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UK Christmas Markets

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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Hampshire Christmas Markets
So many amazingly talented handcrafters at each of our Arts, Craft and Gift Markets across Hampshire

Awaiting 2016 Market Dates

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 24 Nov 16 to 27 Nov 16

Cheltenham Christmas Market
Cheltenham Christmas Market

Awaiting 2016 Market Dates

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.

Open From 18 Nov 16 to 11 Dec 16

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 08 Dec 16 to 08 Dec 16

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

Open From 19 Nov 16 to 23 Dec 16

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 thousands of visitors to enjoy Harrogate.

Open From 17 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16

A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth
Find your way to festive fun in our new-for-this-year Magical Christmas Maze and find some hidden treats along the way for the annual Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Open From 25 Nov 16 to 27 Nov 16

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

Open From 10 Nov 16 to 23 Dec 16

Kelham Island Museum 24th Victorian Christmas Market
Our much loved Dickensian themed market returns in it's 24th 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 03 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

Bristol's 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 free coach parking.

Open From 11 Nov 16 to 24 Dec 16

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' 13th Annual Christmas Fayre should not be missed. There's something for everyone!

Open From 24 Nov 16 to 27 Nov 16

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 24 Nov 16 to 11 Dec 16

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 01 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

An Alternative Christmas Market
The Funzing.com Team & their elves have been putting together something special & would like to personally invite you to come along and enjoy Funzing's Alternative Christmas Market

Awaiting 2016 Market Dates

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

Awaiting 2016 Market Dates

The Windsor Christmas Gift Fair
Pick up inspired and unusual gifts for family and friends, sparkling decorations for your home and more than a few goodies to stock the larder at this ultimate festive shopping experience. Over 160 stands with everything from the essential to the unexpected!

Open From 17 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16

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 17 Nov 16 to 17 Dec 16

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.

Awaiting 2016 Market Dates

Wellington Christmas Market
Wellington Christmas Market, a traditional Christmas Market with a local produce theme, a great festive day and a happy start to the festive season

Open From 26 Nov 16 to 26 Nov 16

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 2016!

Open From 09 Dec 16 to 11 Dec 16

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 11 Nov 16 to 18 Dec 16

St Albans Christmas Market
An atmospheric Christmas Market set in a pretty walled garden in the grounds of St Albans Cathedral. Browse and shop for gifts from wooden chalets, enjoy a drink at the dedicated market bar and enjoy delicious food in this magical setting

Open From 24 Nov 16 to 18 Dec 16

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

Open From 17 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16

Brixham Christmas Market
Lanterns, Lights & 'luminations and Christmas Market 2016

Open From 26 Nov 16 to 26 Nov 16

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 03 Dec 16 to 11 Dec 16

Southampton Christmas Festival
Traditional German Christmas Market is at the heart of the Southampton Christmas Festival

Open From 12 Nov 16 to 23 Dec 16

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. Albert Square open until 21 Dec

Open From 10 Nov 16 to 21 Dec 16

Brighton Christmas Market
Christmas shoppers in Brighton who are seeking a little inspiration for their Christmas gift shopping this year can take advantage of the Brighton Christmas Market, taking place in Jubilee Square during the run up to Christmas

Open From 18 Nov 16 to 24 Dec 16

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 17 Nov 16 to 22 Dec 16

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 02 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

Nottingham Christmas Market & Ice Rink Winter Wonderland
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, many Xmas trees, a bandstand & much more

Awaiting 2016 Market Dates

Deepdale Christmas Market, North Norfolk Coast
Christmas presents, decorations and great food & drink from over 100 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 02 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

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 18 Nov 16 to 18 Dec 16

Skipton Christmas Market
Skipton's famous Christmas Market this year takes place on Sunday 4th December and Sunday 11th December 2016 from 10am - 4.30pm

Open From 04 Dec 16 to 11 Dec 16

Stoke-on-Trent Christmas Market
Don't miss Christmas Wonderland - Stoke-on-Trent City centre will host Christmas traders in attractive wooden chalets plus there will be a large ice rink and fun fair.

Open From 30 Nov 16 to 21 Dec 16

AWBS Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre at Royal Holloway
Amazing seasonal shopping with AWBS International Women's Club's Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre at the beautiful, historic Founders Building at Royal Holloway University. Come for a fun day out of shopping and stay for lunch. The AWBS market specializes in international crafts and gifts.

Open From 05 Nov 16 to 05 Nov 16

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 08 Dec 16 to 18 Dec 16

Winter Fair Ardingly W.Sussex
Come and find all you'll want for Christmas at the Winter Fair South of England Showground Ardingly on 3 & 4 December. Shop, eat and be entertained in a relaxed, hassle free festive environment - with ample FREE parking.

Open From 03 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

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

Open From 04 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

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

Open From 19 Nov 16 to 22 Dec 16

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink
This wonderful Christmas Market is situated in the historic Close at the foot of Winchester Cathedral. Find over 100 wooden chalets brimming with festive goodies, homewares, British arts and crafts, accessories, decorations and a good selection of festive foods to enjoy at the event and take home.

Open From 18 Nov 16 to 20 Dec 16

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 12 Nov 16 to 13 Nov 16

Grassington Dickensian Festival
Full Dickensian Christmas Market and entertainment programme on Sat/Sun 3rd/4th, 10th/11th December

Open From 03 Dec 16 to 11 Dec 16

Glasgow Christmas Continental Market
The traditional Glasgow Christmas Market will take place in St Enoch Square and will attract traders from all over ther world.

Open From 11 Nov 16 to 22 Dec 16

Salisbury Christmas Market
An exciting, German-inspired Christmas Market featuring around 100 delightful little wooden chalets all beautifully decorated and prettily arranged, selling all kinds of tasteful & interesting gifts & food.

Open From 24 Nov 16 to 18 Dec 16

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 03 Dec 16 to 04 Dec 16

Llandudno Christmas Fayre
Now in our 14th 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 17 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16

Newbury Christmas Market
2016 promises to be a landmark year for the Newbury festive season with Victoria Park becoming the site for a large Christmas festival

Open From 01 Dec 16 to 18 Dec 16

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.

Open From 17 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16

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 26 Nov 16 to 11 Dec 16

Hestercombe Gardens Christmas Market
The Hestercombe Christmas Market is Somerset's Leading Christmas Market. Visit the popular market to discover beautiful gifts, delicious treats and unusual hand-crafted items... Step away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre to begin your Christmas shopping.

Open From 18 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16