See the Harrogate area illuminated this festive season

There’s nothing more magical at Christmas than a little seasonal sparkle lighting up the dark evenings. 

From the famous tree lights on the Stray in Harrogate to Christmas decorations on our high streets, there are some amazing events around the district so you can enjoy the colour and sparkle of this festive season.

Explore Harrogate's lights with our Harrogate Christmas Lights Trail.

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The GLOW illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr are a magical after-dark spectacle of lights that the whole family can enjoy. Explore the beauty of the garden as illuminations light your way on the Glow trail. Iconic features are adorned with festive lights. There’s a spectacular ‘field of fire’ on the main lawn and selfie opportunities through the gilded frame on the sun border. You can take a break along the way and enjoy festive treats from Bettys Tea House – maybe a mulled wine or hot chocolate will warm you up before you indulge in a mince pie or fat rascal!

Glow - Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
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At Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal you can enjoy lights and music as twilight falls. The abbey is aglow with all the colours of the rainbow each weekend in November and December and over the Christmas period. The stunning rainbow of colours will let you see this favourite destination in a whole new light, while live choirs and bands fill the ruins with festive music.

Music and Lights at NT Fountains Abbey
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Stockeld Park is once again full of sparkle as it becomes a twinkling winter wonderland. One of the largest and most creative Christmas light festivals, see the Enchanted Forest come alive with an enchanting light spectacle which can be enjoyed by families, children of all ages and grown-ups. There’s not just an illumination trail to enjoy – you can also meet the big man himself, explore the snowflake maze, go ice-skating and even enjoy a family-friendly festive show. Whatever you choose to do, Stockeld Park is an enchanting experience that will fill you with holiday cheer.

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Knaresborough’s stunning Christmas tree festival takes place at St John’s Church. Witness the magic of more than 70 beautiful hand decorated themed trees in this lovely, atmospheric setting. Admission is free but you can donate to the church and their chosen charity.

St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough
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Ripon’s atmospheric medieval streets, marketplace and cathedral make it a beautiful place to enjoy the Christmas spirit. Yorkshire’s smallest city is a wonderfully atmospheric place to explore, eat and shop. Markets, fairs and concerts and carol services are just a few of the delights on offer.

You can also soak up the magical festive atmosphere in Harrogate by taking in the Stray tree lights and the town centre Christmas lights which will add a little festive sparkle to your shopping experience. And don’t forget there’s also the Harrogate Christmas Fayre running in Harrogate from 1 to 17 December where you can find something special to fill those stockings.

Wherever you’re welcoming the festive season there’s plenty of colour and sparkle to enjoy.

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