THE annual St Nicholas Fair is starting to take shape in York, ahead of next week’s launch.

Stalls are starting to be put up ahead of the Christmas event in Parliament Street, with fairground rides, food, drink and Christmas craft stalls ready to transform York city centre.

As well as the magical market stalls of St Nicholas Fair, there will be traditional chalets covered in twinkling lights, kicking off with the official launch of festivities with the lights switch-on at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 15.

This year’s event will also include a fairground in Kings Square, festive food and drink in St Sampson’s Square, a Small Business Christmas Market in The Judge’s Lodging, and new for 2018, Santa’s Grotto at Coppergate.