York Christmas Market 2021 – What’s on and When?

What’s on and when at York Christmas Market 2021? – York Christmas market runs from Thursday 18th November – Thursday 23rd December 2021.  St Nicholas Fair used to be just the last weekend in November but over recent years it has expanded to be the whole of the Christmas period which is fabulous for York and makes it a real destination over Christmas. Of course there are lots of other festive events going on over Christmas that you must check out too and plan all your festive fun!

If you are not from York and are looking for somewhere to stay while you are here, have a look at some of the hotels perfectly placed to visit York Christmas Market or have a look at some of the Yorkshire Hotels we have reviewed for a fab festive break!

Have a look at my video of York Christmas Market:

Christmas Market York

The York Xmas Market is usually mainly on Parliament Street, but you can also find cabins in Coppergate and a covered market just round the corner from Parliament Street where the regular market is. Housed in these cute little wooden cabins, you can buy all manner of Christmas gifts. My favourite are the ones selling pretty interiors products and Christmas decorations.

York Christmas Market

The street where the York Christmas Market is, is lined with trees that are festooned with tiny twinkling Christmas lights. Seasonal smells fill the air from spicy curries to the sharp tang of frying onions, it’s very difficult to choose from the myriad of food choices. I also like to indulge in a hot chocolate and crepes or waffles.  In the past we have visited Thor’s Tipi which is a Nordic style bat at one end of the Christmas Market.  You can see my review of Thor’s here.

The inside of Thor’s Tipi.

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How to best navigate York Christmas Market 2020

My advice is to begin your browsing at the end of the market nearest Piccadilly then gradually work your way up towards St Sampson’s Square, where there is often food stalls.  The Christmas lights will then lead you away from the market and up Davygate towards St Helen’s Square where there is a huge Christmas Tree outside the Mansion House – the address of the Lord Mayor of York.  Here you could treat yourself to a coffee in The Ivy or some goodies from Betty’s.

Christmas Tree outside Betty's York

If you have the children with you don’t miss Santa’s Grotto in Coppergate (near the Jorvik Viking Centre), it’s run by the Christmas experts Stockeld Park

York Christmas Markets

York Christmas Markets

York is a marvellous place to visit at Christmas and the market is just one aspect of it. Have a look what other Christmas events are happening in York, or indeed the rest of Yorkshire. If you are a Christmas Market fanatic then have a look at my list of other Christmas markets in Yorkshire.

Christmas Market York

York Christmas Market 2021 Dates

York Christmas market runs from Thursday 18th November – Thursday 23rd December 2021

Christmas Markets in York

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