York Minster 22082023

Older residents invited to the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Receptions

The Lord Mayor and Sheriff are inviting 400 of York’s senior residents to join them at the city’s spectacular Assembly Rooms to celebrate at the Christmas Cheer Receptions.

The annual receptions will take place on Tuesday 5 December 2023 for residents aged 65 and over. Eligible residents can choose to attend either the morning event at 10am, or in the afternoon at 2pm.

Guests will be welcomed to the glittering venue where musical entertainment will be performed by choirs from Clifton Green and St George’s Roman Catholic primary schools and by the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir. A selection of tasty Christmas fare will be served.

As part of Christmas Cheer, a very popular raffle will take place. Any local businesses are invited to kindly donate prizes. Please email civic@york.gov.uk before Friday 13 November for more information.

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of York, Revd Cllr Chris Cullwick, said: “The Civic Party is pleased to be able to offer this very special opportunity to bring older members of the community together in the iconic Assembly Rooms and we look forward to sharing some Christmas Cheer. Thank you so much to the choirs for coming to share their talents and providing their very welcome entertainment.

“I greatly appreciate the support of businesses who support the events’ very popular raffles. These give our residents an extra treat at Christmastime and add greatly to our Christmas Cheer events.”

200 people can attend each reception and applicants can specify if they would prefer to go to the morning or afternoon events. To attend either of the receptions, residents are invited to complete an application form. These can be picked up from the council’s Customer Centre at West Offices, at York Explore or from any York library. The organisers will do their best to match first choices, depending on the number of applications received.

All completed application forms should be sent or handed in to: ‘The Christmas Cheer Draw’, c/o Civic Services, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA – to arrive no later than Thursday 16 November 2023.

Names will be drawn at random on Friday 17 November and those chosen will be a sent a ticket for one of the sessions.

Christmas Cheer application form 2023