Enjoy a variety of family-friendly and adult events at York Castle Museum throughout the year.

Events - 13 Dec 18

A Victorian Christmas – Thu 13 Dec 2018

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

Date: Thursday 13 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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Volunteer’s Gallery Talk – Thu 13 Dec 2018

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

Date: Thursday 13 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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Spotlight: A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes – Thu 13 Dec 2018

A person stood on an escalator wearing a pair of 'bag boots'.

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018, 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Want to find out more about A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes?

Join our knowledgeable curators as they shine a spotlight on some of the fascinating shoes in this exhibition.

Each talk will start at 2pm and last around 15 minutes.

This event is included in your museum admission, and is suitable for adults and young children. There’s no need to book.

For our admission prices, please see our visitor information page.

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Evenings with Father Christmas – Thu 13 Dec 2018

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

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

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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