The seventh 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 15 to Sunday, November 18 on
Montpellier Hill. The opening hours are being adjusted slightly to meet
increasing demands from Traders, Visitors and Coach Operators – opening one hour
less on Thursday and Friday but one hour extra on Saturday and Sunday.
Organiser Brian Dunsby, who leads the team of volunteers, said, "The positive
feedback from last year's traders made us think we would have high demand again
this year, but it has once again exceeded all expectations. Two thirds of this
year’s traders have been before. This enables us to be very selective about our
new traders, so we choose those 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 visitors.
We have a lot of traders returning and asking for their usual stall
locations, as many customers come back to see them every year. The Food and
Drink Marquee is now full of independent local producers with small stalls
around the walls, and with plenty of tables and chairs in the middle for
visitors to rest, whilst enjoying a wide choice of hot and cold food, and
Christmas Market Group Chairman Steve Scarre said: "People often forget that
this isn't a commercial operation – it is run by a team of volunteers who give
up a lot of time to make the Christmas Market a success. As well as being a
great event for Harrogate District's many residents and visitors, Harrogate
Christmas Market has altruistic purposes. It is run on a not-for-profit basis
and any surplus is donated towards other local charitable organisations and
events, which also attract visitors to Harrogate”
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 is
all down to the hard work of our team of volunteer Market Makers, plus a few
professional sub-contractors looking after Traders and Visitors”.
As parking in Harrogate is limited, visitors are urged to use the frequent buses
or trains to Harrogate Bus and Railway station - where FREE shuttle buses will
run to the Market and back every 10 mins each day.
Over 130 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
Notes to Editors:
Harrogate Christmas Market first took place in 2012, run on a not-for-profit
basis with any surplus being contributed towards similar organisations and
events supporting the local economy and tourism industry.
The Market is held around St Mary’s Walk North at the bottom of Montpellier
Hill, HG1 2RZ from Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18. Opening hours
are different this year, from 10am until 7pm on Thursday and Friday and from
9.30am until 8.30 pm on Saturday; 9.30am until 5.30pm on Sunday.
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