Christmas markets, fairs and crafts around the UK

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There's nothing like a Christmas market to get the whole family feeling festive. Sample some stollen and sip mulled wine while you browse for unique gifts - or gather some crafty inspiration for making your own.

Our Local editors have handpicked some of the best markets, fairs and crafts stalls in their area to get you ready for Christmas.

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german marketGerman Market Birmingham city centre

13 November - 22 December

Come get your gluhwein, stollen, traditional wooden nutcrackers and all the Christmassy goods you could want at the largest outdoor Christmas market in the country.  


beestonCraft Weekend Beeston

6 December - 7 December

Meet local artists at Attenborough as they demonstrate and sell their crafts. Great opportunity to bag yourself some unique Christmas presents and stocking fillers.


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north fairGreat North Festive Fayre Newcastle

6 December

Forget Prancer, Dancer and Blitzen - you can feed friendly reindeers Pancake, Olso and Troy on the museum lawn at the Great North Festive Fayre. There's also Christmas stories and other yuletide activities. 


rudolphRudolph's Rustic Reindeer and Christmas Craft Bedlington

14 December

Come and get creative at Bedlington: you can make a rustic reindeer, tree decorations, wreaths, candle holders and Christmas cards.  


once upon xmasOnce Upon a Christmas North Tyneside

23 December

Join the Frozen Queen and Princess for this magical event filled with seasonal games, songs and dancing. Activities include a Christmas carol performance, arts and crafts, magical lantern parade and a spectacular Christmas finale. 


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North West



wonderlandWinter Wonderland Trafford Park

13 December - 4 January

The UK's largest indoor Christmas theme park returns to Trafford Park for 2014. With huge attractions including the Sooty Show, a circus, a special visit from Santa and over 30 fairground rides.  


marketTameside Christmas Market Ashton-under-Lyne

29 November - 21 December

This year, Tameside Christmas Market will feature a ferris wheel, skating rink, 30 traditional cabin stalls, a bar, family entertainment and much more. 


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Kew Sparkle Kew


5 December

Celebrate Kew Sparkle - the annual Christmas late night shopping. Enjoy some early present-buying in Kew's excellent independent shops and market stalls, plus fair-ground rides and an appearance from Father Christmas.  


teddingtonSt Mary with St Alban Christmas Bazaar Teddington

29 November

This bazaar will feature a Christmas food hall selling delicious homemade cakes, jams and chutneys, plus children's activities, festive crafts and gifts and a chance to win your weight in wine. 


greenwich fayreWinter Fayre Greenwich

7 December

Wrap up warm and get down to the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park's annual Winter Fayre. Come and make or decorate a winter wreath and there's some wild and wintry quiz trails with prizes from special guest star, Mr Fox.


hampsteadChristmas at Kenwood Hampstead

20 - 21 December

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with free family fun at Kenwood. The hands on 'make and take' activities will get all ages in the festive mood.  


ealingWest Ealing Christmas Fair in Dean Gardens West Ealing

6 December

Highlights include a 'live nativity' with real-life donkey and travelling nativity play, carol singing, craft stalls selling great Christmas gifts, hot food and mulled wine.  


southbankSouthbank Centre Christmas Market Southbank

11 November - 5 January

See Southbank Centre light up at the Christmas market. Browse wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats. Enjoy the festivities while taking in the sights and sounds of the London riverbank.  


kingstonKingston Christmas Craft Fair Kingston Upon Thames

14 November - 24 December

Exhibitors will be offering everything from jewellery, clothing, skin care, massages and unique gifts. Food lovers take note: there will be a wide variety of treats to try and buy. 


barnetBarnet Christmas Street Fayre Barnet

7 December

Celebrate Christmas with events and activities in Barnet High Street a Enjoy music and dancing in the high street, choirs and orchestras in the church, art exhibitions, a funfair, and an appearance by Father Christmas as well as over 100 stalls.

croydenChristmas Market Croydon

4 December - 20 December

Come on down to Croyden Christmas market for a fortnight of events with a fun day including live reindeer, facepainting and storytelling.



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craftHandmade in Dagenham winter craft fair Dagenham

29 November

Come and support your local enterprise at the craft fair. Over 30 stalls with special gifts and treats for Christmas, all handmade locally.  


eastburyEastbury Christmas Barking

7 December

Visit Father Christmas' grotto and join in workshops for all ages. Make a beautiful Christmas wreath and decorative pomanda and browse craft stalls for presents.  


basildonBarleylands Craft Village Festive Fair Basildon

29 November - 30 November

Christmas shopping inspiration, demonstrations, live family entertainment and a lovely festive atmosphere across the weekend. Plus explore the Farmers' Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 


xmas higstTenterden Christmas Market Tenterden

5 December

All along the high street there will be brightly lit market stalls. Enjoy festive delights, mooch around the food and craft stalls, discover that perfect gift and see the high street transformed with the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas market.


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ringwoodChristmas Reindeer Workshop Ringwood

6 December

A special workshop where you can make wooden reindeer for Christmas. Make your own mini wooden reindeer to take home for yourself or give as a present.  


carnivalHighcliffe Christmas Carnival Christchurch

13 December

This year's Carnival theme is 'Showtime' so there will be music and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. You'll also find children's rides, Punch and Judy and balloon magic shows in the children's quarter.  


corfeFestive Family Fun at Corfe Mullen Library Wimborne Minster

22 December

Come along and make your own decorations, create a snowman and enjoy lots of Christmas activities. Wear Christmas fancy dress if you like to get in the festive spirit. 


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newportCeltic Manor Christmas Kingdom Newport

27 November - 4 January

Get ready to enjoy all the magic and sparkle of the festive season as Newport's spectacular Rooftop Garden becomes the fabulous frosty backdrop for a wonderful winter adventure. There'll be ice skating and Santa's reindeer will be flying in to say hello.  

bleavdonBlaenavon Winter Wonderland Blaenavon

6 December

Get in the Christmas spirit at Blaenavon Winter Wonderland. Festive fun, Christmas market, craft workshops, carols, live music and much more. 


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