More than four months before Harrogate Christmas Market opens, organisers
are already predicting another record-breaking year.
More than two-thirds of the 200 places available for traders have already been
booked, putting the 2015 Christmas Market ahead of its previous record set in
Brian Dunsby, who leads the organising team with his wife Beryl, said: "Many
people are surprised when they learn that the first Harrogate Christmas Market
took place in 2012 and this will be our fourth event.
"It has already become a firm fixture in the calendar for many traders and
visitors, and the incredible response we had when we opened bookings this year
shows just how keen people are to take part."
success of the first three years has now been recognised by Welcome to
Yorkshire, which has shortlisted Harrogate Christmas Market for the Best Tourism
Event category of its White Rose Awards, to be given out this autumn. Earlier
this year, Harrogate Christmas Market won the Tourism Award at the Harrogate
Advertiser Business Awards.
Thanks to its growing popularity, the organisers are able to be more selective
about the traders who take part, and are once again focusing on Yorkshire
businesses offering products, including hand-made, home-made and fairly traded
items – not imported mass-produced goods.
Brian added: "There are many Christmas markets around the UK and Europe, but our
focus on regional products and high quality items helps us to stand out from the
"As well as our many local and regional traders who do so well at the market, we
bring thousands of people into Harrogate town centre to use shops, restaurants,
cafes, bars, hotels and other services. It is a vital time of year for many of
our local businesses and we do all we can to encourage our visitors to spend
their money in the local area.
"On top of that, Harrogate Christmas Market is organised by volunteers on a
not-for-profit basis, which is very unusual for this type of event. We have
raised money for a number of local organisations and events that help to boost
tourism in Harrogate, especially the Harrogate at Christmas lights, major
festivals and award schemes.
"Our small team has worked hard to create an event which Harrogate people can be
very proud of, and which they can enjoy alongside the visitors. The support we
have received from local businesses and residents has made all the hard work
Anyone who is hoping to take a stall at Harrogate Christmas Market should act
quickly to avoid disappointment. Click here for
more information about booking a place.
Notes to Editors:
Harrogate Christmas Market first took place in 2012, run on a not-for-profit
basis with any surplus being donated to local good causes supporting the local
economy and tourism industry.
The Market will be held around St Mary’s Walk North at the bottom of Montpellier
Hill, HG1 2RZ from Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22, opening daily
at 10am and closing at 8pm (5pm on Sunday).
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