Littered with twinkling lights, breathtaking shop displays, and a month of back to back events, not many places get into the festive spirit quite the way we do in the Harrogate District.

Here are the ten best things to do in the Harrogate District over Christmas and New Year

Littered with twinkling lights, breathtaking shop displays, and a month of back to back events, not many places get into the festive spirit quite the way we do in the Harrogate District.

Here's our list of the top ten must-do things in and around Harrogate as you plan out your Christmas calendar.

Knaresborough's annual Christmas tree festival returns to St John's Church, on Vicarage Lane, this year. Trees are dressed in the most creative ways possible. The festival runs from Dec 1-9 and is open from 10am-5pm.

5. Knaresborough Christmas tree festival

Knaresborough's annual Christmas tree festival returns to St John's Church, on Vicarage Lane, this year. Trees are dressed in the most creative ways possible. The festival runs from Dec 1-9 and is open from 10am-5pm.
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For those that haven't been, this is no ordinary shopping event. On Dec 14 Pateley's shops will stay open late for you to find the perfect gifts while enjoying refreshments and carol singing on the High Street.

6. Late night Christmas shopping in Pateley Bridge

For those that haven't been, this is no ordinary shopping event. On Dec 14 Pateley's shops will stay open late for you to find the perfect gifts while enjoying refreshments and carol singing on the High Street.
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The Brighouse & Rastrick Band joins forces with Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society for a Christmas concert to remember, with rousing favourites, Christmas medleys and join-in traditional carols for all ages.

7. Fanfare at Christmas at Harrogate's Royal Hall

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band joins forces with Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society for a Christmas concert to remember, with rousing favourites, Christmas medleys and join-in traditional carols for all ages.
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So once Christmas Day is over and it's time to clear out the cobwebs and walk off those mince pies, where better to start than at Ripon Cathedral for the Boxing Day pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey - a centuries old tradition!

8. Ripon Cathedral's Boxing Day pilgrimage

So once Christmas Day is over and it's time to clear out the cobwebs and walk off those mince pies, where better to start than at Ripon Cathedral for the Boxing Day pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey - a centuries old tradition!
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