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York starts gearing up for Christmas
9:31am Friday 31st August 2012 in Christmas news
TOURISM chiefs hope York will rival other popular Christmas break locations across the UK and Europe this year with markets, festivals, concerts, an outdoor ice rink and seasonal activities.
A Made In Yorkshire Market will start the shopping season from the November 8 to 18, followed by St Nicholas Fayre , from November 29 to December 2.
York’s Festive Fayre will return from the December 6 to 23, the Festival Of Angels will run on December 15 and 16, and a Christmas Farmers’ Market will be staged on December 14.
Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “This year York will be more Christmassy than ever before. We’re using traditional wooden huts for all of our Christmas markets, including the St Nicholas Fayre and York’s Festive Fayre.”
Coun Sonja Crisp said: “York not only offers a fantastic selection of Christmas markets alongside independent shops and boutiques but also gives the visitor a whole host of extra Christmas treats to experience, from the traditional to the contemporary, such as carols at York Minster or fun on the ice at the Ice Factor.”
Visitors come to York in their thousands over the Christmas period and last year spent in the region of £50 million.