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article imagePhoto Essay: Christmas comes to York Special

By Tim Sandle     Dec 16, 2013 in Travel
Christmas is celebrated in style in the old English city of York, including a market, the odd band or two, ice sculptures and plenty of merriment.
Last weekend the Digital Journal visited the city of York, located in the north of England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities.
This photo essay examines some of the activities taking place on a busy Saturday leading up to Christmas.
One of the Christmas themed events is a long street market, with different crafts sold together with the plenty of food selections and the odd glass of mulled wine. The photograph below shows the entrance to the market.
Christmas in York: a typical old street
Christmas in York: a typical old street
At the other end of the market there was a fair, including a merry-go-round.
Christmas market in the city of York
Christmas market in the city of York
The feel and look of Christmas is no better captured than with some fabulous ice sculptures. One sculpture was located at the end of each street, with a donation pot for a local hospice. Here is one 'guarded' by some geographically out-of-place Robin Hood lookalikes.
Ice sculpture with some merry men  city of York
Ice sculpture with some merry men, city of York
To add to the festive fun there were several Christmas trees on display.
A Christmas tree in York city center. Shopper go by.
A Christmas tree in York city center. Shopper go by.
And four or five bands belting out Christmas songs and carols.
A band make merry for Christmas in the city of York
A band make merry for Christmas in the city of York
The Christmas theme was also evident with the local shops, one or two of which were selling exclusively Christmas only items. Here is one with an arresting display of robins in the shop window.
A special Christmas shop  with a Robbin themed window display. City of York.
A special Christmas shop, with a Robbin themed window display. City of York.
For the weary shopper there is a choice of tea rooms, like the renowned Bessie's, where the queue to get in was several dozen long.
Old Bessie s tea rooms  city of York
Old Bessie's tea rooms, city of York
For those wishing for something stronger, York has many old pubs and taverns.
An old pub in the city of York.
An old pub in the city of York.
Besides the Christmas theme, York boasts plenty of interesting buildings. Some date back to the early Viking invasions, others designed in Medieval times in Gothic splendor. Here, for example, is a church close to the main Viking tourist traction - Jorvik Center (Jorvik being the Viking spelling of York).
Old church in the city of York
Old church in the city of York
York also boasts a castle and a long wall that surrounds the city.
Part of the remaining castle in York
Part of the remaining castle in York
The highlight of any visit to York is the York Minster. York Minster is a cathedral in York, and it is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic Quire and east end and Early English north and south transepts.
York Minster  December 2013. City of York
York Minster, December 2013. City of York
York Minster  City of York.
York Minster, City of York.
These images capture some of the interesting sites to see in York, laced with a little Christmas magic. There is certainly plenty to see and do, in many directions.
Which way now? Directions around the City of York.
Which way now? Directions around the City of York.
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