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Christmas Events

Every day throughout November and December you will find great Christmas events taking place to really get you in the festive spirit.

From the traditional to the contemporary, classical to modern, there is so much going on.

The festivities start with the switch on of the Christmas lights in towns across the district during November. 

However, for many The Messiah signals the true start of Christmas, and Handel’s masterpiece can be enjoyed in the atmospheric setting of The Royal Hall in Harrogate, as well as the other towns across the area.

With Christmas tree festivals, late night shopping and candlelit carol cervices in spectacular surroundings both ancient and modern to enjoy, the excitement and anticipation continues to grow.

Traditional family fun can be always be had with Harrogate Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime, a guaranteed crowdpleaser jam packed with jokes and of course all the usual audience participation – ‘oh yes there will!’.

Alternatively you can enjoy something completely different with an entertaining and informative look at what life was like at Christmas for the less fortunate in the Victorian Workhouse at Ripon.

There are a number of ‘hands on’ arts and crafts workshops where you can make your own garlands, decorations, and floral displays - and if you want to shake the cobwebs away and enjoy the crisp December air there are pilgrimages, enchanted forests and winter trails to explore, Tug of War across the River Nidd, or the opportunity to show off your ice skating skills at Stockeld Park.

The Christmas events around Harrogate offer the perfect way to get in the festive spirit and make the preparations for Christmas enjoyable for all the family.

The festivities draw to a close with traditional gatherings in market squares across the region to see in another year, and the Knaresborough Duck Race on New Year’s Day.

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  1. Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure

    Add Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure to your Itinerary

    Type

    Christmas

    Wetherby

    Stockeld Park - where magic is made & adventures begin.... Nestled within ancient woodland, Stockeld Park hosts its Adventure Seasons from Halloween through to Christmas. We have a real outdoor ice skating rink, an Enchanted Forest filled with interactive sculptures and playgrounds, a huge…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2019 To 7 Jan 2020
  2. Open all day

    Add Harrogate Christmas Market to your Itinerary

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    Putting a distinctly Yorkshire stamp on the traditional Christmas market experience the Harrogate Christmas Market has a strong focus on regionally made products, bringing the best of home-made and fairly traded Christmas goods to the heart of Harrogate for 4 days of festive cheer, absolutely free…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Nov 2019 To 17 Nov 2019
  3. Christmas Gift and Food Fair

    Add Christmas Gift and Food Fair to your Itinerary

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Saturday 23 November 2019

    Save the date to join us for the best Christmas Fair in Yorkshire, in the fantastic setting of Ripon Cathedral. With over 100 stalls offering unique gifts and food, helping you find the perfect gift and support local, independent businesses at Christmas.

    Still just £3…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
  4. Festive Lunch

    Add Festive Lunch to your Itinerary

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Available throughout December why not get your friends, family or collegues together. 

    For bookings of 10 or more and for only £14pp this includes a 2 course luncheon, coffee & mini mince pies.

    If you'd like to book or to find out more information then visit our…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2019 To 22 Dec 2019
  5. Knaresborough Christmas Market

    Add Knaresborough Christmas Market to your Itinerary

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Knaresborough market square and the surrounding streets and courtyards overflow with festive delights and christmas cheer for the first weekend in December.  

    Visit our traditional Yorkshire Christmas Market for a feast to greet the senses, Fine local food and drink stalls, lovely handmade…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
  6. On the hoof

    Add On the hoof to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn about their job managing the wild herd. Meet outside St Mary’s Church in the deer…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 7 Dec 2019
    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    14 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  7. Carols by Candlelight

    Add Carols by Candlelight to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  8. Christmas Late Night Shopping in Pateley Bridge

    Add Christmas Late Night Shopping in Pateley Bridge to your Itinerary

    Type

    Christmas

    Pateley Bridge

    Late night shopping in Pateley Bridge will have a vibrant Christmas spirit with Carol Singing and refreshements along the High Street and Beyond.

    Dates

    From:
    14 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019
  9. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

    Add Boxing Day Pilgrimage to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

    On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Dec 2019 To 26 Dec 2019
  10. Family audience around Christmas tree

    Add Midwinter Storytelling at National Trust Brimham Rocks, to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Looking for something a bit different this Christmas? Create a new tradition at Brimham Rocks and experience a midwinter storytelling event celebrating myths and folklore inspired by the season and the magical landscape of the rocks. Join storyteller Noel Watkins on 28 & 29 December for 40 minutes…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    28 Dec 2019 To 28 Dec 2019
    From:
    29 Dec 2019 To 29 Dec 2019
  11. Knaresborough Duck Race

    Type

    Competition / Game

    Knaresborough

    Around 5000 plastic ducks will be dropped from High Bridge in Knaresborough, and then make their way downstream to the finish line outside Marigold's Cafe. The first duck to the finishing line wins £100! Tickets are on sale now for £1. Also there is a corporate ticket option, £25 per ticket with…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020 To 1 Jan 2020

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