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York St Nicholas Fayre
York Christmas Fayres

Visit the York St Nicholas Fayre - one of York's Christmas Fayres.

Enjoy a festive shopping trip in historic surroundings...

We visit and share our thoughts and photos...

Also information about the York Festive Fayre - which runs through December

merry go round at St Nichols Fair in York - 2012

Full of Festive cheer!

York's St Nicholas Fayre is one of the UK's most popular Christmas markets - we try to go most years, to get us in the mood for Christmas, and of course to indulge in a spot of Christmas shopping.

St Helen's Square - Christmas in York


It happens in late November - early December every year

29 Nov - 2 Dec 2012

There is also a further Christmas Fair (called 'York Festive Fayre') which happens later in December - in Parliament Street and Newgate Market - this happens 5 - 23 December 2012

York St Nicholas Fair - shopping and food and drink


It happens all over the centre of York. The main locations are:

  • Parliament Street (running into St Sampson's Square)
  • Coppergate
  • Barley Hall
  • St William's College
  • Guildhall
one of the besutiful locations for the St Nicholas Fayre in York - St William's College

St William's College (above) - founded in the 15th Century


The market is full of lots of independent stalls -in Parliament Street these are located in wooden huts - partly to give the stallholders and shoppers some protection from the elements, I'm sure - but also to give a nostalgic, continental atmosphere to the whole market.

St Nicholas fair - York - take the weight off your feet for a while and indulge in some of the tasty treats on offer

Arts, crafts and artisan food and drink are the focus of and specialities of the York St Nicholas Fayre - plenty to browse...


I've tried to find out something about the origins of the fayre - but haven't come up with anything...

I can only assume that it has connections with St Nicholas - whose Christmassy connections are well known, and whose importance in the Christmas count-down has added importance in many countries of Europe, with the celebration of St Nicholas Day on 6 December, when people give gifts of sweets and candy to each other.

Ready for the St Nicholas Fayre Photo Tour..?

I thought the easiest way of showing you the St Nicholas Christmas market in York, would be to guide you through my visit, with the photos I took...

So you can see for yourself, and be prepared for what you'll see and experience on your own visit.


The 2012 St Nicholas Fayre is taking place against the backdrop of flooding...

Two days before the fair started, the Ouse flooded...

Ouse river floods in York - November 2012

I was in York to capture this photo above - terrible for the homes and businesses affected, especially as many have barely recovered from similar flooding just two months earlier, in September...

But, York is still open for business - and the flooding does not affect the streets of the St Nicholas Fair.

Parliament Street

In Parliament Street, see the stalls in the little wooden huts - many stall-holders dress in Victorian dress...

York St Nicholas Fayre after dark

After-dark is a wonderful time to visit - you get a really Christmassy feel from all the lights

winter huts in the Christmas market in York

Lots of opportunities to find that perfect Christmas gift...

Christmas comes to York - St Nicholas Fayre 2012

It can get crowded!

St Nicholas Fair in York UK - christmas shopping

This is also a great place to find food and drink - whether you are looking for the perfect foodie gift idea...

food and drink gift ideas at St Nicholas Fayre, York

Or want to stop a moment to enjoy a bite to eat - or sup a warming beverage!

In this case, head towards the 'deliciouslyyorkshire' food and drink stalls at the St Sampson's Square end of Parliament Street


fairground fun in St Sampson's Square York

St Sampson's Square is also where you'll find the fairground horses - hop on, and enjoy the ride...

merry go round - St Nicholas Fair York UK

Newgate Market

Newgate Market is off Parliament Street - it is the usual market in York - but it gets extra-specially 'Christmassed-up' for the St Nicholas Fayre

York - Newgate Market at Christmas time - St Nicholas Fayre

Barley Hall

Barley Hall - York - Christmas Fayre St Nicholas Fayre 2012

Next, head up to Barley Hall - for a taste of medieval York.

Here you'll find plenty of unique gifts and crafts - all inside this stunning medieval building.

Many stall holders are in medieval dress.

crafts and gifts at Barley Hall York - St Nicholas Fair

Admission to the Barley Hall St Nicholas Fayre Crafts is £2

St William's College

From here, head up to St William's College, which is just nearby, (located behind the Minster) and is an equally impressive medieval building...

St William's College - york

Inside are several rooms, packed with crafts created with love and care...

Admission to the St Nicholas Fayre at St William's College is just 50p

interior of St William's college


From St William's College, head back, past the Minster, and stroll down picturesque Stonegate to get to St Helen's Square, where you can visit the Made in Yorkshire craft fair at the Guildhall

Made in Yorkshire - St Nicholas Fair York at the Guildhall

Here you'll see the very best of home-made (Yorkshire) crafts and artistic products (with a small cafe, for drinks and cakes, too)

Admission is FREE

Enjoy your visit to the York St Nicholas Fayre

I hope you enjoy your visit to the York St Nicholas Fayre.

York St Nicholas Fayre on the Map

The York St Nicholas Fayre is in the centre of York - the main street in York is Parliament Street.

From here you will easily be able to reach St William's College, Barley Hall, and the Guildhall.

This map is interactive.

Just use the + and - buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.

Use the arrows to move about the area.

Further Details and Contact Details - click here for more details about the York St Nicholas Fayre

St Nicholas Fayre in York 2012

More York Christmas Fayres and Festivals

If you are in York in the run-up to Christmas, you can also enjoy:

  • York Festival of Angels - 15-16 December 2012 - ice sculptures in the streets around Stonegate and Swinegate
  • York Festive Fayre - 5 - 23 December 2012 - York's traditional Christmas Fair - in Parliament Street

York Festive Fayre

york christmas fayre

This York Christmas Fayre runs through most of December (up to (not including) Christmas Eve)...

In Parliament Street in the centre of York (smaller than the St Nicholas Fayre - but still loads of great Christmas shopping!)

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