Open-top bus added to Harrogate’s Christmas attractions
Oct 24, 2023

An open-top bus will take visitors around Harrogate as part of the Christmas experience.

The sight-seeing bus is to be part of the town’s Christmas Fayre in December which has been extended this year to help draw in more visitors.

The bus will be provided by Transdev and is part of the York City Sightseeing tour fleet.

It will operate during the weekends in addition to the Candy Cane Express road train which has been introduced since the Christmas market moved into the centre of town.

The 15-minute trip will take shoppers around Harrogate -leaving every 20 minutes from Montpellier Hill, Crescent Gardens, Cheltenham Parade, the Bus Station and West Park.  Tickets will cost £1 for adults-  up to three children aged under 16 can travel for free with each paying adult.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for the visitor economy, councillor Derek Bastiman, said:

“The programme of festive events in Harrogate always attracts a lot of interest and sees people from across the region and beyond travel to the town to enjoy what is on offer which is a big driver for the local economy.

“The addition of the new open-top sightseeing bus will give visitors the chance to experience Harrogate in a new way, and it will hopefully help people explore even more of what is on offer.”

In April, it was announced that the Christmas Fayre would run for 17 days – a week longer than the previous two years to increase footfall in December.

The Harrogate Ice Rink, which made its debut in 2022, is also set to return from December 1 but there’ll be no big wheel this year.

Transdev commercial manager Matt Burley said:

“We’re delighted to be chosen as Harrogate’s leading bus operator to deliver this exciting open top bus tour of Harrogate as part of this year’s bigger and even better Harrogate Christmas Fayre.

“We’re teaming up with our colleagues at CitySightseeing York to take visitors and locals on an entertaining tour, hosted by one of our award-winning live guides – so what better way to discover the hidden gems of Harrogate than by wrapping up warm and joining us on the three weekends before Christmas.”

Matthew Chapman, the manager for Harrogate BID, which is supporting the Harrogate Christmas Fayre, said:

“Here at Harrogate BID we are yet again delighted to be supporting the Christmas offer in Harrogate to deliver another magnificent festive season for the town.

“From more than 100,000 festive lights to the unique additional animations, we can’t wait to welcome the thousands of visitors and residents alike to our great town. This time of the year is so important to local and national businesses, and we are proud to play a part in supporting this.”

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