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What to do in December

As we go into December everyone's thoughts turn towards the Christmas festivities. Looking for an original gift? The Dales is a great place for small independent shops, craftspeople and artists.

For the person who has everything you could consider making them a Friend of the Three Peaks  to support the work carried out in this wonderful part of the National Park to ensure it stays a special place.

There are also some great festivals at this time of year. At Christmas, Grassington is transported back to the time of Charles Dickens. See the Christmas lights, the village square and the streets transformed into a traditional market with shopkeepers, villagers and visitors dressed in Victorian costume. Running for over thirty years, the Festival in 2017 will be held from 2 to 10 December.

In 2017 the Skipton Yuletide Festival will be held on 3 and 10 December. Skipton's famous Market will be in full festive flow on both days – running the full length of the High Street from 10am - 4.30pm. Together with the market and great food stalls, there will be a full range of entertainment in the Town Centre throughout the day, both in the main High Street Arena and at locations across the Town. The whole of Skipton truly has a real Christmassy feel.

Of course, December is not just about shopping. It can still be a great time to go for a walk, or visit one of the many waterfalls.


Castles, museums, arts, crafts, wildlife and outdoor attractions.

Ideas for short walks

Find a great selection of short walks to go on at popular locations throughout the National Park


Learn about the wonderful dark skies of the Dales.