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30 Nov 30 , 2023 Thursday

Festive Feels

Lots of Christmas fun...

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The feel-good festive vibe starts this weekend, with loads of things happening all over town to get you in the seasonal swing.

What's on this weekend in Richmond?


Christmas in Richmond simply wouldn't be Christmas in Richmond without the annual lights switch on. Gather in Friary Gardens - at the earlier than usual time of 6pm to see the Christmas parrot and his pals all lit up. Then make your way into the market place for additional festive fun, including singing by the Trinty Tower tree, Murphy's fair and and on into the Market Hall for some complimentary refreshments.

This year there's also a Chrristmas market at the cricket club between 6pm and 9pm. Hosted by Richmond Town Football Club's under 13s, there will be stalls, food, music and crafts. £3 entry (includes mince pie and mulled wine). 

Pop into the Methodist Church (from 5pm) for the Christmas tree festival, which runs until Saturday 9 December.

Lots of local shops and cafes will be staying open later than usual on Friday evening to tie in with the switch on, so why not make the most of the last few days of the Shop Local loyalty card scheme - support local businesses AND be in with a chance of winning one of more than 20 prizes. Fill your card with six stickers and leave it with one of the participating businesses.

Businesses in Richmond put a lot of effort into their window displays at this time of year, so why not take a stroll round and shop local this year to support our local independent retailers, this weekend and in the run up to Christmas. Some of the shops staying open later on the evening include:

  • BB in Finkle
  • Dot’s Place
  • Gone Barking
  • King Street Kitchen and Gift: mulled wine, biscuit/mince pie
  • Larches of Richmond: open until 6.30pm
  • Mocha, Richmond: open until 7.00pm
  • The Green Howards Museum shop: open until 6.30pm (with early bird shopper special offers)
  • Richmond Information Centre
  • Sip Coffee:  drinks, mulled wine, cake and hot dogs 
  • Strolling4Shoes: open until 7.00pm

With thanks to Richmond Town Council, Richmond Duck Club and Richmond Round Table for their work to bring this event together, plus other volunteers shops and businesses who are contributing to the evening's events by staying open later. Please support them with your custom.


You can enjoy a mince pie with Mackenzie Thorpe at his Arthaus in Finkle Street, pop down to The Station's Handmade Christmas Fair (10am to 4pm), or why not stroll across the fields for a Christmas Fair (10am to 3pm) at Kiss the Moon at Aske, with Mocha just next door.


Richmond's Christmas Fair in the market place. Entertainment, crafts and shopping. Lots of shops,some of which are usually closed on Sundays will be opening, including:

  • Arthur Caygill Cycles
  • BB in Finkle
  • Berber Leather
  • Dot’s Place
  • Gone Barking
  • Goosewing Studios (The Station)
  • King Street Kitchen and Gift: mulled wine, biscuit/mince pie
  • Larches of Richmond: open from 11am to 3pm
  • Mocha, Richmond: open from 10am to 4.30pm as well as having a stall on the Christmas Market
  • Richmond Information Centre
  • Shanti Shanti: the shop will be open and there will also be a stall on the Christmas Market
  • Sip Coffee
  • Strolling4Shoes
  • The Cheese Press
  • The Green Howards Museum and shop
  • The Station: open until 5pm. Café Bar open until 3.00pm
  • The Station Shop: open from 10am to 4pm
  • Trinity Fashion
  • Wilfred Deli

There's also a Christmas Fair at Richmondshire Museum (11am to 4pm).


You can see Santa at The Station between the 8th and 17th December. More details here.

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