York Christmas Festival - 2022

York’s Christmas Market returns 17th November to 23rd December 2022

Enjoy the Christmas cheer on offer in one of the UK's most festive cities as York's restaurants, shops and attractions are beautifully decorated and provide a wonderful winter experience, with an incredible range of festive events! For the perfect York Christmas, stay longer and give yourself a luxurious amount of time to soak up the festive atmosphere.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair, which has been a staple in York’s streets during the festive period since 1992. The famous alpine chalets line Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square creating a festive wonderland, with an array of local traders and artisan products, 10am to 7pm daily between 17th November to 23rd December 2022.

Brand new to York Christmas Market for 2022 is a traditional Swiss chalet, The Winter Hütte. The Winter Hütte offers a ‘Swiss with a Twist’ dining experience from one of Yorkshire’s best-known chefs, the Michelin-starred Andrew Pern. For passers-by, there is a fully-licensed bar area serving seasonal favourites such as gluhwein and spiced cider. Book now.

Christmas is a great time to support local businesses and we're looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to safely enjoy the festivities in York!

Make travelling into the city easier with York Park & Ride! Avoid the hassle and expense of driving into the centre with buses up to every 12 minutes and free parking at all sites – what’s more, an Adult Return ticket is just £3.50 and up to three children go free.

Further information about St Nicholas Fair ▸ Sustainability Guide ▸ Accessibility Guide ▸ St Nicholas Fair FAQs ▸ Follow Visit York 

Experience Christmas in York

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The hugely popular St Nicholas Fair returns in 2022, a Christmas experience that will produce magical memories that you’ll never forget!

York Christmas Market Trader List ▸

See which traders will be at York Christmas Market and browse through the assortment of unique and local festive York produce and gifts that await you!

Book Your Festive Stay ▸

Extend your Christmas break and soak up more of the city’s festive magic by booking a stay.

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Santa sightings? Festive Afternoon Tea? Plan your perfect Christmas adventure by browsing all of the Christmas events in York.

Visit York Advent Giveaway▸

Visit York's festive Advent giveaway returns for 2022! Enter a daily giveaway prize draw from the 1st of December on the Visit York social media channels for the chance to win some incredible prizes! 🌟

Visit York Christmas Guide ▸

Find out what to see and do this year, from Christmas markets, ice skating rinks and Christmas events, it really is the most magical time of the year.

Virtual Christmas Market ▸

17 Nov - 23 Dec. If you can't make it to York's St Nicholas Fair this year, browse the Visit York Virtual Christmas Market and check out what's on offer from our amazing traders!

York Christmas Bauble ▸

Drop into the Visit York Visitor Information Centre to get your limited-edition bauble celebrating Christmas in York. Make It York have collaborated with local artist Emma Feneley, and all proceeds will go into a new York Creates Fund, a new micro-fund that will support cultural and creative activity in the city.

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What's on this Christmas in York

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Fun events for all the family and the festive!

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3rd Dec 2022 - 3rd Dec 2022

Middletons Wreath Workshop

Get creative this Christmas and make your own wreath for your home with the talented florists at Fleuradamo York. Mulle…

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3rd Dec 2022 - 3rd Dec 2022

York Minster Christmas Tree Festival

Experience the York Minster Christmas Tree Festival, set inside the medieval Minster this year, with around 40 trees on…

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19th Dec 2022 - 19th Dec 2022


Renowned York based florists, Angela and Nikki will provide everything you need to create a unique festive floral arran…

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3rd Dec 2022 - 3rd Dec 2022

Christmas Tour & Tasting

Join us for a Christmas-themed distillery tour and tasting! Ellers Farm Distillery is a sustainable spirits manufacture…

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All Christmas Events in York ▸

Santa sightings? Festive Afternoon Tea? Plan your perfect Christmas adventure by browsing all of the Christmas events in York.

Santa Spotting ▸

Santa has been spotted across the city! Don't miss the chance to tell him what's on the top of your Christmas list this year.

Pantos, Theatre and Music ▸

From classic carols, to theatre fun and orchestral masterpieces, there is something for all music and drama lovers in York this Christmas.

Family Friendly Events ▸

Family friendly festive events to keep kids, and all the family, entertained this Christmas!

Enjoy Christmas in York Safely

We’re working with Counter Terrorism Policing UK to keep York safe. Your safety is our priority. If you see something that doesn't feel right, tell security staff or report online at gov.uk/ACT

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