As the Christmas markets get in full swing, a recent study by Christmas Tree World, the best-rated locations for a festive staycation in the UK were unveiled, taking into account factors such as the number of restaurants and attractions, average nightly hotel prices in December, and social media interest. York made it in the top 10 festive markets to visit this year.
Ranking as the seventh-best Christmas getaway destination with a score of 4.87 out of 10 is York. This Historic city offers a delightful setting for a festive retreat, featuring a ancients perfect for leisurely exploring walks.
York is also gaining acclaim for its dynamic food and drink scene, continually evolving to provide an exciting culinary experience.
York has plenty of places to stay over the festive period also with the average price of a 3-star hotel coming in at £134. It’s one of the more expensive cities to stay over the period with only Edinburgh and London costing more. That being said, its one of the longest, running for 37 days giving you plenty of time to visit.
There was a lot of talk about crowding at last year’s Christmas market in York and the city has done various things to help aliviate this including moving Thor’s tipi over to Museum Gardens and spreading the Xmas fair across the city.
We visited York Christmas market and were plesently surprised. They had a range of local offerings from across Yorkshire including local food options. Our favourite had to be the crumble stall serving up a range of crumbles and custards including apple & cinnamon and rhubarb. We had the former topped with chocolate and marshmellows!
Securing the top spot in the rankings is Birmingham, earning 8.59 out of 10. Following closely behind is Manchester with a score of 7.69, claiming the third position with a commendable score of 9.59 is Edinburgh 6.67.