It’s no secret our holiday parks are a superb base to explore the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, but did you know we’re also spoilt for choice for wonderful nearby Christmas shopping destinations?

It’s hard to beat the twinkling lights of a traditional Christmas market or fair for discovering unique gifts and getting you in the festive mood, and there are so many delightful options to choose from right on our doorstep. So, read on for more details about six of our favourite places for Christmas shopping in North Yorkshire.

St Nicholas Fair, York

November 15th – December 23rd

Take a stroll among the wooden chalets selling traditional Christmas gifts including jewellery, homeware, crafts and local wine or cheeses. Or why not sample festive food and drink including hot chestnuts and warming mulled wine? The beautiful medieval streets of York truly come alive at this time of year with choirs and bands adding to the magical Christmas atmosphere.

Harrogate Christmas Market

November 15th – 18th

Always a great destination for shopping, this popular market is set in the Montpellier Quarter of the town. Now in its sixth year, it has a strong Yorkshire theme and features many gifts not usually found on the high street, alongside locally produced food and drink. Featuring over 100 wooden chalets, it sells everything from traditional decorations to Yorkshire cheese and chutneys. Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Grotto!

The Christmas Fair at Duncombe Park, Helmsley

November 16th and 17th

Around 70 stallholders will be selling a range of luxury and special gifts to suit all ages and budgets. This event, in the historic setting of Duncombe Park’s stately home, is in aid of the NSPCC helping to raise vital funds to protect children and keep them safe. People can enjoy the impressive interiors as they buy lovely gifts for the Christmas season.

The Christmas Fair at Ripley Castle

November 22nd – 25th

For indoor festive shopping, head to the luxury heated marquee in the historic courtyard at Ripley Castle. There’ll be 155 companies selling gorgeous Christmas gifts and fabulous stocking fillers for the home and garden, as well as toys, fashion and festive decorations. And if you need a break from all the shopping, you can head to the Champagne bar!

Thirsk Christmas Fayre Weekend

November 23rd – 25th

A weekend of ‘all things Yorkshire and all things Christmas’ awaits at the Thirsk Christmas Fayre. Alongside the usual Saturday market, there will be food and gift stalls in the Town Hall adding to the festive atmosphere.

Knaresborough Christmas Market

December 1st and 2nd

This traditional market is popular with locals and visitors to the town, and is a fabulous festive experience. Amble through the market square, surrounding lanes and cobbled courtyards and see for yourself all the bustling stalls selling seasonal goods, gifts and delicious local produce.