Last Week’s Shoot – Ripon at Christmas

I had a fairly easy shoot last week – an afternoon trip up to Ripon to shoot some Christmassy shots around the cathedral and market place at dusk…

Ripon Cathedral at Dusk
Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid at Dusk, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

I started at the cathedral and did a few sunset shots first and then waited for the floodlights to come on as dusk arrived.

Kirkgate and Ripon Cathedral at Christmas
Christmas Decorations along Kirkgate and Ripon Cathedral at Dusk

The view along Kirkgate to the cathedral proved very pretty again this year – with white Christmas lights draped across the street this time (unlike the coloured ones which feature in the December image for the 2018 Ripon Calendar!)

Kirkgate at Christmas in Ripon
Kirkgate and Ripon Cathedral at Christmas

There are some trees in barrels at the far end of Kirkgate this year too!

Ripon City Hall at Christmas
Christmas Tree in the Market Place in front of the City Hall at Dusk, Ripon

Over in the market place, as the sky became a deeper blue, the Christmas tree looked great in front of the city hall, with the lights playing on the cobbles.

Ripon Market Place at Dusk
Obelisk in the Market Place at Dusk, Ripon

Looking back into the market square, the famous obelisk also looked impressive as the floodlights came on.

Ripon Market Place at Christmas
Christmas Tree in the Market Place at Dusk, Ripon

However, impressive as the obelisk is, the Christmas tree made a lovely subject on its own, with the row of shops along the side of the square.

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Mark Sunderland is a retired landscape and travel photographer still taking the occasional photograph! For image licensing and prints see

3 Responses

  1. I wish they’d stick to coloured Christmas lights – I can’t stand all these modern ‘white lights’ – that’s all Skipton has recently. Used to be so colourful down the High Street…

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