Christmas Tree Festival

Kirkgate and the Railway Station are certainly worth exploring on your way down to Knaresborough's stunning Christmas Tree Festival at St John's Church.


From the Market Place, turn right down Kirkgate between Six Poor Folk bar and Appleton's butchers and continue down to Knaresborough's Victorian railway station. Cross over or under the tracks to reach the town's historic parish church.

Six Poor Folk and Appletons Butchers Knaresborough by Charlotte Gale Photography

Browse the Kirkgate and Railway Station shops and eateries

St John's Christmas Tree Festival (2 - 23 December 2023)

Witness the magic of over 70 hand decorated themed trees in the stunning setting of St John's Parish church.

Every year more than 70 Christmas trees decorated by local groups and businesses, are displayed in the beautiful St. Johns Church in the heart of Knaresborough. 

Admission to the festival is free, but there will be the opportunity to donate to the church and the event's chosen charity for this year. At busy times and for your safety, you may be asked to wait outside the building.

Opening times:

Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

(Monday - Fridays 12 - 5pm)


Mulled wine and refreshments will be served in the church and The HUB opposite. There is also a raffle, with tickets available from the stewards.

Live Festive Entertainment - Saturday 2 December:

10:00    Tewit Junior Brass Band
11:00    Treble Clef
12:00    St Mary's Singers
13:00    Fun2Sing Choir
14:00    Harrogate U3A Sing for pleasure group
15:00    St John's Choir
16:00    Knaresborough Silver Band Training Band

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival at St Johns Church by Peter Wilkinson

Photo credit: Peter Wilkinson

Visiting the Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival: from the market square either turn right down Kirkgate in front of Six Poor Folk, or walk down the High Street to visit the shops and cafes on your way. 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 St John's Church.

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival 2021 Three Ships

Photo credit: Charlotte Gale

St John's Christmas Tree Festival

Photo credit: Charlotte Gale

 Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival by Brian Robinson

Photo credit: Brian Robinson