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York’s Christmas market has gone virtual

York's Christmas market.

York’s Christmas market joined the long list of other Christmas markets cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But it seems that there is a way around has been found for shoppers with the market launched online by Make It York.

With over 50 local businesses involved in the virtual event, the public will still get to experience the magic of York’s St Nicholas’ Fair, brought into people’s homes this year as they use the site to buy their festive treats and Christmas gifts.

York's Christmas market.
York’s St Nicholas’ Fair usually has stalls stretching all along Parliament Street and around St Sampson’s Square. The Christmas market previously included a tepee-themed bar named Thor’s.

The majority of businesses that have joined in virtually are favourites of the annual market and would have been preparing to open their festive stalls. Visit York has described the gifts being sold at the virtual market as “unique and local festive York produce and gifts”. There are several different businesses taking part that come under Food and Drink, Homeware, Lifestyle, Entertainment and Attractions and Gifts.

Ex-York St John student, Sarah Carroll, who lived in York for many years and still visits every year for the Christmas market has said that the market being “online seems the logical step to take due to the pandemic. However, it is not the same atmosphere.” She also went on to say: “I’ll miss the physical market and how festive it feels when you go there.”

The virtual market launched the same day as the Christmas lights were switched on in the city to give it a festive feel, and is running till January, here.