What’s On Saturday 4 Dec 2021

There is so much happening around Knaresborough to get you in the festive spirit, so make sure you allow time to explore our historic town and all it has to offer:

Market Square

We plan to told the 2021 Christmas Market on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, subject to any changes in government guidance.

Stage Area Entertainment

Saturday 4th December 2021

Choir at Knaresborough Christmas MarketHigh Street

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).


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!

Castlegate Knaresborough

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. Thanks to all the local businesses who have donated prizes.

Castlegate Knaresborough by Charlotte Gale

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.

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.

The Frozen Nidd at Knaresborough copyright Charlotte Gale

The Frozen Nidd at Knaresborough

As the light fades, 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.

Mother Shipton's Christmas Experience