After a hugely successful York Christmas Market in 2022, Make It York have confirmed that plans are underway for Christmas 2023, with the popular market set to return on 16th November to 22nd December.
Following last year’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, the famous alpine chalets will return to line Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, creating a festive wonderland of local traders and artisan products.
In 2022, York’s Christmas activities influenced 75% of visitors to come to York, with 49% of visitors visiting for the Christmas market alone. Traffic to the Christmas content on the Visit York website exceeded 515,000 views, with Visit York social channels reaching over 3.9m in November and December. There were also over 194 pieces of media coverage, which had a combined reach of over 91M.
Make It York’s research into 2022 also demonstrated that York Christmas Market had a positive impact on other businesses within the city. 87% of visitors spent their time in York shopping within the Christmas Market itself, with 93% then shopping elsewhere in the city and 80% eating and drinking in venues away from the market.*
Applications for retail businesses to get involved in this year’s York Christmas Market are now open. To be involved, please find out more here. The deadline for applications is the 26th May 2023.
*Data based on 210 visitors interviewed by Qa Research at York St Nicholas Fair 2022. Base: 174 visitors and 36 residents.
For further information please contact:
Brittany Guymer, Communications Coordinator at Make It York
Notes to Editors
About Make It York
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities. These are:
- City positioning and profile-raising
- Ensuring an exciting city centre
- Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy
Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.