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Knaresborough Christmas Market

How to find us: Located just a few miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, the historic market town of Knaresborough is easily accessible by road, rail or bus. The town is less than 5 miles from the A1 and is connected to national transport routes via regular trains from Leeds and York.

Arriving by car:

From the A1(M) North or South take the A59 exit and leave the roundabout in the direction of Harrogate. Go straight on at the next roundabout and then at the third roundabout take the third exit signed Knaresborough A59. After half a mile you will see signs to turn left to the FREE park and ride site at GSPK Manse Lane, Knaresborough. Free shuttle buses will take you to the market in the town 5 minutes away, where parking is very limited.

From Harrogate, Leeds or Otley take the A59 to Knaresborough. Follow the York Road to the FREE parking area at GSPK Manse Lane.

Parking: A FREE Park and Ride service is available all weekend from the GSPK car park on Manse Lane (HG5 8LF) to the Bus Station next to the Market Square.

Additional paid parking is available at Chapel Street, Fisher Street, York Place, Waterside and Conyngham Hall, These are all Pay and Display car parks operated by Harrogate & District Council.

Parking is limited close to the Market Square. We therefore strongly advise using the Park and Ride if at all possible.

Accessibility: the Park and Ride buses are single deckers with the usual access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. As mentioned above, parking is limited close to the Market Square and we are expecting a large number of visitors, so consider using the park and ride option if possible.

Arriving on Public Transport:

Trains – there are regular train services to and from York and Leeds. Leeds trains run every 30 minutes and York trains run every hour.

*NOTE* due to ongoing strike action, Northern are running a reduced timetable on Saturday 1 December. This means that the last trains to York and Leeds leave Knaresborough earlier than usual. Day time trains between 9am and 5.30pm will be running as usual.

The latest information we have is that the last train to York on Saturday leaves Knaresborough at 5:15pm and the last train to Leeds  leaves Knaresborough at 5:36pm.

However, we strongly advise checking the Northern Rail website prior to travelling. The market finishes at 5pm, so please bear in mind that the last train of the day might be busier than usual.

Sunday 2 December is unaffected, although the usual Sunday timetable will apply.

Find out more at www.northernrailway.co.uk.

Buses – Knaresborough is served by regular buses to and from Harrogate (view timetables). These leave from the bus station next to the Market Square. The number 36 then provides onward travel to Ripon and Leeds.

Tesla cars at Knaresborough Christmas Market

We are delighted to announce that Tesla will once again be bringing their cars to the Christmas market this year.

Tesla cars at Knaresborough Christmas Market

Technology, design and innovation are the defining features of Tesla’s drive to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Both the Tesla Model S and Model X are 100% electric and set the new standard for technology, safety and performance.

To learn from the Tesla team visit Knaresborough Christmas Market on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.

Tesla at Knaresborough Christmas Market

 

Tesla cars

What’s On Saturday 1 Dec 2018

Stage Area

Saturday 1st December 2018

10.00am – Harrogate Spa Ukuleles
11.00am – Shepherd Group Silver Band
12.30pm – Northern Songbirds
1.00pm  – Shepherd Group Silver Band
2.00pm – Hornbeam Molly Morris Dancers
3.00pm – Riverside Jazz Band

Choir at Knaresborough Christmas Market

Market Square

Street performers will be entertaining Market visitors at various times throughout the day.

Morris Dancers at Knaresborough Christmas Market

Castlegate

Take a minute to explore the streets adjoining the Market Square and you will discover the delightful Castlegate area. Here you will find a wide range of independent shops and businesses and a pretty courtyard full of festive surprises.

On Christmas Market weekend we have lined up street entertainers, music and a visit from a special VIP who is going to park his sleigh in Green Dragon Yard and say ‘Yo-Ho Hello’.

Castlegate Knaresborough

Train Station and St John’s Church (Kirkgate)

From the Market Place, follow Kirkgate down to the train station and onwards to the stunning Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church, with over 100 beautifully decorated trees. A must see for anyone visiting Knaresborough this Christmas market weekend.

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival by Charlotte Gale

Castle Area and Waterside

Witness the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins or enjoy a stroll by the river along Waterside.

xmas-knaresboro

 

What’s On Sunday 2 Dec 2018

Stage Area

Sunday 2nd December 2018

11.30am – Knaresborough Silver Band
12.30pm – St John’s Church Choir
1.00pm – Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers and The Ripon City Morris Dancers
2.00pm – Knaresborough Choral Society
4.30pm – Grand Firework Finale

Silver band at Knaresborough Christmas Market

Market Square

Street performers will be entertaining market visitors at various times throughout the day.

Castle Area and Waterside

Witness the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins or enjoy a stroll by the river along Waterside.

On Sunday there is a fabulous firework finale, starting at 4:30 pm. This is best viewed from Knaresborough Castle grounds.

xmas-knaresboro

Castlegate

Take a minute to explore the streets adjoining the Market Square and you will discover the delightful Castlegate area. Here you will find a wide range of independent shops and businesses and a pretty courtyard full of festive surprises.

On Christmas Market weekend we have lined up street entertainers, music and a visit from a special VIP who is going to park his sleigh in Green Dragon Yard and say ‘Yo-Ho Hello’.

Castlegate Knaresborough

Train Station and St John’s Church (Kirkgate)

From the Market Place, follow Kirkgate down to the train station and onwards to the stunning Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church, with over 100 beautifully decorated trees. A must see for anyone visiting Knaresborough this Christmas market weekend.

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival by Charlotte Gale