Christmas 2015 is coming, and so are the much-loved festive events which pop up around Yorkshire in November and December every year. Which will you be attending? Have a look below and see what these five Christmassy events are all about.
Christkindelmarkt: Millennium Square, Leeds city centre
13th November 2015 – 20th December 2015
Every November this traditional German Christmas market arrives in Millennium Square in Leeds city centre, and every year the residents of Leeds – and people from further afield – fill it every day and night, until it is time for the stall-holders to head home again. Always popular, this market offers a great, fun atmosphere. Whilst this market is fairly small, there are over 40 wooden chalet stalls selling German delicacies, wooden toys, hats, jewellery, Christmas decorations and much more. The bratwurst is especially popular, as are the German beers and mulled wine. If you’re planning a trip to the main bar tent, head there early on in the day or you could have a long queue to wait in.
Huddersfield Festive Bazaar: The Piazza, Huddersfield
14th November 2015 – 5th December 2015
This year brings us the first ever Huddersfield Festive Bazaar, organised by the same team behind the excellent Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival. This is bound to be great! There will be food and drink stalls, unique gifts on sale, fairground rides, and lots more.
Harrogate Christmas Market: Montpellier Quarter, Harrogate town centre
19th November 2015 – 22nd November 2015
Harrogate’s Christmas lights are switched on to coordinate with the first day of this market, so it will be a very fun day indeed to be in the popular spa town’s centre. Over 190 stalls of Harrogate and Yorkshire-made products will be lining the streets throughout the market weekend, alongside funfair rides, and a Santa’s Grotto with reindeer.
Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival: Brighouse town centre
28th November 2015 – 29th November 2015
Brighouse’s Victorian Christmas Festival involves street entertainers, mulled wine, choirs, fairground rides, over 100 market stalls, and more. Everyone – workers, volunteers, local shop assistants, and visitors – are encouraged to get involved by dressing up in Victorian costume, to help make the weekend extra special. Brighouse’s Christmas light switch on is happening on Saturday 28th November, after the festival finishes for the day, which will be accompanied by carol singing, and a visit from Father Christmas himself in a horse drawn carriage.
Victorian Christmas weekend: Village Hall & Community Hub, Butt Lane, Haworth
5th December 2015 – 6th December 2015
The famous Victorian Christmas weekend in Haworth used to take place in Main Street, but the event had to be cancelled at the last minute last year due to collapsed sewers. The special weekend now has a new, indoor home in Haworth Village Hall. Whilst this event has been running for years, this year’s will have a very different feel due to the change of venue. Expect many lovely stalls of Christmas-inspired gifts and food, within a period setting. Main Street will of course still be accessible to walk down, which is beautiful at this time of year with its cobbles lit by vintage Christmas décor.