This year York St Nicholas Fair voted Best Christmas Market in the UK will return from Thursday 14th November – Sunday 22nd December 2019.
St Nicholas Fair is at the very heart of Christmas activities in York, voted as the most festive city in the UK. The specialist market takes place for 6 weeks across the Christmas period. Over 100 chalets stand down Parliament Street, one of the busiest streets in the centre of York and home to some of its biggest high street retailers and banks. St Nicholas Fair also stretches across the city to St Sampson’s Square home to world class street food, plus there’s inspired presents a plenty in Coppergate.
Local flavour fills York’s Shambles Market and Food Court located beside York’s famous Shambles voted the most picturesque street in Britain. Within Shambles Market itself you can find a host of independent traders, along with the Yorkshire Yuletide Village offering Made In Yorkshire treats. Thor’s Tipi, the cosy canvas hang-out will return where you can warm up with a hot chocolate or something a little stronger.
We welcome trades of all kinds such as fresh local food produce, aromatic mulled wine, festive decorations or something a little different. We strive to offer a true flavour of Yorkshire with a diverse range of quality products celebrating local and independent businesses.
St Nicholas Fair has provided a unique shopping experience for over 25 years. The Scandinavian style chalets are dressed with traditional Christmas wreaths and festive lighting to create the perfect ambience for visitors, whilst Christmas music is played throughout to create that extra bit of atmosphere. We are always looking to enhance the visitor experience by offering a full entertainment plan of festive choirs and brass bands alongside creating extra space for buskers.
St Nicholas Fair is significant to the festivities in York. An evaluation saw that 75% of visitors are likely to return to the event over the next few years, and ALL visitors would recommend St Nicholas Fair to their family and friends. Our market is central to York being the most festive city in the UK and we are thrilled to have received the award for Best Christmas Market in the UK 2018.