Advent calendars have been broken into (and perhaps entirely scoffed in some households…) yet many in Hull will again have left their Christmas shopping until just weeks before Christmas. Put it off no longer! Head out this weekend with pockets filled with gold and snap up fantastic festive gifts from some cracking Christmas markets and fairs taking place in Hull.
And as a bonus, with Christmas being the season of giving, we have added the chance to raise money for the charity of your choice by sponsoring someone as they run around a park in a big red suit.
Here are 5 free Christmas markets in the Hull area this weekend…
1. Victorian Christmas market
Trinity Square and Hull Minster
Busy week in the Minster… @LordHull Christmas Tree Exhibition, Music Concert, @Dove_House Light up a Life, Victorian Christmas Market and @sofarsounds concert. Details on everything: https://t.co/w8K5g37Zl0 #followthestar #myhullminster pic.twitter.com/OXxNAtfjGZ
— Hull Minster (@HullMinster) December 4, 2019
Crafts, entertainment, free children’s rides as well as Victorian characters and a range of stalls. Traditional horse carriage rides will take place and at 10.30am, a coach and horses will parade along Trinity House Lane and turn at Beverley Gate carrying the Lord Mayor to officially open the event.
Read more here.
2. Hull College Christmas fair
The college in Wilberforce Drive will become a Christmas wonderland as Hull business set up stalls selling gifts and treats in time for a spot of Christmas shopping. Santa will be in his grotto and his reindeer will also pay a visit to the family-friendly event.
College tutors will be on hand to speak to potential students and answer questions on courses. Register your attendance here.
3. Good Things Market
66 Humber Street
A chance to support the city’s independent traders at this art, craft and design market selling prints, jewellery, homewares and ceramics.
There's no better way to get into the festive spirit than a Christmas market – so get yourself down to this 👇
Good Things Market
Sunday 8 December
66 Humber Street
— Fruit Market (@FruitMarketHull) December 3, 2019
Pick up Christmas gifts, grab a bite to eat and enjoy seasonal music in Hull’s Fruit Market. Learn more here.
4. Hull Vineyard Christmas Market
Hull Vineyard Church
Top up your Christmas shopping and explore unique, bespoke craft stalls at this busy event.
A very busy Santa Claus will also be in his grotto at this church so bring the children and get a photograph with the big red bearded one before tucking in at food stalls. To request a stall, call the Hull Vineyard Church on 01482 343333. Read more here.
5. Beverley Festival of Christmas
This East Riding town centre will once again be transformed into a Christmas shopper’s wonderland as more than 120 stalls brimming with Christmas gifts and locally made treats take over the historic market town.
Beverley Festival of Christmas 2019!
Join the town for a magical day and get those festive feels, as Beverley Festival of Christmas returns for its 24th year! #beverley #christmas #christmasfestival #family #december #dayout pic.twitter.com/mOV9q8Ioat
— Visit Beverley (@Visit_Beverley) November 9, 2019
The Christmas Parade sets off from Wednesday Market to Saturday Market at 10am. Read more here.
6. Santa Fun Run
£12 for adults, £7/£5 for children
Up to 500 Santas will don trainers to run, walk, hop or crawl backwards around the 3K course for charity at this event organised by The Rotary Clubs of Holderness and Humberside.
No time to spare! Be a part of history and join in Hull's first Santa Fun Run & Walk in Pickering Park. Registration closes very soon. Sign up now at https://t.co/a6WS5DbBIZ @AbsCultured @AimHigher99 @HeyBloggers @hullisthis @DifferentHull pic.twitter.com/HerwhnLeFa
— Hull Santa Run (@HullSantaRun) November 11, 2019
Runners don’t need to be members of the club but must let the Rotary Clubs know how much they raised and who will benefit. Find more details here.