Music & Lights at Fountains Abbey

Come together this Christmas for a full festive day out each weekend this December. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights.

Join us to listen to some festive music recited by local choirs
A choir singing carols at Christmas time
Join us to listen to some festive music recited by local choirs

Sing-a-long to your favourite Christmas carols

Listen out and you might catch a carol or two in the cellarium where local choirs and bands will be bringing along a little extra festive cheer. It's really casual so there's no need to sit and get chilly. Stop by if you get chance and feel free to sing and dance along!

When are the choirs on?

Each weekend there will be a choir singing in the abbey cellarium between 2–3pm with the exception of Sunday 9 December when Carols by Candlelight will be on.

  • 24 & 25 November
  • 1 & 2 December
  • 8 December
  • 15 & 16 December
  • 22 & 23 December
Come and hear the choir sing this Christmas in the cellarium
Come and hear the choir sing in Fountains Abbey cellarium this Christmas
Come and hear the choir sing this Christmas in the cellarium

Frequently asked questions

What time does it start?

You can experience Christmas here all day but the lights will start to show as it gets darker in the afternoon. Last entry to the estate is at 4pm.

How much does it cost?

Normal admission charges apply. Please be aware that our admissions team will be unable to process payment for entry after 4pm. Members are free.

What do I need to bring?

Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing, your torch (it's dark by 4pm), cash for food if you're planning on eating and, of course, your singing voice!

Where can I park?

The event is within normal admission times so you're able to park at any of the carparks: the visitor centre, West Gate or Studley Royal.

Enjoy a mulled wine as you stroll through the grounds this Christmas
Enjoy a cup of mulled wine as you stroll through the grounds at Fountains Abbey this Christmas
Enjoy a mulled wine as you stroll through the grounds this Christmas

Can I get something to eat?

Yes, there will be yummy food available on site such as pulled pork rolls and sweet treats in Mill Cafe. There will also be mulled wine as well as coffees and other hot drinks available. You will find the food and drink stalls by Mill Cafe.

Can I bring my dog?

Your dog is welcome to come with you but we ask that you keep it on a lead.

Follow the fairy lights down to the abbey, aglow with light
Fountains Abbey at Music and Lights
Follow the fairy lights down to the abbey, aglow with light

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