For three Saturdays from the end of November, Grassington becomes Dickensian!!!
In actual fact all the shop keepers/hoteliers/locals dress up in dickensian costume and we the tourists, flock there!!! Well thats the way it seemed when we visited.
Besides the shops, there are not actually that many, there are also market stalls, selling craft goods, hot chocolate, hot mulled wine, chestnuts, coffee with brandy etc.
The place does look lovely when it gets dark with all the lights and christmas trees, but there are just so many people there. When I visited 12 years previous, it was lovely, it had snowed, and although there were tourists there like us, we had parked next to the village, and just wandered round comfortably. Now you are swept along by the crowds.
Trying to take a photo was practicably impossible. This photo I tried to take of the stallholders in the dickensian costumes but people kept on walking in front of me!!! :-)
As I said it was extremely crowded in Grassington on this last visit. We did not arrive until about 3.30pm, as to see the christmas trees lit up seemed more attractive when darkness fell. Whether or not earlier in the day it had not been quite so busy I dont know.
The general appeal of these 3 particular saturdays before christmas is that there are the market stalls and the dickensian costumes of the locals, but I am sure visiting on other days would be just as interesting and a bit more relaxed.
Around about 6pm, there is a procession, when a young girl and boy, dress as Mary and Joseph, with 'Mary' riding on a donkey, walk down to the square, where there is a manager, the band and choir then sing christmas carols, but because of the many number of people it was just impossible to get near to the front to take a photo.
Here I am sitting by a christmas tree.
This is an organ which the sign said is from the Netherlands. It is a sheet music organ. The sheets of music are fitted onto something inside which reads and plays the music.
The figures on the front move when the music is playing.