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Why York Christmas Markets are the Best in England

Famed across the UK, York Christmas Markets are a celebration of all things festive. Officially called St. Nicholas Fair, it was awarded the Best Large Speciality Market at the Great British Market Awards in 2019. You’ll see our pedestrianised centre come alive with twinkling lights, live music, and the smell of mulled wine floating through the air. In this blog, our York hotel explains what makes our Christmas Markets so special.

Streets of York

Our historic streets create the perfect backdrop 

Charming alpine chalets sit beautifully against the medieval town centre. Seeing some of the best preserved medieval streets in the world decorated with holly, tinsel, and lights is an awe-inspiring experience. Wandering away from the main spots of the fair, you’ll see that the rest of York is just as keen in their decorations. Feel your spirit soar as you’re transported to a magical world of nostalgia and Yuletide cheer. 

Yorkshire Pudding Wrap(Image Credit: The York Roast Co)

Finally try a proper Yorkshire pudding wrap

Try the trend taking over the nation. If you’ve not had a Yorkshire pudding wrap yet, you’re missing out. There's nowhere better to try it than the home of the pud itself, using recipes passed down for generations. With your choice of filling, you can personalise the meal to suit your taste. It’s just like treating yourself to an early Christmas dinner in the most delicious way possible, and there’s no meal more suitable.

York Christmas Market

Local shops provide unique gifts

Handmade and one of a kind present ideas are plentiful at York Christmas Markets. With a strong focus on promoting Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople, you can be sure to find something that no one else will. No matter your price point, our streets are lined with traders for all budgets. Many items can also be personalised to make them extra special. Be careful, you might catch yourself ditching the list and shopping for yourself instead.

The Shambles York

The Shambles means extra Christmas shopping

Looking for a gift for a special someone? Between the markets and the Shambles, you’ll never be short of ideas for anyone in your life. Of course York has the usual array of high street shops, too, but it’s time to get something different. Try Paperesque for stationary, Monk Bar Chocolatiers for sweet tooths, or the Ghost Merchants for spooky souvenirs. 


People in York Christmas Market

Good old Yorkshire hospitality

Yorkshire folk have a reputation for being the most friendly people, and we never disappoint. From saying hello to one another on the street, to chatting with small business owners and staff, you’ll always feel welcome. Feel free to ask questions or strike up a conversation, and we’ll happily oblige. We also love a good bargain, so keep your eye out for lots of free samples, discounts, and offers.


York at Christmas is truly magical! Don’t just take our word for it, come over and see for yourself; St Nicholas Fair runs from the 18th November to the 23rd December. Make your stay even more amazing with our special offers to make your festive season sparkle.


This hotel is a gem, comfortable, personal, with delicious food, and non-ostentatious, yet with all the amenities you could ask for.

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Hotel Indigo York Reviews



A lovely hotel within walking distance to the centre of York. Very friendly, helpful staff on reception, bar area and dining room. The rooms were immaculately clean and well presented. The bed was absolutely huge and was extremely comfortable. The hotel has a modern, funky feel to it and was very welcoming. The breakfast was superb . Would definitely stay here again.



<p>Conveniently positioned within easy walking distance of the city and Minster. This was our third visit so obviously we’re fans. That said although the previous visits were excellent this time the stay was even better. On check in we were given a complimentary upgrade to a superior room as IHG elite members. The room was spacious, clean and well furnished. Large TV. Massive comfortable bed with high quality bedding. Complimentary snacks with fresh milk and the bonus of a Nespresso coffee machine complete with six “pods”. Decent sized bathroom which was clean and well stocked with quality toiletries. Breakfast on both mornings was excellent. Wide choice of hot and cold items. Plenty of quality juices and smoothies. Service excellent even when busy nothing seems rushed. Very highly recommended.</p>



Excellent hotel. Rooms very nice and extremely clean and quiet. Friendly staff both at reception and restaurant. Breakfast had fantastic choice. Location was really good lots of nice bars and restaurants just minutes away. Short walk to the Shambles and they offered parking just 2 minutes away for a small daily charge. Would definitely stay again. 5 Stars.


Perth, Australia

We have found that it’s the little things that make a huge difference when you’re travelling. They’ve nailed the little things here! You’re always warmly greeted when you pass reception. Comfortable bed, soft towels, immaculate room and free chocolate in the fridge! Breakfast is delicious and finally a coffee I enjoyed. Location is fabulous and parking was easy. Well done to the Team at Hotel Indigo.



We stayed at the Indigo for my birthday recently. It was very modern with quirky room features. The breakfast was world class - such a great variety of treats, including a good selection of gluten and dairy free food. The staff were very helpful and attentive.


Milton Keynes

Stayed for 2 nights, very good quality modern hotel with good sized rooms and breakfast. Cold buffet and hot food freshly cooked to order . Great location within a 5/10 minute walk of York center. Would highly recommend.



<p>My partner, daughter and I stayed for 3 nights on a city break in April 2018. The room was great, Fresh milk in the complimentary mini fridge, fantastic big bed, really really clean, excellent room service and thick black out curtains. The service was excellent from all the staff at all times - reception staff were helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was also fantastic, so much choice on offer and again, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is really well located for the city. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely stay there again. Absolutely 10/10 all round.</p>


South Ayrshire

This is a nice hotel in a quiet area of York, but still within easy walking distance of the city centre / shambles walls etc. Lovely continental breakfast and a quiet bar area. Ideal if you want a bit of peace in a busy city.



Stayed one night in this hotel ,was very impressed. A warm welcome on arrival from the receptionist and the room was ready ahead of check in time. The room was lovely, very luxurious with lots of nice touche. Biscuits, chocolate and drinks in fridge. Very close to main town and York Minster. Had a lovely evening meal in the hotel restaurant, very reasonable priced and a nice breakfast in the morning before leaving. Would definitely stay here again.



Lovely hotel close to York centre and near all the main sites. Within 5 minutes walk to the Shambles. Excellent staff and facilities. On arrival complimentary mini treats in room due to it being my Birthday. Complimentary water and chocolate and biscuits in room together with tea making facilities. Made the 2 night stay in York most enjoyable. Would definitely stay there again and recommend.


Greater Manchester

We had a very pleasant stay on a Saturday night when visiting York. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Shambles and central York area. The staff were all good and friendly with good check in service and also in the bar. The breakfast choice and service was also very good. The room and the hotel was decorated very well. We stay here again if staying in York.

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