Visit York Christmas Markets to get gift inspiration and sample some traditional festive food and get in the mood for Christmas.
Don't let high street Christmas shopping get you down! Enjoy a true taste of Christmas at York Christmas Markets and The Ice Factor - York's open air ice rink.
Filled to the brim with festive cheer and inspiration for Xmas presents, fun, games, food and drink, York has a huge range of Christmas Markets, Fayres and activities taking place throughout the festive season that are ideal for individuals, couples and families.
Take a look at the great York Christmas Markets and events taking place in the city in 2009...
National Railway Museum - Various Events
The Christmas Fashion and Gift Fair
10am - 6pm, 22nd November
Our Christmas Fashion and Gift Fair guarantees to meet all your Christmas shopping needs! Browse our 50 stalls, featuring jewellery, ladies and children's wear, handbags, gifts, cards and beauty products all under one roof!
Enjoy a festive extravaganza as the National Railway Museum's Turntable is transformed with a spectacular light installation. We will also be putting on a variety of children's activities, family events and educational workshops throughout the weekend.
For the four consecutive year, Castle Howard will be inviting visitors to experience the magic of Christmas at the famous family estate. As you move through candlelit rooms adorned with the Howard family's own decorations, our friendly guides will share tales of Christmas past and present.
York has a wide range of local community events, York Christmas Markets and Fayres taking place throughout the festive season, including:
Christmas at the National Railway Museum
The Chuckle Brothers - A Christmas Chuckle
Derwent Lions Rocking Rudolph Christmas Sleigh
Ladies Shopping and Pamper Night
Christmas Carnival Band
York City Gospel Choir
Christmas Fair and Children's Crafts
JS Bach Christmas Oratorio
Fulford Craft and Gift Fair
Women's Fellowship Christmas Meeting
Humpty Dumpty Christmas Pantomime
Christmas Tree Festival
Wine and Christmas
The Feast of Christmas
Recycled Christmas Gift Making
Gala Christmas Concert
Yorkshire Chamber Choir
Please visit our Events Page for more information about the York Christmas Markets, Christmas shopping, events and activities taking place.
The Ice Factor is Back!
York's open air ice rink - The Ice Factor - is back for its fifth successive Christmas season!
Open from November 14th 2009 until January 3rd 2010 in the heart of historic York city centre, the 600sqm rink is set in one of the city's most picturesque settings, overlooked by the Clifford Tower, the Castle Museum and the Law Courts.
Whether you're an ice skating novice or a seasoned pro, you can't fail to be impressed by the spectacular festive spectacle that is The Ice Factor. Take in the largest Christmas Tree in York, log cabins and the glass-fronted, heated Ice Bar & Cafe - the ideal place to warm up, cool down and chill out after skating or Christmas shopping!