Christmas Through Time

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, 10am-4pm

From celebrations during the Iron Age, through to make-do festivities in the Second World War, join us to discover more about the changing traditions of Christmas. 

You’ll discover the history of mince pies and carolling; advent and the indulgence of a Tudor Christmas Day feast; Victorian influences such as the sending of Christmas cards; and how war and rationing impacted on everything from decorations to Christmas dinner.  There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

All weekend:

Get hands-on with some festive crafty fun and meet our feathered friends  from York Birds of Prey Centre.

Treat yourself to a sausage/veggie roll, mince pie, wassail punch or mulled wine, served hot from the Victorian range.

11am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3pm: visit Father Christmas, dressed in his traditional green garb (charge applies, includes gift).

Saturday’s highlights:

Mummery Plays by the Knaresborough Mummers

Morris Dancing with the Minster Strays

Kirkbymoorside Brass Band

Ryedale School Choir

Sunday’s highlights:

The Lockton and Levisham Handbell Ringers

Regency Dancing from Arbeau

Readings by Brian Oxberry from A Christmas Carol

Traditional carols and festive songs by the Harmonettes


FREE ENTRY for Annual Pass holders and Under 16s.

Adults £5.00.

As per our Annual Pass terms & conditions, passes must be presented on arrival at the Museum, valid for use on the date your are visiting and pass holders will be asked to sign in.