Why York Christmas Markets are the Best in England - Hotel Indigo York

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.

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