Christmas is a fairly big deal in Scandinavian culture. Sure, we all like to get down with the season, but Nordic folk are particularly aggressive about it, inheriting a lot of personal investment in the season from German culture.
That isn’t to say Christmas in Harrogate doesn’t do a fine festive job as well. We at Baltzersen’s see it as our duty to ensure the Scandi Christmas spirit in our beloved town, which is why we’ve compiled a brief overview of what Christmas brings to Baltzersen’s, and by extension what we aim to bring to you.
Harrogate Christmas Market:
As a time-honoured tradition, Christmas markets are a particular occasion for independent businesses. Harrogate Christmas Market is no exception. For four days, the Stray in Montpellier Quarter is filled with stands, stalls and tables, offering the very best Christmas in Harrogate has to offer. Local goods in all shapes and sizes; edibles, wearables, food hot and cold to stay in or take home.
Harrogate Christmas Market has already been and gone this year, but the original shops sourcing the stalls are still here, and will be back for another market next year.
What’s on at Baltzersen’s Christmas in Harrogate:
How would you like to see an entire gingerbread village, made collectively by children and their families across an entire town? Sound like magic-land? Nope, that’s precisely what happens every December in Bergen, Norway (read Rob’s caffeinated account of this city here).
Unfortunately we don’t have council-wide resources here at Baltzersen’s, so we have to scale down. Instead we’re keeping the gingerbread house decoration tradition alive with our own workshops: we provide the gingerbread and everything you need to keep things sticky & pretty, the rest is up to you and your creativity.
Walk into any Norwegian family home, and you’re bound to find at least one advent calendar. They take many shapes; from the basic chocolates behind cardboard doors to extravagant, DIY organised family festivities. There may be a lot of reasons for this; but who needs good reason to treat yourself to nice things every day leading up to Christmas Day? It’s Christmas!
Which is why we’re featuring our own advent calendar in the café: envelopes overhead contain a sweet little surprise for the lucky (selected through a random number system, of course) morning customer, because a voucher is the gift that keeps on giving.
Cynicism aside, Christmas in Harrogate is a joyful time. An excuse to keep the café extra pretty with decor, baking with more cinnamon and ginger than should be legal, choosing hot chocolate over coffee, and of course playing holiday tunes. We hope you’ll join us sometime to make our merry times all the merrier.
Christmas at Norse:
We keep it classy at our evening restaurant service Norse, and invite you to celebrate your classy holidays at ours. We’re taking bookings for Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve; give us a call or book at opentable.co.uk/norse.