Harrogate town centre’s new festive cheer this Christmas.

Harrogate town centre is set to offer lots of festive cheer after Harrogate Borough Council announced that a number of exciting events and attractions will be available for people to enjoy this Christmas.

A Ferris wheel, Victorian carousel, helter skelter and performance area are all set to keep people – young and old – entertained from Monday 15 November to the first week of January.

While a festive road train will travel around the town centre from Friday 3 December until Sunday 12 December to ensure people don’t miss out on what Harrogate town centre has to offer; whether that’s the Harrogate Christmas Fayre, the artisan market in the Valley Garden or the fantastic high street businesses.

To encourage footfall to town centres across the Harrogate district, a magical window trail will also be unveiled. Funded by the government’s Welcome Back Fund, the window trail will feature 12 festive depictions that have been designed by local people.

The trail will be launched in December across the district and the borough council will have further news in the coming weeks about how to get involved.

Gemma Rio, head of destination management at Harrogate Borough Council, said: “We have been working hard to ensure festivities return this year in order to drive visitors to our district’s shops, restaurants, visitor attractions, hotels and B&Bs.

“This latest announcement confirms that Christmas is well and truly set to return to Harrogate town centre and I’m really excited about what we’re due to bring.

“The enhanced offering in Harrogate town centre, together with a vast array of festive events taking place right across the district, means Harrogate is an absolutely unmissable destination for a festive day trip or weekend away.

“We are also about to launch the biggest Christmas marketing campaign in Visit Harrogate history to ensure all towns enjoy the benefits the additional footfall brings.”

Councillor Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said: “More than 100 traders, as well as our high street businesses, will bring a first-class offering to Harrogate town centre this December that will truly get people in the festive mood.

“With the absence of a number of Christmas markets across the region this year, I have no doubt visitors will arrive by the coach load to see what Harrogate has to offer.

“Whether that’s our district’s shops, restaurants, visitor attractions or hotels and B&Bs, I hope everyone will see the benefit this town centre offering will bring.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to our partners, including: North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Business Improvement District and the emergency services who are supporting our efforts to ensure we deliver a safe, vibrant and attractive festive experience this Christmas.”