The best Christmas fairs 2011


London Christmas fair
(in aid of the Red Cross)
When November 16-17
Where Kensington Town Hall, W8
(020-7382 4653;

Cologne Christmas Market
When November 18-December 24
Where Queen’s Walk, SE1
(020-7960 4200;

Taste of Christmas
(in support of Action Against Hunger)
When December 2-4
Where ExCel Centre, E16
(0871 230 7132;

Spirit of Christmas
When November 2-6
Where Olympia, Kensington, W14
(0871 230 1089;

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Save the Children Christmas Cocktail Banqueting House, Whitehall

Stalls, tombola and a champagne bar make

this charity fundraiser a must for anyone in London on Tues Dec 6th

1pm – 9pm. Entry is just £8, which includes a glass of wine and any amount of

delicious home-made canapés.   You can do all your Christmas shopping in the

glorious setting of the Banqueting House, Whitehall.  Further enquiries:


Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
When November 24-December 21
Where Cathedral Close, Winchester, Hampshire
(01962 840500;

Oxford Christmas Market
When December 2-18
Where Oxford Castle, Oxford
(01865 857725; www.oxfordchristmas

The Dickens Christmas market at Rochester Castle
When November 30-December 18, closed Monday and Tuesday
Where The Castle Grounds, Rochester, Kent
(01634 338141;

Waddesdon Christmas gift fair
When November 3-6
Where Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
(01296 653226;


Christmas in Cirencester
When November 25-December 11
Where Market Place, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Christmas Market
When November 18-December 4
Where The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
(01242 522878;

Mary Howard Christmas Sales (in aid of the NSPCC and other charities)
When November 15-18
Where Hullavington Airfield, Chippenham, Wiltshire
(Sales also held at York racecourse, November 22-23, and Sandown
Park racecourse, November 29-30) (01608 650900;

The Bethlehem Christmas

in Carmarthenshire is taking place on 3rd December 2011.

Situated in the small village on the western side of the Brecon Beacons, it is

in a stunning location a wonderful day out. Not only will the famous post

office be open for you to get your Christmas cards stamped with the Bethlehem

handstamp but there will be a selection of stalls selling quality gifts for

family and friends.


Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
When November 25-27
Where Town
centre, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
(01284 764667;

Sandringham Christmas Craft Show
When November 25-27
Where Sandringham, Norfolk
(01283 820548;

Hatfield House Christmas Market (in aid of the Isabel Hospice) and Christmas
Frost Fair

When November 12 (Christmas Market) and November 25-27 (Christmas Frost Fair)
Where Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
(01707 287010;

Holkham Hall’s Victorian Christmas Fayre
When November 26-27
Where Holkham Hall, Wells-
next-the-Sea, Norfolk
(01328 710227;

The Midlands

Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham
When November 17-December 23
Where Victoria Square, Birmingham
(0121- 202 5115;

Lincoln Christmas Market
When December 1-4
Where City centre, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
(01522 545458;

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre
When December 1-4
Where City centre, Worcester, Worcestershire
(01905 726311;


Manchester Christmas Market
When November 17-December 21
Where Manchester city centre
(0161-234 7356;

City of Durham Christmas Festival
When December 2-4
Where Palace Green and Cathedral Cloisters, Durham
(0191-384 6153;

Grassington Dickensian Festival
When December 3, 10 and 17
Where Village streets, Grassington, Yorkshire
(0845 0942819;


Erddig Christmas Market
When December 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18
Where Erddig, Wrexham
(01978 355314;

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fair
When December 10-11
Where Caerphilly Castle and town centre, Caerphilly
(029-2088 0011;

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland
When November 10-December 23
Where St John Street, Working Street and The Hayes, Cardiff
(029 2087 2965;


Edinburgh’s Christmas
When November 24-January 4 (the German market ends on
December 24)
Where Mound precinct (for the German market), Princes Street Gardens (for the traditional Highland Village) and other locations across the city
(0131-529 3785;

Drumlanrig Christmas Fair
When December 3-4
Where Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
(01848 331555; sister Christmas fair will take place at anotherBuccleuch estate, Dalkeith Country Estate, near Edinburgh on November 26-17)

Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas Continental Market
When November 19-December 19
Where Belfast City Hall grounds, Donegall Square, Belfast
(028 9024 6609;

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