It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year, and after a seriously long wait (thanks to the pandemic), Yorkshire’s Christmas events are returning with a bang. And luckily for us, one of those said events has been named one of the best in the UK.
Ranking favourably in a review run by My Favourite Cottages, York Christmas Markets nabbed itself a top spot in the review, coming third place in the list of ‘Best Christmas Markets in the UK’.
Joined by some big names, the historic city followed Manchester in first place and Birmingham in second, taking the commendable third spot ahead of Glasgow, Bristol and Yorkshire fave Sheffield.
The research was collected using eight data points, including number of stalls, running time, number of visitors, entrance fee and the likelihood of meeting Santa. York was applauded for the length of time it opens for, providing locals with the opportunity to shop and enjoy the city’s festive spirit for five whole weeks.
Harry Roberts, Director of My Favourite Cottages, commented on the findings: “People have been travelling up and down the country to visit their favourite Christmas markets for years and it’s exciting to see our favourite cities come alive every winter.
“It has been a tough 18 months for local traders, but I predict a possible surge in winter staycations as we warmly welcome back our beloved Christmas markets across the country and hopefully this means more support for small businesses across the country.”
Here’s the list in full:
- Manchester Christmas Market
- Birmingham Christmas Market
- York Christmas Market
- Glasgow Christmas Market
- Bristol Christmas Market
- Blackpool Winter Gardens Market
- Canterbury Christmas Market
- Brighton Christmas Festival
- Sheffield Christmas Market
- Stratford upon Avon Victorian Christmas Market
Is York Christmas Market going ahead this year?
York Christmas Market will open on November 18th until December 23rd, with tons of alpine huts lining the streets and stocking locally made crafts, gifts, food and so much more.
Where will it take place?
The St Nicholas Christmas Fair – as the event is known as – will span across Parliament Street and St Sampson’s square, with a vintage carousel popping up at Kings Square, and Thor’s Tipi taking over the gardens at the Principal hotel.
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