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All You Need to Know About Harrogate Christmas Market

Harrogate Christmas Market returns in 2018, taking place from Thursday 15th November to Sunday 18th November and will be the perfect opportunity for visitors and locals to pick up a gift or two for their loved ones this Christmas. If you are staying at our self-catering apart-hotels, Harrogate is a great location to do some Christmas shopping!

When and Where?

The Christmas Market will be open 10am to 7pm on the Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 8.30pm on the Saturday and 9.30am to 5.30pm on the Sunday. Entry will be free, and you can find the many stalls on the Stray, located in the Montpellier Quarter.

What Will Be There?

This year, the Harrogate Christmas Market is expected to have nearly 200 stalls selling a whole range of products, from local Yorkshire produce to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. You can find an entire list of the stalls appearing at the market on harrogatechristmasmarket.org, with stalls selling homemade chocolates, jewellery, knitwear, ladies accessories, wooden toys, food and drink and much more!

Highlights will include the Craft and Gift Marquee and a Food and Drink Marquee with café tables and chairs so visitors can relax and enjoy the produce on offer. There will also be a Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer for the children, with the grotto being £5 per child, along with funfair rides and musical entertainment from local buskers.

You also won’t want to miss seeing the town’s Christmas lights get switched on, which will take place outside the Victoria Shopping Centre on Thursday 15th November from 4pm to 6pm. The whole town will be lit up with thousands of colourful, festive lights until the end of December – be sure to get a snap of the lights when you visit the town and share your picture with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Santa doing heart gesture at a grotto

Shopping in Harrogate

The Yorkshire town of Harrogate is known for the diverse range of shops, from leading high-street brands to stylish independent boutiques. Art lovers and antique enthusiasts will love to wander the cobbled streets in search of a hidden gem, and if you don’t mind travelling out of town, the market squares of Knaresborough, Ripon and Masham are worth a visit too!

So, in addition to the market this weekend, we highly recommend taking some time to browse the shops in Harrogate too. If you love shopping at local and independent stores, head to Commercial Street or Kings Road, where you can find fantastic food specialist shops, boutique jewellery stores and for the fashion conscious you can pick up a one-of-a-kind item at one of several vintage clothes shops, or pick up the perfect gift for a friend or family at Miss Claire Rose.

It shouldn’t just be about shopping when you visit Harrogate either, as there are loads of great places to eat; choose from a selection of over 200 of the finest cheeses at The Cheeseboard to compliment that bottle of red wine you just couldn’t resist buying at the market and enjoy in front a festive movie on one of the flat screen TVs in your luxury apartment. Or, why not pick up an aromatic, hand-made spice kit from Rafi’s Spice Box and cook up a delicious curry in your aparthotel, perfect to warm these autumn evenings? Have a look at our blog on Harrogate’s top cafés and restaurants to find a top eatery to dine out when visiting the town.

Christmas decoration hanging in a shop in Harrogate

In the autumn weather, you don’t want to go too far to enjoy all the festive action, and our Harrogate aparthotels are close by to the shopping quarter and Christmas market, all easily accessible on foot. You just need to step out of the accommodation to be in the thick of it!

Take a look at some of our other recent blog posts to inspire you on how to spend your time in Harrogate and Yorkshire:

Six must-see destinations in York and Harrogate

Why should visit Yorkshire in autumn


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