Harrogate Christmas Market 2019 and other festive goings on in Harrogate this month!
Now Halloween and Bonfire night are out of the way it’s officially Christmas build up time in our household, and it would appear Harrogate thinks the same!
The iconic Bettys Christmas Window display is revealed this Friday (8th November) at 5pm. It’s become part of our Christmas tradition to go down and join the crowds. It’s a great event and I’d recommend you go along – wrap up warm and be prepared to wait, but it really is magical.
Then the following weekend, Harrogate Christmas Market comes to town from Thursday 14th November – Sunday 17th November! The opening of the Market also coincides with the Harrogate Christmas Light Switch On, which takes place on Thursday 14th Nov. It’s changed location this year, so don’t get caught out! A stage will be placed by McDonalds and Halifax on Oxford Street. Entertainment starts at 4pm with Santa and the Mayor switching the lights on at 6pm.
The Christmas Market traditionally showcases the very best of what Yorkshire has to offer, as well as presenting entertainment for the whole family with fun fair rides, live music from local groups, street musicians and more. Our Harrogate Mumbler favourite Singing Mums will be belting out some festive tunes on November 14th at 12pm.
Montpellier Hill will be closed to traffic from 9am -8pm daily for the duration of the whole event. It is still open to the coaches booked to drop and pick up passengers at the site, as well as businesses/residents who have a permit.
Thurs 14th Nov10am – 8pm Fri 15th Nov10am – 8pm Sat 16th Nov 9.30am – 8pm Sun 17th Nov9.30am – 5.30pm
If you’re coming from out of town, then theres a free shuttle bus to and from Stand 1 at the Bus Station, which is right next to the train station.
Entrance to the market is free! There is the chance to visit Santa and his (real!) reindeers and there are always a few fairground rides which are payable.
Santa arrives at the Market just in time for the grand opening on Thursday. He’ll be coming down Montpellier Hill Footpath in his sleigh being pulled by the lovely staff at Gambaru Fitness. If you can get down there with your little ones it’s totally worth it – we went last year and my little girl was beside herself!
Santa’s Grotto is open every day. Entry is £5 per child and includes a small gift. During peak times, there can be a queue. In fact, the whole market is very popular so if you’re looking to go when it’s a bit quieter – which I would definitely recommend – especially if you’re coming down with buggies then try to get down on Thursday or Friday day time. The peak times for the market are usually:
It’s a really lovely Market, a chance to get a hold of some locally produced stocking fillers, eat some yummy food and generally get into the Christmas Spirit! For more information on the event click here.