Cracking Christmas markets
Feeling the need to shop? Here, let us facilitate that! Read on for your fill of the best local festive fairs.
It’s Christmaaaaaaaaassss! OK, not quite – but I think we’re allowed to get a leeetle bit excited now. The Christmas parties, carol services and pantos are all to come, but hey, November is already seeing the start of the festive fairs and markets across Glos, Wilts and beyond. Ready to shop? Hell yeah!
GLOS & WILTS
Salisbury Christmas Market, 30 Nov – 24 Dec
Set in the beautiful heart of the Cathedral City, the intimate Fayre will have a wonderful range of stalls offering homemade arts and crafts, delicious street food and fantastic gift items, providing the perfect presents for your loved ones at Christmas. christmasinsalisbury.co.uk
Devizes Christmas Festival and Winter Parade, 29 Nov
Spa & Christmas Shopping Evening, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Thurs 21 Nov
What better way is there to do your Christmas shopping, than with a glass of wine and mince pies whilst you browse Elemis luxury skin care range. Try out all the products and snap up exclusive discounts while you shop. www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
Christmas Shopping Evening, Dinghams, Salisbury, Fri 29 Nov
Join Dinghams for a festive evening of shopping, demos, raffles, samples, and exclusive discounts. The event was a huge success last year and completely sold out, so don’t hesitate to grab your tickets! www.eventbrite.co.uk
GvE&Co Pop Up Shop, Salisbury, 28 Nov – 1 Dec
Not quite a market but a fabulous shopping event in time for Xmas…Shop for those hard-to-buy-for Christmas gifts, or even treat yourself (‘cos you’re worth it, right?), at this fab Pop Up in Salisbury from 28 November. Or simply envelop your home in luxurious autumn colour – purchase furnishing fabric by the metre, throws, cushions and floor pillows in cotton and luxurious silk velvet. Take your pick of gorgeous silk pyjamas, robes, travel pillows and lovely wool rugs. There will also be edition giclee prints. And best of all, there’ll be mulled cider and hot chocolate on arrival! Open Thurs 28 Nov 6-8.30pm, Fri 29 Nov 11am-7pm, Sat 30 Nov 11am-5pm and Sun 1 Dec 11am-2pm at The Granary (above Britford Farm Shop), Salisbury SP5 4DY. gve.co.uk
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.
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.
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.
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.