Hotels York Christmas Market 


Are you planning to stay in York during the Christmas market? We have created the latest guide for York to help you find a restaurant, an activity, a guided tour and best hotels close to the York St Sampson’s Square – York Christmas Market for the Winter of 2023!

The York Christmas Market known as York Winter Wonderland is a magical place that comes to life in the heart of York, a few weeks before Christmas.


This year the market runs from 18th November 2023 to 23rd December 2023. The York Market is located on St Sampson’s Square  in the city centre of York.

How is the weather in York in December?

The average temperature in York in December is about 7° / 1° (low) and light rain is possible as well. A warm, waterproof coat or jacket is a must during the winter in York and United Kingdom if you plan to visit during the Christmas period!


Best Restaurants in York for the perfect Christmas Dinner

  1. Skosh
  2. Buongiorno York
  3. Melton’s Restaurant
  4. Café FeVa
  5. The Rattle Owl


Best Day Tours in York in Winter

York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

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1. The Grand, York 5* – Hotels Near York Christmas Market

The Grand, York

The 5-star Grand Hotel & Spa offers stylish rooms and a luxury vaulted spa. Set in the iconic Grade II listed former railway headquarters, it has bedrooms that feature free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, bathrobes, slippers, Molton Brown toiletries and an evening turn down service.

The Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar offers modern British cuisine, with locally sourced, freshly prepared dishes.

The open kitchen and spacious setting at The Rise, York creates an immersive and social dining experience for guests, guests can enjoy afternoon tea, lunch time snacks or an evening of luxury.

Opposite the original city walls, this sophisticated Edwardian hotel is set in the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, and was built in 1906. It’s 4 minutes’ walk from York train station.

Lavish rooms are individually decorated and have velvet drapes, oak panel headboards and Egyptian cotton linen. All feature free Wi-Fi, and en suite bathrooms with designer toiletries. Suites add separate lounge areas and Nespresso coffee makers. Room service is available.

Amenities include 2 restaurants, a bar with terrace seating (seasonal), a whiskey lounge, and a spa with a pool and a sauna.

Originally constructed in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for what was then one of the most powerful public companies in the country, today it is the region’s leading luxury hotel and has established a global reputation for its first-class service, stylish bedrooms and unique historic atmosphere.

We stayed at The Grand hotel – York in December and our room was beautiful, very spacious and meticously presented and it felt like small apartment minus a kitchen. A warm welcomed on arrival at the door, Jordy was great, nothing was too much trouble. We loved it so much we stayed on an extra night.

December was a great time to visit york with the night time Christmas market and a visit to Aunt Betty’s cafe. The hotel and the staff deserve the 5 star rating.

the room was just delightful, the double bathroom perfect whilst we were getting ready and I don’t think I’ve ever slept in a bed so huge. One bottle of still and one bottle of sparkling water complimentary with all other minibar drinks chargeable. We also had a tea and coffee tray.

The Classic room was twice the size of the standard rooms in any other hotel I’d stayed at and appointed as a luxury room.

Very nice indeed. The TV was a 47” flat screen HD variety and a bottle of champagne was waiting for us, chilled….nice touch! Glad I mentioned it was a birthday treat!

The bathroom and toilet were 2 separate rooms (this in a Classic!) and were very nicely done. Heated floors, heated mirrors, spotlessly clean…perfect!

The bed was super comfy and huge! The room also has a small table and 2 chairs for in-room dining.

Small touches are what made this place feel special, attention to detail, like built in nightlights, lights in the fitted wardrobes, reading lamps…the small things.

Check in was delightful in a separate reception room where we were checked in and advised to return later when the room would be ready.
We headed into York to the Christmas markets and had a lovely time.

Hotels Near York Christmas Market
Hotels Near York Christmas Market

How much does a room costs at The Grand, York ?

Prices start 197$/night for Classic Double Room. The Heritage Suite is 425$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.

Each unique Heritage Suite is spacious and some suites offer double sinks, single and double walk-in showers and feature windows. All of our Heritage Suites feature a bath.

There is a spacious seating area.There is also a flat-screen TV, Molton Brown bath products, bathrobes and slippers, and an evening turn-down service. Complimentary access to the Spa with pool are included with the Suites

Where to book online – The Grand, York – Hotels Near York Christmas Market you can find the best hotels near York St Sampson’s Square – Christmas Market hotels in York during Christmas which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in UK on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

2. Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection 4* – Hotels Close to York Christmas Market

Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection

Opposite York Minster, and less than 200 m from York city centre, is the Dean Court Hotel Best Western Premier Collection. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Breakfast is served with views of York Minster. Guests can enjoy fresh coffees, drinks and snacks in the elegant lounge, and a popular Afternoon Tea is served in The Bar-Lounge.

Each individually decorated room at the Dean Court Hotel Best Western Premier Collection has a TV with DVD player and a work desk. The stylish private bathrooms also include a hairdryer.

The Jorvik Viking Centre and the Shambles, a historic cobbled street with bars and pubs, are both less than 10 minutes’ walk away.

A 2-minute walk from York Minster cathedral and the York Theatre Royal, this stylish hotel in a 19th-century former clergy house is less than a mile from York Castle.

Contemporary rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks, as well as mini fridges and coffee makers. Some feature 4-poster beds and/or bunk beds.

A modern restaurant offers Minster views, and serving a seasonal menu. There’s also a cafe and a bar.

The Dean Court is notably child-friendly with four well equipped family rooms. Guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs will also enjoy facilities in a quartet of rooms.

This hotel is right in the center of the action in York, a stone’s throw from the Minster and a lovely walk to any of the central tourist attractions (we walked to the York Walls, Christmas market, Jorvik Viking Centre, and Shambles). The price you pay is likely some noise, either from the street, the Minster bells (Tuesday when we were there is when the bell practice happens, over several hours stretching to 9 pm or so), or the bar downstairs.

But on the plus side, the bar serves yummy desserts, food (that we didn’t try) and drinks (that we did) and is open 24 hours for hotel guests! You can walk easily to plenty of coffee shops for breakfast as we did, or get breakfast at the hotel.

The rooms are older, but well equipped and comfortable with seating, adjustable heating (and a freestanding fan in the closet), and views of the Minster. Cost is reasonable and value is good.

Warm, comfortable hotel with professional polite staff, good food excellent value, spacious room which was clean, well furnished and overlooked York Minster. Close to the city centre. Loved our Christmas visit especially the street Christmas market.

The twin room was huge with everything available. Wi-fi was fast and of course, free. Staff were very welcoming.

The Christmas market at York was nothing to write home about but the Shambles were gorgeous and only a couple of minutes walk away. It’s also close to Betty’s for afternoon tea which is a bit of an institution. Mumbai Lounge in Fossgate is also worthy of a mention.

The hotel is a quick walk from the station; doesn’t take long at all.

Hotels Near York Christmas Market
Hotels Near York Christmas Market

How much does a room costs at Dean Court Hotel ?

Prices start 228$/night for Small Double Room with Double Bed. The Suite with King Bed is 542$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.

This suite has a DVD player.

Where to book online – Dean Court Hotel – Hotels Near York Christmas Market you can find the best hotels near York St Sampson’s Square. – Christmas Market hotels in York during Christmas which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in UK on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

3. The Queens Hotel 3* – Hotels Near York Christmas Market

Situated on the banks of the River Ouse, The Queens Hotel is ideally located for the many shops, restaurants and bars that the centre of York has to offer.

The Queens Hotel is within easy walking distance of York Train Station, York Minster and the National Rail Museum. Rooms with disabled access are available on request.

Rooms are spacious and comfortable with classical decor. All rooms have free Wi-Fi internet access, en suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, a refreshments trays and a TV.

Set in a converted redbrick warehouse on the banks of the River Ouse, this low-key hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from York train station, a 16-minute walk from the National Railway Museum and 5 minutes on foot from the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Laid-back rooms with classic furnishings offer free Wi-Fi, TVs, and tea and coffee making equipment. Upgraded rooms add cable TV and river views. Family rooms sleep up to 4 guests.

There’s an unpretentious restaurant, a bar and a riverside lounge. Parking is available for a fee.

This hotel offers accommodation perfectly situated on the banks of the River Ouse in the heart of the city of York. The Queens Hotel features 78 bedrooms.

All major tourist attraction and shopping is within walking distance and some nightlife/restaurants/pubs are located near the hotel.

Just returned from a 2 night Christmas market stay. The hotel is in a great location, Within a 15 minute walk to the Shambles and 5-10 minute walk to town.

We stayed at The Queens Hotel as a family, to visit the Christmas market and do some shopping.

The hotel is warm and comfortable and our rooms were spacious and overlooking the river. The staff could not have been more helpful, and the breakfast plentiful and tasty. It is in a perfect location and I would happily return and recommend this hotel.

We visited York for the Christmas Market. The Queens hotel is in an ideal location. Just a short walk to all the main attractions. Our room overlooked the river. For a standard room, ( the only ones they had available) it was surprisingly spacious.

Stayed for 1 night with my friend for the Christmas markets, the position was perfect for all Yorks attractions & just a few minutes walk over the bridge to the shops. Could not fault this hotel, the room was large, clean and very quiet, we asked for third floor and never heard a noise all night.

Very friendly reception staff, would definitely stay here again.

Hotels Near York Christmas Market
Hotels Near York Christmas Market

How much does a room costs at The Queens Hotel ?

Prices start 125$/night for Double Room.

All double rooms consist of a king-size double bed, a bathroom with shower over bath, Freeview TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Where to book online – The Queens Hotel – Hotels Near York Christmas Market you can find the best hotels near York St Sampson’s Square – Christmas Market hotels in York during Christmas which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in UK on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.