York Christmas Market

Christmas market stalls
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    Hot chocolate, alpine chalets and festive foods-the sights and scents of a Christmas market are in the air! There is no better place to visit to get those seasonal merry and bright vibes and Yorkshire Christmas market has all you need for this upcoming festive season.

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    Market Location and Opening times

    market stalls
    The main Christmas Market is located in the Parliament Street and St. Sampson’s Square area of York city centre, North Yorkshire. Also known as the York St Nicholas Fair, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the market.

    York is one of the UK’s most festive cities with beautifully decorated shops and attractions, plus a variety of Christmas special events.

    Opening times for the York Christmas Market are from 17th November 2022- 23rd December 2022.

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    Parliament St

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    York Christmas Market
    The streets of the market are lined with twinkling Christmas trees, creating a festive wonderland. You will find local traders selling artisan products and handmade gifts from alpine chalet type market stalls. Why not pick up a new Christmas decoration or festive gift? Are you a foodie? Then, an array of delicious food vendors will tempt you with ranges of cheeses, chutney and chilli jams!

    The charming country style Yorkshire Barn in St Sampson’s Square will give you a cosy festive feeling. Seasonal treats such as hot chestnuts and mulled wine will delight shoppers visiting the Christmas market.

    In addition, nearby the main market area in Kings Square, you will discover a lovely attraction for families. A funfair with classic helter-skelter and vintage carousel.

    York Minster Winter Village

    York Minster
    This popular festive event returns in 2022. The York Minster has amazing history and is one of oldest cathedrals in the world. The Winter Village comprises of several decorative wooden huts selling Christmassy food, drinks and gifts. The Winter Village is part of the many events and festive markets across the city, that are planned for the York Christmas Festival 2022.

    Also, this year there are plans again to have picnic benches near the wooden huts, perfect to stop and take in the scenic view of York city centre at Christmas time.

    Santa’s Grotto Coppergate

    Santa's Grotto
    There are additional Christmas cabins selling festive gifts in the Coppergate area of York. Here you can tick off an essential December event for children, a visit to Santa’s Grotto!

    Organised by the team behind the Christmas lights and events in York’s Stockeld Park, kids will love the cosy grotto.  So, make sure you take a stroll over to this area of York city centre and give that all important list to Father Christmas!

    Where to Stay In York

    a boutique room in the swan hotel
    There’s plenty of festive accommodation in York city centre to enjoy a short break or overnight stay when visiting the Christmas market. Here we’ve picked out some of our favourites with family-friendly locations near York city centre.

    At the Malmaison York Hotel enjoy stunning views of the cathedral. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the city centre which, as a result makes it perfect for little children’s legs that can tire easily.

    Hilton York Piccadilly has a good central location, only a short walk from all of the major attractions including York Minster, York Barbican and Christmas markets.

    The friendly staff at Hotel Indigo York are experts on what to do and where to go in York. So if you need any advice for your stay they will be able to help. The comfortable beds and stylish interiors here are an added bonus!

    Getting to the Market

    Family at Christmas market
    If you are travelling to York by car, we recommend you park in one of the NCP car parks right in centre of York. These car parks are conveniently located near many shops and the York Christmas market on Parliament Street. Then, you will be right in the centre of the city so can spend more time buying those all important presents!

    Alternatively, if you are arriving by train, the city centre and Christmas markets are around a 10 minute walk from York train station.

    We hope you have found our guide to York Christmas market useful and have a great time if you visit.

    Don’t forget to check out our other Christmas blogs. You can search for the perfect Christmas event here.

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