The eighth Harrogate Christmas Market is another total sell-out, with all
200 stalls being booked mostly by Yorkshire-based Traders offering a wide
range of British-made gifts, clothes, jewellery, food and drink.
The four-day event runs from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, November 17th at
the bottom of Montpellier Hill. The opening hours are being adjusted slightly to
meet increasing demands from Traders, Visitors and Coach Operators – opening one
hour longer on Thursday and Friday and closing half an hour earlier on Saturday.
This area of the Stray is thankfully NOT water-logged as Harrogate Christmas
Market has arranged and paid for remedial spiking and sanding, etc. to improve
grass quality since its 2012 event.
Organiser Brian Dunsby, who leads the team of volunteers, said, "As the
feedback from last year's traders indicated, renewal applications have been
high, but we have also selected others who are based in or near Yorkshire,
offering local produce and a variety of hand-made products not found on the high
street. As well as giving Traders an opportunity to reach a new audience, it
makes the Harrogate Christmas Market a unique experience for our many visitors.
The Food and Drink Marquee is now full of independent local producers with
small stalls around the walls, and tables in the middle for visitors to pause to
enjoy the wide choice of hot and cold food, and non-alcoholic drinks which we
have available for them”.
Christmas Market Group Chairman Steve Scarre said: "I know that town centre
retailers, and particularly those based in the Montpellier Quarter, eagerly
await the arrival of the Christmas Market each year. I am told by some of them
that these four days are the best trading days in the year for them.”
“The Market attracts around 75,000 people each year and they come to witness
both the spectacle of a traditional British Christmas Market and to start their
Christmas shopping. It is based in a magical location, with all the lights on
the trees lit up down Montpellier Hill and on St Mary’s Walk. The first day on
Thursday, 14th November also coincides with the switch-on of the Harrogate
“We purposely do not have any open bars on the site, only mulled wine stalls,
and therefore the local pubs and hotels benefit enormously from it. We attract
visitors from all over the UK with around several thousand arriving by coach
over the four days. Harrogate is buzzing in November, which is traditionally a
quiet time of the year for retailers and those in the hospitality trade. The
Organising Committee believe that the current Montpellier Hill site is the best
place for the Market to be and I am told that local retailers and hospitality
businesses agree with that. Long may it continue!”
Brian Dunsby, the former Harrogate Chamber Chief Executive added, “It has
always been important for us to use this event to boost tourism at a quiet time
of the year to benefit local shops, hotels, restaurants and other businesses.
However, it is still a very professional event – our traders often comment that
it's the best-organised market they take part in. We're proud to say that it is
all down to the hard work of our team of volunteer Market Makers looking after
Traders and Visitors, plus a few professional sub-contractors”.
As parking in Harrogate is limited, visitors are urged to use the frequent buses
or trains to Harrogate Bus and Rail Station – from where FREE shuttle buses will
run to the Market and back every 10 mins each day.
Over 180 coach groups have already booked to visit the Market this year from all
over the UK, so anyone living outside Harrogate should ask their local coach
operators if they have any seats left!
For full information, visit
www.harrogatechristmasmarket.org or email
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