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Step back in time: The Grassington Dickensian Festival 2013

We’ve already highlighted the Grassington Dickensian Festival as one of our Top 6 Christmas Markets in Yorkshire, but it’s so good I think it deserves its own Blog spot!

The Grassington Dickensian Festival really is like stepping back in time.  For three Saturdays leading up to Christmas Day the village is swathed in Christmas lights, the villagers dress up in traditional costume and the whole place comes alive with a real sense of a bygone era.  It is quite magical.

Here are some of Gorgeous Cottages highlights…

Highlights of the Grassington Dickensian Festival 2013

Grassington Festival Yorkshire

The atmospheric Grassington Festival in Yorkshire. Image by Mark Davies

  • Morris Dancing – What English Festival would be complete without a spot of Morris dancing?  Enjoy an energetic performance by the talented Leeds Morris men.
  • Santa’s Procession – A must if you are bringing kids along.  Father Christmas sets off from the main square in the village towards his Grotto in Pletts Barn.
  • Torchlight Nativity Procession – One of the most endearing parts of the festival, the torchlight procession ends with a round of rousing carol singing by the bandstand.
  • Punch & Judy – Another traditional treat for young and old alike.
  • Grassington Handbell ringers – Held in the church we defy anyone to experience this and not feel Christmassy inside.
  • Grassington Singers – Rounding off the whole event on the evening of the 14th December, the Grassington Singers present their annual Christmas concert
  • Village fun – All the while you can wander around the village and delight at the Dickensian figures, the urban circus, the chestnut sellers, the Christmas market and lots more…
Grassington Dickensian Festival Yorkshire

The torchlight procession at the Grassington Festival in Yorkshire. Image by Mark Davies

The Grassington Dickensian Festival is held over three Saturdays including the 7th and 14th December.  For a full list of events, time and locations take a look at the official Grassington Website.

Accommodation for the Grassington Dickensian Festival

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