Get your crackers out, shove a turkey in the oven and put your party hats on. It’s time to get Christmassy! That’s right, prepare to feel the Christmas spirit. Yes I’m aware that Christmas was nearly two months ago now but just hang in there and I’ll explain.
I went away to York for a couple of days in December and the city had been transformed into the most beautiful festive wonderland. I took tons of pictures so I thought I’d share them with you. Partially because I want to be able to have a place to look back at them, but also because they’re pretty and I thought you might like them.
I originally wanted to publish this back in December or early January at the very latest, but obviously that didn’t happen. Better late than never though eh?
As soon as we got there we went to the hotel to drop our bags off and then went straight out to explore the city. It was damp and misty so the walk along the walls was even more eerie and gothic than it normally is. The weather wasn’t too bad though to say it was mid-December.
When me and Jordan first visited York together a couple of years ago we kinda stumbled upon Mason’s. Another restaurant that had been recommended to us had recently closed so we gave it a try after reading about it in a touristy leaflet. We fell in love with the place and now every time we’re in York we have to squeeze in a trip to Mason’s.
Their burgers are quite literally to-die-for and the service is always incredible. We’ve never had a bad burger there and, to be honest, I don’t think we ever will. You’ll never leave there feeling hungry, that’s a fact!
The Christmas market in York is wonderful in the day, but at night time it becomes even more magical. Especially when there’s hardly anyone around, like in these pictures.
I love the market itself but, for me, the highlight is Thor’s tipi. I’m not sure if it’s there every year but it has been for at least the past couple of years. There’s a huge fire right in the centre of the tipi and a bar that serves everything from mulled wine to hot chocolate. The atmosphere is indescribable. It’s just a brilliant place to socialise with your favourite people.
Our original breakfast plan fell through when the place we thought we’d go to was closed. But that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we ended up in a super cool café/bar called The Drawing Board. I’ll be honest, this picture really doesn’t do it justice. Underneath that sausage was a literal mountain of bacon. I’m serious, I’ve never eaten so much bacon! It was crispy and delicious and oh-so-good and I’ve dreamt about it ever since.
Plus it wasn’t expensive at all. In fact, it’s probably one of the most reasonably priced breakfasts in the city. Much better than any of the big restaurant chains in the area and you’re supporting a local business too. Everybody wins!
No. 88 Walmgate is another fantastic local business. I’d never been before or even heard of the place until I read an article about the best bits of York. The article mentioned their incredible freakshakes and that was all I needed to hear to give it a try.
If you know anything about me then you’ll know that I love a good milkshake. If not, then check out my top 10 chocolate milkshakes post and then you’ll understand.
The milkshake I had was loaded full of KitKats, almonds, ice cream, chocolate and other goodies. At the time, I think this was the only flavour they did but I’m almost certain that they’re working on other flavours.
The streets of York are some of the most beautiful streets in the world. I never get bored of walking around the city and taking in the incredible architecture. Sometimes I wish I lived in York but then I remember that I probably wouldn’t have the same adoration for the city that I have now.
I hope you liked this little festive photo diary. Let me know if you did and leave me a comment! I’d love to know what you think. Have you ever visited York at Christmas? If not then have I tempted you to go?