Destination Harrogate has teamed up with Market Place Europe to give young businesses across North Yorkshire an amazing opportunity this Christmas, with the Jolly Big Business Boost competition.

John McGivern, Destination Events Manager, Destination Harrogate, said:
“Since our first event in 2021, we’ve seen Harrogate Christmas Fayre grow bigger and better. Together with the town centre attractions and festivities taking place across the whole area, we can look forward to our Christmas events attracting visitors from further afield, as well as more locally. The Jolly Big Business Boost supports our amazing local businesses to maximise this opportunity, which Christmas in Harrogate offers, and we’d encourage all interested and eligible businesses to take part in the initiative.”

The lucky winners of the Jolly Big Business Boost will be given the chance to trade for FREE at the Harrogate Christmas Fayre from 01 December until 17 December 2023. Market Place Europe, operators of the Harrogate Christmas Fayre, are looking for innovative, ambitious entrepreneurs from across North Yorkshire who are ready to take their business to the next level. The Jolly Big Business competition focuses on providing recently established businesses a platform to sell their products. With thousands of visitors expected to attend this year’s Harrogate Christmas Fayre, it’s also a great opportunity to build awareness of their brand.

Nick Rhodes, Chief Executive of Market Place Europe said:
“The Jolly Big Business Boost competition has proven to be a great way to support new local businesses and uncover some of North Yorkshire’s most exciting entrepreneurs. With such a range of high-quality businesses in this region, we are delighted to be in a position to offer this opportunity once again and we eagerly anticipate some innovative applications.’’

This year’s winner will be chosen by a panel of judges drawn from across the Harrogate business community and organisers of the Harrogate Christmas Fayre. The judges are on the lookout for eye-catching, exciting and creative products.

Matthew Chapman, Manager, Harrogate BID said:
“At Harrogate BID we are extremely excited and proud to be partnering with Destination Harrogate again for Christmas 2023. From the Christmas Fayre to the free road train, Harrogate is famed for its unique and special offer, and it’s great to see Christmas in the town and beyond grow in stature each year. The Jolly Big Business Boost competition gives a great opportunity to give something back to our businesses, which make Harrogate great all year round, and to celebrate our distinctive Christmas offer.”

If you think you have a jolly good product that visitors to the Harrogate Christmas Fayre will enjoy, we want to hear from you, download the application pack now. Interested businesses should submit a short written application, supported by a 2-minute video telling the judges about themselves and their products. Full details of the competition can be found at

Harrogate Christmas Fayre will open on the 1st of December 2023.

Opening hours are:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 11:00am – 4:30pm