crossing between York Station and York Minster.
Admission Adults £14.95 child £8.95 plus £2.00 admin
The museum has over 10 acres of botanical gardens set against the backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the city’s prized Yorkshire Museum. This year for the first time the gardens have an illuminated hour long walk though part of the park.
The entrance takes you through lit trees and into a small Christmas village with a Child’s round about at £4 ago and game stall at £3 ago festive face painting and warming pies from the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company.
The lights start with the 12 Frames of Christmas, based on the traditional song but with a York inspired twist very inventive, this is followed by musical LED trees and a sea of changing coloured globes. St Mary’s Abbey ruins provide the backdrop for a series of Christmas scenes projected onto the walls of the Grade I listed building with music from the Nutcracker. I could have stood and watched this over and over.
This is followed by a display of neon tubes on the lawn outside of the museum a specially-commissioned art installation Beautiful Hazards by local Yorkshire artist Richard Wheater, while the museum itself is lit by projected snow flakes. A hot drink can also be brought here. A short walk takes you through more lit trees before coming to the musical tree stumps, push buttons that make the trees play music, however after standing for about ½ of an hour we gave up and walked around this, as the same people were still playing on it and had no intentions of moving along despised the queue waiting getting longer and longer.
Next the trail passes Father Christmas in his secret bothy, tucked away within the trees although he looked a little unwell, I asked him if he was ready for his big day, his reply ‘I think so this year’ that’s a bit of a worry don’t you think?
After passing through a shimmering 20m tunnel of lights you reach a display of glittering mirror balls and on though illuminated Christmas words and more tree lights to the Finale of Fire on the Library lawn where mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate and more pies can be brought, however we couldn’t find marshmallows to toast.
A very nice way to spend a cold December night.