THE GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR 2023

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HARROGATE CHRISTMAS FAYRE & LEEDS CHRISTMAS MARKET




After an enforced two week break due to poor weather and an even poorer rail service we were finally able to resume our tour of the 2023 Christmas markets.

A double header, taking in both Harrogate and Leeds, started with taking the train to Leeds where we changed to the local service to Harrogate.SE3055 : Harrogate station by Roy Hughes

The Fayre was laid out down the main streetSE3055 : Harrogate Christmas Fayre on Cambridge Street by Roy Hughes with many stalls selling all the usual Christmas fare.SE3055 : Harrogate Christmas Fayre by Roy Hughes

The famous Bettys Tearoom was doing brisk business with customers prepared to queue up outside for a tableSE3055 : Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate tearooms by Roy Hughes

The "Candy Cane Bus" was operatingSE3055 : Harrogate Christmas Fayre, the Candy Cane Express by Roy Hughes as was a special (chilly) open top Christmas busSE2955 : Harrogate Christmas Fayre, the Christmas Bus by Roy Hughes


The Fayre extended into the Valley GardensSE2955 : Harrogate Christmas Fayre, stalls outside Valley Gardens by Roy Hughesand under the Sun CollonnadeSE2955 : Harrogate Christmas Fayre stalls in the Sun Colonnade, Valley Gardens by Roy Hughes

The merry-go-round was not open at the time SE2955 : Merry-go-round at the Harrogate Christmas Fayre by Roy Hughesbut the choir was in fine form with Christmas carolsSE3055 : Christmas choir at the Harrogate Christmas Fayre by Roy Hughes

After an enjoyable morning, we returned to the station to take the train back to LeedsSE2933 : Leeds station from the overbridge by Roy Hughes

Now, mid afternoon, Leeds City centre was heaving with visitors with the market starting right outside the stationSE2933 : The Leeds Christmas Market outside the station by Roy Hughes

The main market was held in Millennium Square and we walked there taking in the decorated Victoria ArcadeSE3033 : Victoria Arcade during  the Leeds Christmas Market by Roy Hughesand County ArcadeSE3033 : County Arcade Leeds at Christmas by Roy Hughes

Millennium SquareSE2934 : Entrance to Leeds Christmas Market at Millennium Square by Roy Hughes was packed with visitorsSE2934 : Leeds Christmas Market at Millennium Square by Roy Hughesenjoying the food stalls and fairground ridesSE2934 : Stalls at the Leeds Christmas Market in Millennium Square by Roy Hughes

After a couple of hectic hours we returned to the station to join a very full train for our homeward journey.


A good day out with both of the markets well worth a visit.
KML

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