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Celebrating Christmas in York

You may be thinking of having a quiet Christmas away with just your partner or young children; we have an amazing offer of a three-night stay starting on 24th December from just £208. Come and stay at one of the top boutique hotels in York, with all your needs taken care of at our aparthotel, situated on picturesque Micklegate. You can completely de-stress and unwind in the cosy setting, before heading out to explore York at this magical time of the year.

For those planning on spending Christmas in York, we have put together some ideas on how you can spend your time enjoying the festivities in the city.

Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto

If you extend your stay a few days before Christmas Day, you can make the most of the last of the St Nicholas Christmas Fair which has taken over York’s city centre and turned it into a winter wonderland and shopping paradise. You can pick up some last minute unique handmade gifts, local produce and warm yourself with mulled wine. For children, they can visit Santa’s Grotto in Coppergate, or at York Designer Outlet, both are open till December 23rd. Children can meet Santa’s elves, the man himself and leave with a gift!

Santa waving from inside a grotto

Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is the perfect treat for the winter months, and you are sure to find plenty of the sweet drink around York this festive season. Highlights include Thor’s Tipi, where you can warm yourself with a cup next to a roaring fire, or try a festive-themed hot chocolate at one of York’s cafés such as Café 74 at The Lawrance where they have Christmas specials available. Why not also make yourself a big mug of hot chocolate at your aparthotel, adding something extra like Baileys and piling on the marshmallows while tucked up in front of the TV? Sounds like the perfect way to end an evening in York!

Hot chocolate in a Santa mug

Home Cooking

York is a foodie’s haven, with plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafés to choose from, with many catering to specific dietary requirements. However, Christmas is synonymous with home cooking, be it a big roast dinner, fruit cake with Wensleydale – a true Yorkshire delicacy! – or sweet baked goods. The Lawrance’s aparthotels have fully fitted kitchens and all the cooking equipment you need for self-catering, so you can create your own meals in the comfort of your accommodation over the Christmas period.

Cookie cutters for home baking

Ice Skating

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is open until 6th January, and that means you can have a go skating over the Christmas holidays! The Ice Factor is the largest and most popular in the north of England and has a giant 30ft tree as the centrepiece. Surrounding the rink is an illuminated forest, log cabins and cafés, perfect for when you want to rest and warm up. If you are heading to York after Christmas, then you won’t want to miss checking out the sales at the York Designer Outlet, right next to the Winter Wonderland!

Person ice skating in purple light


Panto is a popular Christmas tradition in the UK, and kids love it. The pantomimes in York; The Grand Old Dame of York at the York Theatre Royal and Cinderella at the Grand Opera House York, run until after Christmas, so you won’t miss them if you stay over the Christmas period. Book tickets before your stay to ensure you don’t miss out and your kids are sure to love the hilarious, slapstick comedy, vibrant costumes and sets of the panto. There are often pantomime performances that cater to young children available too.

Contact us at The Lawrance today to find out about Christmas bookings and availability over New Year, and check back on our blog for things to do in the coming year!


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