’Tis the season to be jolly and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than at one of the many Christmas markets in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire is full of pop-up Christmas markets that bring festive fare and homemade wares together in one place. You can visit a traditional German market chock full of gift-filled huts, get your skates on at one of the North’s biggest pop-up ice rinks or turn back the clock at a Victorian-themed festival. Whatever you decide, you’re in for a jolly-good time.
The Scarborough Victorian Christmas Market
The coastal town of Scarborough will turn back the clocks with a Victorian-themed Christmas festival. To celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, the town centre will be transformed into a sprawling mass of market stalls manned by sellers in period costumes. With candle-making demonstrations and fireball juggling against a backdrop of festive food and drink, it promises to be one of the best family-friendly events in Yorkshire. Little ones can play the Victorian games, which include croquet, jack sticks and snakes and ladders. Be sure to keep an eye out for Queen Victoria herself, who might just make an appearance.
The Scarborough Victorian Christmas Market comes to Westborough near the Brunswick Shopping Centre, Scarborough, YO11 1UE, from Tuesday 10th to Sunday 15th December 2019.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is a huge Christmas fair at York Designer Outlet. It has vintage funfair rides, the North’s largest ice rink and an enchanted grotto where the kids can get a gift from Santa. The Cabin is an après-inspired cafe that overlooks their huge ice rink and has spectacular views of the 30-foot sparkling Christmas tree. You can also grab a few treats from the market stalls, like hot dogs, candy floss and warm mugs of mulled wine. This is one of the most popular festive pop-ups in Yorkshire, so get down early to beat the crowds.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland comes to York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 4TA, from Saturday 16th November to Sunday 5th January 2020.
Knaresborough Christmas Market
A picturesque market town in North Yorkshire, Knaresborough goes to town for their annual Christmas market. This weekend-long affair promises a maze of stalls filled with locally-made gifts so you can get everything from bobble hats to tree decorations. If you’re hungry, pick up freshly made bread, nostalgic sweets and a medley of festive treats like mince pies. They have loads of live entertainment on each day including performances by ukulele groups and jazz bands. An almighty fireworks display will close the markets on the Sunday which are best viewed from the castle grounds.
Knaresborough Christmas Market takes place at Market Place, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8AG on Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December 2019.
Skipton Christmas market
The award-winning Skipton Christmas Market has over 100 stalls run by independent and artisan traders from all over the region. From handmade woollen scarves to jars of jam, it’s a great place to pick up one-off Christmas gifts while festive music plays in the background. They have plenty of seasonal food on offer – you can choose from Dutch pancakes, pigs in blankets and mince pies. At the end of the day, everyone is invited to walk in a torchlit procession led by a brass band. It passes up the High Street to Holy Trinity Church, where a traditional Christmas carol service takes place.
Skipton Christmas Market takes place at High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1DT on Sunday 8th December 2019.
Sheffield Christmas Markets
Sheffield Christmas Markets takes over the city centre with 50 wooden cabins. It’s a Christmas market that brings Yorkshire independents to the forefront, made up of stalls packed full of goodies by local traders. You can get warming seasonal food, like traditional German sausages, Canadian poutine and Hungarian chimney cakes. Once you’ve filled your bellies, head to the Alpine Bar, where you can get merry with mugs of mulled wine and toffee-apple cider. They have a funfair with a massive Big Wheel and kids can pay a visit to Santa’s Grotto, where they can meet the man himself.
Sheffield Christmas Markets comes to Sheffield city centre from Thursday 14th November to Tuesday 24th December 2019.
Every year, Millennium Square in Leeds is transformed into a fully-fledged German market with over 40 stalls filled with festive fare. You can pick up tree decorations and wooden toys, so it’s a great spot for present-shopping. You can grab a bite too – there’s gooey deep-fried cheese, stuffed pretzels and proper currywurst, which will pair perfectly with a mulled cider from the Ski Hutte, an après-inspired ski bar. The market is open all day, but comes into its own on an evening when the DJ gets going and the huts light up. A traditional carousel and fairground rides add to the lively atmosphere while keeping the kids entertained.
Christkindelmarkt comes to Millennium Square, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1UR from Friday 8th November to Saturday 21st December 2019.
Grassington Dickensian Festival
Grassington will be turned into a Dickens-inspired hub of festivity, where Victorian costumes are the norm. The Grassington Dickensian Festival is an annual highlight for the Yorkshire Dales village, as they welcome visitors to their traditional Christmas market. You can pick up baked goods, tree decorations and jewellery from 40 stalls. They have seasonal drinks, so you can sip warm mulled wine and hot chocolate as you enjoy live music and Victorian street entertainers. One of the highlights is the candle-lit Nativity procession, which passes through the cobbled streets of the village.
Grassington Dickensian Festival takes place in Grassington on Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December 2019.
St Nicholas Christmas Fair
Each year, the medieval city of York comes to life with twinkling lights and delicious smells when the St Nicholas Christmas Fair comes to town. Over five-weeks, more than 100 chalet huts fill the nooks and crannies of the city centre. You can slide down a vintage Helter Skelter at the fairground in Kings Square and pick up handmade crafts from the alpine chalets on Parliament Street. If you want a bite, follow your nose to St Sampsons Square where hot chestnuts, meaty burgers and spiced mulled wine awaits. There’s even live entertainment, with performances by choir singers and brass bands adding to the atmosphere.
St Nicholas Christmas Fair comes to York city centre from Thursday 14th November to Sunday 22nd December 2019.