A Guide to Christmas Shopping in York
With four out of town shopping centres, York has a plethora of options available when it comes to Christmas shopping. We take a look at the main spots for shopping in York and what each area has to offer.
York City Centre
There is something about doing your Christmas shopping in York amongst the medieval winding streets. In particular, you should visit the St Nicholas Fair which runs from 17th November right up to the 23rd December. During this time Parliament Street, St. Sampsons Square and The Judge’s lodging with be lined with small chalets selling a variety of local hand-made gifts. Thor’s Tipi on Parliament Street will allow you to warm yourself by a log fire whilst sipping hot mulled wine.
As well as having all the major store outlets, York has a variety of traditional boutique shops for those extra special gifts. Shops like the Hairy Fig
on Fossgate sell a variety of specialist foods from Spain, Italy, France and Mexico. Sample a variety of pates, truffles, hams and salamis in the quaint setting right next to Merchant Adventurers Hall.
If you are looking for hot cooked food you are well catered for by a number of unique delis and restaurants scattered throughout the narrow streets. Try Lucky Days
on Parliament Street for something a little different. Lucky Days has a variety of speciality sandwiches (try the bacon buttie with balsamic tomatoes), salads and cakes all made fresh with their own unique twist.
Based just outside York City Centre (Sat Nav YO32 9GX) this shopping park is connected by a regular bus service and allows free parking for up to 4 hours. It is a good alternative for those not wanting to drive into the city centre.
has a number of major stores such as Debenhams, Primark, Miss Selfridge and Laura Ashley. For the cycle enthusiasts there is a branch of Evans Cycles and the golfing fanatics are served well with American Golf.
After a day shopping at Monks Cross why not relax over a hot drink at Costa or Starbucks? Those in need of something more substantial can grab a pizza at Pizza Hut.
To keep you in the Christmas spirit the York Railway Institute Band will be playing on the 3rd and 10th December.
Vangarde Shopping Park
New kid on the block, the Vangarde Shopping Park
is right next door to Monks Cross. Vangarde takes a different approach to its neighbour however as it features three huge flagship stores for Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Next.
After a day spent touring the stores you can then head off to a variety of restaurants only metres from the shops. Treat yourself to a Nandos, Giraffe or Prezzo for some extra energy before you finish off your shopping. For those in search of something more opulent you can head over to Hotel Chocolat.
Vangarde Shopping Park can be found by putting YO32 9AE into your sat nav. Alternatively, catch one of the many buses to Monks Cross from the city centre and walk to the park from the there.
York Designer Outlet
Based a little further from York City Centre in Fulford, the Designer Outlet
is the only indoor shopping centre in the city.
For the fashion conscious the Designer Outlet offers goods at great prices from a number of major names including Calvin Klein, Boss, Adidas, Levis and Lacoste. It’s always worth visiting the outlet website too before you go to take advantage of exclusive offers, events and coupons.
Those in search of something to eat are well served by Wagamama, Pizza Express, Pret a Manager and Subway to name just a few of the huge selection available.
The designer outlet also features a Winter Wonderland over the Christmas period with ice skating and vintage rides for the kids. Santa even makes an appearance from the 19th November.
The York Designer Outlet has a huge amount of free parking and can be found by entering YO19 4TA in your sat nav. Alternatively, catch the number 7 bus from outside York train station.
Wherever you decide to shop, there is something for everyone and too much to do in one day. Stay a few days on our York self catering accommodation
and get the best out of what York has to offer!