The best Christmas Markets to visit 2012


‘A Christmas Cocktail’ at the Banqueting House, Whitehall.
Tuesday 4th December, 1pm to 9pm.
Stalls, Tombola and Champagne Bar.
Admission £8

Spirit of Christmas
30th October to 4th November
Olympia, Kensington, W14

Taste of Christmas
7th December to 9th December (10:30 – 18:00 Fri, 10:00 – 18:00 Sat+Sun)
ExCel London, E16
Cost from £15
020 7244 3136

Boutique De Noel Christmas Fair
14th and 15th November 2012
Kensington Town Hall, London, W8
020 7499 8159
Ticket prices variable

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The British Red Cross Christmas Fair
28th and 29th November 2012
Kensington Town Hall, London, W8
Ticket prices: Preview Night £20; Day time entry £4
020 7877 7605


Winchester Cathedral Annual Christmas Market
22nd November to 23rd December
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire

(Dickens Christmas Market at Rochester Castle is on – websites are waiting for further information)

Canterbury Christmas Market
Whitefriars Square, situated right in the centre of the picturesque, medieval City of Canterbury, will be transformed into a small traditional Christmas Market from November 23 to December 23.
Visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere of the yule-tide market, whilst relaxing with a glass of “Glühwein”. While wandering about, look for and find unusual Christmas presents such as jewellery, hand crafted toys, fragile glass ornaments for your Christmas tree, wooden decoration, unique hats and much more.

Christmas Food Festival at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
8th and 12th to 16th December
Normal Admission charges to the Manor House apply
Contact: 01296 653 226

Kent Christmas Arts and Craft Fair
24th November 2012
King Charles Hall
Tunbridge Wells


Christmas in Cirencester 2012
30th November to 16th December
Market Stalls and Ice-skating rink
01453 872731

Cheltenham Christmas Market
16th November to 2nd December
The Promenade, Cheltenham

Mary Howard Christmas Sales (in aid of the NSPCC and other charities)
13th November to 16th November
Hullavington Airfield
SN14 6BT
Tickets £13
01608 650 900

Bath Christmas Market

22nd November to 9th December
01225 322429


Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
23rd to 25th November 2012
Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds
01284 757093

Sandringham Christmas Crafts Show
23rd to 25th November
Tickets £6
Sandringham Park, PE35 6EN

Christmas Frost Fair
23rd November to 25th November
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
Tickets £4
01707 262632

Holkham Hall’s Victorian Christmas
1st and 2nd December and 8th and 9th December
Tickets (adult) £12
01328 710227
Holkham Hall, Norfolk, NR23 1AB


Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham
15th November to 22nd December
Victoria Square and New Street, Birmingham
0121 303 3008

Lincoln Christmas Market
6th to 9th Decmber
01522 545458

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre
29th November to 2nd December
Town Centre, Worcester
01905 726311


Manchester Christmas Markets
17th November to 23rd December
City Centre, Manchester
0871 222 8223

City of Durham Traditional Christmas Festival
30th November to 2nd December
Tickets £3
City Centre, Durham

Leeds Christmas market

Millenium Square attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and is home to one of the largest German festive markets, Christkindelmarkt. A fun fair adds to the festival atmosphere, where gifts and continental fare are on offer. Open November 12-December 19. Visit

Grassington Dickensian Festival
1st, 8th and 15th December
Main Square, Grassington, Yorkshire
0845 0942819


Erddig Christmas Market
24th November to 16th December
Erddig, Wrexham, LL13 0YT
01978 355314

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Market
8th and 9th December
Town Centre, Caerphilly

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland
22nd November to 6th January
City Centre, Cardiff
029 2023 0130


Edinburgh’s Christmas
29th November to 6th January
Locations across the city
0131 529 3785

Drumlanrig Christmas Fair

8th and 9th December
Tickets £2
01848 331555
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

Mount Stuart Christmas Fair
3 – 4 December
Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute
Celebrate the festive season in traditional style at Mount Stuart’s Christmas Fair. A food and craft market, festive entertainment, mulled wine and mince pies, Santa’s grotto and much more.
Prices: Free entry

Highland Victorian Christmas Craft Fair
25 – 27 November
Brodie Castle, Moray
Three day craft fair in the glorious setting of Brodie Castle. Witness the splendour of a Victorian Christmas with gorgeous wares, heart warming carols, sumptuous foods and delicious teas.
Prices: Adult: £3.00

Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas Continental Market
17th November to 20th December
Belfast City Hall, Belfast
028 9024 6609

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