8 Of The Most Magical Christmas Towns In Yorkshire To Visit

8 Of The Most Magical Christmas Towns In Yorkshire To Visit

Christmas is a magical time of year where everywhere is lit up with beautiful twinkling lights and lush green Christmas trees. Yorkshire’s market towns become adorned in festive decorations and become the most beautiful winter wonderlands filled with cosy pubs and festive cheer great for getting together with family, friends and loved ones. These magical Christmas towns in Yorkshire are perfect to travel to this time of year.


Home of ‘All Creatures Great & Small‘, it doesn’t get much more idyllic than Grassington – a beautiful village in the Yorkshire Dales. Not a town, but it is a popular spot for tourists and holds a wonderful Christmas market every year. It’s Victorian style, Christmas Market transports the whole village back in time.

Get cosy in one of its local pubs with a pint and enjoy the festivities by a warm fire or propping up the bar – either way, you’re sure to feel merry here.


The spa town of Harrogate is hosting a Christmas market between 3rd and 12th December and will be littered with Alpine-style huts serving you up festive treats such as mulled wine, bratwurst as well as local handmade goods.

It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking for festive cheer and a decent bar or restaurant to enjoy a bit of merriment.


Perched next to the River Swale, if you find yourself in the historical market square of Richmond, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The traditional Yorkshire Dales market town has live music and a wide range of festive market stalls over the Christmas period.

Lit up with Christmas lights, the architecturally-rich market town is the perfect place to head for Christmas fun, why not head to its food hall set in the old station and see what food and drink offerings they have for you after you’ve finished exploring the town.


If you’re looking for a bit of romance this Christmas, why not take your partner to the warm town of Knaresborough. It’s one of the prettiest places to visit, and when they’ve got their Christmas lights up, you couldn’t dream up a more idyllic spot.

Why not grab a drink by the river and watch the lights flicker on the river framed by the viaduct?


This magical little market town is one of England’s highest, set 850 feet above seawater. Home to the world-famous Wensleydale Cheese, it’s a honey pot for tourists, but at Christmas times, the festive lights give the quaint town a magical glow. Set amidst breathtaking scenery, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some festive cheer.

Hebden Bridge

No list is complete without the cool capital of Yorkshire, and Hebden Bridge is just that. With its beautiful canal running right through the centre, it’s the perfect place to enjoy winter walks and Christmas glows. The main street has lots of independent restaurants ready to serve you up a whole host of festive choices.


Pickering is famous for the North York Moors railway, and you can enjoy The Santa Express from Pickering to Grosmont this Christmas. The unique experience in the ancient market town is sure to get you feeling festive.

Why not shop for some Pickering Gin baubles containing brightly coloured, fabulously festive flavours including; Christmas Clementine, Festive Cranberry, Spiced Pear & Cinnamon, Figgy Pudding and more.


The food capital of Yorkshire is where it is at this time of year. Try out the local Christmas offerings and visit the hugely popular Christmas market. It’s home to a range of local producers including beer, Yorkshire puddings and even more continental offerings.

Take a trip to Talbot Yard and enjoy festive foodie goodies that you would expect and some unique gifts too. 

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