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A winter wonderland in York

Winter wonderland

12:01am 17th November 2011

York's city centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland, when City of York Council launches the start of the Christmas festivities in the city centre.

On Thursday 17th November there will be a Santa's grotto, stilt-walking Jack Frosts, a rodeo reindeer and live music to mark the start of the city's late night shopping campaign, which runs every Thursday up to Christmas.

The Bogus Brothers five-piece band will also be returning to their home city to play live music between 7pm - 9pm.

There will also be a festive bar area in Parliament Street and to give the whole event that extra special Christmassy look, the street will be also be filled with fake snow.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion at City of York Council, said:

"York is one of the most Christmassy cities in the UK, so I'm really excited to see that this year's planned festivities offer even more festive sights and sounds for visitors and residents to enjoy during the holiday season."

Please find below a list of some of the other festivities taking place throughout November and December in York:

St Nicholas Fayre - 24th to 27th November:
The ever popular St Nicholas Fayre has everything from gifts and crafts to the best local produce.

24th November Mansion House at Christmas 10- 4pm:
To celebrate Saint Nicholas Fayre the Mansion House opens its doors. Explore the Mansion House dressed for Christmas and have a drink and mince pie in the beauty of the Stateroom. Post a letter to Father Christmas in our Lapland Letterbox. Why not try our delicious chocolate wine in the stateroom?
No need to pre book. Prices £4, adult/concession, under 16s free

York's Festive Fayre: - 3rd - 18th December - Parliament Street:
The Fayre has a stylish, modern flavour which brings with it a sweep of global Christmas traditions with decorated wooden huts decked out in seasonal livery, backed and gentle festive music. There is also Ye Olde Festive Inne serving real ales and Winter Pimms.

Early Music Christmas Festival: - 1st - 10th December:
Promoted by the National Centre for Early Music, the popular event is a tuneful way to start the Christmas season. For further information contact The National Centre for Early Music on 01904 632220 or visit www.ncem.co.uk

Made in Yorkshire Christmas Market:  1st - 18th December - St Sampson's Square:
Bringing together some of the finest arts and crafts from around the North and East Yorkshire region, including ceramics, textiles, paintings, woodwork, pottery and glass.  

Festival of Angels:  10th - 11th December
The heart of the city centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland of ice-sculptures, stalls, al fresco dining, street entertainment, live ice-carving and guaranteed 'snow' showers. Saturday10 December from 11am until 6pm and Sunday 11 from 11am until 5pm, across the streets of Swinegate.

Deck the Halls -  2 December 1st - 3rd pm:
Explore the background to holly, ivy, mistletoe and other ever-greens, the Yule log, Father Christmas, the religious and secular rituals, the entertainments and the food. Based on documentary sources from the north of England, there will also be the small gift of some hand-outs to take home.
Price, £10 to include festive refreshment. To book call 01904 552806 or http://www.yortime.org.uk/

Christmas Traditions in Medieval York and Yorkshire 3 December 10-12 am
A traditional Christmas: tree, turkey, carol singers at your door. Less than two hundred years ago you would be most unlikely to find any of these in a Yorkshire Christmas. Explore the food and traditions of a pre-Victorian Christmas: Yule logs, Christmas Boughs, wassailing, real mince pies, and much more.
Price, £10 to include festive refreshment. To book call 01904 552806 or http://www.yortime.org.uk/

Nativity Christmas Paintings 3rd December  1- 3pm
A session where you can help direct the flow of things. Bring along any Nativity cards and Christmas images that puzzle you and together we will try to make sense of them. We will also examine some key Renaissance Nativity pictures; discuss who made them, for whom, and what they were used for. To round things off, we will try to decide whether all that glitters is gold or not.

Price, £10 to include festive refreshment. To book call 01904 552806 or http://www.yortime.org.uk/

Christmas Crackers Friday 8/9th December  7.30pm
Gather in the glorious setting of the state room for a mixture of seasonal music and carols together with songs from musicals based on the Christmas stories of Dickens, all presented by York Musical Theatre Company. This intimate evening is just the thing

to get you in the festive spirit! £12. Includes a mince pie and a mulled wine. Pre
booking essential: 01904 615505.

Christmas Confectionary 18th December 12-2pm
Discover the delights of chocolate and Christmas, with your very own chance to make some of the festive delights to take home. All set within the festive setting of the Mansion House.
Adult £12.00Child £7.00Concession £10.50Family £30.00
Tickets littleprettything@gmail.com or telephone 01904 550099

Children's Christmas 10th December 2-4pm
Join us on this wintry afternoon for traditional festive fun, with parlour games, stories, a Christmas tea party and a chance to meet Father Christmas, who has a pre-sent for each child to put under their tree. Also includes a cup of tea and a mince pie for parents.

Children £12 when accompanied by and Adult.
Pre booking essential on 01904 615505
Christmas Farmers' Market: 21 December
Enjoy a selection of Yorkshire favourites. Specialising in the very best of the region's food produce such as venison, ostrich or organic lamb burgers, accompanied by home-grown organic vegetables and a fine bottle of Yorkshire Punch.

For a free guide to Christmas events in York call in at the Visit York Information Centre, Exhibition Square or log on to www.visityork.org/christmas

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