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Here's some of the calendar highlights for your area:

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds, 14 November - 20 December

This is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental style festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. Set in the stylish civic setting of the award winning Millennium Square, Christkindelmarkt attracts many hundred thousands of visitors to Leeds each year and forms an integral part of the city's annual events programme.

Sheffield Christmas Market, 14 November - 24 December

A truly magical experience awaits you on Fargate with the arrival of the Sheffield Christmas Market. Traditional wooden cabins offering a huge choice of seasonal goodies makes this the perfect place to stock up on gifts, foods and treats! Also, Santa will be meeting the children of Sheffield in his very own Lapland cabin. The market will be open daily from 10am to 6pm (8pm on Wednesdays) until Christmas Eve.

The Moors National Park Centre Christmas Fair, 15-16 November

The Moors National Park Centre's popular annual Christmas Fair presents over 30 stalls celebrating the very best of local arts, crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery, ceramics and stained glass to willow tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. There's also a visit from Santa, traditional organ music and children's craft-making activities.

Ripon Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair, 22 November

This year's Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair will be bigger than ever, with a hundred and ten stalls on show inside the Cathedral and at The Old Deanery Hotel. The ever popular Christmas Fair brings crowds of visitors from all over Yorkshire to enjoy a fun day of Christmas shopping, food and live musical entertainment throughout the day, hot turkey sandwiches and mulled wine. Santa's grotto, face painting and children's activities will keep the children amused.

Bedale Christmas Festival, 22 November

This festival is based in Bedale Hall and Park, with Father Christmas and lots of activities for the children, craft and gift stalls for the grown ups, plus music and festive refreshments. Together with the unique little shops in town, Bedale is a great place to do your Christmas shopping this year.

Bridlington Dickensian Festival, 23 November

The High Street will be a hive of activity with the main celebrations commencing at 12:00 on Sunday, 23rd November as Town Crier, David Hinde, heralds in the days events. There will be in excess of 40 stallholders lining the streets alongside shopkeepers and residents dressed in period costume and offering a wonderfully diverse selection of festive produce, food, mulled wine, crafts, gifts and games. Indoor venues and many of the Old Town shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs will be open for the day and evening bringing their own charm and uniqueness to the proceedings. Come and enjoy the Victorian atmosphere, revel in delight at the musicians, singers and street entertainers of all types including a Victorian Street Organ, Brass Band, Buskers, Morris Dancing, Skiffle Group, Punch and Judy Show, Birds of Prey and Children's Rides all adding to the festive fun!

Whitby Christmas Market, Whitby, 27-30 November

Whitby's second Christmas Market will take place on Endeavour Wharf in the view of Whitby's famous Abbey and Swing Bridge. The market will feature Whitby's iconic beach huts, which will form an attractive and novel centre piece to the market. Whitby's very own version of the German Market beach huts we are so familiar with. The market will feature stalls from independent traders, artists, crafts people, hot food stalls and of course, a bar selling mulled wine.

Country Living Fair, Harrogate, 27-30 November

Soak up the magic of the festive season at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair, enjoy a great day's shopping and leave with a hoard of heavenly gifts. The Fairs bring together hundreds of exhibitors from all over the UK in a festive extravaganza of quality and craftsmanship.

Harrogate Christmas Market, 27-30 November

Organised by Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, this four-day festive market will be filled with high quality Yorkshire and Harrogate products. There will be more than 140 chalets, mini-marquees, traditional market stalls and outdoor gazebos selling everything from Yorkshire cheeses and chutneys to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations.

St Nicholas Fayre, York, 27 November - 21 December

St Nicholas Fayre, one of the UK's favourite Christmas markets, is extending in 2014 from four days to over three weeks for the first time in its 23-year and highly successful history. This year, enjoy St Nicholas Fair/ market for fabulous pre-Christmas shopping for 25 days from Thursday 27 November to Sunday 21 December. There'll be lots to celebrate, including a rolling programme of different market stalls throughout the Fair, and themed weeks of specialty stalls featuring Food, Sparkles and Toys.

Brighouse Victorian Christmas Market, 28-30 November

The Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival recreates a Dickensian Christmas with a huge street market full of Xmas gifts, shops decorated in Victorian style and staff dressed in period costume. Street entertainers, choirs, singers, magicians, acrobats and brass bands will entertain you as you shop. Watch out for Santa parading in his horse drawn carriage. Try the wonderful street food, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and take the kids to Santa's grotto or the funfair. The fun starts with a Victorian music hall show on Friday evening (November 28th) at the Brighouse Civic Hall. On Saturday 29th November from 9am the whole town centre turns into a Victorian Christmas wonderland. Don't miss the lantern parade and light switch on, 4pm Saturday 29th. All the fun continues on Sunday 30th 10am to 4pm.

22nd Victorian Christmas Market - Kelham Island Museum, 29-30 November

Gather under the gaslamps as our heart-warming Dickensian folk relive the magical world of Dickens at Christmas. With over 120 market stalls selling Sheffield, Made goods, All that Glitters Gifts and a Christmas Shop and Emporium to suits all tastes and pockets. Enjoy our festive family entertainment and food quarter, traditional fairground and Santa's Grotto with reindeer.

Grassington Dickensian Christmas Festival, 29 November, 6 and 13 December

For three saturdays, Grassington travels back in time for the annual Dickensian festival. Step back in time to an era when Dickens was alive. Street entertainment, buskers, shoe-shine boys, chestnut sellers, santa's grotto, pickpockets, living statues, traditional Christmas outdoor market, indoor craft fair plus lots more. A family fun day out.

Halifax Christmas Market, 29 November

With around 20 unique food and craft stalls showcasing and selling homemade and local wares between 10am and 6pm. The Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On also takes place on the same day between 2pm and 6pm, on Russell Street with live music, local dance groups and a few celebrities thrown in, plus Father Christmas may make an appearance (if he's not too busy preparing the toys for delivery on Christmas Day).

Gayle Mill Christmas Fayre, 29 November

Their Annual Christmas Fayre rounds off the year; come and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie whilst choosing those special Christmas gifts. Our range of wooden and craft products tenderly made by our own volunteers will be on sale, together with craft demonstrations by our expert tutors. Order and collect your unique Gayle Mill Christmas Trees. Lots of festive fun under one roof!

Festive Family Fun at Lightwater Shopping Village, 5-7 December

Christmas for the family starts here…. this year bring your little ones to experience the magic of Christmas at Lightwater Valley. Meet Santa and his helpers in his Grotto, watch our talking reindeer show, be amazed by our Christmas magic show and browse an array of stalls selling beautiful hand-crafted gifts – perfect to purchase those unique Christmas presents from.

10th Annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair, Sledmere House, 5-7 December

The tenth annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair features over 100 stalls selling crafts, gifts, decorations and food for the festive period. Visitors are welcome to walk in the gardens (not normally open to the public during winter.) The Terrace Cafe and Fair Cafe will be open and younger visitors can meet Father Christmas in his magical Grotto at the House and recieve a gift.

Helmsley Makes Christmas Magical, 6th December

Whether it's high quality designer fashion & accessories, making your home ready for Christmas, enjoying art in the many galleries, or feasting on festive food & drink, Helmsley has something for everyone. And whatever the weather, you're guaranteed a warm welcome!

A Dickensian Christmas in Rotherham, 6 December

Rotherham travels back in time this Christmas. Rotherham travels back in time for a fantastic Dickens Christmas celebration this year. With music, entertainment, Dickensian craft workshops and much more!

Leyburn Christmas Festival, 6 December

The annual Christmas event is organised by Leyburn and Mid Wensleydale Business Association with the support of Round Table. Father Christmas usually arrives in great style and delivers presents to local children. Stalls and festive music add to the occasion to provide a lovely festive festival for all the family to enjoy. Market stalls for those Christmas gift ideas, refreshments and entertainment.

Knaresborough Christmas Market, 6-7 December

A wonderful festive weekend in the picturesque North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough with quality stalls, shops and entertainment. This Christmas market always offers a full range of regional specialities, with locally produced fare from independent stallholders being very popular with visitors.

Victorian Christmas Weekend at Main Street, Haworth, 6-7 December

Every year at Christmas time, Haworth is lit by twinkling fairy lights and festive shop windows. Each weekend in December the village hosts bands, choirs, carol singers and Father Christmas for visitors to enjoy with traders dressing in Victorian costume. The cobbled street is home to wonderful independant shops, tea rooms and public houses. If you are travelling to Haworth by car, parking is available in the Bronte Parsonage and Bronte Village car parks which are council owned

Sheffield Antiques Quarter Vintage Christmas Market, 7 December

There will be a fabulous line up for our Christmas Market with over 40 stalls to include Heeley Bank Antiques Centre, Galabeer and the Dog, Granny's Wardrobe, Fox and Gingerbread Vintage, Lily Ponds French Brocante, And proud design, The vaults Arts and Crafts - Bottom Draw, Victoria-May Vintage, Grey Day Vintage, Reclaimed interiors, Fresh n Chic Boutique, Dear Prudence, H.E.R. Vintage, Dawson's Yard, Back in the Day, The Bindi People, Swifities, and much much more.

Otley Victorian Fayre & Christmas Market, 7 December

Otley Victorian Fayre has been running for many years. This is now a truly family day out with upwards of 17,000 people attending this fabulous, free event. On the pedestrianized streets you will see a wide variety of stalls offering gifts, food and the chance to help local charities and good causes. The indoor areas in The Black Horse Stable Yard and The Old Grammar School sell only hand crafted items.
Don't miss the donkey rides and their greatest attraction, Santa's reindeer!

Christmas Fair Hosted By Yorkshire Heart, 7 December

25 different trade stands from local suppliers & groups including jewellery, puzzles, games, gift cards & photography, timber products, Christmas wreaths, clothes, accessories, toys and much more including the PDSA,, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and local company the log shed who will free car parking & free entry. Santa and his helpers will be here to see the children with a gift for them and they will receive their own reindeer dust to take home!

Skipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market, 7 & 14 December

The 'Gateway to the Dales' brings you Skipton's famous Yuletide Festival and market, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Together with the market and great food stalls, there will be a full range of entertainment in the Town Centre throughout the day, both in the main High Street Arena and at locations across the Town. The whole of Skipton truly has a real Christmassy feel!

Malton Christmas Food Market, Malton, 13 December

Christmas is coming early to Malton, thanks to the Malton Monthly Food Market on Saturday 13th December! One of the special guests will be none other than Santa Claus himself, who will be in his own Grotto in magical Milton Rooms during the festive event, which trades from 9am to 3pm. The market will boast over 45 food and drink stalls, a Festive Treat Hunt for the kids, and carols sung by the Kirkham Henry singers between 11.20am and 12.20pm.

Beverley Festival of Christmas, 14 December

This is arguably the largest Festival of its kind in Yorkshire which includes a Christmas Market with over 100 festive stalls, a fairground, various musical groups and individuals performing a varied programme of music and dance, a display by Bernese Mountain Dogs, a display of falconry, a re-enactment of a street battle by the Sealed Knot, marching and military bands, stilt walkers and Victorian street entertainers, a classic car rally and last but by no means least - Santa on his sleigh drawn through the town

Ripponden Community Market, 14 December

This year's festive market welcomes Father Christmas, there are fairground rides for the children and lots of festive food. The event takes place from 10am - 4pm in Ripponden centre.

Castle Howard's Stable Courtyard Christmas Market, 18 December

For the perfect place to escape the crowds and pick up great gifts for the festive season, visit Castle Howard's Stable Courtyard and Market. Get great stocking fillers and books for all the family at the Bookshop, gifts for the home and children's toys in the Carriage House and a range of seasonal treats from the Farm Shop.


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