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Here's some of the calendar highlights for your area:
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.
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.
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
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!
Yorkshire's Magical Winterland, Harrogate, 10-23 December
Yorkshire's Magical Winterland is a 14 day indoor christmas event and is a fully immersive event including a winter market, winter walk through experience, live performance stage (featuring local artists), circus, write to Santa cabin, Santa's grotto, feed Santa's reindeer, Alpine Peak theatre (A Christmas Carol puppet show), make a 'Christmas wish' cabin, family ride attractions, bouncy castle, avalanche escape slide, face painting and much more.
Christkindlmarkt, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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! This year also sees the introduction of a brand new Moroccan market which, sitting alongside the traditional Christmas cabins, will add a little bit of spice to the festivities. Nestled in the middle of the two markets 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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