It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and us Yorkshiremen are getting right in the spirit of it. We have done the hard work for you and found the best Christmas markets to visit in Yorkshire this year.
It might only be November, but it’s the most wonderful time of the year already, with the very best Christmas markets in full swing armed with delicious German Bratwurst and mulled wine (which I’ve probably single-handedly drank a whole gallon of already).
The best part? Some of the greatest Christmas markets in the UK are right here on our doorstep in good ol’ Yorkshire. Here’s a rundown of just some of the markets to add to your list this year.
1. York Christmas Festival
If there’s one place in Yorkshire that screams Christmas, it’s York. From its quaint architecture to its medieval streets, you can’t get more wholesome than a day out in the Viking Capital.
The traditional fair, known as the St. Nicholas Christmas Fayre, sees traders pitched up along Parliament Street, showcasing some of the best locally sourced produce and independent sellers the city has to offer.
If that wasn’t enough to sway you, Kings Square will play host to the fun fair featuring their old fashioned Helter Skelter. You’ll also be able to fill your tummy with seasonal treats at St. Sampson’s Square’s Yorkshire Barn, and Santa will be making special appearances at Coppergate.
Thursday 14th November – Sunday 22nd December
2. Leeds Christkindelmarkt
Leeds’ German Christmas market has been a favourite for some time now, celebrating the festivities on Millennium Square. The authentic German market is packed with Bavarian stalls featuring an array of festive gifts and European food and drink, including a nice, warm mug of spiced mulled wine.
On top of the usual suspects, there’s even an Alp Chalet restaurant for market-goers to kick back, relax and fill up on traditional food and drink in a Bavarian setting. The best part, though? Every Saturday and Sunday morning, kids can have breakfast with Santa in the restaurant, with Santa delivering gifts to each table and saying hello to the little ones. If that’s not for you, Kuh Stall and the Ski Hutte bar will be providing shelter if you fancy a beer away from the chill.
The Christmas Carousel and rides will also return for this year’s offering, as well as appearances from Winter Wonderland Princesses and more.
Friday 8th November – Saturday 21st December
3. Sheffield Christmas Market
Growing year-on-year, Sheffield’s Christmas market offering has become a huge annual event, with over 50 stalls across Fargate, Town Hall Square and Peace Gardens (the home of an incredible gift-shaped light installation this year!).
This year includes a new Alpine Bar where shoppers can head over for seasonal beverages, as well as the traditional German Sausage Grill if you’re feeling a bit peckish.
Kids can head over to Santa’s Grotto to meet Santa himself, with a photo-opp and gift for each child. And if you feel like getting away from the bustle of the festivities? You can jump on Sheffield’s own Big Wheel while looking over the pretty Christmas lights.
Thursday 14th November – Christmas Eve
4. Grassington Dickensian Festival
Grassington Dickensian Festival isn’t your typical Christmas market. In fact, this picturesque, cobbled village of the Yorkshire Dales will take you all the way back to the Victorian era for the occasion. Visitors, shopkeepers and locals get decked out in their very best Victorian costume for the festivities, with market stalls including food and drink, street entertainers, bands and more making this festival extra special.
The festivities are kicked off by the Town Crier on the 30th November, as well as a chance to meet Santa in his Grotto ahead of a torch-lit Nativity procession. If you fancy something a little different this year, this one’s for you.
30th November and 7th December
5. Beverley Festival of Christmas
One of the largest Christmas events in the UK, the Beverley Festival of Christmas is back this year, with over 120 stalls in attendance.
The one-day event will feature four Victorian market locations across the town, with a range of entertainment including carol singing, a festive parade, Pantomime performances, fair rides, and even a visit to Santa’s Grotto where kids can pick up a gift and meet the man himself.
There’ll be plenty to eat and drink, with stalls ranging from food, hand-crafted items to festive gifts. The perfect choice for Christmas markets in Yorkshire for all the family.