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York Christmas Market Guide

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Sample Itinerary

Early morning departure by coach, arriving at the Holiday Inn York during the afternoon.

After breakfast you will visit York where you will have the day at leisure to explore the Christmas Markets.

Depart hotel after breakfast. Free time in York during the morning before commenci ng your return journey.

The Tour Includes

  • Free time to explore York
  • Bed and breakfast at Holiday Inn York based on two people sharing a twin room
  • Executive coach travel with professional tour manager
  • Optional visits can be arranged

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York is a buzzing Christmas destination, now complete with the relatively new York’s Festive Fayre to compliment the existing Christmas activities. Both the St Nicholas Fayre and the York’s Festival Fayre are situated in Parliament Street.

With market traders adorned in traditional clothes from eras past there is a sense of stepping into a scene from a Dicken’s tale, which adds to the incredibly atmospheric scenery that makes York such an historic location.

With carol singers and the smells of traditional Christmas foods it’s impossible not feel in the Christmas spirit browsing the crammed stalls.

Things you may want to know :

Number of stalls: St Nicholas Fayre: 100, York’s Festive Fayre: 50

Train Station: York Railway Station

Coach Parking: Coaches are not allowed inside the city walls except for a part of Station Road. Coach Parking is at Union Terrace Coach Park and George's Field Coach Park.

Closest Airport: Leeds / Bradford International Airport

Making the Magic - York Christmas Market

To start planning your trip:

Visit the European Connoisseurs Travel web page about the Amiens Christmas MarketVisit the Ect Travel website for more information about other tours in Europe and Worlwide

Download the sample programme of the York Xmas Market tourDownload the sample programme of the York market tour

Alternatively, call us or email us For enquiries on group tours call on freephone 0800 298 0588 or email us

What year was your Christmas market established?
St Nicholas Fayre was established in 1992 but York’s Festive Fayre was a new market last year.

How many visitors do you have approximately?
We have approximately 400,000 visiting the St Nicholas Fayre.

How many stalls do you have approximately?
St Nicholas Fayre hosts over 100 stalls city wide. York’s Festive Fayre is over 50.

Is there a theme to your market this year?
Market traders dress in period costume from the Edwardian / Victorian times.

How do you decide upon the theme?
It is in keeping with York city centre.

What kind of goods are on offer?
A range of goods from local food producers to crafts and gifts.

Does the market have a positive knock-on effect with other activities and events throughout the year?
The Christmas markets form part of a year round programme of event and markets in York.

What three words best describe your Christmas market?
Traditional, quality, local.

Is there anything unique about your market and/or region?
York is the home to some inspirational festive markets, both open air in traditional wooden huts and housed within historic buildings.

Why do people love your Christmas market?
Good quality and diverse produce offered in a historic and beautiful city.

York Christmas Market Gallery

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Tours that combine two European Christmas Markets in one trip!  Choose from four selected markets in Europe.


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Contact us

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       76 Lorne Road
       Bath BA2 3BZ

+44 (0)1225 333747


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