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Christmas Markets in the UK were very popular until Oliver Cromwell banned the celebration of Christmas in the fashion people had become used to and this affected the Christmas Markets which died out instantly. There were of course many markets in Britain during the Victorian era which would sell Christmas related products and foodstuffs in the run-up to Christmas but they were not known as Christmas Markets.

Lincoln in the East of England was the first UK Christmas Market to be revived and from small beginnings is now in its 30th year.

UK Christmas Markets often have continental themes bringing over French, German or Italian traders. There are traditional German markets in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Leeds, London, Glasgow and Oxford..

Christmas Markets in the UK can be found in all sorts of venues ranging from town centres to stately homes. Some happen just over a weekend and others last for six weeks or more.

Confused as to the difference between a Christmas Market or Christmas Fair?  Click here for our handy guide!

Please note the information, and dates of the markets, are subject to change.

  
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A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes the return of the ‘Victorian Festival of Christmas’. Now in its sixteenth year, this family favourite in the unique surroundings of the historic dockyard is the perfect way to start the festive season.

Open From 27 Nov 15 to 29 Nov 15

Chester Christmas Market
Chester Christmas Market is held in the beautiful, historic city centre of Chester. The market is made up of over 70 bespoke traditional timber chalets, offering a variety of quality products including crafts, clothing, jewellery, giftware and local food and drink.

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 20 Dec 15

Lincoln Christmas Market
The medieval square between the impressive Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral is the perfect backdrop for the Christmas Market

Open From 03 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Oxford Christmas Market
Come along and enjoy the festive atmosphere at this beautiful and authentic Christmas Market. Indulge in gingerbread and mulled wine, sing along to Christmas carols while finding that special present.

Open From 10 Dec 15 to 20 Dec 15

A Taste of London Winter 2015
From 19th - 22nd Nov, East London's Tobacco Dock will transform into a foodie wonderland for 4 days of winter eating, drinking and entertainment.

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 22 Nov 15

Knaresborough Edwardian Christmas Market
Join us on the first weekend in December for a wonderful festive event in the picturesque North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough with quality stalls, shops and lively entertainment

Open From 05 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Christmas Gift and Fashion Fair Cheltenham Racecourse
Fashion, home accessories, gifts, for all the family and for Christmas from the organisers of the Spring Grand Sale at Sudeley Castle

Open From 29 Oct 15 to 31 Oct 15

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
With over 300 stalls from all over the world, two stages of entertainment, traditional funfair and lots of free activities Bury St Edmunds' Tenth Annual Christmas Fayre should not be missed. Something for everyone!

Open From 26 Nov 15 to 29 Nov 15

Petworth House Christmas Fair
The Petworth House Christmas Fair promises a unique shopping experience away from the bustle of the High Street.

Open From 21 Nov 15 to 22 Nov 15

Newcastle Continental Christmas Market
Turning the Monument area into a cosmopolitan market place with stalls packed full of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods to be enjoyed.

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Glasgow Christmas Continental Market
The traditional Glasgow Christmas Market will take place in the City Centre on Argyle Street and will attract traders from all over ther world.

Open From 13 Nov 15 to 20 Dec 15

Ipswich Christmas Market
Set under the fantastic Christmas lights, the market will feature a wide range of festive and unusual stalls designed to whet the appetite of all age groups that attend. The Ipswich Christmas Market is bigger and better for 2015!

Open From 11 Dec 15 to 13 Dec 15

Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market
Wrexham's Christmas Market is held in and around St Giles' Church and Church Street. The 70+ stalls will be selling gifts, toys, crafts, local food, mulled wine, Christmas wreathes and lots more

Open From 10 Dec 15 to 10 Dec 15

Brixham Christmas Market
The market will be hosted in the Scala Hall so it doesn’t matter what the weather is outside, it will be cosy and sparkling with Christmas joy inside.

Open From 28 Nov 15 to 28 Nov 15

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Market
Providing a medieval feel, the annual Christmas market transforms the town centre back to its days of old!

Open From 12 Dec 15 to 13 Dec 15

Nottingham Christmas Market & Ice Rink Winter Wonderland
Following a successful major revamp in 2013, this magical “old England” themed event will feature about 60 Tudor style trader cabins, a 30m x 25m real ice rink, a larger covered winter bar, the world's only Helter Skelter Bar, traditional children's rides, 200 xmas trees, a bandstand & much more

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Blackwood Christmas Market
See the town centre come to life with stalls along the high street, entertainment for all the family and a chance to buy that unusual Christmas gift

Open From 05 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Salisbury Christmas Market
An exciting, German-inspired Christmas Market featuring over 60 delightful little wooden chalets all beautifully decorated and prettily arranged, selling all kinds of tasteful & interesting gifts & food.

Open From 26 Nov 15 to 20 Dec 15

Harrogate Christmas Market
An exclusive shopping experience with one of the best Christmas Lights displays in Yorkshire. This is a four-day high quality event with a Yorkshire theme attracting more visitors to enjoy Harrogate.

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 22 Nov 15

Belgravia Christmas Sunday, London SW1
Festive shopping and entertainment in the heart of London's Belgravia

Open From 06 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Bath Christmas Market
In the centre of this beautiful city, you will find one of the largest festive events in the UK and certainly the most beautiful.

Open From 26 Nov 15 to 13 Dec 15

Liverpool Christmas Market
Teats and surprises from 5 different continents as the world comes to Liverpool in the guise of the uber-international Liverpool Christmas Market.

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Bristol Christmas Markets
Bristol's Christmas markets are situated in Broadmead, in the heart of Bristol Shopping Quarter, close to over 500 stores, with many competitively priced car parks and plenty of free coach parking.

Open From 06 Nov 15 to 22 Dec 15

Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market
The hustle and bustle of a Victorian Christmas will be brought to life with a Victorian market, Dickensian characters, street entertainers, music and more at Gloucester Quays and the historic Docks.

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Junior League of London's Boutique de Noel
In its 36th year, the Junior League of London creates London’s leading holiday shopping bazaar. Proceeds will benefit the League’s anti-poverty programmes… it’s shopping for a good cause!

Open From 02 Dec 15 to 02 Dec 15

Exeter Christmas Market
A Christmas Market held in the grounds of the wonderful Exeter Cathedral. Based on showcasing small local independent retailers supported by some unique international traders.

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 19 Dec 15

Manchester Christmas Markets
This award winning Christmas market is one of the largest in the UK. For five magical weeks, it winds its way through some of Manchester's most eye-catching streets and squares.

Open From 14 Nov 15 to 21 Dec 15

York Christmas Markets
York is a Christmas shopping heaven with its eclectic mix of shops as well as wonderful York Christmas Markets

Open From 26 Nov 15 to 20 Dec 15

Llandudno Christmas Fayre
Now in our 12th year we have become recognised as one of the largest Christmas markets in Wales and attract around 30,000 visitors over the 4 days.

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 22 Nov 15

Christmas Fair in Sussex at The Amex Stadium in Brighton
A fantastic two day Christmas Shopping Experience. You could find everything on your list all under one roof! From the moment you arrive you will be caught up in the Christmas spirit and atmosphere at this well known, iconic Brighton building, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

Open From 14 Nov 15 to 15 Nov 15

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre
Over 150 stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester's historic heart with all the colours and scents of Christmas. Explore the wonderful range of merchandise on offer and the be enthralled with the bawdy sights and sounds of old Victorian England .

Open From 26 Nov 15 to 29 Nov 15

Chichester Christmas Market
A fantastic array of festive stands, in Chichester’s North Street and East Street for nine days in December. This is a fabulous opportunity to find a spectacular range of top quality crafts, unusual and individual gifts for all your friends and family.

Open From 05 Dec 15 to 13 Dec 15

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
Join us to celebrate the start of the Christmas season at Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre on the 28th and 29th November in the stunning Medieval setting of Ludlow Castle.

Open From 28 Nov 15 to 29 Nov 15

Skipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market
Skipton's famous Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market this year takes place on Sunday 6th December and Sunday 7th December 2015 from 10am - 4.30pm

Open From 06 Dec 15 to 13 Dec 15

Leamington Spa Yuletide Fair
The hugely successful Autumn and Yuletide Fair in Leamington Spa, held every Sunday from 4th October to 20th December (except 8th November) is increasing in popularity

Open From 04 Oct 15 to 20 Dec 15

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair
Browse over 180 picturesque stalls at this traditional German Christmas market, enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of the bustling city centre.

Open From 12 Nov 15 to 22 Dec 15

St Albans Christmas Market
German-style Christmas Market, with up to 65 chalets, in St Albans selling high quality gifts and products. Browse beautiful handmade gifts while enjoying a mug of mulled wine in the Christmas atmosphere.

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

AWBS Craft & Gift Fayre in Ascot
Amazing seasonal shopping with AWBS International Club's Holiday Craft and Gift Fayre at the beautiful Ascot Racecourse Pavilion. Come for a fun day out of shopping and stay for lunch with iand amazing raffle prizes. Free Parking!

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink
The Christmas Market is situated within the historic Inner Close at the foot of Winchester Cathedral providing a wonderfully unique and memorable experience

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 22 Dec 15

Durham City Christmas Festival
Entertainment, huge craft/gift marquee, carol services, lantern procession and much more - traditional setting and a family friendly event

Open From 04 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Kelham Island Museum 22nd Victorian Christmas Market
Our much loved Dickensian themed market returns in it's 23rd year bringing a sprinkle of Christmas cheer to the steel city. With over 120 market stalls across our ambient market quarters, there's something special for everyone!

Open From 05 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Cheltenham Christmas Market
Geraud Markets (UK) Ltd has confirmed they will operate Cheltenham’s increasingly popular Christmas Market for the ninth consecutive year!

Open From 03 Dec 15 to 20 Dec 15

Carlisle Christmas Market
Carlisle welcomes back its wonderful Christmas Continental Market as the city is transformed into a magical Christmas scene providing a great shop around Europe.

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Deepdale Christmas Market, North Norfolk Coast
Christmas presents, decorations and great food & drink from over 90 stalls in 3 large marquees and St Mary's Church, plus the Dalegate Market shops & café on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Stock up on Christmas presents and decorations, while enjoying great food & drink.

Open From 04 Dec 15 to 06 Dec 15

Blenheim Palace - Living Crafts for Christmas Fair
This event will take place within heated and carpeted pavilions and in the Stables Theatre. Entertainment and festive decorations will provide a seasonal atmosphere whatever the weather.

Open From 19 Nov 15 to 22 Nov 15

Edinburgh Christmas Market
Whether you are looking for distinctive hand-made gifts, stocking up your cupboards or simply soaking up the atmosphere, Edinburgh Christmas Markets will make your Christmas shopping sparkle.

Open From 20 Nov 15 to 04 Jan 16

Warwick Victorian Christmas Evening
Warwick Victorian Christmas Market Evening is a well established event which has been running for many years

Open From 26 Nov 15 to 26 Nov 15

Belfast Christmas Market
Visit the now famous Belfast Christmas Market for that traditional Continental atmosphere, guaranteed to get you in the Festive mood.

Open From 14 Nov 15 to 20 Dec 15

Christmas Market at Tate Modern London
Traditional Christmas Market at Tate Modern London

Open From 20 Nov 15 to 23 Dec 15

Hestercombe Gardens Christmas Market
The Hestercombe Christmas Market is Somerset's Leading Christmas Market. Over 50 high quality exhibitors, all under cover at the historic Hestercombe Gardens. A vibrant popular event.

Open From 21 Nov 15 to 22 Nov 15

Leeds Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK. Located on Millennium Square, the market is a must visit attraction for all the family.

Open From 13 Nov 15 to 20 Dec 15

Botleigh Grange Hotel & Spa Christmas Fair
A fantastic two day Christmas Shopping Experience. You could find everything on your list all under one roof! From the moment you arrive you will be caught up in the Christmas spirit and atmosphere at this beautiful country style hotel

Open From 28 Nov 15 to 29 Nov 15

Plymouth Christmas Market
A fantastic set of continental and local traders will be found at the Plymouth Christmas Market

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates

Cardiff Christmas Market
The Cardiff Christmas Market, where a real passion for tradition sometimes comes with a modern twist!

Open From 12 Nov 15 to 23 Dec 15

Rochester Christmas Market
Rochester Christmas Market returns with around 70 market stalls under canvas marquees offering visitors a wide variety of festive gifts.

Open From 28 Nov 15 to 12 Dec 15

Bradford Christmas Markets
There's something for everyone at Bradford Christmas Markets

Awaiting 2015 Market Dates