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Christmas at York Castle Museum

DATE: 2 November 2022

Wander through a snow-covered Victorian winter wonderland and fill up on ye olde yuletide cheer at the most wonderful time of year!

Included in general admission from 19 November 2022 – 4 January 2023

Join us for Christmas at York Castle Museum, a festive experience perfect for the whole family.

Wander through our famous Victorian street, Kirkgate, as Christmas arrives with a blanket of festive snow on the historic cobbles. Enjoy the charming period trimmings that adorn the street and take a peek at an exciting range of historical decorations and objects, all from the museum’s collection, in our stunning shopfronts.  With a variety of free family friendly Christmas activities on offer, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.

On selected dates throughout the holiday season, we are excited to announce that Ebenezer Scrooge will appear on Kirkgate! Included with a general admission ticket, join us for a family-friendly re-telling of the Charles Dickens’ festive novel A Christmas Carol. After-hours, Scrooge will return for adult-only evening performances at an additional cost.

As well as experiencing the Christmas cheer on Kirkgate, step back in time and stroll through our popular Period Rooms, from a 17th century dining room to a 1980s kitchen, all embellished with authentic decorations.

Fiona Burton, Public Engagement Manager at York Museums Trust, said, “We are so excited for Christmas at York Castle Museum this year! We hope visitors will enjoy exploring a stunning snow-covered Kirkgate lined with twinkling Christmas trees and festive decorations on display. It’s certainly a place where imaginations can run wild! There’s so much to explore throughout the museum this Christmas, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone!”

Christmas at York Castle Museum opens on 19 November 2022 and closes on 4 January 2023. This year’s Christmas offer is included as part of general admission to York Castle Museum, giving access to the museum for 12 months. There’s also an exciting array of additional activities and events that visitors can book as part of their visit this Christmas.

Please note that York Castle Museum will be closed on the 25, 26, and 27 of December 2022 and 2 January 2023.


Family Friendly Christmas events at York Castle Museum

Ebenezer Scrooge on Kirkgate
Sat 10 December, Sun 11 December, Sat 17 December, Sun 18 December, Thur 22 December and Fri 23 December
Included with a general admission ticket.

Join us for a family-friendly re-telling of A Christmas Carol! There will be four interactive shows to enjoy throughout the day.


Christmas Cracker Making Workshop
Sat 3 December, Sun 11 December, Sun 18 December
11.00 – 12noon, 12.30 – 13.30, 14.00 – 15.00
Tickets are £2.50 per child making a cracker to cover the cost of materials.

Get some festive feels while learning about the history of the Christmas cracker and creating your own colourful cracker to pull on Christmas day.

Find out more and book here

Christmas Lino Printing Workshop
Sat 10 December, 10.00 – 13.00 & Sat 17 December, 13.00 – 16.00
Suitable for all abilities and ages 15+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).
Tickets £10 per person.

Be inspired by our Victorian Collection at York Castle Museum and create your very own printed Christmas wrapping paper and cards.

Find out more and book here


Adults-only Christmas Event

An Evening with Ebenezer Scrooge
20 & 21 December, 18.30 – 21.00
Tickets £20 per person.

Join us on the snow-covered cobbles of Kirkgate for an immersive and intimate production of A Christmas Carol, which brings the magic of a much-loved Dickens classic to life. Tickets include a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or a soft drink on arrival.

Find out more and book here


For further information on the events, to check opening times and to book tickets, please visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk