29 November – 2 December
Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat…
It’s almost that time of year again: to get into the festive spirit and begin the laborious task of Christmas shopping. York’s annual St. Nicholas Fayre, at the end of November, is an event everyone looks forward to, providing a heart-warming, traditional and unique shopping experience that kick starts the festive season wonderfully. At Christmas, York really pulls out all the stops to create a wonderful, magical atmosphere to get you into the festive spirit. Towering Christmas trees grace the cobbled streets and decorations and twinkling fairy lights beautifully adorn the trees and buildings, all set against a backdrop of York’s stunning historical buildings creating a unique and magical setting to warm the heart.
Nowhere else in Britain gets into the festive spirit quite like York does. People come from all over the world to experience York at Christmas time, so it comes as little surprise that it has recently been named as the most Christmassy place in Britain by top tourism organisations. York now offers an extensive and diverse programme of events to rival all other cities in the UK according to Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York. This city is most definitely the place to be during the festive season, and the many festive markets and fayres on offer harp back to a more simple time before mass produced goods; every item is special and lovingly hand-made.
St Nicholas Fayre takes place from 29 November to 2 December, and the city becomes an exciting and enticing concoction of decorations, lights, Christmas trees and street stalls brimming with delicious locally-sourced festive food, and beautiful hand-crafted goods. The fayre, which has been taken place annually since 1992, specialises in local farm produce, festive treats such as mulled wine, roast chestnuts and Christmas cake, along with hand-made gifts and crafts, so you can pick up something for your loved ones and for your festive plate at the same time. You’re guaranteed to find something a little different to include in your Christmas shopping that you won’t be able to find in your regular high street store. To up the festive ante even further, all stall holders will be dressed in traditional Victorian costume so you can feel as though you’re browsing the stalls in another time.
The stalls will be spread across the city centre, the majority being in Parliament Street, with other stalls branching out to St Sampson’s Square, Kings Square, Coppergate and the Guildhall. Other venues across the city will also be hosting individual specialised events:
Christmas in York is an exciting and unique experience you won’t find in other cities, and St Nicholas Fayre is just one example of the many magical events taking place within the city. During the festive season, surely the most Christmassy place in Britain is the only place to be!