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.
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).
Mummery Plays by the Knaresborough Mummers
Morris Dancing with the Minster Strays
Kirkbymoordside Brass Band
Ryedale School Choir
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.
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.