York Christmas markets 2018

This article is part of a series which researches the top cities forΒ Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, York was recognised as the 24th most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.

 

About The Markets

The UK has had a tumultuous history of Christmas markets, with Oliver Cromwell, in the mid-17th century, placing strict laws in place about the ways in which the British people could celebrate Christmas. Nonetheless, the UK’s Christmas market tradition has survived, although a lot of today’s markets have not been around for the centuries their fellow Christmas markets in France and Germany can boast.

In the medieval city of York, the annual Christmas market takes up most of the city – while festive pop-ups feature across its winding streets and avenues. You’ll find the usual Christmas market fare, with a Scandinavian feel – thanks to York’s Viking ties – rather than the Germanic theme we’re used to. It means that York’s Christmas market is one well worth exploring (and we’re sure you’ll find a bratwurst or two along the way).

Illustrated map of York Christmas Markets

 

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St Nicholas’ Fair, has become an iconic part of the York Christmas festival, which includes the Christmas market itself, a festive ice rink, the Christmas light switch-on, visits with Santa Claus and, of course, York’s traditional pantomime run. A record breaking one million visitors flock to St Nicholas’ Fair each year, where 100 wooden chalets line Parliament St, snaking their way along St Sampson’s Square, The Judge’s Lodging and Coppergate. The Christmas market sells an array of festive fare, from food and drink to handmade arts, crafts and gifts, with carol singers and buskers creating the perfect Christmassy atmosphere that can be heard from miles around.

When: Nov 16-Dec 23
Where: Parliament St
What time: 10am-6pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-8pm (Thu-Sat)
Official Website: https://www.visityork.org/whats-on/st-nicholas-christmas-fair-p873461

 

 

The historic, vibrant Shambles Market is open in the heart of the city of York all year round, but at Christmas Made in Yorkshire returns to host its Yuletide Village, where you’ll find the very best in local and handmade arts, crafts, food and drink. See demonstrations by craftmakers from across Yorkshire and find unique and special gifts that you won’t see anywhere else.

When: Nov 15-Dec 23
Where: Shambles Market, Silver St
What time: 7am-5pm
Official Website: http://www.shamblesmarket.com/

 

 

Thor’s Tipi is a Scandinavian-style, Viking-inspired pop-up tipi bar that is hosted each Christmas in a variety of cities across the UK, including York, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Lincoln, Hull, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and Regent’s Palace. Inside, there are cosy log fires and Christmas cheer, while outside there’s a winter garden complete with Christmas trees and outdoor heating. And, of course, don’t forget the food and drink: outdoor barbecues, ale, mulled wine, Prosecco, hot chocolate and, of course, hot cider.

When: Nov 15-Jan 1
Where: Parliament St
What time: 10am-11pm
Official Website: http://thorstipi.com/york/

 

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