3. York Minster Winter Village
There is no better setting than the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, completed in the 15th century. The Minster itself is always worth a visit, with its colossal original medieval stained glass windows – and the venue also hosts special events throughout the season. The Winter Village of the Minster takes place at the foot of the majestic South Gate, where the beautiful wooden huts offer the opportunity to take a number of gifts, including a selection of York Minster. Enjoy locally brewed coffee or hot chocolate and treat yourself to a pulled pork sandwich or Yorkshire bratwurst. The Monastery’s first Christmas Festival is also set close in the grounds of the cathedral, where about 40 trees are decorated to individual themes by local businesses, schools and charities.
4. Market Shambles
Not to be overlooked is York’s Shambles Market, the year-round market right in the center of York. Immersed in history, it sells everything from local fruits and vegetables to fashion, flowers, handbags and shoes, and is the original one-stop shop in a quaint paved back plaza. During the festive season, merchants stock up on Christmas trees, garden decorations and hats, and in addition made crafts. The Shambles shopping street is a must-see in York and is arguably one of the most invigorating places in the UK with its quaint overhanging buildings and comfortable narrow streets. Go to the nearby Shambles street food market, with its outdoor seating area, where you can try some of the best food and coffee in York at budget prices – a favorite of locals.