Musicians and singers performing in the busking area at last year’s Harrogate Christmas Market
Musicians and singers performing in the busking area at last year’s Harrogate Christmas Market

Buskers needed for Harrogate Christmas Market


Amateur solo artists and small ensembles are invited to apply for a “busking” slot at this year’s Harrogate Christmas Market in the Montpellier Quarter from Thursday 15th November to Sunday 18th November 2018.

Talented musicians and singers have been performing live at the event since 2012, entertaining visitors with seasonal sounds whilst at the same time collecting donations – either for a local charity or to support their artistic development and instrument fund!

Last year, an estimated 75,000  people came to Harrogate Christmas Market and many stopped to enjoy the music as they shopped. One couple visiting from the North East even got engaged, serenaded by regular Christmas Market busker and talented singer songwriter Den Miller! The busking slots always prove popular. Weekend slots especially get booked up very quickly so there is often more chance of availability during the day on Thursday and Friday.



Marian Farrar of St Aidan’s High School, who is organising the busking schedule, said:

It’s a great way for singers or instrumentalists to share their talents and introduce their music to our thousands of visitors, whilst also creating a wonderful festive atmosphere within the Market area.  Many performers are now starting to plan their Christmas schedules and we hope they will consider joining us for an hour or two, especially if they are free to perform in the daytime.

Soloists or ensembles can apply for one or two hour long time slots over the four days and they will be able to collect donations from visitors during their performance if they wish.  This year their music will be amplified across the market .Musicians will also be offered a voucher for a FREE hot drink from a nearby tea & coffee stall!



Now in its seventh year, Harrogate Christmas Market is proving more popular than ever with both traders and visitors. The 200 spaces for traders have already almost sold out and interest in the four-day event is at its highest yet, with many coach operators set to bring visitors to the Market from across the UK

Any musicians interested in performing at Harrogate Christmas Market 2018 should email Marian Farrar at with a copy to

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