The annual traditional German Christmas market returns to Millennium Square Leeds for its 16th year, transforming the heart of the city into a scenic winter village and bringing with it plenty of festive cheer.
Featuring more than 40 wooden chalet stalls, packed with traditional gifts and local fare, this year the festivities can be enjoyed right up to Christmas Eve.
Harrogate – 16th – 19th November harrogatechristmasmarket.org
Held on The Stray in the historic Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate town centre, close to 200 stalls, selling an array of delicious Yorkshire produce and unique gifts, along with an enchanting Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer, funfair rides and local buskers.
Skipton – 3rd & 10th December welcometoskipton.com
Soak up some Christmas spirit at the Gateway to the Dales, where the town’s famous market will be in full flow for two days. As well as the market and food stalls, there will be a full range of entertainment to enjoy, including a torchlight procession and traditional carol service.
Haworth – every weekend from 14th November until Christmas visitbradford.com
Celebrate the build up to Christmas in the beautiful historic village of Haworth, where a variety of entertainment will be held each weekend from 14th November. From traditional carol services and a magical torchlight procession, to a vibrant Christmas market, there will be no shortage of festive cheer in the heart of Bronte Country.
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The Christmas Experience Lotherton Hall – 24th November – 23rd December thechristmasexperience.co.uk
The picturesque grounds of Lotherton Hall will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with Santa’s North Pole, an Elf Village, a secret fairy dell and an enchanting woodland walk, themed around the twelve days of Christmas.
The Snowman and Cinderella Victoria Hall, Leeds – 17th December leedstownhall.co.uk
Enjoy a reading of the classic rags-to- riches tale of Cinderella against a backdrop of sensational music and illustrations, before being treated to a live rendition of Raymond Brigg’s acclaimed score to The Snowman, performed in all of its heart melting splendour by the Opera North Orchestra to a screening of the animation.
Starlight Spa Evening Rudding Park, Harrogate ruddingpark.co.uk
To get you feeling wonderfully festive and relaxed, Rudding Park is hosting starlight spa evenings in the run up to the big day, encompassing a Christmas cocktail with canapes, a 50-minute treatment and access to the spa facilities, including the rooftop spa and garden.
Hidden Harewood – Winter in the Woods 7th – 10th December harewoodfoodanddrink.com
This special winter pop-up dining experience, hosted by Harewood Food and Drink Project, will take diners on an immersive journey through the Harewood estate to indulge in an innovative tasting menu. The evening promises to have a touch of Christmas magic, with mouth-watering dishes which will showcase the best of Yorkshire produce.
Festive Afternoon Tea Castle Howard – 18th November – 22nd December castlehoward.co.uk
Tuck in to an exquisite selection of savoury treats and sweet delights at the
magnificent Castle Howard in York, where a festive afternoon tea will be served beside a roaring fire in the elegant Grecian Hall. Enjoy a piping hot pot of tea or coffee to wash it all down, or add a celebratory glass or two of Nyetimber fizz to get into the party season spirit.
Christmas Sunday Lunch Goldsborough Hall – 3rd, 7th & 10th December goldsbororoughhall.com
Escape to the grandeur of the beautiful Goldsborough Hall in Knaresborough, where a delicious Christmas lunch will be served each Sunday throughout December in the Orangery, accompanied by festive piano music. Including three courses, Christmas crackers, coffee and mince pies, it’s the perfect wintery treat.
‘Glow’ winter illuminations – RHS Garden Harlow Carr 23rd November – 30th December rhs.org.uk
See the beautiful Harlow Carr come to life this winter as special lighting effects will bring a touch of Christmas magic to the most northerly garden, where visitors can enjoy an illuminated trail through the trees and shrubs and wander by the lake in the December dusk.