34 things to do in York this weekend, December 9-10, 2017

Swan around the ice sculptures this weekend… Photograph: visityork.org

It’s brass monkeys out, which is quite appropriate for York’s annual ice fest. Also – war, Doctor Who, carols and markets.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

York Ice Trail 2017

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It’s back and bigger than ever! This year there are 45 sparkling frozen sculptures, mostly in the city centre but also at Monks Cross and Vangarde shopping centres. Look out for linked competitions too.

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York City Centre
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Christmas at York Museum Gardens 2017 till Mon January 1
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Peter Rabbit Quiz at York Explore Library and Archive on 9th December 2017
Santa’s Grotto at Explore: Acomb Library Learning Centre on 9th December 2017
Little Diggers: Christmas Dress and Decorations at DIG – An Archaeological Adventure on 9th December 2017
Tinsel Tales – Festive Story Telling at Rowntree Park on 9th December 2017
Chase the pud at Knavesmire Racecourse York on 10th December 2017

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The panto season’s here. Oh yes it is! And kicking things off, the Rowntree Players transport us to Peking. But will Aladdin overcome evil Abanazar and deliver a happy ending? No spoilers please…

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Nightshade Theatre Presents: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate till 21st December 2017
‘Tis The Season at St Mary’s Church on 10th December 2017
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Feathers In The Snow at Friargate Theatre on Saturday December 9

WWII Living History Weekend

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If you’re looking to escape Wizzard and tinsel, try this wartime weekend. The Northern World War II Association are portraying all the main players, bringing this dramatic chapter in our recent history to life.

9th December 2017 – 10th December 2017
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
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Subtitled An Improvised Adventure In Space And Time, this could be a hoot! The improv team create a brand-new episode of Doctor Who based on your suggestions. They’ve even got sound effects from their own radiophonic workshop.

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Dust Junkys – York at Fibbers: Live Music Venue on 9th December 2017
Velma Celli Xmas Show at the Basement on 9th December 2017
The Mothers at Ainsty York on 9th December 2017
Heather Frances at Acorn Rugby Club on 9th December 2017
Chris Berry at Inn On The Green on 10th December 2017

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It’s the first Christmas market at the famous old convent. Browse the range of arts and crafts and handmade gifts, and grab a treat in the café.

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Reflect Christmas Fair at The Citadel on 9th December 2017
A Retro Family Gaming Afternoon at Random Encounter – Pop Culture Cafe York on 10th December 2017

The Lullaby Trust Remembrance Carol Service

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Of all the Christmas carol services, this is one of the most poignant. Hosted by baby loss charity The Lullaby Trust, the event features music from Huntington Primary Academy and the York Railway Institute Golden Rail Band, and a remembrance Christmas tree on which people can hang stars in memory of a baby or other loved one.

10th December 2017 – 10th December 2017
York Minster
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Christmas Melodies in the Middle Ages at Barley Hall on 9th December 2017
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Celebrate Christmas with York Musical Society at St Lawrence Parish Church, York on 9th December 2017
Christmas Carol Service at Trinity Church York on 9th December 2017
Community Christmas Carols at Acomb Parish Church on 9th December 2017
Yorkshire Bach Choir: Handel, Vivaldi & Haydn at The Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on 9th December 2017