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16 Cracking Christmas Markets

November is already seeing the start of the festive fairs and markets across Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond. Ready to shop? Hell yeah!

From town centre shindigs to charming countryside fayres, we’re surrounded by some fabulous markets this season offering great opportunities for ticking items off your gift list. Christmas shopping while sampling festive food and drink is so much more enjoyable! Read on for your fill of the best local festive fairs in Warwickshire and beyond.

 

Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Market

Where: Stratford-upon-Avon Town Centre, inc. Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street, Meer Street & Wood Street

When: Fri 6 Dec (11am-8pm), Sat 7 Dec (10am-8pm) & Sun 8 Dec (10am-5pm)

What to expect: It’s the third year for this hugely popular event, when the historic streets of Stratford are brought to life with traditional yuletide sights, sounds and smells underneath the beautiful Christmas lights. It makes for a full day out with friends or family, with more than 300 stalls, reindeer, performance stage in Henley Street, funfair, craft market in the Town Hall and all the festive food and drink you can shake a stick at.

 

Full programme and details here.

 

Warwick Victorian Evening

Where: Market Place & Warwick Town Centre

When: Thu 28 Nov 5pm-9pm; lights switch-on at 7pm

What to expect: Market stall holders dig out their dress coats and crinoline when the annual nostalgia-fest returns, casting something of a Dickensian ambience over Warwick’s historic streets. Highlights include a traditional steam-powered carousel, live reindeer, helter-skelter, market stalls with traders in Victorian dress, brass band and fire spinners.

No entry fees. Info here.

 

Hatton Shopping Village Christmas Markets

Where: Hatton Country World

When: Every weekend until 22 Dec, 10am-5pm

What to expect: Combine a browse of the outdoor market comprising over 30 stalls with an exploration of the shops housed in the former farm buildings. Pick up one-of-a-kind pressies direct from the artists, crafters and makers who’ve carefully created them.

Visit the Hatton Shopping Village website for all the details.

 

Kenilworth’s Abbey End Christmas Market

Where: Talisman Square, Kenilworth

When: Sat 30 Nov, 10am-4pm

What to expect: A family fun day hosted by Windmill Hill Brewing Co. – expect a tempting array of gifts and produce, including lots of bottled beer that makes an ideal homegrown present.

See updates and details here.

 

Kenilworth Town Centre Lights Switch-On and Market

Where: Warwick Road, Kenilworth

When: Sun 1 Dec, 1pm-7pm

What to expect: The town centre becomes the party venue for an entertainment stage hosted by Touch FM, a traditional Christmas market and children’s fairground. The lights are switched on at 6.30pm.

Visit the CJ Events website for full details of Kenilworth’s big Christmas weekend

 

Etsy Made Local Fair

Where: Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

When: Sat 30 Nov-Sun 1 Dec

What to expect: Homemade treasures handmade with love by Warwickshire-based small business owners and hobbyists. If you fancy shunning the mass-production in favour of unique, personal gifts this year then this is place for you. Once your shopping bags are full, wander through Leamington town centre under the stunning lights to soak up the bustling festive atmosphere.

Updates and information here.

 

Making Merry: Arts, Crafts & Gift Fair

Where: The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

When: Fri 29 Nov (7.30pm-10.30pm) & Sat 30 Nov 10am-4pm)

What to expect: Check out the best local and ethical arts and crafts at and get ahead of the Christmas shopping game with workshops, music, choirs, delicious food and more.

Free entry. Full details here.

 

Upton House & Gardens Christmas Craft Fair

Where: National Trust Upton House & Gardens, near Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT

When: Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec, 11am-4pm

What to expect: Vintage and handmade crafts including jewellery, glass, turned wood, food and more, all from local producers. The halls of the country mansion are decked with fabulous Art Deco trimmings, showing how Lord and Lady Bearsted would have flamboyantly entertained their guests at Christmas in the 1930s. Inspiration for your own Christmas home, perhaps?

Normal admission charges apply. Visit the website for details.

 

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

When: 7 Nov – 23 Dec

What to expect: For its 20th year the Frankfurt Christmas market will be open for an extra week this year. It’s all very German – heavy on beer, sausage and pretzels – with over 80 stalls sprawling out along New Street and in Victoria Square. The ice rink and Big Wheel will be returning for 2019.

 

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Chatsworth Christmas Markets

Chatsworth Christmas Market. Photo credit: Chatsworth House Trust

Where: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

When: Now until Tue 3 Dec

What to expect: A hugely popular annual event drawing in people from miles around, the well-stocked markets are set against the backdrop of the glorious house and grounds. Over 100 stalls feature top-quality gifts and decorations from a range of makers, plus delicious produce from the Chatsworth estate. Make it a full trip out by also getting a ticket for entry to the house, beautifully and playfully festooned with this year’s theme ‘To a land far, far away’.

Full details on the Chatsworth website.

 

Blenheim Palace Christmas Market, Woodstock, Oxon 

When: 22 Nov – 15 Dec

What to expect: Blenheim really goes the whole shebang when it comes to Christmas with twinkling wooden chalets lining the Great Court selling a curated range of ceramics, textiles, gifts, homewares, fashion and foodie items. You’ll also find the brilliant annual Illuminated Light Trail (we’re talking a 100k Light Tunnel and laser show), plus the Palace’s State Rooms will be decorated with the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

 

Calke Abbey Christmas Markets

Where: Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

When: Fri 29 Nov (5pm-8pm); Sat 30 Nov, Sun 1 Dec, Sat 7 Dec, Sun 8 Dec, Sat 14 Dec & Sun 15 Dec (11am-5pm)

What to expect: Discover somewhere new and travel a little further afield to the imposing Calke Abbey nestled in the gentle hills of Derbyshire. Christmas markets take place in the riding school buildings over the first couple of weekends, featuring festive fayre and food, then a dedicated gift market is laid on the following weekend. There’s a full range of present ideas to peruse, including vintage, contemporary and homemade.

Normal admission charges apply. Visit the Calke Abbey events page for details.

 

Southbank Centre Winter Market, London 

When: 8 Nov – 5 Jan

What to expect: As well as Christmas produce, artisan treats and other goodies sold from Nordic-themed chalets standing along the river, there’ll be an Applebee’s pop-up restaurant and alpine-style lodge under the bridge.

 

Hyde Park Wonder Wonderland, London 

When: 21 Nov – 5 Jan

What to expect: The big one. Along with 100 wooden chalets there’ll be *deep breath* ice skating, ice bars and sculpting workshops, rides, Santa Land, shows, boozy Bavarian Village and, new for 2019, A Christmas Carol, 70m lit-up ferris wheel, Paddington and Mr Men shows for children. It’s free to enter and get in on the festive atmosphere, but you’ll have to pay for the attractions.

 

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Hants 

When: 21 Nov – 22 Dec

What to expect: This bustling German-themed Christmas market was voted second best in the UK last year so no doubt it’ll be going all out to hit the top spot. Expect over 100 chalets, British Craft Village, food court and open air ice rink with the beautiful cathedral backdrop.

 

Bath Christmas Market, Bath 

When: 28 Nov – 15 Dec

What to expect: A whopping 150 wooden chalets set along Bath’s pretty Georgian streets (lots of which are from local artisan makers #supportlocal). It’s been voted Number 1 UK Christmas Market so is bound to be a goodie, plus you can pop to one of the spas afterwards for some post-shopping R&R.

Find more ideas here

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