CROWDS are now gathering in York as the St Nicholas Fair returns to bring Christmas cheer to the city for the upcoming festive season.

The fair, which opened earlier today, has 68 alpine chalets spread across Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, allowing visitors to view and buy a range of unique gifts, seasonal food and drinks and local produce.

Among those are York Gin, Taste of Yorkshire, Shambles Kitchen, KREP, and Sloemotion and independent designers and craftspeople such as Millie’s Designs and Staves Art.

THOR’s Tipi is also back offering hot beverages along with refreshments by Yuzu Street Food.

The St Nicholas Fair will remain open until December 23. It is open Sunday to Thursday between 10am and 6pm and Friday and Saturday between 10am to 8pm.

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