Knaresborough promises to offer visitors a Yorkshire Christmas experience to remember as its popular Christmas Market returns on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2023. Centred around the imposing Christmas tree in the town’s historic Market Place, this traditional Yorkshire market is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike.
Organised by Knaresborough & District Chamber, Knaresborough Rotary Club and Knaresborough Lions, the market opens at 10am on Saturday 2 December, when the town centre will be filled with almost 60 stalls selling seasonal goods, decorations, cards, gifts and the best of locally sourced produce. Hot roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and performances by a wide variety of local dancers, brass bands and choirs will add to the festive atmosphere, as shoppers browse the brightly lit stalls and local independent shops.
Elsewhere in the town visitors can take in the picturesque viaduct river view, explore Knaresborough’s Castle grounds and Tudor Courthouse museum and visit the stunning Christmas Tree festival at St John’s Parish Church or Mother Shipton’s Christmas Experience (pre-booked tickets only).
As always, the market weekend will close at 4.30pm on Sunday 3 December with a fantastic firework finale, set against the dramatic backdrop of Knaresborough’s famous viaduct and the Nidd Gorge. This is best seen from any viewpoint which overlooks the river area. This year’s firework display is generously sponsored by Drakes Fisheries and 1858 Bar & Restaurant, where there is an after party on the Sunday night.
The centre of Knaresborough is largely pedestrianised for the event, but a free Park and Ride is available all weekend from the GSPK car park (HG5 8LF) on Manse Lane to Chapel Street, close to the market square.
For more information and entertainment timings, visit the event website at www.knaresboroughchristmasmarket.co.uk.