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Four Christmas Markets in Yorkshire make train operator’s ‘Christmas List’ with special £2 ticket

Northern has put four pop-up markets across Yorkshire on its ‘Christmas List’ with a special £2 advance ticket to encourage more people to visit.

The train operator has singled out ‘Scarborough Sparkle’, ‘Knaresborough Christmas Market Weekend’, the ‘Made in East Yorkshire Markets’ and the ‘Real Food Ilkley Christmas Markets’ as alternatives to the well-established city centre markets on offer across the North of England.

The special £2 tickets, which are available to children for just £1, will be available in each direction on:

For a full list of Christmas Markets taking place across Yorkshire, visit: Christmas Markets in Yorkshire 2023 (

The £2 tickets are only available on Northern services and must be bought three days in advance of travel from the Northern website or app. For anyone unable to buy their tickets online, they can do so via telephone on 0344 811 5111.

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Mark Powles, commercial and customer director at Northern, said: “We know some of the big cities across our network can get pretty crowded this time of year, so we wanted to do something to encourage people to try an alternative location instead.

“Christmas Markets make a huge contribution to the winter economy of local towns and we hope these special £2 tickets encourage more people to ‘go do their thing’ in Scarborough, Knaresborough, Beverley and Ilkley.”

On Sunday 10 December, rail timetables across the North of England will change in line with the rest of the National Rail network. Customers are encouraged to use the ‘Check My Timetable’ feature on the Northern website for more information about their local station.

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.


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