2012 Christmas market stalls set to sell out

tis. Harrogate shoppers examine wine for sale at the Continental Christmas Market. 0912064e.
tis. Harrogate shoppers examine wine for sale at the Continental Christmas Market. 0912064e.

Stalls at the Harrogate Christmas Market are close to selling out as over 100 traders have booked their place.

The four day market will be located on St Mary’s Walk at the bottom of Montpellier Hill, opposite the White Hart Hotel and will comprise of decorated chalets, mini-marquees, market stalls and a large Craft Marquee with many unique hand-made gifts of all types.

The four day market will run from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25 and will coincide with the switch of of the christmas lights.

There will also be a children’s funfair, Santa on his sleigh with real live Reindeer and Christmas music from local schools, choirs and bands.

The market aims to compete with well established Christmas Markets in other towns such as Bath, Lincoln and York and is planned to be an up-market, high quality event with a Yorkshire and Harrogate theme and it is hoped the market will attract a great deal of visitors to the area.

The market is being organised by the Harrogate Chamber’s trading company Yorkshire Business Market Ltd. Chamber Chief Executive Brian Dunsby said: “Over 50 Coach Operators are bringing groups from all over the North of England and the Midlands for the combined attractions of the Christmas Market, and Harrogate’s spectacular Christmas shopping and exhibitions.”

The Harrogate at Christmas Group has now been running for three years under the Chairmanship of Councillor John Fox who said “The aim of the market is not to take business out of the town centre, but to bring many more people into the town. Extra Christmas lighting will be provided up Montpellier Hill to provide an obvious link for Market visitors to and from the town centre. A shuttle bus service will also operate frequently between the Christmas Market, the Bus and Rail Stations and town centre shops.”