Wish it could be Christmas every day? Well, it is when you visit this magical store in the historic city of York, found on one of the city’s most beautiful streets: Stonegate.
The York Christmas shop – known as Kathë Wohlfahrt – transports you back in time and helps you rediscover the true spirit of Christmas with its magical decorations and gifts. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter if it’s May, or December.
The store that was created from a love of a traditional Christmas evokes the sense of amazement and youthful excitement that you might remember from your childhood. Their enthusiasm for the festive period can be seen throughout the store with its beautiful old-fashioned wood paneling and festive decorations – not only reminiscent of York’s Medieval past, but of the cosy, Nordic vibes often associated with the festive season.
If the products weren’t awe-inspiring enough, the Christmas world is housed in a Tudor-fronted building dating back to 1434. Just a stone’s throw away from York Minster, guests can immerse themselves in two floors of amazing festive scenes – all housed within the beautifully preserved walls of the 15th-century property.
The enchanting store has children and adults alike queuing down the street waiting to marvel at the amazing tree ornaments, Cuckoo clocks, and sing-song music boxes – so don’t be surprised if upon arrival, you have to wait a few minutes before having a nosy around.
Guests can expect something different from each room, from hand-painted Christmas decorations, to Christmas towns and navity scenes, to baubles in all shapes, sizes and colours.
A family-owned business dating back to the 1964s, Käthe Wohlfahrt was founded by Wilhelm and Käthe Wohlfahrt – and the York store (housed in “Mulberry Hall”, one of York’s oldest and most iconic houses) is the only shop of theirs in Great Britain. Despite this, you will find all of the brand’s most popular designs, which are developed in the company’s own artist workshop in Germany.
A trip to the York Christmas shop is rounded off perfectly with a visit to the first floor where guests can discover the iconic Cuckoo Clock room, which is full of exquisite, cuckoo clocks made in the Black Forest region of Germany. A truly unique selection, indeed!
Käthe Wohlfahrt is open from Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm.