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York's St Nicholas Fayre Breaks Attendance Records


3:53pm 3rd December 2013

The number of visitors to York’s city centre during St Nicholas Fayre is the highest recorded. Nearly a quarter of a million visitors were in the centre of York over four days from Thursday 28 November to Sunday 1 December with a total of 249,563 people recorded – up 74% from 142,803 visitors last year.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “This year’s Fayre figures are extremely impressive, with the headcount for Saturday alone being over 85,000! We welcomed 350 pre-booked coaches and estimate that another 150 came over the four-day period, while some stall holders told us that their takings were up at least 30%.

“Records began in 2009 when cameras were installed to record footfall. Since then they have indicated that the reputation of the market is going from strength to strength, with a wide range of quality products, crafts and unique gifts on offer and many stallholders operating out of festive wooden huts. We were also fortunate this year to enjoy perfect weather for Christmas shopping!”

Cllr James Alexander, leader of the council said: “St Nicholas Fayre is a great event not just for traders but also for city centre retailers, restaurants, bars and businesses. There are lots of reasons why Christmas shoppers choose York, but these figures prove that St Nicholas Fayre is undoubtedly an important attraction for the city’s economy.”

St Nicholas Fayre started in 1992 and has contributed to York’s festive scene every December since. It marks the start of a number of different Christmas festivities in the city centre, including York Festive Fayre in Parliament Street which opens on Wednesday 4 to Sunday 22 December, the Festive Farmers Market on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December and the magical Festival of Angels on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December. For details of further Christmas markets and events in York visit

For information on planning your journey into the city centre visit


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