What’s on in York: JORVIK Viking Festival @ York Minster

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The Minster :

Thu 15 Feb :

10.00am – 3.00pm :

£2.50 with standard admission.

Make your own Viking-style decoration to take home in the stunning surroundings of the Chapter House inside York Minster.

Inspired by the Anglo-Scandinavian stone carvings in our Undercroft Museum, your keepsake will help you look the part throughout a fun and educational week in York!

Need some more inspiration? You can also meet the Vikings right here too! Handle authentic and replica Viking artefacts, learn how to play a Viking board game, and discover more about the mystery that is York Minster during the Viking period from our resident ‘Vikings’.

£2.50 per child for craft activity, with standard admission.

Admission ticket lasts for 12 months. Family 12-month ticket from £10 (valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with 1 adult). FREE admission to Minster for York residents with proof of residency (York Card, DVLA License, utility bill).

What’s on over Christmas in York

York Minster

Sunday 24th and Monday 25 Dec :

Times vary : Free


Sunday 24 December, Christmas Eve

12 noon: Crib Service
Traditional service where families and children are particularly welcome

Sunday 24 December, 4.00pm: Nine Lessons and Carols

Two services consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir and hymns for everyone to join in. A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

11.30pm: First Eucharist of Christmas

Traditional ‘Midnight Mass’ with music from the St William’s Singers and York Young Soloists.
Preacher: Canon Chris Collingwood


Monday 25 December, Christmas Day

York Minster’s special services celebrating Christ’s birth:

8.00am: Holy Communion (said, 1662)

10.00am: Sung Eucharist of Christmas Day. Preacher: The Archbishop of York

11:45am: Christmas Day Choral Matins (sung by the Minster Choir) Preacher: Dean of York

4:00pm: Christmas Day Choral Evensong (sung by the Minster Choir)


St James the Deacon, Sherringham Drive 

What’s on in York: The Snowman at York Minster

Big Screen. Iconic Film. World Class Musicians. A truly magical Christmas show.

  • 16th Dec 2017

2:30pm & 7:00pm

From £12


Delight your family this Christmas with a screening of two enchanting films accompanied by live orchestra.

Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are bringing their Snowman magic to York Minster on 16 December with two performances (2.30pm for the matinee and 7pm for the evening show).

Hear some of the UK’s top musicians perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack – including the evocative ‘Walking in the Air’ sung by a local child soloist – in perfect synchronicity with the film shown on a giant screen. Not a dry eye in the house!

This extra special performance includes a light-hearted Guide to the Orchestra, including an angelic harp, Frozen on the flutes, and a very naughty drummer!

You’ll also experience the wonder of that most Christmassy of seasonal pieces, The Nutcracker, brought to life by Tom Scott’s mesmerising animated film. Along with a toe-tapping Christmas overture – and a visit from a VERY special conductor! – this festive treat has something for all ages. Cherished by children and adults alike, the concert is fast becoming an annual custom, providing the perfect winter outing for all the family.

What’s on in York; Carol concerts at York Minster


  • 14th and 15th Dec 2017
7.00pm – 8.30pm
From £12.00


York Minster’s popular Christmas Carol Concerts take place on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December and offer the perfect start to the festive season.

The concerts feature the York Minster Choir performing a mixture of classical and popular Christmas music, with the Yorkshire Volunteers Band leading the audience in Christmas carols.

The concerts will take place in the Minster’s awe-inspiring Nave and include special seasonal readings by celebrity guests.

Tickets are priced at £25, £18 and £12 and will be available from Tuesday 26 September from the York Theatre Royal Box Office online, by telephoning 01904 623568 or in person at the theatre in St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD.

The box office is open Mondays 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-8pm* (on non-show days or until 6pm on show days). Please note that a booking fee of £1.50 is payable for all transactions apart from cash payments at the Box Office in person.

What’s on in York – Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave.

Experience the story of Christ through this celebrated and popular oratorio, performed by the York Minster Choir.

  • 9th Dec 2017



The York Minster Choir will be joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave.

The famous work was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios.

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to experience the story of Christ through this moving and poignant choral performance?

Tickets are priced at £25, £18 and £12 and are available from the York Theatre Royal Box Office, by telephoning 01904 623568 or in person at the theatre in St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD.

What’s on in York: Experience the Christmas trail at York Minster

Interact with the Minster during Advent and Christmas
  • 9th Dec 2017 – 07th Jan 2018



Discover more about the Christmas story by exploring the activity stops hidden around the Minster.

Follow a trail with items to look at, touch, smell and discuss at each stop.

Free with admission, collect your trail from the admission desks. No need to book.

What’s on in York: Sankta Lucia – Festival of Light

An atmospheric, candlelit procession and carol service for all the family based on the traditional Swedish Lucia celebration.

8th Dec 2017

York Minster



7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)

An atmospheric, candlelit procession and carol service for all the family based on the traditional Swedish Lucia celebration.

In Sweden, Lucia is one of the most significant traditions in the calendar – a powerful symbol and celebration of light and an integral part of the Advent season.

The celebration of Sankta Lucia is based on the bravery and martyrdom of a young Sicilian girl – St Lucy – who died in the early fourth century. Her name and story reached Sweden along with Christianity, and she remained popular even after the Reformation as the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter.

The Lucia procession enters singing the traditional Lucia song, the tune of which was brought to Sweden from Italy in the middle of the 19th century. The singers are dressed in white gowns and carry candles, with Lucia herself as the focal point, wearing a crown of candles and a red ribbon round her waist, symbolising her martyrdom. The ‘starboys’ go back to a tradition of re-enacting the journey of the Magi on Twelfth Night.

The service is run in partnership with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.

No booking is required but please arrive early as this is a popular service.

What’s on in York -Advent Procession at The Minster

The atmospheric start to Advent returns to the Minster.

  • 3rd Dec 2017

Advent Procession


An atmospheric and breath-taking candlelit service of music, readings and prayers for Advent in celebration and anticipation of the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

The service starts in darkness with candlelight gradually spreading throughout the cathedral as the flame is passed from one person to the next following the York Minster Choir’s journey from West to East.

Everyone is welcome to attend the popular service, with doors opening at 4.15pm. The service lasts for just over an hour.

This service will be full to capacity so please arrive early. Seats are unreserved and are on a first come first serve basis. You do not need a ticket to attend this service.