FIFTH CHRISTMAS MARKET BRINGS
THOUSANDS OF VISITORS TO TOWN
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visitors from across the UK have helped to make the fifth annual Harrogate
Christmas Market another roaring success.
the four-day event, almost 60,000 people visited the stalls and attractions –
and many went on to visit shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and other businesses
200 traders took part, welcoming visitors from both the Harrogate district and
around the country, as Virgin Trains East Coast put on two Christmas Market
Specials for the first year. Despite rain every day – and even some sleet and
snow showers – visitors, traders and volunteer Market Makers were in high
Dunsby, who leads the team of voluntary organisers, said: "It has been a
fantastic four-day event once again, and the feedback so far has been
adjustments to the layout, including widening many of the aisles, helped to
improve the flow of visitors at peak times. The wet weather didn't put our
visitors off, and the stallholders are reporting a very successful market.
only that, but the local shops, cafes and restaurants in Harrogate have all told
us they have been extremely busy with early Christmas shoppers. The first ever
Christmas Market services from London certainly helped to give a big boost to
the event and put Harrogate on the map, so we’re very grateful to Virgin Trains
East Coast for their support and enthusiasm.”
to its most successful year yet, Harrogate Christmas Markets organisers have
already had enquiries from businesses hoping to take a stall at next year's
event. They will continue to focus on traders from across Yorkshire and the
surrounding area, offering hand-made gifts, food and drink.
Harrogate Christmas Market chairman John Fox added: “This year has certainly
been our best yet and we must say particular thanks to our volunteers, who gave
up their time to help us set up, run and take down the market.
Market Makers have helped to welcome our visitors and assist our traders, which
makes Harrogate particularly special – we get a lot of compliments about our
brilliant team. We are always looking for additional help to keep things running
smoothly, so I would invite anyone interested in joining us to get in touch.
simply could not achieve all we do for the benefit of the Harrogate district
without the support and commitment of our brilliant volunteers. We’re very
grateful to local businesses and residents for their cooperation and support too
– they all help to make the market the special event that it is.”
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