There is lots happening around Knaresborough to get you feeling festive, so make sure you allow time to explore our beautiful town and all it has to offer:
Street performers will be entertaining Market visitors at various times throughout the day.
Stage Area Entertainment
Sunday 8th December 2019
10.30 King James’s Riverside Jazz
11.30 Orb Ukelele Band
12.00 Christmas Music
12.30 St. John’s Church Choir
13.00 Ripon City Morris and Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers
14.00 Emily Roberts
15.00 Knaresborough Choral Society
16.30 Spectacular Firework Finale
Once you have shopped all you can in the Market Square, make your way down Silver Street (past the mulled wine hut) onto the High Street (stopping off at Hirsts the bakers to admire their traditional Edwardian dress). Turn left, walk towards the traffic lights and cross the road to Claro Chambers (former NatWest Bank). Here you will find Knaresborough’s wonderful pop-up museum and ‘Our Knaresborough, Our Stories’ exhibition.
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. Watch out for Elves!
Grab a special Elf Hunt map (£2.50) and instructions from Jil Long Hairdressing or The Sweet Cabin in Green Dragon Yard and set off in search of Martin the naughty elf and 26 of his helpers – we are pretty sure they will be somewhere in the town centre.
All proceeds from the Elf Hunt, will go to Martin House Hospice for Children and prize winners will be notified on December 23rd 2019. Thanks to all the local businesses who have donated prizes.
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.
Note: the footpath is still open down the side of Six Poor Folk to access Kirkgate, despite the building work. However, there is also an alternative route down the High Street. Take the road out of the Market Place down the side of Boots onto the High Street, turn left and then left again by Wetherspoons and the post box. Turn right at the end of the road and this will take you back onto Kirkgate and down to the train station and Christmas Tree Festival.
Castle Area and Waterside
Witness the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins or enjoy a stroll by the river along Waterside.
As the light fades, gather for our spectacular Firework Finale (Sunday 4.30pm) – best viewed from Knaresborough’s historic Castle Top.
Then walk along to High Bridge at the end of Waterside and see the fabulous Christmas lights at Mother Shipton’s Cave reflected in the River Nidd.
Photos by Charlotte Gale Photography