York Christmas Festival - 2021

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, the hugely popular St Nicholas Fair will return to York. The charming alpine chalets will once again line the streets from 18 November to 23 December, with local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats. Preview the traders that will be at the York Christmas market and browse through the assortment of unique and local festive York produce and gifts that await you. Can't make it to York this year? Check out the Virtual Christmas Market!

Read our brand new guide to all things Christmas in York and beyond, follow Visit York (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) for updates, sign up to the Visit York newsletters and keep checking back for more events and details as they are added!

Health & Safety Information

After the cancellation of many of the city's festivities last year due to the pandemic, it was important to bring back the much-loved Christmas Market safely for 2021. With this in mind, St Nicholas Fair will be operating in line with all national COVID guidelines and restrictions and will be closely monitoring these in the run up to and during the event. The safety of the traders, residents and visitors is of the utmost importance, which is why a new layout to reduce crowding and decreased the number of alpine chalets has been implemented to encourage social distancing and a better flow of visitors to the market. Read our Christmas Market FAQs for further details and our COVID-19 information page for further health and safety guidance for your visit.

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!

Experience Christmas in York

York Christmas Market

The hugely popular St Nicholas Fair returns in 2021, a Christmas experience that will produce magical memories that you’ll never forget!

Christmas Events in York

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

York Christmas Market - Trader List

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


Festive Advent giveaway! 🌟 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! Enter now!

Virtual Christmas Market

18 Nov - 23 Dec. Due to its popularity last year, and so that people who are unable to visit us this year can still participate in the Christmas festivities, we are running our virtual Christmas Market again in 2021! Keep your eyes peeled for more details to come.

Visit York Christmas Guide 2021

York is a winter wonderland at Christmas, and you’ll be greeted with the warmest of welcomes from one of the UK’s most festive cities.

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.

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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