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Christmas is Coming to Harrogate Town
20-09-2021

Christmas is Coming to Harrogate Town

Christmas is coming to town this December with the arrival of a brand new ten day Harrogate Christmas Fayre

Market Place Europe the UK’s leading, award-winning Christmas Market operator, will be bringing festival cheer to Harrogate town centre from Friday 3 December until Sunday 12 December.

Harrogate Borough Council have been working with Market Place, Harrogate BID, North Yorkshire County Council and the various emergency services to ensure residents and visitors can celebrate the festive season safely this Christmas.

Subject to approval from the Council, Harrogate Christmas Fayre will take place on streets around the town centre, including Cambridge Street, Market Place, Station Square and Cambridge Crescent with a layout designed to support existing high street businesses who are sure to benefit from the additional footfall the Harrogate Christmas Market is due to bring.

Featuring up to 50 traders from countries such as Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and Italy, as well as a number of local traders, the Fayre will be packed full of festive fun for everyone to enjoy and it will be a great place to pick up some last minute and unique gifts.

Arts and crafts from traditional makers will be on offer alongside mouth-watering treats for customers to sample or purchase as they wander around taking in the sights and sounds of festive cheer.

As part of the borough council’s economic recovery plan – that has been established to support the local economy post Covid-19 – the council’s destination management organisation (DMO) have been working hard to ensure festivities return to Harrogate town centre this year.

Gemma Rio, Head of Destination Management at Harrogate Borough Council, said: "I am delighted Market Place will be operating the Christmas Fayre in Harrogate town centre this December.

"Their vast experience in operating successful markets across the UK will provide great opportunities for the district.

"We look forward to working with them, local partners and stakeholders to ensure the event can be delivered safely and in way that drives visitors to our district’s shops, restaurants, visitor attractions, hotels and B&Bs this festive season."

Councillor Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said:

"  As operators of award-winning markets in cities such as Belfast and Glasgow, Market Place are known for bringing a first-class offering that truly gets people in the festive mood.

"It’s been a difficult 18-months for everyone and I am confident that by working together we will be able to deliver a vibrant and attractive Christmas Fayre this December something people can look forward to."

Nick Rhodes, Chief Executive of Market Place Europe, said: "We are excited to bring our Christmas Fayre to Harrogate town centre for the first time this December, and are grateful to the teams at Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council for making it possible.

“Extensive research has demonstrated that our events provide additional support to town centre economies. As Harrogate emerges from a challenging number of months we are looking forward to bringing a quality family friendly yuletide offering to the town centre. We have already had several expressions of interest from a number of coach companies who are keen to bring visitors to Harrogate this Christmas.”

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic traders stalls will be spaced wider than normal and numbers will be limited to approximately 50 traders. It is anticipated that following a successful event this year and an improved public health situation, a larger number of stalls will be incorporated into next year’s plans.

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