Christmas markets offer unique blend of tradition and festivity, showcasing many small and independent businesses, gifts and seasonal crafts, and Yorkshire’s markets are no exception. As winter fast approaches, which are the best independent Christmas Markets to visit in Yorkshire? Let’s take a closer look at the festive markets that define the essence of Yorkshire’s holiday spirit.
Whether you’re a local looking for a new tradition or in search of somewhere great to get your shopping done, read on to find our top picks of Yorkshire’s best independent Christmas markets in 2023 and when they’re on.
1. Winter Artisan Market at Harewood House – Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th November
Held in the beautiful surroundings of Harewood House in Leeds, this winter market offers a wonderfully curated shopping experience from stallholders across the Yorkshire region, with handmade crafts and gifts. The market runs from 10am – 4pm every day. Find out more here.
2. Froggy Goes to Market – Saturday, 18th November
Froggy Goes to Market brings together a great selection of independent makers under one roof. It returns for its Christmas market on 18th November at Worsall Village Hall near Yarm, North Yorkshire, as well as hosting a pop-up tea room where you can find freshly baked cakes, snacks, tea and coffee. Click here to find out more.
3. Real Christmas Market at Ripley Castle – Sunday, 10th December
This market takes place in the courtyard of the historic Ripley Castle, where you can find a fantastic line-up of local and speciality producers.
Most stalls offer food and drink, but there are also local crafters and makers present and plenty of great things to be found. The market takes place on the last Sunday of each month, with a special festive Christmas Market on 10th December 2023 from 10am – 3pm. Full details here.
4. Tilly & Primrose Christmas Market – Saturday, 2nd December
With over 30 stalls to browse from, you can discover unique products perfect for gifts this Christmas at Huddersfield Ukranian Hub. The market runs from 10am – 4pm. Click here for the full details.
5. Pocklington Christmas Market – Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December
This is a popular festive market in Yorkshire, held in the picturesque market town of Pocklington with 70 exclusive traders offering everything from local craft and food produce traders to totally unique gifts.
You’ll also find street food, live music, an Après Ski Bar and world class street performers. There’s even a chance to meet Santa! The full details can be found here.
6. The Festive Craft & Makers Market at Elsecar Heritage Centre – Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December
A great chance to buy festive products and gifts inside the Ironworks at the Elsecar Heritage Centre. With free entry and over 70 stallholders taking part, you’ll find handmade crafts, baked goods, unique gifts and more. Click here for more info.
There are some great independent Christmas markets coming up in Yorkshire this year, and we hope you’ve found some inspiration for a festive market outing. Want to find markets in other regions? You can find the full line-up of markets here.