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Top 6 Christmas markets in Yorkshire

When it comes to Christmas shopping, there are essentially three ways to do it. Do everything online and receive all your presents in a boring cardboard box, brave the crowds and make a mad dash into town the week before, or plan a Christmas shopping trip to remember at a magical Christmas market.

I know which one I’d prefer, which is why we’ve cherry-picked our favourite Christmas markets in Yorkshire below for you to choose from.

From the world-renowned St Nicholas Fayre in York to the Dickensian extravaganza in Grassington, our Yorkshire Christmas markets are sure to get you feeling all Christmassy and warm inside. And that’s before the mulled wine and mince pies…

Top six Christmas markets in Yorkshire

1. St. Nicholas Fayre York 

A huge event in York and one that many thousands of people in Yorkshire and beyond look forward to each year. York is the ultimate Christmas shopping destination. Its beautiful medieval streets are packed with independent shops, cosy cafes and excellent restaurants. The St. Nicholas Fayre is the icing on the Christmas cake with hundreds of stalls selling gifts, local food and all manner of lovely things.

Where to stay: Our York Holiday Cottages

2. Harrogate Christmas Market 

Harrogate is a fabulous destination for Christmas shopping anyway with its gorgeous Victorian shop fronts and independent boutiques. But it’s even more special when the Christmas market comes to town. Expect over 140 chalets selling everything from traditional decorations to Yorkshire cheese!

Where to stay: Our Harrogate Holiday Cottages

3. Christmas Craft & Food Fair Sledmere House 

Featuring over 100 stalls, this wonderful Christmas market is set in the grounds of Sledmere House, a stunning Georgian home and estate in the Yorkshire Wolds. In addition to the stalls, you can walk in the gardens (normally closed at this time of year), treat the kids to a ride on a tractor & trailer ride to the Deer Park and pop in and see Santa while you’re there.

Where to stay: Our Yorkshire Wolds Cottages

4. Grassington Dickensian Festival 

Grassington Festival Yorkshire

The atmospheric Grassington Festival in Yorkshire. Image by Mark Davies

A very Christmassy festival. It sounds like a cliché but it really is like stepping back in time. The market square in Grassington comes alive with a traditional market while the shopkeepers and villagers dress in Victorian costume. Wander around and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this delightful Christmas market in Yorkshire

Where to stay: Our Yorkshire Dales Cottages

5. Beverley Festival of Christmas 

One of the largest Christmas markets in Yorkshire, the Beverley Festival of Christmas has been running annually now for almost 20 years. There are a whole range of events, stalls, music and entertainment to enjoy including a festival parade and lots of choir singing. Just what you need to get you in the mood!

Where to stay: Our Yorkshire Wolds Cottages

6. Country Living Fair Harrogate [28th Nov – 3rd Dec]

Something a little bit different, this is another much-loved Christmas market in Yorkshire organised by Country Living magazine. Unlike the other Yorkshire markets, it takes place indoors, but still has that same magical appeal. Expect top class gifts, beautiful crafts and lots of festive food and drink.

Where to stay: Our Harrogate Holiday Cottages

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