November 2023 Newsletter

Christmas has well and truly arrived in Harrogate! November saw the Christmas lights being turned on, making the town dazzle. The North Pole Post Office – Harrogate branch is now open for business, so don’t forget to post your letters to Father Christmas before the big day. The Harrogate Christmas Fayre is well underway, including the return of the Candy Cane Express, the ice rink and the new addition of the open-top bus. As well as the Father Christmas Experience which officially began on Saturday 2nd December with Chief Elf Tinsel and Father Christmas the Cedar Court Hotel.

The BID team are already looking ahead and working on exciting plans for 2024. We have announced dates for for next year’s Dog Show, Celebration of Fashion, Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration and the Harrogate Music Weekender. For more information or to get involved, please email

There are a couple of dates for your diaries, Thursday 18th January 2024 is Harrogate BIDs AGM, which will be held at The Foundry Project, from 5pm. As well as, Thursday 7th December, we would like to invite all BID Members to a VIP night on the ice rink at Crescent Gardens, that we are hosting with Your Harrogate. Please find the link to register below, we look forward to welcoming you then.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all BID Members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to say a huge thank you for all of your support throughout this vital year for Harrogate BID. The BID team are excited to begin Term 2 in 2024 and continue to deliver even more great things to keep Harrogate as the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown.

Yours sincerely


Dan Siddle
BID Chair

Festive Season Arrives in Harrogate for 2023

The festive season has arrived in Harrogate! From testing the skates on the ice rink to taking a ride on the Candy Cane Express, click here to read what you can get up to over the Christmas period in Harrogate town centre.

North Pole Post Office

The North Pole Post Office is back for its fourth year, well in time for children to post their letters to Father Christmas before the big day, it is funded for Harrogate BID and produced by Harrogate International Festivals.

Located at the Harrogate International Festivals office on Cheltenham Parade, the North Pole Post Office – Harrogate branch – has been a key festive feature in the town’s Christmas offer since 2020. Open until Christmas Eve, make sure to head down and post your letters!

Read more here

Father Christmas Experience

The Father Christmas Experience is back for a third year! Harrogate BID are excited to sponsor this magical Christmas experience, delivered by Enchanticas. The Father Christmas Experience launched on Saturday 2nd December and runs up until Christmas eve.

Shows are filling up quickly, don’t miss out! Book your tickets here

Give the Gift of Harrogate!

Gift the Gift of Harrogate this Christmas with the Harrogate Gift Card!

The Harrogate Gift Card is the perfect present with great local choice, it can be spend in over 100 participating businesses in Harrogate town centre, from national chains to independent businesses.

Buy your gift cards here or visit the Tourist Information Centre or the Bus Station.

VIP Night on the Ice!

Harrogate BID are excited to share the details for a VIP night on the ice rink at Crescent Gardens on Thursday 7th December from 6:30pm. We have teamed up with Your Harrogate to bring an exclusive opportunity to experience the festivities and to meet other BID Members and Harrogate businesses. We look forward to welcoming you on 7th December.

Please register here.

Harrogate BID AGM

Harrogate BID would like to invite all BID Members to the Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Thursday 18th January at Foundry Project, Harrogate from, 5pm. It is a great opportunity to look back at the last 12-months of activity and also hear from the BID, the exciting plans for 2024.

Please register here

Save the Date for our 2024 Events

Harrogate BID are excited to share some of the dates for our events in 2024! We are pleased to announce the return of each event following the success in 2023, as well as some more, new initiatives to follow:

???? Harrogate Dog Show – Saturday 13th April 2024
???? Harrogate Celebration of Fashion – Friday 17th – Saturday 18th May 2024
???? Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration – Friday 12th – Friday 26th July 2024
???? Harrogate Music Weekender – Thursday 10th – 13th October 2024

For more information, or to get involved, please email

Harrogate Soccer Aid Success

Following the Harrogate Soccer Aid event at the beginning of November, we are thrilled to share we have raised £4,410! Thank you again to everyone who turned out to play and donated.

David was thrilled to hear the event had been such a success and the donations which will go towards equipment for David, will help him and his family massively.

BID Member Offers/Events

If you are a BID Member and have an offer/event you would like to promote, please email

Mabgate at Husk

Husk are hosting “Mabgate”, a jazzy hip-hop trio, coming from London for a show on Wednesday 6th December from 7:30pm. Husk are located at 5 Station Square, HG1 1TB.

Read more here

Crowne Plaza Big Win

Crowne Plaza Hotel are running the ‘Big Win’, pop in this December for a chance to instantly win!

Prizes include a bottle of wine, a bottle of prosecco, a free cocktail or dinner for two.

Foundry Project

Foundry Project would like to offer BID Members and their staff 20% discount off food and drinks, all day everyday (excluding Saturday evening from 8pm – close).

Any business that is interested in taking up the offer, please email so that they can arrange for the discount cards to be sent out with T&C’s.