Festive experience for local shoppers

Retailers and market traders are preparing for pre-Christmas festivities.
Retailers and market traders are preparing for pre-Christmas festivities.

Retailers and market traders are busy preparing for the pre- Christmas festivities – and they have the full support of Hambleton District Council.

All off-street parking in all of the district council car parks will be free every Thursday in December and every day between 25 December to 1 January.

Plans are being made to give shoppers in Northallerton, Bedale, Stokesley, Great Ayton, Easingwold and Thirsk a special seasonal shopping experience.

Santa arrives in Bedale on 19 November when he joins in the fun at Bedale’s Christmas Festival and Food market before taking a trip on the Wensleydale Railway.

He moves on to Stokesley on 24 November and popping back on 18 December to enjoy Merlin the pantomime.

Clocking up the miles he joins The Yorkshire Vet in Thirsk on 25 November at 5pm for the Big Switch On. The three-day Christmas Gift Fayre kicks off at the Town Hall at 4pm on the same evening.

Santa visits Great Ayton on Saturday 26 November arriving at 3.30pm for the Christmas Fayre on High Green and in time to switch on the Christmas tree lights at 4pm.

Festivities start in Easingwold on 30 November with the ‘Light Up A Life’ service on the Market Green and 3 December sees a charity market whilst Easingwold Lions hold their annual Carol Service in the Market Place on 17 December from 5.30pm.

As part of the ‘Santa Sunday’ in Northallerton, Santa will be welcomed into his grotto in the town arriving in his open top bus on 4 December.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson, said: “Our businesses and communities are pulling out all the stops to give residents and visitors a festive treat and great shopping experience.

“Don’t miss these great events and programme of activities in the coming weeks.”