Christmas Market FAQs
What are the opening times for St Nicholas Fair?
St Nicholas Fair opens on 18th November until 23rd December. Shoppers will be able to enjoy the festive offerings from 10.00 to 18.00 (Sun-Thurs) and 10.00 - 20.00 (Fri-Sat).
What traders are at St Nicholas Fair this year?
You can find the full list of traders at St Nicholas Fair here.
What measures are in place to protect residents, visitors and traders from COVID?
Organisers Make It York have worked closely with the city's Safety Advisory Group to ensure that the market operates in line with all COVID guidelines. Measures include a new layout, creating a better flow of visitors, as well as fewer alpine chalets to create more space for visitors. York BID have installed Hand Sanitiser Units across the city centre, including one on Saint Sampson's Square and two on Parliament Street. We are also encouraging traders and shoppers to wear face coverings while visiting the market, to help us keep York safe and open this Christmas.
Will I need to wear a face covering?
We know that St Nicholas Fair is an essential part of many people’s celebration of, and preparation for Christmas, so protecting each other, and keeping all businesses safe and open is going to be critical. Face coverings are compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport and we’re asking all those who visit York’s markets to ‘protect, respect and be kind’ and to wear face coverings wherever they can.
What measures are in place to protect York from terrorism over the festive period?
Protective security barriers have been installed across the city in partnership with City of York Council, working closely with the National Barrier Asset Team and Counter Terrorism Advisors from the police. The temporary barriers are necessary to protect people attending and working in the Christmas Markets, and the visitors and residents enjoying the city over the festive season.
I don't feel comfortable visiting the Christmas Market, how can I still get involved in the festivities?
Following the success of last year's virtual Christmas market, an online market will run on visityork.org throughout the whole festive season. The virtual market is a great opportunity to bring the magic of St Nicholas Fair into the comfort of your own home, whilst also supporting York's traders, retailers and attractions.
Is there a light switch-on event this year?
After much consideration the decision has been taken in partnership with York BID not to hold a physical light switch on event this year. The event is always hugely popular, drawing in large crowds over a short period of time and to ensure the safety of all visitors and residents we will instead focus on showcasing our winter light scheme via our online channels. The lights will of course be as spectacular as ever across the city centre from 18th November - with the medieval bars once again lit up, the Tree of Light at the Eye of York and Christmas trees on St Helen's Square, Parliament Street and Shambles Market. We hope to be able to bring back the much-loved light switch on event for 2022 better than ever.