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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 had at the pantomime with Harrogate Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast jam packed with jokes and of course there will be 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. Christmas Crafts Showcase

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    Christmas Crafts Showcase

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    24 October – 23 November: Bath House Gallery - Christmas Crafts Showcase
    Pop to Harlow Carr's Bath House Gallery for a festive gift with a difference – from jewellery, scarves and handbags to children's baking kits and Christmas decorations. Normal garden admission.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Oct 2017 To 23 Nov 2017
  2. Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure

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    Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure

    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 2017 To 8 Jan 2018
  3. GLOW Winter Illuminations at RHS Harlow Carr

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    GLOW Winter Illuminations at RHS Harlow Carr

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    23 November – 30 December: 'Glow' Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
    See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as...

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    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
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    30 Nov 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
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    7 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
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    14 Dec 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
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    21 Dec 2017 To 23 Dec 2017
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    28 Dec 2017 To 30 Dec 2017
  4. Weetons Christmas Evening

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    Weetons Christmas Evening

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    It's the Weetons Christmas Entertain Evening on Thursday 23rd November 18:00 – 21:00, and the whole of West Park will be joining in the festivities with special offers, tastings and give-aways.

    Weetons will be showcasing the very best of their Christmas hampers as well as sampling from the new...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 23 Nov 2017
  5. The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

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    The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Fabric art and craft fans - don't miss The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate on 24th-27th November. It's the perfect place to get great ideas, learn new skills and meet like-minded people.

    Visitors can enjoy practical workshops, demonstrations and interactive features covering every aspect of...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
  6. Nativity Crib Festival

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    Nativity Crib Festival

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Come along and see our wonderful display of nativity scenes made by local churches and schools. Refreshments and Christmas music. Entry free.

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
  7. Ripon Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

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    Ripon Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    Annual Christmas Lights Switch On in Ripon! Entertainment from Dishforth Military Wives Choir amongst many others. Free Christmas Family Fun

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  8. A Christmas Carol

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    A Christmas Carol

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    A veritable feast of Carols, staging and effects in the second greatest Christmas story ever told.A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting-house on a cold Christmas Eve. His clerk, Bob Cratchit, shivers in the anteroom because Scrooge refuses to spend money on...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  9. Festive Spa, Hair Studio and Retail Therapy Evening

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    Festive Spa, Hair Studio and Retail Therapy Evening

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Friday 1 December, 7pm - 9pm

    Glass of Festive Fizz and Mince Pies
    Makeup demos
    Tips and tricks for party hair with The Hair Studio
    Skin Consultations*

    CARITA Cinetic Lift Expert demos - the alternative to cosmetic surgery for dramatic visible results after just one treatment

    Elemental Herbology...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2017 To 1 Dec 2017
  10. St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough

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    St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Annual christmas tree festival featuring entries from groups, businesses and individuals. Free entry. Refreshments and music.

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
  11. The Story of Christmas With Carols

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    The Story of Christmas With Carols

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Experience the wonder of Christmas with music, drama and dance capturing the evocative stories of Christmas narrated by Actor John Middleton.
    Featuring traditional carols by Ripon Cathedral Choir & Ripon Grammar School, with local actors and ballet dancers from the academy of Northern Ballet...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  12. Christmas Arts Crafts Gifts & Holistics Fayre

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    Christmas Arts Crafts Gifts & Holistics Fayre

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Christmas Arts Crafts Gifts & Holistics Fayre on Saturday 2nd December 10am - 2pm.

    Over 30 stalls with lovely arts, crafts, gifts, food, home items, jewellery, beauty etc etc..

    Come and spoil yourself with a taster treatment from one of our Holistic Therapists.

    Childrens colouring competition...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  13. Carvery Party Night

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    Carvery Party Night

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Join us for our 2017 festive season and enjoy our 2-course carvery menu followed by dancing to our resident DJ.

    A night of festive fun and yuletide merriment awaits, which will be guaranteed to start your celebrations with a bang.

    Dress Code - Smart casual with Christmas sparkle!

    Times - Bar...

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    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
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    8 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
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    15 Dec 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
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    21 Dec 2017 To 21 Dec 2017
  14. Ripon's Christmas Market

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    Ripon's Christmas Market

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    Ripon's Christmas Market - stalls full of Christmas gifts, food and drink. Santa's Grotto is also in Ripon Town Hall for the kids!

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  15. Storytime with Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall

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    Storytime with Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall

    Type

    Christmas

    Boroughbridge

    Father Christmas invites you to join him in the cosy library of the big hall for stories as he holidays with the elves on the run up to the big day.

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 17 Dec 2017
  16. Knaresborough Christmas Market

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    Knaresborough Christmas Market

    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:
    2 Dec 2017 To 3 Dec 2017
  17. Festive Family Sunday Lunch

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    Festive Family Sunday Lunch

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    We have teamed up with Rascals Entertainment to get your children in to the festive spirit with our 2-course festive Sunday lunch and entertainment.

    After lunch has been served, there will be plenty of party games, dancing and the chance to win prizes. Make sure you've been nice this year as...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2017 To 3 Dec 2017
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    17 Dec 2017 To 17 Dec 2017
  18. Wesley Centre Concerts - Susan Tomes

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    Wesley Centre Concerts - Susan Tomes

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    Lunchtime Recital by Susan Tomes (piano) from 1-2pm

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2017 To 4 Dec 2017
  19. Henshaws Christmas Concert

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    Henshaws Christmas Concert

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    This will be Henshaws first Major Christmas event in Yorkshire.
    We are putting together a wonderful line up of performers including The Paul Mirfin Band and Denise Leigh and Stefan Andrusyshyn, the wonderful opera singer and musician who opened the 2012 Para Olympics. The Lady Mayor of Harrogate...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2017 To 5 Dec 2017
  20. The Nutcracker 2017 Russian State Opera

    The Nutcracker 2017 Russian State Opera

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    The Nutcracker –A timeless classic of festive season.

    Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

    Featuring live Orchestra with over 30 musicians

    'Visually it was stunning and a feast for the eyes. Thoroughly enjoyable.' ★★★★ Michael Hasted – Stage Talk Magazine

    Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2017 To 6 Dec 2017

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