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Celebrating Christmas

10th December 2015

Categories: News

Well it certainly looks a lot like Christmas at VH HQ. The tree is decorated and the floor is covered in goody bags. In fact the tree is now in place in St John’s Church, Knaresborough as part of the Christmas Tree Festival that is being held there until 13th December. If you haven’t been already it really is worth a visit with over 100 decorated trees. Our en-tree or TourisTree (puns straight out of a Christmas cracker) features a number of local seasonal views – see if you can identify them all.

A lot of the Christmas fairs and markets have been and gone but there are still lots of things to see and do in the District in the last two weeks before Christmas. There is the Lantern Parade in Pateley Bridge on Friday 11th December along with Pateley’s late night shopping. Nidderdale can also offer a special illuminated display at The Coldstones Cut up until 20th December. The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck will be stopping off in the Market Square in Ripon on Friday 11th from 12.00pm to 8pm.

Father Christmas seems to have spent a lot of time in the District and he still has a few stops to make before he sets off on Christmas Eve to make those all important visits. You can still catch him at Stockeld Park, Fountains Abbey, Harlow Carr, Beningbrough Hall, Lightwater Valley and Brimham Rocks amongst other places but do check dates, times and availability before setting off. Sometimes booking ahead is essential.

Boxing Day and New Year see a number of now traditional events. The Boxing Day Pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey starts with a short service in the Cathedral at 9:30 and then makes its way to Fountains. Ripon Cathedral also sees the Watchnight Service and Torchlight Procession on New Year’s Eve from 11:15pm. Knaresborough also has two traditional events: the annual Boxing Day Tug of War across the River Nidd at the Low Bridge when the Half Moon takes on the Dropping Well. Pop along and cheer your teams on from 12 noon. Then it’s up to the High Bridge on New Year’s Day for the Annual Duck Race.

There’s lots to see and do over the festive period.

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