The best Christmas Markets in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:16 04 November 2019

Crowds of people at the German Christmas market Millennium Square Leeds England

Crowds of people at the German Christmas market Millennium Square Leeds England

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With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at your local Christmas market?

Friday 8th November - Saturday 21st December

Leeds German Christmas Market 

Kicking off Yorkshire's festivities for 2019 is Leeds, with the hugely popular 'Christkindelmarkt' returning to Millennium Square once again. As the name suggests, it is an authentic German Christmas Market featuring an array of traditional wooden stalls, selling gifts, toys and decorations, as well as an all-important range of European-inspired food and drink. Warm up with a pint in the Ski Hutte bar, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you're in the snow-capped Alps rather than in Leeds city centre… 


Thursday 14th November - Sunday 17th November

Harrogate Christmas Market 

Harrogate's historic Montpellier Quarter will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the town's annual Christmas Market, with nearly 200 stalls selling everything from cheeses and chutneys to handmade Christmas decorations - which have been made here in Yorkshire, of course. 

A lights switch on show will take place between 4-6pm on the Thursday, which will then be followed by a carol service to get into the festive spirit. 


Thursday 14 November -Sunday 22 December

St Nicholas Christmas Fair, York

A highlight of the city's calendar of events, this traditional fair will see a huge array of independent traders set up shop along Parliament Street, as well as a Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village showcasing the very best locally sourced produce. 

As a result it's a haven for shoppers, but in true York style, it's also got plenty of the best food and drink on offer too: head to The Shambles Food Court where you'll find a cornucopia of seasonal treats, or retreat to Thor's Tipi for mulled wine, hot cider, hot chocolate and draft ales. Be prepared to queue, but cosy fires and a buzzing atmosphere await inside. It's hardly a surprise, then, that it won Best Large Speciality Market at the Great British Market Awards in 2019. 


Thursday 14th November - Christmas Eve 

Sheffield Christmas Market 

has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a handful of cabins in the city's main shopping area; it is now a huge event with over 50 market stalls covering Fargate, Town Hall Square and Peace Gardens. 

See Sheffield from a new perspective by boarding the 

big wheel, or if you fancy something a little more relaxing, head to the Alpine Bar for a pint or a cup of hot chocolate. 


Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December,  and Saturday 7th December - Sunday 8th December

Grassington Dickensian Festival and Christmas Market

Visitors to the picturesque village of Grassington will be transported back in time to the days of Charles Dickens this Christmas - bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers will all be in abundance, alongside a number of market stalls in the village square, for what promises to be a truly special event for literary and history fans young and old. 

The Town Crier will kick off proceedings at 11am on 30 November, and for the little 

ones there will be the chance 

to meet Santa in his grotto before taking part in a popular torch-lit procession. 


Sunday 1st December

The Otley Victorian Fayre 

We largely have the Victorians to thank for making Christmas what it is today, and this traditional fayre commemorates this by harking back to the days of the 1800s - and in doing so, it transforms Otley into something out of Dickens' classic 'A Christmas Carol'. 

Expect figures in period dress, a wide selection of independent sellers and an array of performances and musical shows for what is sure to get even the biggest of 'Scrooges' into the festive spirit. 


Saturday 7th December - Sunday 8th December

Knaresborough Christmas Market

As a town steeped in myth and legend, Knaresborough is known for its magical feel all year round, so it goes without saying that Christmas here is extra special. The annual Christmas Market sees a huge number of independent traders lining the streets, ready to give visitors a proper Yorkshire welcome. 

St John's Church will also be hosting a Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend, with 100 spectacularly decorated trees on display, and don't miss the Firework Finale on the Sunday that is best viewed from Knaresborough's famous Castle Top. 


Saturday 7th December - Sunday 8th December

Malton Christmas Market

Malton prides itself on being Yorkshire's 'food capital' and the town's Christmas market shows exactly why it has received this accolade - visitors can expect a huge offering of the best local (and festive) produce, with everything from figgy puddings and freshly prepared turkeys through to macrons, mulled wine and chestnuts, so come armed with a big appetite… 

It will take place in and around the Milton Rooms and in Malton's central Market Place. 


Tuesday 10th December - Sunday 15th December

Scaborough Victorian Christmas Market

Scarborough is going all Victorian this Christmas to commemorate 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria. 

Alongside the eclectic mix of individual, High Street shops and eateries, the 'Queen of the Yorkshire Coast' will warmly welcome a special Victorian Christmas Market from 10th to 15th December.


Saturday 14th December - Sunday 15th December 

Doncaster Christmas market

The Doncaster Christmas market is always a yearly highlight for the town. You'll find it located on the market square and in the Wool Market in Doncaster town centre, and it's perfect for those looking to celebrate the festive season and soak up the atmosphere.

With a fantastic choice available on sweets, treats and craft products. Decorative gifts and handmade trinkets are always in plentiful supply too, so you'll have lots of inspiration when shopping for festive treats.


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