With so many Christmas events and activities taking place in the run up to the big day, we have put together a round-up of local Christmas fairs, markets and Christmas lights switch-on events to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
We’ve got all the best places to find gifts, sample festive food and drink, as well as lots of entertainment from carol singing to visits with Santa. This is a great opportunity to support local businesses and #ShopLocal this year.
We’ve also included a few events from a little further afield so you can experience the best Ripon, Nidderdale and Yorkshire has to offer. There really is nowhere quite like Yorkshire at Christmas!
As we hear of any more local events we will add them to the list.
Bedale Christmas Festival
Saturday 1st December 2018
10am – 6pm
Christmas festival with shopping stalls, food marquee, crafts & competitions, live music, food & drinks. Keep your fingers crossed for a visit from Santa! Drop-in Storytime at the library 10.30 – 11.30am.
Bedale Hall and Market Place
Boroughbridge Late Night Shopping And Christmas Lights Switch-On
Wednesday 5th December 2018
Late Night Shopping and Christmas Lights Switch-on with Stray FM and The Yorkshire Vet – school and community choirs, fund raising, seasonal food, special offers, FREE Childrens Treasure Hunt.
Boroughbridge High Street.
Grassington Dickensian Festival
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd December & Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th December 2018
Runs over two weekends with bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers. There will be a torchlit nativity procession and Santa will be in his grotto.
Take the opportunity to visit the local shops for Christmas gift ideas and take a break with food and drink on offer in local pubs, cafes and outdoor stalls.
There will be a park and ride: £10.00 per car. The park and ride is well sign posted from all main routes. Postcode BD23 5NX
Masham Christmas Fair
Saturday 8 December, 2018
10am – 4pm
All-day festive market and craft fair at the Town Hall
Festive market all day and craft fair at the Town Hall. Stalls, refreshments, carol singers and handbells, Santa’s Grotto (from 2pm) and more…
Masham Market Place and the Town Hall
Late Night Christmas Shopping & Carols At Brymor
Thursday 6th December 2018
Doors open until 8pm
Get in the Christmas spirit with Homemade Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and carol singing round the tree.
There will be a cocktail making demonstration using the new Brymor Spirits. Enjoy FREE tasters of their Gin, Vodka and Rum.
High Jervaulx Farm, Jervaulx, HG4 4PG Masham
Pateley Bridge Late Night Shopping
Friday 14th December
5pm – 8.30pm
With entertainment, stalls, exhibits at the King Street Workshops, the fire engine and Santa it’s all happening in Pateley! Santa will be arriving at 6pm and will meet children outside the Oldest Sweet Shop to see their Christmas present lists.
Pateley Bridge High Street and King Street Workshops
Ripon Christmas Shopping Night
Thursday 6th December 2018
9am – 8pm
A chance to do your Christmas shopping amongst the diverse and unique shops of Ripon. Warm up afterwards in one of the many cafes that will be open late for the occassion. There will be live music to help you get in the Christmas spirit! Follow the Christmas Tree Window Trail as you go…
All round Ripon
Carols Around The Ripon Christmas Tree
Saturday 8th December 2018
2 – 4pm
Join in with the popular annual festivities and sing Christmas carols around the tree.
Ripon Market Place
Ripon Canal Basin Christmas Market
Sunday 9th December 2018
2 – 6pm
Indoor & outdoor stalls, entertainment, hot food and drinks, Santa’s Grotto, raffle, mulled wine bar and carols.
50p donation on entry. Monies raised going to Saint Michael’s Hospice.
The Mindful Space & Wellbeing Studio, Suite 1 & 2 Canal Basin, Ripon, HG4 1AQ
Runs until Saturday 22nd December
10.30am to 9.30pm (7.30pm Sundays)
The Christkindelmarkt in Leeds has traditional wooden stalls, Christmas carousel ride and beautiful all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. Incldues weekly children’s show on Sunday mornings.
Closes 6pm on 22nd.
Millennium Square, Leeds
Skipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market
Sunday 2nd & Sunday 9th December 2018
10am – 4.30pm
Santa will be in his grotto and his real reindeer will be there. There will be entertainment from the brass band and walkabout acts. Stalls and local shops will be selling Christmas gifts along the high street.
At 4pm join the procession along the High Street to the Holy Trinity Church grounds for carols.
St. Nicholas Fair In York
|Runs until Sunday 23rd December 2018
|Monday – Wednesday
|| – 18:00
|Thursday – Saturday
|| – 20:00
|| – 18:00
Local arts and crafts with jewellery, ceramics, tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. Children’s craft-making activities available. Santa will also be there!
Parliament Street, Kings Square, St Sampson’s Square York
For more local Christmas activities, as well as places to see Santa, check out our Christmas Holidays page.