Colin’s Column: Maiden soiree for Whitby Christmas markets

Chalets at Dock End ready for the Christmas market
Chalets at Dock End ready for the Christmas market
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Beach Huts? On Endeavour Wharf? In December? It can only be the much-publicised Totally Locally Whitby Christmas Market opening for its maiden soiree this weekend.

The Beach Huts have been slowly growing on the site of the Christmas Market since last Saturday and can be seen across town, an impressive and intriguing sight, throw up some festoon lighting, throw in Father Christmas and a fine selection of independent Local Traders and you’ve got a Christmas Market by Whitby people for Whitby people.

Whitby’s Christmas Market marks the start of a series of late night shopping dates across the whole town, Thursday December 5, 12 and 19, including many of the local independent traders, everyone who has a stall at the Christmas Market, and even some of the larger named stores, meaning that everything you need for Christmas this year can be found in Whitby even if you’re working all day.

In only 12 months Totally Locally Whitby has matured from a small group of people planning a picnic in the park to a full-blown full town event, a party that even chain stores have been trying to get into.

This is the perfect chance to see exactly what Whitby can offer you, food, drinks and gifts are all here at the Christmas Market – you might even discover the perfect shop you never even knew existed right in your own town, on your own doorstep.

This all comes to you hand in hand with a magnificent town atmosphere, a real Whitby effort to help promote each other, keeping our huge selection of local independent shops, restaurants, pubs, artists and performers in the limelight.

Running until Sunday at 6pm the Christmas Market is open for everyone to enjoy, hopefully attracting visitors from out of town too. Who knows, in future years maybe this will become a destination market, further extending the season in Whitby, making Whitby the perfect setting for a magical Christmas shopping trip, complete with Father Christmas on a flying sleigh pulled by the gullies.