Naughty Elf rescued from the Yorkshire Hotel after getting stuck in the lights

11 December 2020

A naughty elf got stuck in the Yorkshire Hotel’s Christmas lights – needing the assistance of the Fire Brigade.

The 4m model is part of Harrogate Business Improvement District’s (BID) festive campaign to bring people in to the town.

For a total of nine days, Harry the Harrogate Elf will be appearing at various town centre locations, including shop windows and outdoor locations. Each venue is being kept under wraps until the day itself.


The Elf  part of Harrogate BID’s ‘Christmas in Harrogate’ campaign, which includes the Christmas Lights, free bus travel and parking, children-friendly trails and the North Pole Post Office.

Sara Ferguson, Harrogate BID Acting Chair, said:

We hope Harry the Harrogate ELF will bring masses of Christmas cheer to Harrogate and put the smiles back on many faces, both young and old.

We always wanted to do something spectacular this December, but Covid made planning especially tricky. On a number of different occasions, we were even contemplating ‘shelving this elf’ until Christmas 2021.

However, we persevered, and I’m delighted to say Harry the Harrogate Elf’s first adventure is unveiled today. I’d like to thank all the town centre businesses who have agreed to partner us in these events, and for keeping it under wraps!

We want as many people to come and see Harry on his adventures, and because these will be taking place over nine days, there is no need to rush to see him during the first weekend. Clearly social distancing needs to be observed at all times, and we politely ask all those who come to see him to respect the measures in place.

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