Knaresborough Christmas Market

Knaresborough Christmas Market – 3 and 4 December 2022

4 November 2022

With four weeks to go until its popular Christmas Market Weekend, Knaresborough promises to offer visitors a Yorkshire Christmas experience to remember this year. Centred around the imposing Christmas tree in the town’s historic Market Place, this traditional Yorkshire market is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike.

The market opens at 10am on Saturday 3 December 2022, when the town centre will be filled with almost 60 stalls selling seasonal goods, decorations, cards, gifts and the best of locally sourced produce. Hot roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and performances by a wide variety of local dancers, brass bands and choirs will add to the festive atmosphere, as shoppers browse the brightly lit stalls and local independent shops.
Elsewhere in the town visitors can take in the picturesque viaduct river vie2, explore Knaresborough’s Castle grounds and Tudor Courthouse museum and visit the stunning Christmas Tree festival at St John’s Parish Church or Mother Shipton’s Christmas Experience (pre-booked tickets only).

All images are by Charlotte Gale Photography, based in Knaresborough.

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Market Chair, Hazel Haas, said:

Last year’s market was a huge success and we were thrilled with the feedback from traders and visitors alike. There was such a buzz in the town. I think people were just so pleased to see the return of large scale town events after a difficult 18 months. The 2022 market promises to be even bigger and there has been a high demand from traders, with stalls selling out way ahead of time. We are also keen that this year’s market benefits the town as a whole.

Members of our volunteer committee have been liaising with other local organisations and businesses to ensure that we are promoting the full range of festive events taking place in Knaresborough over the market weekend. We are also supporting Rotary, Lions, St Michael’s Hospice, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Air Cadets, Girl Guides Association and Knaresborough Cricket Club, who are our charitable partners for this year.

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Committee member, Charlotte Gale said:

We have a fantastic range of local independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants in town, not just in the market square, but on the surrounding streets and High Street. We hope that visitors to the market will also take the time to explore everything which Knaresborough has to offer. The businesses always make such an effort to decorate their windows for Christmas, which gives a wonderful festive feeling in town on the market weekend.

As always, the market weekend will close at 4.30pm on Sunday 4 December with a fantastic firework finale, set against the dramatic backdrop of Knaresborough’s famous viaduct and the Nidd Gorge. This is best seen from any viewpoint which overlooks the river area.

The centre of Knaresborough is largely pedestrianised for the event, but a free Park and Ride is available all weekend from the GSPK car park (HG5 8LF) on Manse Lane to Chapel Street, close to the market square.

For more information and entertainment timings, visit the event website at

About Knaresborough Christmas Market

  • A traditional Christmas Market taking place on the first weekend of December in the historic North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough. With nearly 60 stalls, live festive entertainment, a free park and ride, a stunning Christmas Tree Festival and a spectacular firework finale over Knaresborough’s famous viaduct (best viewed from the grounds of the town’s historic castle), this is the perfect way to mark the start of the festive season.
  • In 2007 a small voluntary committee was formed with representatives from the Chamber of Trade, Knaresborough Lions and Knaresborough Rotary Club. These three organisations came together to rescue the Christmas Market when its future was threatened. Together the committee members work to promote, organise and ensure the future of the market, which is regarded as a valuable asset to the town. It is a Not for Profit enterprise.
  • The market will take place in Knaresborough’s historic Market Place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, between 10am and 5pm. There are also events taking place throughout the town over the weekend.

Knaresborough Christmas Market

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