Yorkshire’s best Christmas markets
We might only just be heading into October but the festive season is almost upon us. Mince pies are being sold in supermarkets and the final touches being applied to the Christmas Market plans not only across Yorkshire but also across the whole of the UK and Europe.
Better known as something on the continent - Berlin, Prague and Vienna, for example - the trend is now found across the UK. From a day out with family to an after work trip with friends for a mulled wine, there are numerous reasons for visiting one of the many options around the county. So, get your pen and paper/mobile phone ready as we take a look at some magical options you should not miss this year.
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds - 11th November to 18th December
Found in the stylish Millennium Square, this is one of the most established markets in the country where more than 40 wooden chalet stalls sell a wide range of gifts. This consists of everything from authentic German traders to jewellery to decorations to food. Come and enjoy the twinkling lights in a warm atmosphere.
Beverley Festival of Christmas - 11th December
A huge one day festival - the largest of its kind across Yorkshire - takes you back to Victorian England as the historic market town turns into a festive playground. With more than 100 stalls mainly selling East Riding products and handicrafts, a traditional funfair and a number of performing entertainers, it’s well worth a visit. Check out the video here.
Harrogate Christmas Market - 17th to 20th November
With extra trains from London to service this event, it just goes to show how popular the Harrogate Christmas Market has become. Located in the Montpellier Quarter, there will be almost 200 stalls here, and of course a Grotto. Soak everything up in the heart of the market town and enjoy the other shops, cafes and galleries in the centre.
Also in Harrogate, between the 1st and 4th December is the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair. Here, the publication handpicks it exhibitors so you can be certain to find unique and handmade gifts, decorations, food and homeware
St Nicholas Fayre, York - 17th November to 23rd December
As if you needed another reason to visit York. Back for another season, you can enjoy it alongside a panto or a trip to the Barbican. With the snug chalets and plenty of delicacies to go around, you can enjoy the atmosphere and smells of Christmas. From seasonal gifts to local Yorkshire produce, find it all here.
Sheffield Christmas Market - 16th November to 24th December
A highlight of the calendar in Sheffield, the annual Christmas Market runs for more than a month in the city. Wooden cabins line the streets in ever-growing numbers - 50 now - where you can find all manner of gifts, as well as Santa's Grotto, a bar and, of course, German delicacies.
There’s also a Victorian Christmas Market that takes place at Kelham Island Museum. This will be the 24th year and on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th December, you can enjoy a fairground, craft stalls and family entertainment.
Grassington Dickensian Festival - 3rd to 11th December
Truly head back in time deep in the Yorkshire Dales on the first two weekends in December. With events and entertainment running during the week too, this is the best time to take a peek around this market town. In the authentic backdrop that makes it look like a bygone era, you can enjoy the sights, tastes and smells as everyone from villagers to shopkeepers get dressed up. Not to be missed.
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