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.

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 or band playing in the abbey cellarium between 2–3pm with the exception of Sunday 8 & 15 December when Carols by Candlelight will be on.

  • Saturday 23 November – Ilkley Moornotes
  • Sunday 24 November – Spa Sax
  • Saturday 30 November – Thirsk Royal British Legion Band
  • Sunday 1 December – White Rosettes
  • Saturday 7 December – Harrogate Theatre Choir & Eurythmia Ensemble
  • Saturday 14 December – St. John the Baptist Church Choir, Knaresborough
  • Saturday 21 December – Ripon Trinity Singers
  • Sunday 22 December – Skelldale Singers
  • Saturday 28 December – Ripon Choral Society
  • Sunday 29 December – York Musical Society Choir
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

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) and 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 or Studley Royal. West Gate car park is reserved for those who need flat access to the grounds.

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 from our cafe, tea-room and restaurant. There will also be mulled wine as well as coffees and other hot drinks available. 

Can I bring my dog?

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

Walk down to the abbey and enjoy the Christmas lights

Festive feelings at Fountains

Slow down and revel in a moment's break from life's never ending hustle and bustle. Breathe in the fresh Yorkshire air and experience Christmas how it's meant to be; a time to make memories with your loved ones.

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