15 Yorkshire Christmas Markets And Events That ARE Going Ahead This Year

Christmas might be looking like its cancelled (given how rubbish 2020 has been so far), but not all hope is lost – with a number of popular events still confirmed to be going ahead this Christmas. From Sheffield’s popular Christmas Market, to spectacular light installations and, of course, Santa’s Grotto visits – there’s plenty to see and do this festive season. Check out our guide to the Yorkshire Christmas markets and events that are pushing ahead this year.

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1. Sheffield Christmas Market

Sheffield’s Christmas Market will still go ahead this year, despite other city’s opting to cancel theirs. The market will run from November 12th to Christmas Eve, with a new layout to assist with social distancing.

2. Bedale Christmas Market

Bedale Christmas Market is currently scheduled to go ahead, with a date set for Saturday 28th November. The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5.30pm in the Market Place, with a number of stalls available to browse as part of the fair.

3. Knaresborough Christmas Market

Knaresborough Christmas Market will also be pressing ahead this year, taking place on the weekend of Saturday 5th December. The layout has been amended as a result of the Coronavirus, and the traders may vary from typical years. Expect stalls and lively entertainment as part of this year’s market.

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4. Beverley Festival of Christmas

Beverley’s annual Christmas market is currently scheduled for Sunday 13th December, with no further updates on whether cancellation is being considered.

5. Christmas at Harewood House, Leeds

Harewood House will be opening its doors again for the festive period, with Christmas shopping, seasonal food, and a number of festive experiences to enjoy during your visit – including the stunning house decoration. Tickets are on sale now.

6. Christmas at Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey will be open for Christmas, with a number of events on to experience. Meet Santa, see the Abbey lit up in stunning Christmas lights, enjoy Carols by candlelight, sip on a hot chocolate, spot the deer, or even have dinner with Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

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7. Christmas at Castle Howard

While details around Castle Howard’s Christmas offering a currently under wraps, the popular venue has confirmed that they’re working hard behind the scenes to come up with something special for guests to enjoy. Further details about their Father Christmas events and other Christmas events are set to be announced in October.

8. York City Cruises Santa Experience

York City Cruises has implemented a number of COVID-safe measures for their 2020 Santa Experience, so guests can climb aboard and sit at their own table, with each child being allocated time to visit Santa in his Grotto. Tickets include a glass of wine for the grown-ups, 50 minutes on-board the boat, soft drinks for the kids, colouring sheets, a present from Santa and even all the tools to write an official letter to the Big Man.

9. Sleigh Rides at Piglets Adventure Farm

Tickets are now on sale for Piglets Adventure Farm’s Sleigh Rides, where the kids can head out on a magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland Village – where they’ll be able to meet Santa in his grotto. Social distancing measures will be in place, with a number of changes for this year’s experience.

10. Scarborough Sparkle

Scarborough Sparkle is currently scheduled to go ahead between Friday 27th November and Sunday 29th November, with tasty seasonal food, luxury gifts, rides, Santa’s Grotto and a Tipi bar to enjoy during your visit.

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11. North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Specials

Santa’s Grotto with a difference – NYMR’s Santa Specials are confirmed to return for 2020 – with tickets going on sale September 17th. Each ticket includes a private compartment to sit in on the steam train, interaction with Santa’s Elves, a photo with Santa, a return journey from Pickering to Levisham and a present for each child.

12. Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, Leeds

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall is set to go ahead, with dates currently scheduled for 27th November – January 3rd. Santa and his Elves will be back to welcome guests – with a storytime experience with presents, a twinkling woodland walk and the ‘Wildlife World’ experience where guests can visit the penguins, see the flamingos and more.

13. The Polar Express Train Ride, Wensleydale

The popular Polar Express Train Ride in Wensleydale will go ahead this year, with social distancing in place so guests can enjoy the story of the Polar Express, with guests encouraged to turn up in their PJs to do it just like they do in the book. You’ll even get to meet Santa at the end. Tickets are on sale now, however, are selling fast.

14. Lightwater Valley Light Alice In Wonderland Lantern Trail

Lightwater Valley’s ‘Alice in Winderland’ experience will return for 2020, featuring the huge Alice in Wonderland themed lanterns including the famous characters from the story. Guests will be able to walk through and check out the huge illuminations, as well as enjoy food and drink and fairground rides.

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15. Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure, Wetherby

Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure is back, including their fantasntic Winter Illuminations, Santa’s Grotto and their fabulous Silver Band. The Enchanted Forest will be coming to life after dusk, and will run from 21st November right up until 3rd January.


  • Winter Wonderland, York
  • Malton Christmas Food and Gift Market
  • Santa’s Sweet Adventure, York Chocolate Story
  • York Christmas Market
  • Bolton Abbey Festive Trail
  • The Piece Hall Christmas Fair
  • Burton Agnes Hall Christmas Twilight Weekend
  • Selby Christmas Market
  • Skipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market
  • Thornton Hall Country Park Christmas Adventure
  • Santa’s Grotto at Treasurer’s House, York
  • Nunnington Hall Father Christmas Experience, York
  • Christmas at Bolling Hall, Bradford
  • Christmas at William’s Den, North Cave
  • Scarborough Victorian Christmas Market


  • Leeds Christmas Market
  • Harrogate Christmas Market
  • Richmond Christmas Market
  • Whitby Christmas Festival
  • The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Fair – online only
  • Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
  • Grassington Dickensian Festival
  • Otley Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market
  • Enchanted Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster
  • The Snowman Cinema Screenings – no current venues planned in Yorkshire
  • Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend
  • Christmas in Haworth
  • Stories with Santa at Harlow Carr
  • Mother Shipton’s Cave Christmas Experience