The Snowman in York Minster – Christmas Event with Live Orchestra!

The Snowman at York Minster.  This year sees the return of The Snowman Tour to York Minster.  It was last in York in 2017 and the tickets sold out by September, so do plan to get your tickets early for this unique event!  We were lucky enough to see it the last time (and you can see my original review below).  I have to say that of all the many, many Christmas events we have done this one stands out in the memory as something very special.  The film is lovely, no matter how many times you have seen it and the orchestra really brings it to life!  But the setting of the magnificent York Minster really sets it apart, it’s a truly stunning event.

the snowman york minster


There will be three performances on the 11th of December at 12.30pm, 3.00pm and 7.30pm.  As well as The Snowman you will also see The Bear and the Piano.  Tickets can be bought via this link and are priced between £17.60 and £30.80.

The Snowman at York Minster at Christmas


Our review from 2017:

We watched The Snowman Tour in York Minster and it was just magical!  The Minster is such a majestic building, it really is a privilege to watch such a lovely Christmassy film there (and yes, I cried at the end!).  It would have been lovely to just sit there and listen to the orchestra, but the film gave it an extra dimension (and I think without the film, the children wouldn’t have been so entertained).  The orchestra began and played some festive (and funny!) pieces.  They also played The Nutcracker alongside an animated film.  My favourite part – other than The Snowman itself – was when they played ‘Do you wanna build a Snowman?’.  Miss H and I are massive Frozen fans so we loved this!

We had seats almost at the front and had great views of the screen and the orchestra. 

My advice for next year, if you are planning to eat out either before or after is to book your table at the same time as your tickets and then you are set – restaurants get very busy so near to Christmas and we couldn’t get a table.  (Completely my own fault).  It was a bright day though, so we bought some chips from Petergate Fisheries and carried them into Dean Gardens behind the Minster.  It was a lovely quiet spot away from the crowds!


The Snowman at York Minster at Christmas


The official info:

The Snowman York Minster

Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.


Immerse yourself in this magical award-winning concert, set within the splendour of York Minster. Alongside The Snowman, enjoy the stunning story and music of The Bear and the Piano, complete with an exclusive big screen animation and narration recorded by the charming Joanna Lumley.


Proudly presented by Carrot Productions – the world’s leading performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra – and featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians who bring even more fun by dressing as well-loved Christmas characters, first-class entertainment is guaranteed.


Suitable for the whole family to enjoy together, it’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations, and is sure to create memories to cherish.


These concerts often sell out, so book soon to avoid missing out on this extraordinary event.


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