discusses the significance of William ‘Strata’ Smith’s 200 year old geological map.

Included in admission, no need to book.

William Smith’s map is the inspiration behind Strata – Rock – Dust – Stars, York Art Gallery’s large scale media arts exhibition.

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Friends of York Art Gallery Lunchtime Talk – Wed 21 Nov 2018

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join Fiona Green, Curatorial Assistant, for this Friends of York Art Gallery (FYAG) lunchtime talk about Quentin Blake’s illustrations in The BFG in Pictures.

Included in gallery admission. No need to book.

If you’re a Friend of York Art Gallery, please present your FYAG membership card for free admission. YMT Card holders are also entitled to free admission.

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Sketchbook Circle – Wed 21 Nov 2018

Exterior photo of York Art Gallery (Giles Rocholl)

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Be inspired by our collections at York Art Gallery to develop your skills and fill up your sketchbooks at this regular informal drawing group for adults.

Included in admission – click here to book through Eventbrite.

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Automaton Clock: Talk and Demonstration – Wed 21 Nov 2018

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

Date: Wednesday 21 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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