Ho Ho homes as Christmas markets boost property sales

As December arrives in all its festive glory, Christmas markets pop up all over the UK, with many across Yorkshire's towns and cities.Offering seasonal tastes and gifts to shoppers in the run up to the big day, these markets provide a delightful experience that contrasts to the usual high street madness that is Christmas shopping in the UK.Research by the Nabma ROI team has shown that Christmas markets bring significant benefits to the towns that host them - generating thousands of pounds in visitor spending at the markets, as well as positively impacting spending in other stores within the town. They can also have a positive impact on the local property market.All good news for Yorkshire, with established markets in Sheffield, Leeds, York, Harrogate, Wakefield, Halifax, Selby and Otley to name but a few....Jean Liggett, CEO, Properties of the World, said: "There are many factors that make a town or city a desirable place to live and this includes the range of amenities."Once a location establishes itself as offering an enticing Christmas market each year, that becomes part of the over all attraction to the area, and the more attractive an area, the more success those investing in its property market can enjoy."The recently renovated and re-opened Piece Hall in Halifax will this year host a spectacular Christmas extravaganza, including a carefully hand-picked festive market packed with local Yorkshire retailers and gourmet food providers.Property investors may be attracted to nearby Martins Mill from Property Frontiers, a selection of one and two bedroom apartments in a six-storey converted mill. .Jonathan Stephens, CEO, Surrenden Invest, said: "Homes by Christmas markets always attract keen interest at this time of year, whether they're investment properties or those for sale to owner-occupiers."