A less-than-ideal Christmas in 2020, many of us want to mark the festive season as early as possible this year.
And what better way to get into the festive spirit than to wrap-up warm and wander around a Christmas market with a cup of mulled wine.
While some events have been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, there are still plenty going ahead across the district.
And just like buses, three events have come all at once in Harrogate following the cancellation of the town’s original Christmas market.
Knaresborough’s popular Christmas market is also back!
Here is our guide to the festive markets taking place across the district this year:
Christmas Market Weekend at Crimple, Harrogate
We kick off with the Christmas Market Weekend, which will feature more than 20 food and craft stalls at the brand spanking new Crimple food hall and restaurant.
It comes after Brian Dunsby, co-organiser of the original Harrogate Christmas Market, has worked with some of the stallholders to get them a new venue.
There will be music all day, including performances from the Chris White Jazz Trio, Tewit Youth Band and local busker Freddie Cleary.
There will also be plenty of children’s activities, including a festive animal farm, face painting and Christmas treasure trails, as well as wreath-making demonstrations.
November 27 and 28, Crimple, Leeds Road, from 8am to 7pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday
Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity’s (HHCC) Outdoor Pop-up Christmas Market
In the true spirit of Christmas, this NHS charity event is being held at Harrogate Railway Athletic Football Club for an extremely good cause.
Visitors are invited to “soak up the festive atmosphere” at the outdoor market, while browsing a selection of stalls. The big man himself will also be making an appearance, with a chance to visit Santa.
There will also be a licensed bar, “merry donkeys” and live music.
Tickets are available for a donation of £5 per adult (aged 14 and over), £2 for children over the age of 3 and under 3s are free.
Tickets include and entry drink on arrival, a mince pie and a visit with Father Christmas – an absolute bargain! And what’s even better, is the proceeds from the event will go towards making life changing differences in the town’s hospital and wider community.
November 28, Harrogate Railway Athletic FC, Station View, Harrogate, 1pm to 7pm.
Harrogate Christmas Fayre
Market Place Europe is taking on the main event in Harrogate, but instead of Montpellier Hill, this new market will take place across the town centre over 10 days.
There will be a mixture of local and European stallholders on Cambridge Street, Market Place, Station Square and Cambridge Crescent.
The Harrogate Christmas Fayre will feature around 50 traders, which will spaced out wider than usual to encourage social distancing.
December 3 until December 12, Cambridge Street, Market Place, Station Square and Cambridge Crescent, Monday to Wednesday – 10am to 7pm, Thursday to Saturday – 10am to 9pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5pm
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Harrogate Christmas Artisan Market
Little Bird Made, which has carved out a name for itself across North Yorkshire with its artisan markets, is set to hold a special two-day Christmas event in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.
More than 60 local traders and producers will sell a variety of festive arts and crafts, clothing, homeware and jewellery, as well as locally-produced food and drink.
This is a new addition Harrogate, set to complement the town centre’s Christmas Fayre, with organisers working with Harrogate Borough Council.
December 4 and 5, Valley Gardens, Harrogate, 10am to 3pm
Knaresborough Christmas Market
Knaresborough Christmas Market is back with an actual bang – yes there are fireworks – after last year’s cancellation.
With the organising committee promising a “Yorkshire experience to remember”, there will be over 50 stalls selling decorations, gifts and locally-sourced produce.
While visitors sip their mulled wine, they can also enjoy live entertainment from local dancers, choirs and brass bands.
As in previous years, the market will culminate with a fireworks display over the town’s iconic viaduct at 4.30pm on Sunday, December 5.
December 4 and 5, Market Square
Boroughbridge Christmas Market
This is another festive artisan market by Little Bird Made, which is being held the same weekend as the event in Harrogate.
This one is taking place at Langthorpe Farm Shop and promises “a Christmas shopping bonanza, mulled wine and some special surprises”.
There will be an assortment of handmade gifts and stalls will include arts, crafts, plants, clothes, jewellery, candles, soaps, coffee and gin. For the foodies, there will be cheese, pies, flapjack, biscuits, preserves, cakes and street food.
December 4, Langthorpe Farm Shop, Leeming Lane, from 10am to 3pm
Ripon Christmas Market
Last year the covid lockdown meant that the city and its traders were unable to capitalise fully on the £65,000 spent on a major expansion of Christmas lights and displays.
However, this year the festivities are back! And so is Little Bird Made, with another Christmas market in the district, this time in partnership with Ripon City Council.
On December 5 and 12, artisan markets will be held on the square and free children’s fairground rides will be in operation on those dates.
There will be a selection of stalls from local traders, arts, crafts, food, an outdoor bar and live music.
December 5 and 12, Ripon Market Square, 10am to 3pm