York Museums Trust

Events - 20 Dec 18

A Christmas Carol – Thu 20 Dec 2018

Actor dressed as Scrooge holding a candle

Date: Thursday 20 December 2018, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Back by popular demand, come and join actor Chris Cade as he entertains the crowds throughout the day, with his one-man show under the garlands of Kirkgate.

This event is included in museum admission.

For all the festive activities you can enjoy during your visit, go to: A Victorian Christmas.

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A Victorian Christmas – Thu 20 Dec 2018

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

Date: Thursday 20 December 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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York Observatory Open Day – Thu 20 Dec 2018

A building with a triangular roof in a public outdoor space.

Date: Thursday 20 December 2018, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens

Built in 1832 and 1833 and restored in 1981, York Observatory (which is nestled in York Museum Gardens) is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.

It houses a 4inch refractor telescope made by Thomas Cooke in 1850.

Opening hours are subject to the availability of volunteers, so please contact us ahead of your visit.

Our open days are free and there’s no need to book.

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Volunteer’s Gallery Talk – Thu 20 Dec 2018

Exterior photo of York Castle Museum's 'Women's Prison' building opposite the Eye of York

Date: Thursday 20 December 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday for a free talk from 12pm. The subject will vary but will relate to one of the displays in the museum.

Included in admission, no need to book.

Please note that as these talks are volunteer-led, we cannot guarantee that they will always take place. Please ring ahead on 01904 687687 or check with our Welcome Team on arrival in case of cancellation.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Thu 20 Dec 2018

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Thursday 20 December 2018, 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Welcome Team for our 10 minute Art Shot talks – please ask at Admissions for details.

Included in gallery admission. No need to book.

For all our events, please see our events calendar.

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SOLD OUT: Evening with Father Christmas – Thu 20 Dec 2018

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

Date: Thursday 20 December 2018, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Please note – this event has now sold out.

 

Meet Father Christmas and discover the magic of Christmas past – new for 2018!

York Castle Museum opens its doors after hours for twilight visits to see our wonderful Father Christmas.

Step in from the cold wintery nights for a truly unique experience as part of the best Christmas in history.

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

Tickets can only be bought online for this event. Click here to buy your tickets.

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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