5 of the best – Christmas Markets

Blog written and researched by @Alex92Hooker

Kelham

In early December, Kelham Island Museum hosts its biggest event of the year filled with festivities, the Victorian Christmas Market.

Join in on the fun over the first weekend of December. With over 120 stalls, the market is a great opportunity to fill yourself with Christmas spirit. Head over to Santa’s Grotto with the kids to see the big man himself and his reindeer, brass bands, choirs and carollers.

Shepherd along to the family fairground and take a look at the amazing creations of the traditional craftspeople and artists. It kicks off on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of December, at £6 per adult and free for children, yule be sorry to miss it.

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Grassington

Travel back in time to the Dickensian Festival in Grassington. During the 3 Saturdays before Christmas bear witness to one of Yorkshire’s most traditional Christmas markets, as shopkeepers and villagers dress in Victorian costume.

Visitors are treated to a vast array of entertainment, from musicians and dancers to traditional country crafts. The village is adorned in Christmas lights as the streets come alive.

Each weekend is slightly different with a packed programme of events happening throughout the day. The action begins at 11am on the 5th, 12th and 19th of December, a family fun day out, wrap up warm, wear suitable footwear and be sure to keep an eye out for those pesky pick pockets!

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Leeds

One of the most established German Christmas markets in the UK, let alone Yorkshire, is Christkindelmarkt, Leeds. The market attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, so prepare yourself for a not so silent night.

With over 40 traditional wooden chalets, Millennium Square is once again transformed into a scenic winter village. The Christmas carousel, handcrafted toys, jewellery, decorations and of course traditional food and drink means there’s something for all the family.

The market returns for the 14th year between the 13th November and the 20th December, it’s free to enter so be sure to ho ho hop on over.

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Beverley

Beverley Festival of Christmas is arguably the largest festival of its kind in Yorkshire. It includes a market with over 100 festive stalls, a fair ground, live performances, Victorian street entertainers and even a classic car show on Sunday 13th of December, entry free.

Santa on his sleigh is drawn through the town by live reindeer from the Cairngorms in an exciting parade for the kids, accompanied by elves and other animals. Enjoy sampling some of the interesting food and drink in an opportunity to gather some traditional and contemporary inspiration of your own.

Filled with activities, entertainment and a vast array of different stalls, you’re destined to have a merry good time!

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Harrogate

The 4 day Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair will embark on the Harrogate International Centre this December. Come along to meet makers, designers, artisans and growers and discovers unique gifts to delight your loved ones with.

If you enjoy simple pleasures, you’ll go crackers for the fairs lively programme of talks, demonstrations and hands-on workshops, a great source of practical inspiration.

The fair is a shopping haven, with 300 stands showcasing handmade or British-sourced products, it’ snow joke!

The fair touches down in Harrogate on the 3rd of December through to the 6th, be sure to book in advance for reduced ticket prices of £11 per adult.

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