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York has a very special independent retail and hospitality sector and Make It York is responsible for city centre management and the development of key areas of high public footfall, such as Shambles Market, which offers significant additional opportunities for development and expansion.

Our Christmas Market is regularly cited as one of the best in the UK, and we continue to develop and innovate a calendar of events for the city to ensure that we offer an inclusive and accessible range of events that inspire and excite diverse audiences all year round.

Shambles Market

Shambles Market is a historic and vibrant market and is home to York’s largest group of independent traders. With more than 70 stalls, the market is a one-stop shop for all your shopping needs including quality gifts, fresh flowers, and much more.

St Nicholas Fair

St Nicholas Fair has been a staple of York’s Christmas offering since 1992. The famous alpine chalets line Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square creating a festive wonderland, with an array of local traders and artisan products.  

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