by Lisa Darvill
The seventh Harrogate Christmas Market is a sell-out, with all 200 stalls being booked mostly by Yorkshire-based Traders offering gifts, clothes, jewellery, food and drink. The four-day event runs from Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18 on Montpellier Hill.
Organiser Brian Dunsby, who leads the team of volunteers, said:
“The positive feedback from last year’s traders made us think we would have high demand again this year, but it has once again exceeded all expectations. Two thirds of this year’s traders have been before. This enables us to be very selective about our new traders, so we choose those who are based in or near Yorkshire, offering local produce and a variety of hand-made products not found on the high street. As well as giving Traders an opportunity to reach a new audience, it makes the Harrogate Christmas Market a unique experience for our visitors.
“We have a lot of traders returning and asking for their usual stall locations, as many customers come back to see them every year. The Food and Drink Marquee is now full of independent local producers with small stalls around the walls, and with plenty of tables and chairs in the middle for visitors to rest, whilst enjoying a wide choice of hot and cold food, and non-alcoholic drinks”.
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