Christmas in Whitby is a special time of year. The town comes alive with Christmas lights and decorations, and there are plenty of Christmas events to enjoy if you plan to visit.
The Christmas parade is a popular event. It starts near the Whitby Abbey and winds its way through the town centre. There is also a Christmas market, where you can buy Christmas gifts and souvenirs.
If you’re looking for something Christmassy to enjoy during our trip to North Yorkshire, Whitby has you covered. There are several church services, as well as ample shopping options and pantomime.
The Christmas Festival
Christmas is coming to Whitby! The Christmas festival will be taking place at the end of November and there will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. There will be a Christmas market, where you can buy Christmas gifts and treats, and a Christmas parade where you can see Santa Clause and his elves. There will also be live music, where you can listen to Christmas carols, and a New Year’s Eve party, where you can celebrate the start of the new year.
The Christmas festival in Whitby is a great opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. The town is decked out in Christmas decorations, there are Christmas trees everywhere, and the air is filled with the smell of Christmas goodies. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to get into the Christmas mood.
The Christmas festival in Whitby is also a great opportunity to experience traditional English Christmas culture. In addition to the Christmas market and parade, there will also be the much-loved Krampus Run, and the returns of the Whitby Christmas ice rink.
If you’re looking for an authentic English Christmas experience, then the Whitby Christmas festival is definitely the place to go!
Whitby Christmas Market 2022
The Christmas market in Whitby is one of the most popular events in the town. Held every year in the market square, it features a variety of stalls selling Christmas gifts, decorations, and food.
This year’s Christmas market will be held from November 18th to the 20th. It promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 60 stalls set up in the square. There will be something for everyone at the market, from handmade crafts to festive treats.
So if you’re looking for some Christmas shopping inspiration, or just want to get into the Christmas spirit, be sure to head to Whitby this festive season!
Whitby Christmas Ice Rink
Christmas in Whitby is a joyous event for residents and visitors alike, and the Christmas ice rink is a major attraction, drawing people from all over the region.
Whitby has been host to a Christmas ice rink since 2021. Since then, it has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season. This year it is back bigger than before!
This year’s rink will be 60% larger than last with a capacity for 80 skaters. The rink will open on December 2nd and will remain until January 3rd, operating between 11am and 8pm daily apart from Christmas Day.
The Christmas ice rink is a great place to take the family for an afternoon of fun. There are always lots of people skating, and a great opportunity to make some Christmas memories. The rink is also a great place to get some exercise, and to work off some of those Christmas cookies!
If you’re looking for something fun to do in Whitby this Christmas, be sure to check out the Christmas ice rink!
Whitby Krampus Run
Whitby’s Christmas Krampus run is a popular event that draws visitors from all over.
What is Krampus, you may ask? He is a Christmas demon who punishes naughty children. The run starts at the Whitby Pavilion and winds its way through the town’s streets. There are music and lights, and of course, Krampus himself.
First started by a group of friends as a small event in 2013, it has since become a mainstay of the Christmas calendar in Whitby. This year it will take place on December 3rd, with the event culminating in the much-anticipated Krampus Ball.
It does not end there with the following day playing host to Thee Wyld Hunt, a traditional race that this year has expanded competitions owing to its popularity.
The event is sponsored by the Whitby Goth Weekend committee, and it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Christmas shopping in Whitby
If you’re looking for a festive day out that’s a little different from the hustle and bustle of the city, Whitby is a great option. The charming coastal town comes alive at Christmas, with markets, shops and, of course, Christmas lights.
Whitby boasts a number of shops that can supply a variety of unique Christmas gifts, or even a treat for yourself!
There are many shops in Whitby that sell traditional English goods, such as Whitby get and traditional Yorkshire tipples! Some suggestions for Christmas shopping in Whitby are:
- The Black Pearl – With beautiful pieces of handcrafted jewellery featuring Whitby Jet, visit here to find truly unique gifts and treats sourced from only the finest local materials.
- Whitby Hampers – Shop luxury Christmas hampers that make perfect gifts. Full of goodies and beautifully presented, these hampers contain everything from fine Yorkshire produce to traditional tipples. Find them down at Flowergate.
- Whitby Distillery – Treat the gin lover in your life with a little bit of Whitby’s finest. Either with a bottle of top quality gin, or for them to grab a first-hand glimpse behind the scenes themselves!
This is far from an exhaustive list. Whitby is home to a a wide range of retailers, providing a selection of unique Christmas gifts for the town’s visitors.
In addition to the markets and shops, Whitby is also home to some beautiful Christmas lights. The best place to see them is along Church Street, where they stretch from the pier right up to the abbey. It’s a truly magical sight and well worth a visit if you’re in the area over Christmas.
So if you’re looking for a festive day out that’s a little bit different, Whitby is definitely worth considering. With its atmospheric Christmas markets and beautiful Christmas lights, it’s definitely one of the best places to visit during Christmas time in Yorkshire.
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