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Soak Up Festive Cheer at York’s St Nicholas Fair

For him, for her, for the little ones – from cocktail themed candles at Coley Coco, delicious liqueurs handmade by locally sourced fruit from The Little Red Berry to charming and unique hand puppets from A.S. Puppets. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a bite of sweet whisky, and ginger fudge or maybe you prefer the citrus hues of a mulled wine to warm you up. Whether you are in the market to purchase a gecko-inspired wildlife sculpture, handmade Alpaca products, vintage prints, gifts made from recycled cutlery or a luxurious bath bomb, then the York Christmas Markets have it covered with an interesting and quirky array of products to suit all budgets and tastes.

Christmas chalet stalls in York

York’s festive market, St Nicholas Fair, is back with more Christmas and festive cheer than ever before. Opening last week on 15th November with the Christmas lights switch on, the fair stays open until Sunday 23rd December, offering visitors and locals alike plenty of time to get their Christmas shopping done! With around one million visitors to the Christmas market, you can be sure you’ll be in for a festive treat. For those staying at our luxury aparthotel, York, The Lawrance is getting into the Christmas spirit as our tree is up in reception! Have a wander down Micklegate, which is decorated with strings of glowing lights and mini pine trees adorning shop fronts, and you will soon find yourself amongst the crowds and part of the festivities.

Read on to find out what is happening at the St Nicholas Fair, which is open 10am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 8pm Thursday to Saturday each week in the lead up to Christmas. Don’t miss seeing the snow machine in the Shambles on Friday evenings, making the picturesque street look even more Dickensian than it already is! York was named the most festive city in 2017, and it is hoping to keep its title!

Mulled wine sign in a shop window

Locally Made Gifts and Produce

If you are on the hunt for some locally made gifts and produce, then head to the Yorkshire Yuletide Village which can be found at Jubbergate. There will be several stalls selling products from talented crafters and makers local to Yorkshire. Another place in the city where you can find local gifts and produce is the Judge’s Lodging on Lendal. There is a small business Christmas market, where small businesses based in and around York will be selling their handcrafted gifts and produce.

Food and Drink

On St Sampson’s Square, you can get your fill of festive treats at the Yorkshire Barn. There will be lots of yule-themed food, such as roasted chestnuts and you can get your fill of mulled wine and cider at Herbies Treehouse. For those who enjoy sampling street food from around the world, the Shambles market and food court will be hosting a wide range of fantastic street food ranging from Moroccan to Thai cuisines.

King’s Square

A family-friendly event, there is a fun fair on King’s Square that kids will love, as there are several rides to try out. Don’t miss out on the old fashioned Helter Skelter either, which adults are more than welcome to try out too, giving you fantastic views of the city lit up in all its festive glory!

Festive Shopping

Head towards Coppergate to find Santa’s Grotto and all the Christmas-themed shopping you could ask for. There will be Christmas trees, decorations and gifts to browse, so you can take Christmas back to your aparthotel and back home with you.

Parliament Street

Parliament Street is the main area for the St Nicholas Fair. The street is lined with cosy chalet’s brimming with traditional festival souvenirs and treats. There will be hundreds of chalets to check out, so be sure you have your money ready. For foodies, don’t miss Brown and Blond; delicious brownies and blondies with over 50 flavours, the Cheese & Wine Emporium, the Chilli Jam Man and Ainsty Ales. Along Parliament Street, you will find Thor’s Tipi, the perfect stopping place to refuel and get warm with a drink by a roaring fire.

We are taking Christmas bookings for December, so contact us today to find out about availability and don’t miss out on visiting the Winter Wonderland at York Designer Outlet outside the city. Read our blog on romantic activities to do in winter to make the most of your time in Yorkshire this Christmas season.


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