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Take a stroll over the cobbles of our 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 and discover original Victorian Christmas gifts displayed in the shop windows. See the Period Rooms decorated in traditional festive style and 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. A Victorian Christmas runs every day between until Monday 31 December. Tickets can be bought on the day of your visit.
We'll also be welcoming a very special guest to York Castle Museum this Christmas.
Between now and Christmas Eve, join in with festive activities that lead to an unforgettable visit to our award-winning Father Christmas/
And new for 2018 - every Thursday until Xmas from 4:30-7:30pm, York Castle Museum opens its doors for twilight visits to the wonderful Father Christmas.
A Father Christmas Experience:
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 on the following dates: weekends until Sunday 23 December, Tuesday 11, Tuesday 18, Friday 21 December and Christmas Eve (early closing at 1pm). Tickets must be bought online for this event on the York Castle Museum website at https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/
The prices for our daytime and evening events are:
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
Your ticket includes:
admission to A Victorian Christmas
a visit to Father Christmas
one traditional gift per child
Please arrive early to guarantee your visit to Father Christmas.