Whitby Christmas Festival; a fun filled family event for the festive season – try saying that with a mouth full of marbles!
It will soon be that time of year when we are decking the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la-ing, and bringing some figgy pudding. Yes, Christmas is upon us again, and what better way to get in the mood for it all than to visit the wonderful Whitby Christmas Festival?
Whitby’s Not Just For All Things Gothic!
We all know how wonderful Whitby is and that one of the main reasons people go there is that they can visit and experience all things gothic. However, Whitby isn’t just for all things spooky and dark, it is also a place that at Christmas is full of wonder, light and the joys of the season.
Run over three days the Whitby Christmas Festival is jam-packed full of things to do, see, experience, and take part in. There is a market for those who want to do a little Christmas shopping, live music for those who’d like a little boogie, fashion shows for those who enjoy couture, fireworks for a big bang and carol singing for those who like their Christmas traditions.
In fact, there is something for just about everyone, including the children, who I nearly forgot, who will be able to see Santa in all his glory. Just a little side note here, the Krampus will also be making an appearance so ensure you are behaving like good girls and boys!
Highlights: Not To Be Missed!
The Whitby Christmas Festival will run over three days this year, Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th November and has a full itinerary of things for you to enjoy. The following are just some of the highlights that you will not want to miss!
Whitby Christmas Lantern Parade
The Christmas Lantern Parade through Whitby is a yearly event and will take place this year at 6 pm on Friday the 16th November. Those taking part include Animated Objects Theatre Company, local schools, and community groups who have all made wonderfully creative lanterns to dazzle you with. The inspiration for these lanterns is taken from the people, places, and iconic sights of Whitby.
The parade will set off from Pannett Park this year and end at the front marina car park. Those taking part would love to see you there cheering them on and giving them a wave along their route. Just ensure you wrap up warm. The full route they will be taking so you can choose your spot to see them is specified at the bottom of this article.
Lighting Up Whitby
No Christmas festival would be complete without a switching on of the lights and Whitby’s will take place at 7.45pm on Friday the 16th of November. Who will switch on the dazzling lights is a mystery at present but the itinerary for the event does list them as a ‘celebrity’ so ooh I wonder who it will be? Better get yourselves down there to find out!
On the following day, Saturday the 17th November, at 7.45pm there is set to be a spectacular firework display, so grab your sparklers, woolly hat, and gloves and don’t miss out on the bangs, whizzes and whirling colours that this Christmas Festival is sure to deliver.
Are You In The Market For A Stocking Filler?
If you are then you must make sure that you find yourself some time to have a wander around the fabulous market that the Whitby Christmas Festival hosts every year. There you will find small gifts, large gifts, foodie delights, toys, arts, and crafts; the list goes on and on and on………
Don’t forget also the wonderful array of shops that Whitby has to offer in and around its town centre. There are some wonderfully warm and bright shop displays at this time of year that are sure to beckon you through their doors!
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Let Whitby Entertain You
There will be a huge array of entertainments being run at this year’s Whitby Christmas Festival including dance displays, fashion shows, live music, celebrity appearances, Santa, drama and much more. Some of the highlights include:
● Yorkshire Coast Radio plus celebrities
● Live music from the Nightjars
● World war one fashion show
● Colebrooke Media presents A Christmas Carol
● Whitby big band
● Fyling Hall School Performers
For details on the full itinerary and times of events please see the useful information section below.
Beware, Beware, Krampus Will Be There
Keep quiet children, hide under your sheet,
For the Krampus is out tonight, looking for meat.
He’s searching in shadows, he holds a large sack,
Into which he puts children who will serve as a snack.
– Krampus Night by Phil Rickaby
Every year Whitby hosts a Krampus run and evening event to raise funds for the Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary, and this year for the first time the Krampus himself will also be attending the Whitby Christmas Festival. Why he will be there at the moment is a mystery but if I had to bet my figgy pudding on it I’d say he’ll be there seeking out those naughty children and adults in the crowd so you better all behave!
This years Krampus Run will take place on Saturday the 1st December at 3.30pm. For more details click here.
Whitby Christmas Lantern Parade Route
Starting at Pannett Park at 6 pm turn right onto St Hildas Terrace and then right again onto Brunswick Street. Then turn left onto Baxtergate and cross the swing bridge onto Bridge Street. Take a left down Sandgate and then a right through the marketplace and right onto Church Street. Cross the swing bridge and turn left onto New Quay Road followed by a left onto Langborne Road. Finally, proceed to the front marina car park.
Whitby Christmas Festival Full Itinerary
Whitby Christmas Festival runs from 5 pm – 8 pm on Friday the 16th November, 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday the 17th November, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday the 18th November. A full itinerary and further details can be found here.
Other Christmas Markets You May Wish To Visit.
St Nicholas Fair, York Christmas Market
Food, festivities, gifts, and a lovely Christmas atmosphere.
15th November – 23rd December
Malton Christmas Market, Food & Gifts
Food, gifts, street food, chef demos, and music.
8th – 9th December
Grassington Dickensian Festival
Villagers and visitors in Victorian costume, bands, buskers, and entertainers.
1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th December
German market with traditional wooden stalls and a carousel ride.
9th November – 22nd December
Country Living Fair, Christmas Market, Harrogate
Decorations, gifts, and a decadent champagne bar.
29th November – 2nd December
For further details on these and other markets in the region click here.
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