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Christmas in Ryedale
Top Three Reasons To Spend Christmas In Ryedale’s Market Towns
Five market towns in Ryedale, North Yorkshire – Helmsley, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Malton & Norton-on-Derwent - have joined forces to create a 21-mile ‘High Street’ that promises to rekindle the most humbug of Christmas spirits – a Christmas Gift for those seeking something a little extraordinary.
Forget those soulless city centres and crowded, identikit shopping malls, it's like returning to a lost Golden age in Ryedale’s Market Towns, where you can enjoy the very best of the country’s food and drink, streets of award-winning independent shop-keepers treating you like royalty, easy car parking, a present-buyer’s paradise of curiosity and craftsmanship, and moments of unforgettable magic.
Each town has its own individual character, and as they are situated just a few miles from each other, on traffic-free roads, it’s easy to hop from town to town, so you can get everything you could possibly need for a perfect festive season – the best of Food & Drink, Gifts or even Escape – without any of the stress that plagues us at this time of year.
If you’re new to Ryedale as a winter destination, we’ve created Top 10 Wish Lists in those all-essential Christmas areas: Food & Drink, Gifts and Winter Getaways.
Food and Drink - Enjoy the Best Christmas Dinner Ever!
The Best Christmas Gift-Shopping (you’ll never go online again)
Winter Escapes (without spending a fortune!)
Most of the towns and villages within the area will be getting into the festive spirit with decorations and lights appearing from the end of November. Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Norton and Malton have switch-on's with the fanfare of traditional brass bands, markets and guest appearances by Santa Claus. Kirkbymoorside – a honeypot for antique-hunters and collectors – will also be hosting auctions in December for unusual gift inspiration.
Daily Christmas spirit is provided by the many outstanding butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and gift shops, galleries and hand-crafted breweries that can be found in – and between - each market town.
Many towns will also be hosting special shopping evenings in the run up to the big day for your chance to pick up those extra special gifts. Forget heaving supermarkets. Try shopping for local produce in one of the local delicatessens to bring some excitement to your Christmas store cupboard. Christmas is also the time to experience the events, festivals and markets within the area. For a full range of events and attractions over the festive season visit the what's on section.
Alternatively, if you just want to explore the North York Moors National Park or the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty then go ahead. The landscape can be at its most spectacular at this time of year with freezing waterfalls appearing out of the hillside and frost covered fields for miles around. Once you're finished outside there are plenty of roaring open fires in the local pubs throughout the area to help you warm up.
There's so much to see and do it will probably take you more than a day to cram it all in and since Christmas holidays increasingly stretch beyond New Year's Day, have you thought about an extra family short break in the days before everyone goes back to work and school? There's often availability at rural locations at this time of year, from traditional B&Bs and indulgent country house hotels through to cosy self-catering cottages with no shortage of cosy cafes and pubs to retreat to once you've walked off all those heavy lunches!
So why not visit Ryedale in North Yorkshire and make Christmas 2016 extra special?