Events that will BOOST your Christmas Spirit!

14 October 2016

The Christmas bells are ringing and Harrogate and District are preparing for the festive season! To help you get into the Christmas Spirit we’ve compiled a list of events taking place in November and December!


Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure – 1st November – 4th January, with fairy lights illuminating the park and Santa’s arrival and sleigh rides, it’s the perfect winter wonderland for all the family.

Crafts for Christmas – 10th – 13th November, held at the Yorkshire Show Ground is an opportunity to buy well-crafted gifts for your family and friends.

Harrogate Christmas Light Switch on – 17th November from 4pm till 6pm – Victoria Shopping Centre Piazza

Harrogate Christmas Market – 17th – 20th November, positioned on the lovely Montpellier Hill, with over 200 stalls, and Santa and his Reindeers, draws crowds!

Knaresborough Late Night Shopping - Friday 15th November

Harrogate International Centre, Knitting and Stitching Show - 24th - 27th November, over 300 companies to chose from so you can buy anything from embroidery threads to feltmaking supplies and much more!

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Light Switch on (& Late Night Shopping) - 25th November from 6pm

Ripon Christmas Lights Switch on – 26th November from 4pm till 6pm – Marketplace (Ripon Centre)

Boroughbridge Late Night Shopping - Wednesday 30th November

Harrogate Pantomime – 30th November – 15th January – this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington – tickets can be bought through Harrogate Theatre ticket office or online, be quick though – Tickets sell out fast!


Harrogate Late Night Shopping - Thursdays through out December.

Country Living Christmas Fair – 1st – 4th December, hosted at the Harrogate International Centre, it’s a “festive occasion where the pages of the magazine come to life!”.

Boroughbridge Small Business Saturday - 3rd December, celebrate and support the independent trades of Boroughbridge.

Kirkgate Christmas Pantomime Market, Ripon - 3rd December, entertainment, stalls and food and drink, along with Santa's Grotto!

Knaresborough Christmas Market - 3rd - 4th December, join the wonderful market town at the Christmas Market with plenty of stalls and entertainment. 

Christmas Carol Concert in Ripon – 3rd December – music performed by Ripon Cathedral Choir, and musicians from local schools, held at Ripon Cathedral.

Pateley Bridge Late Night Shopping – 9th December – held throughout Pateley Bridge.

Pateley Bridge Festival of Lights - 9th - 10th December - Situated in the heart of Nidderdale, see this beautiful market town illuminated and enjoy some festival shopping.

Carols by Candlelight – 11th December held at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols by the glow and flickering of thousands of candles.

Boxing Day Pilgrimage – 26th December with a service that begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9:30am the pilgrimage then makes its way to Fountains Abbey following the monks in their ancient footsteps, where it continues till 12 noon.

Knaresborough Duck Race - 1st January 2017 - Watch 5,000 plastic ducks race down the River Nidd, with the first duck to cross the line winning £100!