All the must-visit mar­kets for your fes­tive shop­ping

The Scarborough News - - GO - Christ­mas mar­kets around the re­gion

Novem­ber may have only just ar­rived, but the fes­tive cheer is about to get into full swing as a string of Christ­mas mar­kets are set to pop up across York­shire and the north over the com­ing weeks.

Brim­ming with de­li­cious treats, unique gifts and en­ter­tain­ment, here are some of the must-visit mar­kets to at­tend around the re­gion to ring in the fes­tive sea­son.

LEEDS CHRISTKINDELMARKET When: Novem­ber 9 De­cem­ber 22

The tra­di­tional Ger­man Christ­mas mar­ket is re­turn­ing to Mil­len­nium Square from Novem­ber 9, bring­ing with it a va­ri­ety of wooden chalet stalls and cosy in­door re­treats, packed to the brim with gifts and­tasty­good­ies.Besure­topop into the Bavar­ian themed Alp Chalet restau­rant for a bite to eat, or warm up in the cosy Kuh Stall next to the log fire with a hot choco­late.

ST NI­CHOLAS FAYRE, YORK When: Novem­ber 15-De­cem­ber 23

This Christ­mas Mar­ket is held in the streets of his­toric York and vis­i­tors can me­an­der through an ar­ray of Alpine chalets on Par­lia­ment Street, sam­pling fine York­shire pro­duce and sup­ping glasses of warm­ing mulled wine, be­fore head­ing down to Kings Square to ex­pe­ri­ence the fun of the fair - in­clud­ing a slide down the Hel­ter Skel­ter.

SH­EFFIELD CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET When: Novem­ber 15De­cem­ber 24

Held­from­mid-Novem­berun­til Christ­masEve,there’splen­tyof time­tosoakupthe­fes­tivespirit in­Sh­effield,with­gift­stalls,food and drink, a Santa’s Grotto and the ever-pop­u­lar Sleigh Bar, which is brim­ming with sea­sonal drinks.

HAR­RO­GATE CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET When: Novem­ber 15-18

Hosted on The Stray in Har­ro­gate town cen­tre across four days in Novem­ber, vis­i­tors will have nearly 200 mar­ket stalls at their dis­posal, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from York­shire cheeses and chut­neys, to unique hand­made gifts, of­fer­ing a great op­por­tu­nity to kick off the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions early. There will also be a large craft and gift mar­quee, fun­fair rides, Santa’s Grotto and real rein­deer to visit.

THE HEPWORTH WAKE­FIELD CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET, WAKE­FIELD When: Novem­ber 23 - 25 and Novem­ber 30 De­cem­ber 2

Treat your­self and your loved ones with gifts from over 80 in­de­pen­dent mak­ers sell­ing tex­tiles, ceram­ics, jew­ellery, prints, hand­made cos­met­ics, can­dles, sta­tion­ary, home­ware and de­li­cious ar­ti­san food and drink.

With a mix of craft and home­ware stalls – fea­tur­ing some of the UK’s most tal­ented artists and de­sign­ers – plus a food and drink tent sell­ing ar­ti­san pro­duce made in York­shire and an out­door area with a range of de­li­cious street food.

GRASSINGTON DICKENSIAN FES­TI­VAL When: De­cem­ber 1, 2, 8 and 9

Ideal if you’re keen to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, this Dickensian themed fes­ti­val en­cour­ages shop­keep­ers, vil­lagers and vis­i­tors to don Vic­to­rian cos­tume, while en­joy­ing all of the food, drink and en­ter­tain­ment over two week­ends. As well as a sat­is­fy­ing food of­fer­ing, there will be buskers, bands, street en­ter­tain­ers and a torch­lit na­tiv­ity pro­ces­sion, mak­ing for a great fam­ily day out.

BEV­ER­LEY FES­TI­VAL OF CHRIST­MAS When:Sun­day De­cem­ber 9

Tak­ing place on the sec­ond Sun­day in De­cem­ber, vis­i­tors can en­joy three tra­di­tional Vic­to­rian Christ­mas mar­kets fea­tur­ing more than 120 gift stalls and lo­cal treats, as well as a va­ri­ety of fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment, which in­cludes carol singing, pan­tomime per­for­mances, fair­ground rides and a Santa’s Grotto where young­sters can pick up an early pressie.

MAL­TON CHRIST­MAS FOOD AND GIFT MAR­KET When: De­cem­ber 8 - 9

Con­sid­ered the food cap­i­tal of York­shire, Mal­ton will be host­ing a spe­cial Christ­mas ver­sion of its pop­u­lar monthly food mar­ket in early De­cem­ber, bring­ing with it the likes of figgy pud­dings, turkey, goose, mulled wine and chest­nuts, along­side a range of fes­tive gift stalls.

KNARESBOROUGH CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET When: De­cem­ber 1 - 2

Hosted in the charm­ing Mar­ket Square, this year’s an­nual Christ­mas mar­ket will have plenty of sea­sonal gifts for shop­pers to pur­chase, along­side an ar­ray of hot food stalls, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from steak burg­ers to hot roasts, which can be washed down with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

CHRIST­MAS AT THE PIECE HALL, HAL­I­FAX When: Novem­ber 30 De­cem­ber 2

The his­toric Piece Hall is show­cas­ing some of the re­gion’s favourite in­de­pen­dent food, drink and craft traders who will take over the cen­tral court­yard for two week­ends, while the sur­round­ing res­i­dent shop­ping and din­ing of­fer pro­vides the per­fect place for you to find that spe­cial gift and stop for a bite to eat along the way.

THE CHRIST­MAS FAIR AT DUN­COMBE PARK, HELM­S­LEY When: Novem­ber 16 - 17

There will be a wide se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent stall­hold­ers sell­ing unique and lux­ury gift items for your loved ones this fes­tive sea­son, all in the beau­ti­ful and his­toric set­ting of Dun­combe Park’s stately home. Stand­ing in 300 acres of park­land, Dun­combe Park is the home of the Dun­combe fam­ily and is rarely open to the pub­lic, so this event presents a unique op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to en­joy its im­pres­sive in­te­ri­ors.

LIN­COLN CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET When: De­cem­ber 6 De­cem­ber 9

If you’re look­ing to go just a lit­tle fur­ther afield, Lin­coln is the per­fect place to visit over the fes­tive pe­riod. Take a trip back through time and stroll along the cob­bles in the cul­tural quar­ter of the city. The me­dieval square be­tween the im­pres­sive Nor­man cas­tle and mag­nif­i­cent gothic cathe­dral is the per­fect back­drop for the tra­di­tional Christ­mas Mar­ket.

DURHAM CHRIST­MAS FES­TI­VAL When: Novem­ber 30 De­cem­ber 2

Durham’s award-win­ning tra­di­tional Christ­mas Fes­ti­val re­turns for three days, with a wide range of fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment for all the fam­ily in and around the World Her­itage Site of the Cathe­dral and the Cas­tle and through­out the City Cen­tre.

MANCH­ESTER When: Novem­ber 9 – De­cem­ber 22

Manch­ester’s world fa­mous Christ­mas Mar­ket at­tracts shop­pers from all over the UK and be­yond, It’s lo­cated in 10 dif­fer­ent spa­ces around the city, each with its own dis­tinct char­ac­ter and at­mos­phere, and is most def­i­nitely worth a trip across the Pen­nines for.

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