A brightly lit Christmas tree stands proudly beside the Old Market Cross. Street entertainers wander through the crowds. The shopkeepers complete the picture with their colourfully decorated windows.

Welcome to Knaresborough Christmas Market. Held annually on the first full weekend in December, this historic market town steps back in time to recreate an unforgettable festive experience for everyone.

Knaresborough Christmas Market

The Market Square and surrounding lanes and cobbled courtyards will be filled with delights to arouse your senses. Wander through the streets of Knaresborough and discover bustling stalls offering seasonal goods, gifts and delicious locally sourced produce. Pause for a minute to take in the wonderfully festive atmosphere and entertainment.

Stallholders at Knaresborough Christmas Market

Local produce


Explore the busy shopping areas surrounding the market – full of independent shops offering speciality items and a warm Yorkshire welcome. Watch out for the elves!

Castlegate, Knaresborough by Charlotte Gale


Castlegate Knaresborough by Charlotte GaleChristmas gifts at Zigzag

Visit one of the market’s hot food stalls or get into the festive spirit with a mulled wine or mince pie. Enjoy a leisurely drink or meal in one of Knaresborough’s many pubs, cafes or restaurants, located throughout the town centre and by the riverside. 

Hot food stall

Hot food stalls

Carriages Restaurant Knaresborough

Carriages Restaurant, High Street, Knaresborough

Visit Knaresborough’s pop-up museum and ‘Our Knaresborough, Our Stories’ exhibition in Claro Chambers (former NatWest Bank) on the High Street.

Our Knaresborough Our Stories Pop Up Museum

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 (see note below for alternative walking route). Witness the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins, take the fun town window trail or simply enjoy a stroll along Waterside.

St John the Baptist Church Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival


Park & Ride and Public Transport

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.

Knaresborough also has excellent bus and rail connectivity.

Find out more here.

If you are wanting to visit the Christmas Tree Festival from the Market Place: 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.


The Park and Ride buses are single deckers with the usual access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

There is a 24 hour disabled toilet at Fisher Street car park behind Sainsbury’s Local and the Bus Station.


There are three ATMs in Knaresborough; one at Halifax Bank in the market square, one at Sainsbury’s Local by the bus station and the final one at Tesco Express on the High Street. Some stalls will accept cards, but you are advised to bring plenty of cash with you.

Please contact The KCM Commitee for more information

Hazel Haas
Tel: 01937  339306 | Mobile: 07901 664011

Many of the photographs on this website were kindly provided by

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