CHRISTMAS shopping events in the North York Moors National Park are set to celebrate the very best of local arts, crafts and hand-made seasonal gifts.

The Moors National Park Centre’s popular Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday 18 and Sunday, November 19, offering the chance to buy food, drink and gifts direct from the artists and producers themselves.

The free event, which takes place in Danby, will feature over 35 stalls selling festive treats and quirky gifts.

The fair coincides with the WinterArt exhibition at the Centre’s 'Inspired by' gallery, providing the opportunity to admire and purchase items from a selection of jewellery, textiles and paintings created by members of local craft association ‘Brigantia’.

For younger visitors, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and craft-making activities available all weekend.

The fair is open from 10am to 4pm each day.

The following weekend, on Saturday 25 November, the Sutton Bank National Park Centre near Thirsk holds its annual Christmas shopping event, with a wide-range of crafts, books, children’s toys and food and drink on offer.

A tasting-table will feature some of the delicacies on-sale and there will be live music and a variety of children’s activities to add to the festivities.