Guide to Yorkshire’s Christmas Markets 2015

With the festive season fast approaching we’ve pulled together a guide to the best Christmas markets in Yorkshire.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 17th November 2015, 4:15 pm
Christkindelmarkt  German Christmas Market in Millennium Square.
Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market in Millennium Square.

Harrogate Christmas Market

When is the Harrogate Christmas market? Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 November 2015, 10am - 8pm Thursday - Saturday and 10am - 5pm Sunday

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Where is the Harrogate Christmas market? Montpellier Stray

Held on The Stray in the historic Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate town centre, this four-day festive market will be filled with high quality Yorkshire and Harrogate products. This year it is expected to have over 190 stalls selling everything from Yorkshire cheeses and chutneys to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Santa will be in his grotto with real reindeer.

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

When is the Leeds Christmas market? November 13 - December 20

Where is the Leeds Christmas market? Millennium Square, Leeds City Centre

This is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental style festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. Set in the stylish civic setting of the award winning Millennium Square, Christkindelmarkt attracts many hundred thousands of visitors to Leeds each year and forms an integral part of the city’s annual events programme. Click here for a chance to win a £100 beer tab at Bierkeller

York St Nicholas Christmas Fair

When is the York Christmas market? Thursday November 19 - Wednesday December 23 2015

Where is the York Christmas market? Parliament Square, York City Centre

St Nicholas Fair, one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, has been given a tinselly twist for 2015. Snug wooden chalets line the street selling festive food and gifts.

Whitby Christmas Market

When is the Whitby Christmas market? Friday November 27 - Monday November 30

Where is the Whitby Christmas market? Endeavour Wharf Car Park, Whitby,

Whitby’s second Christmas Market will take place on Endeavour Wharf in the view of Whitby’s famous Abbey and Swing Bridge. The market features the Whitby’s iconic beach huts with stalls from independent traders, artists, crafts people, hot food stalls and of course, a bar selling mulled wine.


When is the Brighouse Christmas festival? Saturday November 28, 10am – 5pm and Sunday November 29, 10am – 4pm

The Victorian Christmas Festival boasts over 80 stalls full of locally produced foods and crafts. There will be entertainment with Christmas Carols being sung by local school choirs, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and street entertainers. Saturday’s Market will draw to a close with a christmas light switch on and community carol singing with a special visit by Father Christmas in a Horse Drawn Carriage pulled by two white shire horses.


When is the Christmas market in Halifax? Saturday November 28, 10am - 6pm

Where is the Halifax Christmas market? The Woolshops

The Woolshops brings a special one-off Christmas Market to the cobbles between on the same day as the Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On, boasting plenty of food and craft stalls. Father Christmas himself will make an appearance before the Christmas Lights are switched on.


When is the Wakefield Christmas market? Thursday November 12 - Saturday November 14

Where is the Christmas market? Cathedral Precinct, Wakefield.

The popular Christmas market will feature a host of activities and stalls with live entertainment and live ice sculpture carving.

The Christmas Market also signals the start of Christmas late night openings on selected retail stores around the city centre for all your shopping needs.

Wakefield The Hepworth

When is the Hepworth Christmas market? Saturday November 21 and November 22

Free entry

Ranked as one of Britain’s best Christmas markets by the Guardian this popular Christmas market returns to the Calder building next to the main gallery for this festive season.

The market will boast arts and crafts stalls selling beautiful ceramics, unique prints and handmade jewellery.

Sheffield Christmas Market

When is the Sheffield Christmas market? Friday November 20 - Thursday December 24

Where is the Sheffield Christmas market? Fargate, Sheffield

Traditional wooden cabins will offer a huge choice of seasonal goodies.

Santa will be meeting the children of Sheffield in his very own Lapland cabin.

The market will be open daily from 10am to 6pm (8pm on Wednesdays) until Christmas Eve.

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