York is almost as popular around the holidays as it is during the summer months, and for good reason. From merry pubs to holly-decked festivities, there’s plenty to draw in visitors. Just be prepared for weather that’s less than jolly, with dreary, dark days and lots and lots of rain.
York’s streets come alive in winter with everyone from shoppers searching for handmade gifts at the St. Nicholas Fair to skaters gliding across the ice at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland.
Take in the glory of 15th-century York Minster by snagging advance tickets to Carols by Candlelight, performed by the church’s choir.
A Viking village stood here nearly 1,000 years ago, and at Jorvik Viking Village you can experience that era’s sights and sounds, and even some of its more pungent smells. (Archaeologists uncovered leather tanneries, fish markets, and rubbish pits here.)