Christmas is a magical time of year with magical markets and events, and when everywhere is lit up with beautiful twinkling lights and lush green Christmas trees. We know that already. But while you probably think it’s something more native to the fictional towns we see on tele this time of year, you’d be wrong. Every December, Yorkshire’s market towns become adorned in festive decorations and become the most beautiful winter wonderlands, filled with cosy pubs and festive cheer which make for great festive get-togethers. Fancy entering the festive rom-com of your dreams? These are the most magical Christmas towns in Yorkshire that 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. While it’s not exactly a town (and therefore kinda ruins our list a little already), 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, and it’s market square is absolutely beautiful.
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 hosts a lovely Christmas market every year, bringing with it Alpine-style huts serving up festive treats such as mulled wine, bratwurst as well as local handmade goods. A very welcome, festive addition to the stunning town.
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 – and is home to tons of gorgeous independent shops to buy gifts from, too.
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 – and it definitely gives that Christmas rom-com feel.
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. Which is probably how it ended up being the backdrop to the guilty pleasure Christmas film, A Very Yorkshire Christmas.
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 time, the festive lights give the quaint town a magical glow. Set amidst breathtaking scenery, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some festive cheer.
Be sure to check out the glorious Gayle Beck that runs through some of the cottages while you’re there!
6. 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, as well as quirky shops that are sure to have the best gifts.
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.
If that wasn’t enough already, the lovely market town is back full of hidden gem shops – from local chocolatiers to gorgeous antique shops.
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.