10 Nov onwards: Christmas Fayres & Christmas Markets in North Yorkshire

Oxford Street in Harrogate at Christmas
Oxford Street in Harrogate at Christmas


Christmas Markets in North Yorkshire

The build up to Christmas is always an exciting time, and it’s extra special in Yorkshire.

There are dozens of Christmas fayres, markets, lights switch ons and craft fairs in North Yorkshire – including the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – this year and we’ve listed a host of them below in alphabetical order by city or town including Harrogate, York, Knaresborough, Grassington and Ripon.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for Christmas markets & fayres in other parts of Yorkshire, please see the links below:

Christmas Markets West Yorkshire

Christmas Markets South Yorkshire

Christmas Markets East Yorkshire



Christmas Extravaganza Bedale Hall

3 December 2011 from 10am to 4pm

Bedale Hall, Bedale DL8 1AA

Shopping Fayre, Ice rink, carol singers, street entertainers and lots more.

Lights switch on at 5.30pm



Artsmix – Christmas Contemporary Art Market

27 November 2011 from 10am to 4pm

Stable Courtyard, Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

A unique and delightful selection of handmade design, art and contemporary craft – the ideal place to uncover unusual Christmas gift ideas.

Free admission and parking.


“Made in Yorkshire” Christmas Craft & Produce Market

28 & 29 November and 5 & 6 December from 10am to 4pm

Stable Courtyard, Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Situated in Castle Howard’s Stable Courtyard, over 20 stalls selling the very best Yorkshire produce and expertly hand-crafted gifts.

Free entry and parking, further info here on Castle Howard’s website.



Brigantia Present Yorkshire Yule

18 November to 7 December 2011 from 11am to 4pm

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB

A veritable seasonal feast of arts & crafts, ranging from the contemporary to the traditional. This exhibition includes stained glass, pottery, jewellery, felt, photography, woven goods and more.

Admission free.

Victorian Christmas Craft Fair

19 and 20 November 2011 from 10.30am to 4.30pm

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB

Over 35 stalls of arts, crafts and gifts including wooden items, ceramics, jewellery, willow wreaths, pickles, cheese and honey sourced from in or around the North York Moors National Park.  Organ fairground music, outdoor trails, pony-trap rides, a visit from Father Christmas, and craft-making activities for the kids ensure this is a popular event for the whole family.

Free entry to Christmas Craft Fair, Visitor Centre and Seeing Santa – other activities may incur a charge.




Annual Craft Fair

13 November 2011 from 10am to 4pm

Galtres Centre, Easingwold, York YO61 3AE

Refreshments available all day

Admission: adults 50p, children free

Easingwold Christmas Charity Market

3 December 2011 from 9am to 1pm

Market Place, Easingwold, York YO61 3AA

Selection of great stalls selling Christmas decorations and stationery, handmade knitted clothes, cakes, preserves, bacon butties and hot dogs, minced pies, mulled wine.

Raffles, tombola, plus the Easingwold Choir and Easingwold School Sax Quartet.

Free admission and parking, this event is in aid of local charities.



Grantley Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

29 November 2011 – 3pm – 7.30pm

Grantley Village Hall, Grantley, Ripon HG4 3PJ

Admission £2 – inc free mince pie & hot drink (tea/coffee/mulled wine)

In aid of Fountains Playgroup & Preschool

With stalls selling jams, cakes, hand-painted Christmas baubles from Kashmir, children’s clothing, handmade soaps, beauty products, jewellery, handbags, home furnishings, toys, cards and stationery and much more. Plus tombola.




Grassington Dickensian Festival

3, 10, 17 December 2011 – all day

Grassington, North Yorkshire

Go back in time to an earlier era – it’s like opening the pages of a Charles Dickens’ novel and finding the characters come alive. With Christmas lights and decorations, the village square and surrounding streets become magically transformed into a traditional Victorian market, as shopkeepers, stallholders, villagers and visitors dress up in period costume. Entertainment from dancers, musicians, street performers, and with exhibitions of traditional local country crafts. And there’ll be an ice rink from 16th to 18th December – check for times and prices.


Dickensian Christmas shop window in Grassington
Dickensian Christmas shop window in Grassington



Crafts for Christmas

10 – 13 November 2011

Thu-Sat: 9.00am – 5.00pm   Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm

The Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Wetherby Road, Harrogate HG2 8PW

Tickets in advance: adults £7.00, seniors £6.00 (60p transaction fee) from here.

On the door: adults £8.00, seniors £7.00, children free, students £4.00 with NUS card

Parking: FREE


Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch-On at Victoria Shopping Centre

Thursday 17 Nov 2011 at 6 pm

Victoria Centre Piazza, Harrogate

Free entry



Annual “Turning on” of the Christmas lights

2 December 2011 from 1.30pm

Market Place, Hawes

It all kicks off at 1.30 in the Market House with the Children’s Party, then at 4.00 community carol sing-a-long led by Rev. Janet Park accompanied by the Hawes Prize Silver band.

At 4.30 Father Christmas arrives and the Hawes Christmas lights are switched on.



Hovingham Village Market

5 November, 3 & 17 December

Award-winning community market with 40 stalls selling food and crafts



Knaresborough Carol Service & Christmas Lights Switch On

2 December – 7 pm

Market Square, Knaresborough

Carol service with music from Knaresborough Silver Band, plus a visit from Santa. The Mayor will be on hand to switch on the lights of the Christmas tree.

Refreshments available.

Knaresborough Christmas Fair

3 December -10.00am to 4.00pm

4 December – 12.00noon to 4.00pm

Methodist Church Centre, Gracious Street

Gifts, crafts, books, cards & gift tags, cakes, preserves – plus a children’s Present Room for kids to choose their own gift and have it wrapped just for them, ready for Christmas Day.

With a café open the whole time serving mince pies, cakes, hot drinks, and “soup and a sweet” lunches.

Knaresborough Christmas Market

Saturday & Sunday, 3 & 4 December

Market Square, Knaresborough

Local cheeses, meats and game from traditional butchers, freshly baked bread, delicious Christmas cake and Christmas puds, and winter toffees, local fudge, and sweets that bring back a taste of childhood. And lots more culinary delights too!

There will be carol singing by local church members, fabulous Morris dancing from local dancers, young musicians from Knaresborough’s schools and festive songs from the choral society, all accompanied by a big brass band.

And at 4.30 on Sunday watch a superb Firework Spectacular



Lightwater Shopping Village Dickensian Festival

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT

Thursday – Sunday 1 – 4 December 2011

10:00am – 5:00pm every day

Free entry & free parking

Rated one of the top 10 Christmas Markets in the UK by the Daily Telegraph, this fabulous five-day festival has more than 75 stalls displaying one of the most extensive ranges of Christmas fare, gifts and decorations, all accompanied by a lovely festive atmosphere. Ideal for wonderful stocking fillers, quality hats, handmade jewellery, glassware, bespoke fine art and other Yorkshire crafts.

Yorkshire is famous for having some of the finest food in the UK and this festival boasts an array of stalls with some of the best Yorkshire produce – cheeses, meats, wines and beers.

And there’s some great entertainment laid on too:

  • Birds of Prey
  • Jazz Band
  • Barrel Organ
  • Victorian Flea Circus
  • Fire Eaters
  • Stilt Walkers
  • Santa’s Grotto
  • Carol Singers
  • Handbell Ringers
  • Punch & Judy show
  • Terrific Local Choirs

And if all of this tires you out, why not chill out and enjoy some wonderful food at the Granary Restaurant – unless you’ve already had your fill after all those roast chestnuts, hog roast and mulled wine, and . . . . . in fact, there’s just so much to describe, you would be better coming along to discover it all for yourself!

Further info on the Lightwater Valley website here.



Victorian Christmas Fair

10 December 2011



A Christmas Fair

19-20 November 2011 from 10.30am to 4pm

Christmas produce, jewellery, cards, gifts, plants, Santa’s Grotto.

Refreshments including light lunches.

Admission: adults £1, children free



Northallerton Christmas Fayre

2 December 2011 from 5.00 pm to 9.00pm

The Fleece Inn, 89 High Street, Northallerton DL7 8PP

Gifts and more – children welcome

Northallerton Christmas Late Night Shopping

2 December 2011 from 5.30pm

High Street, Northallerton

Lights switch on at 6.00pm and Santa arrives outside Barkers Department Store at 6.30pm


Christmas Fair at Ripley Castle

9 – 11 December 2011

Ripley Castle, Harrogate HG3 3AY

See the family home of Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby decorated ready for Christmas and buy gifts for your loved ones in the perfect setting. And you can dine out in style with two restaurants in the Castle’s East Wing.

There’s a free car park in the nearby village of Ripley with a minibus service to and from the Castle. Disabled parking onsite, and pick-up service for heavy packages.

Tickets, £5 online (with a free £5 voucher valid on any stall) from here, £7 by phone (01634 226 203).

No pushchairs or dogs, unfortunately. Backpacks for baby available for use at no cost.

Book timed sessions at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm or 2pm each day.



Ripon Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

19 November 2011 from 10am to 4pm

Ripon Cathedral, Minster Rd, Ripon HG4 1QT

More than 70 stalls with gifts for all the family, homemade Christmas cakes, food and wine tastings, Santa’s Grotto, tombola, raffle, face-painting and other children’s activities.

Refreshments including mulled wine, tea & coffee, soft drinks, turkey sandwiches (hot!), mince pies and other homemade cakes, all in the gorgeous setting of Ripon Cathedral.

Admission £2.50, accompanied children go free




Skipton’s Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market 2011

4 & 11 December from 10am to 4pm

High Street, Skipton

Skipton, the “Gateway to the Dales”, will be holding Yuletide Markets & Festivals on the first two Sundays of December down the whole length of its remarkable High Street (which in 2009 was named Britain’s Best Street in the UK).

But it won’t just be the stalls and the well-renowned breadth of independent shops that makes these Christmas events two of the best in Yorkshire, as there will also be loads of superb entertainment, with music from the Skipton Brass Band, Accrington Pipe Band, Barnoldswick Brass Band and Nelson Brass Band.

A fabulous experience throughout the year, shopping in Skipton is particularly special at Christmas. There are two department stores and many famous brand names, plus an abundance of restaurants and cafés to rest those weary legs when it’s time to take a break.

In addition to the Market in the High Street, there will be lots of other Christmas entertainment in various locations throughout the Skipton, and the celebrations will end at 4pm with a procession from the High Street to Holy Trinity Church on both days of the Festival for a traditional carol service in the grounds.




Thirsk Christmas Fayre & Market

25 – 27 November 2011

It all starts on the 25th at 5pm, with kids’ rides late night shopping. The Christmas Lights Switch On is at 7pm. To keep everything in the right festive mood there’ll be a hog roast and a Spanish Shack van, carol singing, music from the Thirsk British Legion Brass Band and the Thirsk Bagpipe Band (who will lead a Lantern Parade at 6.30pm) – and you may even catch a glimpse of Santa. On Saturday it’s an all-day affair (9am to 9pm) and there’ll also be a Yorkshire Food Market, kids’ rides (from 11am), Rural arts, a live reindeer pen and Santa’s grotto, balloons for sale, and bell ringers. Sunday is from 10am to 7pm and another full day of festive activities.



Christmas Craft Fair

27 November 2011, 10am-3pm

Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Upper Poppleton, York, North Yorkshire YO26 6JT

Popular Christmas fair with local crafts, handmade gifts and lots of stalls selling unusual ideas for Christmas presents. Cups of tea and home-baked cakes also on offer!



Winter Wonderland

17 November 2011 – 17.00 to 21.00

Parliament Street, York YO1 8SE

Santa’s Grotto, children’s fairground, late-night shopping, festive bar, big Christmas lights switch-on at 8pm by the Bogus Brothers

St Nicholas Fair – Craft Event

24 – 26 November 2011 from 10.00 to 16.00

Quilt Museum and Gallery, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW

Quilt Museum website

St Nicholas Fayre

24 to 27 November 2011 from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Parliament Street/St Sampson’s Sq/Coppergate, York YO1 7HB

Admission free

St Nicholas Fayre at Barley Hall

24 to 27 November 2011 from 10am to 5pm

Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, York, YO1 8AR

Craftsmen & traders dressed in medieval apparel gather to sell their wares. Living history and unique gifts included, whilst you can also sample traditional ale and wine at the bar.

Discounted admissions prices: £2 adult, £1 concessions, £5 family of four, Ticket is valid throughout the Fayre (but do not include the exhibition from Hamlet to Hollywood).

Barley Hall website

Tenth Century Traders

25-27 November 2011 from 10am to 4pm

St Sampsons Square, York, YO1 8RN

Friendly Vikings from all over the world come together to trade – items on sale include jewellery, costumes, belts, shoes, weapons, bowls, tankards, chests, lanterns and pottery.

Made in Yorkshire Crafts Market

1 – 18 December 2011 from 9am to 5pm

St Sampsons Square, York YO1 8RN

Featuring some of the finest art & crafts in the county including ceramics, paintings, glass, textiles and woodwork – everything created within Yorkshire’s boundaries.

York’s Festive Fayre

3 – 18 December 2011 from 9.30am to 7.30pm

Parliament Street, York YO1 8SE

Celebrate Christmas traditions with music and decorated wooden huts at York’s Festive Fayre.

Lots of unusual gifts on sale and the setting makes Christmas shopping a delight – afterwards relax at the Festive Inne where you can enjoy a glass of Winter Pimms.

Santa & his Reindeer come to Monks Cross

4 December 2011 – 12.00 to 16.00

Monks Cross Drive, Huntington, York YO32 9GX

In aid of the Give a Gift charity campaign (on behalf of The Salvation Army and York Women’s Refuge this year)

York Festive Farmers Market

21 Dec 2011   09:00 to 16:00

Parliament Street, York YO1 8SE

Free entry

York’s Farmers Market takes place once a month throughout the year, but it is particularly special at Christmas as everybody pulls out all the stops. There’ll be venison, ostrich, home-grown organic vegetables, organic lamb burgers, locally produced cheeses, and fantastic Yorkshire Punch – practically everything required to turn Christmas dinner into a superb Yuletide feast!

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland – and the Ice Factor

26 November 2011 to 8 January 2012

York Designer Outlet, Saint Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York YO19 4TA

Festive market, traditional fair rides, illuminated forest with reindeer, log cabins and the brilliant award-winning outdoor ice rink, the Ice Factor. 120 leading high street and designer brands, heated Ice Bar & Café. Free parking.

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland and Ice Factor - Skating Rink
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland and Ice Factor – Skating Rink


If your Christmas Fayre or Market does not appear above, please get in touch.

And if you need North Yorkshire holiday accommodation, find York hotels or guest houses in Harrogate on Hello Yorkshire.

And whilst you’re in the festive mood, check out these Christmas pantos in North Yorkshire.