Christmas Markets Event Safety Measures – Notice to Residents/Visitors

Following ongoing conversations with safety experts across the city including the City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and event safety specialists, we can now share the plans for the temporary measures which we have been advised to put in place to ensure the safety of all our residents, visitors and businesses.

Barriers will be installed in the city centre on 12th and 13th November and will be place throughout the period of the Christmas market (14th Nov – 22nd Dec). The temporary measures will be removed early in the New Year.  

These barriers will be closed and staffed for the duration of the Christmas market period which takes place between:  

10AM-6PM: Sunday to Wednesday

10AM-8PM: Thursday to Saturday

Please note there is a 3.5 tonne weight restriction on the Nessgate/Spurriergate Corner junction. Please ensure all your delivery providers are informed of this. The alternative route for deliveries is via Piccadilly and High Ousegate.

We understand that that this may cause disruption to businesses in the city centre, however we will be working hard with our partners to ensure we minimise any inconvenience wherever possible. We apologise that this information could not have been shared with you any further in advance, however it has been essential that the measures be put in place with the guidance and input of experts across the city to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.

If you would like any further information on the implementation in regards to Highways please contact: 01904 551550. 

For general information on the Christmas market and these measures please contact / 01904 554455.   

As ever we urge everyone to remain vigilant and alert but not alarmed. Please report anything suspicious to the police. You can pass information in confidence via the Action Counters Terrorism website at where you can find out what to look out for. You can also report information on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always call 999.


We thank you for your understanding and support in ensuring our city remains a safe space for visitors and residents over the Christmas period.