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Christmas Markets Yorkshire – Dates and Locations 2020

Christmas Markets Yorkshire – Dates and Locations 2020

Christmas Markets Yorkshire – Christmas in Yorkshire means lots of fantastic festive Christmas Markets.  So if you are looking for gifts and decorations or just an atmospheric Christmassy day out, the Christmas Markets in Yorkshire have plenty to offer!  As well as Christmas Markets, there are lots of fab Christmas events in Yorkshire, or have a look at my Christmas in York post

If you are not from Yorkshire and are looking for somewhere to stay while you are here, have a look at some of the Yorkshire Hotels we have reviewed for a fab festive break!

I am updating this and adding more dates throughout 2020, some markets have been sadly cancelled this year, but most are still going ahead – if you want to be the first to hear about new Christmas markets, make sure you like my Facebook page as I share lots of news and events there.


St Nicholas Fair, York Christmas Market 2020, North Yorkshire

12 November 2020 – 23 December 2020

York Xmas Market – at Christmas in York there is always lots going on (even if there wasn’t, York is so pretty at Christmas it’s always worth a visit!). York Christmas Market 2020 dates –  St Nicholas Fair runs from the 12th of November 2020 to the 23rd of December 2020, with lots of food, festivities and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere to soak up.  There are always lots of lovely food and gift stalls in the middle of Parliament Street.  York Christmas Market is a fabulous way to start feeling festive!  Click here if you are looking specifically for York Christmas Events.

See what’s on at York Christmas Market.


Christkindelmarkt Leeds Christmas Market. Leeds, West Yorkshire

7th November 2020 to 19th December 2020

A brilliant Christmas market in Leeds.  Christkindelmarkt, Leeds Christmas Market 2020 is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.  Leeds Christmas markets are a wonderfully festive day out.

See what’s on at Leeds Christmas Market.

Yorkshire Christmas Markets Leeds


Malton Christmas Market 2020 – Food and Gift Market, North Yorkshire

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December 2020

The Christmas version of our popular monthly food market but with non food gifts as well. Expect fab food, festive gift stalls, street food, live chef demos and music. Don’t forget trips to Talbot Yard for stocking filler gifts!  The Christmas market will be awash with all the festive foodie goodies that you would expect and some unique gifts too. Expect figgy puddings, perfectly-prepared turkey and goose, award-winning macarons, mulled wine, chestnuts, gin and much more!  Set in and around the Milton Rooms and located in Malton’s central Market Place, the Malton Christmas market trades from 9am to 3pm. 

Christmas Markets Yorkshire

Grassington Dickensian Festival 2019 Christmas Market, North Yorkshire

4th/5th and 11th/12th December 2021

Sadly the Grassington Dickensian Festival is cancelled for 2020 but will go ahead in 2021.

From last year: I am a huge fan of Mr Dickens and this Christmas Market really appeals to me!  Full Dickensian Christmas Market and Entertainment Programme.  Make a note in your diaries to visit Grassington’s legendary Dickensian Festival at the most magical time of the year – this Christmas.  Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the picturesque village of Grassington is transported back to the time of Dickens, with shopkeepers, villagers and visitors dressed in Victorian costume. Just imagine soaking up the festive atmosphere of the cobbled streets, with a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate, next to the festive glow of an open brazier.  There is a full entertainment programme over two weekends, with bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers and for the children, a chance to meet Santa in his hideaway grotto and to take part in a torchlit nativity procession.  Grassington offers a fantastic festive shopping experience, with a traditional Christmas Market in the village square and all the shops brimming with stunning Christmas gift ideas.  When you have worked up an appetite, you will be spoilt for choice with the delicious food served by the pubs, cafes, hotels and outdoor stalls.  So come along and join in a fabulous family day out in Yorkshire. Even Scrooge couldn’t fail to be impressed!


Beverley Festival of Christmas/Beverley Christmas Market, East Yorkshire

Waiting for an update of when this will be in 2020

From the Beverley Festival of Christmas website: ‘The Beverley Festival of Christmas is arguably the most popular Festival of its kind in Yorkshire with over 100 stalls at the Beverley Christmas Market selling a variety of high quality products including specialist festive foods, handmade crafts, local produce and giftware from producers all over the East Riding and Yorkshire.’

So dig out your favourite hat and woolly mittens and come join in with the annual festivities and Christmas cheer!

What better way to kickstart those festival feels than sipping a warming mulled wine, tucking into some comforting street food and waving at Santa and his reindeer as they parade from Wednesday Market to Saturday Market?

Browse the three traditional Victorian street markets for gorgeous artisan gifts and handmade trinkets. With over 120 stalls sprawled across Saturday Market, Wednesday Market and North Bar Within, you’re sure to find unique presents to make everyone’s Christmas morning truly magical.

Victorian fairground rides, Santa’s grotto, pantomime performances and face painting will give the kids a magical day out they’ll never forget, whilst live music, carols and dancing in the historic market town provide a very merry backdrop. Keep your eyes peeled for extra festivities at Flemingate Shopping Centre too!

The best bit? The festival is free entry for all! Come along from 10am – 4pm for the perfect way to get into the spirit along with your favourite family and friends.

Beverley Christmas Market Yorkshire


Yuletide Festival Skipton Christmas Market 2019, North Yorkshire

Waiting for an update of when this will be in 2020

Come to Skipton for Christmas and buy all your gifts from our famous market and range of independent and high street brand shops.  The UK’s Best Large Speciality Market Award Winning Christmas Market runs the full length of the High Street alongside many local charity and gift stalls selling everything you could want for your friends and family.  A full range of entertainment ensuring a Christmas atmosphere will take place in the arena on the High Street and at locations around the town, making The Skipton Christmas Market an ideal opportunity to sample a great Christmas atmosphere and to find a Christmas bargain at the same time.  At 4pm the day closes with a procession up the High Street to the Holy Trinity Church grounds, where a traditional Christmas carol service takes place to round off a wonderful day.

Christmas Markets in Yorkshire

Otley Victorian Christmas Fayre

Otley Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market, West Yorkshire

Sadly the Otley Victorian Fayre is cancelled for 2020 but will go ahead in 2021.

Otley has been running a Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market since 1985.  It’s an atmospheric day with all the stallholders dressed in Victorian costume.


Sheffield Christmas Market, South Yorkshire

Thursday the 12th of November to the 24th December 2020

Sheffield Christmas market ‘has grown from a handful of cabins on the main shopping area of Sheffield to an entire Christmas experience of 50 cabins. Santa’s Grotto is at the heart of the event with the much loved Sleigh Bar and the traditional German Sausage grill.  The Christmas cabins cover Fargte, Town Hall Square and Peace Gardens with fantastic Christmas gifts, and lots of seasonal food and drink.  Santa’s Grotto guarantees a meeting with the big man himself with a photo opportunity and top quality gifts for every child.’ Christmas markets Yorkshire.

Sheffield Christmas Market

Harrogate Christmas Market 2020, North Yorkshire

Sadly, the Harrogate Christmas Market has been cancelled this year.

FREE ENTRY – Thu & Fri – 10am – 8pm, Sat 9.30am – 8.00pm, Sun 09.30am – 5.30pm.  ‘Harrogate Christmas Market – 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 nearly 200 stalls selling everything from Yorkshire cheeses and chutneys to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Not forgetting Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer!’

Harrogate Christmas Market


Whitby Christmas Market 2019 and Christmas Festival, North Yorkshire

Waiting for an update of when this will be in 2020

Whitby is one of my favourite places in the world and I don’t go often enough!  If this year is anything like last year’s Whitby Christmas Festival with a Lantern Parade, Live Music and Fireworks Display in addition to the Christmas Market, it will be marvellous!Great excitement is building around this year’s Whitby Christmas Festival.  At the heart of the festival is the wonderful Christmas Market, with a spectacular range of stalls.  Christmas Market Stalls are booking up quickly, though there are still a few available. Anyone interested in taking a stall or getting involved should contact Whitby Town Council on 01947 820227. 


Living North Yorkshire Christmas Fair 2019, North Yorkshire

York Racecourse12th-15th November 2020

I have been to the Living North Christmas fair twice now and it’s one of my favourite Christmas things to do!  Lots of stalls to browse all in one space (inside) on York Racecourse.  Living North’s Christmas Fair brings you Yorkshire’s biggest and best shopping and social event of the season.  We are thrilled to be hosting a treasure trove of the finest artisan food producers, designer-makers and retailers, giving you the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family for a fabulous fun and festive day out, packed with seasonal inspiration.


Country Living Fair Christmas Market, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

3-6 December 2020

Country Living bring a Christmas Fair and Market to Harrogate every year.  With wonderful decorations and gifts to buy, as well as a decadent Champagne Bar (It is a shame I am always driving!). Pick up all the materials you need to knit, stitch, craft and create. And if you’re a crafter, we know you’ll love the Country Living Crafting Workshops.  Stop by to meet the food artisans and farmers in our producer’s village, and of course, sample their delicious offerings before you buy them to take home.

Harrogate Christmas Market

Christmas Markets Yorkshire

A bit further afield but worth a visit are the Christmas Market in Manchester, Durham or Chester.

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