Christmas, Fair, Festivals, Food / Drink Tasting, Market, Outdoor Event

York Christmas Market - St Nicholas Fair

18th Nov 2021 - 23rd Dec 2021
Location: Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square

York Christmas Market

18th November - 23rd December 2021

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 to 18:00 and Friday & Saturday 10:00 to 20:00.

The hugely popular St Nicholas Fair returns in 2021, a Christmas experience that will produce magical memories that you’ll never forget, and will have you returning to the city time and time again.

The best way to start your Christmas is with a stroll along Parliament Street and St Sampson’s square where wintry alpine chalets run up the street and around the square. Each chalet is stocked with unique products with everything from stocking fillers and extra special gifts, to delicious tasty treats. Enjoy a bite to eat or sip on some warming mulled wine in the cheery, buzzing atmosphere.

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!

Slip through to the historic Shambles Market, home to a wide range of local indie traders selling everything from Yorkshire flat caps to delicious cakes to incredible hand-crafted trinkets. Don’t miss the Shambles Food Court, where you can treat yourself to a scrumptious snack. International street food is on the menu. Take your taste buds on a journey around the world, with everything from Moroccan wraps, to tempting Thai, to brilliant burritos.

Laughter and cheers echo around Kings Square, home to a vintage carousel, a great place to have some thrills and fun with the family.

Once you’re all shopped out, rest those tired legs and relax in the cosy setting of Thor’s Tipi, with a hot in hand, or perhaps something stronger.

Plan your Christmas in York break now and book your stay!

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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, Make It York have worked closely with the city’s Safety Advisory Group to ensure robust event plans are in place, with the support of key stakeholders across the city.

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 Make It York have implemented a new layout to reduce crowding and decreased the number of alpine chalets to encourage social distancing and a better flow of visitors to the market.

Visitors and traders are also encouraged to wear masks, with stewards on hand to help keep shoppers and traders safe. Christmas is a great time to support local traders and we're looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to safely enjoy the festivities in York!

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