UK Christmas Market Opening Dates 2023 | England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland

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When do Christmas markets open in the UK this year?

If you’re trying to research the answer to this question, you may have run into some trouble… that’s because the opening dates for Christmas markets in the UK vary by town, city & region.

Some are open for the entire festive season, whereas others are just one day events, or weekend events.

That’s why we created this page for you, so you can peep the opening dates for the UK’s Christmas Markets quickly and at a glance.

For extra organization bonus points, we’ve also separated dates into Christmas market opening dates for England, Cornwall, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.

We hope you find it helpful!

NOTE: Most Christmas markets don’t announce their confirmed dates until a few months before, so please excuse the sparse list for the time being! We’ll be sure to update this list with more dates as soon as they are released. Let us know in the comments if you know of any we should add for 2023!

This list is by no means exhaustive, and includes mainly bigger Christmas markets that we could find official websites and dates for. Let us know in the comments if you have any more we should add.

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2023 Christmas Market Opening Dates in England

At the moment, only dates for some of England’s larger Christmas markets have been officially announced.

Here are the 2023 Christmas market opening dates in England we know of so far:

CityChristmas Market Name2023 DatesMore InfoHotels
BathBath Christmas MarketNov 23 - Dec 10Official Website
BirminghamBirmingham Frankfurt Christmas MarketNov 2 - Dec 23Official Website
BirminghamChristmas in Cathedral SquareNov 15 - Dec 17More Info
BournemouthBournemouth Christmas MarketNov 18 - Jan 2, 2024Official Website
BrightonBrighton Christmas FestivalOfficial Website
BristolBristol Christmas MarketOfficial Website
CanterburyCanterbury Christmas MarketNov 10 - Dec 27Official Website
CheltenhamCheltenham Christmas MarketDec 8 - 23Official Website
ChesterChester Christmas MarketNov 17 - Dec 21Official Website
ChichesterChichester Christmas MarketMore Info
CirencesterCirencester Advent MarketOfficial Website
DurhamDurham Christmas FestivalDec 1 - 3Official Website
EastbourneEastbourne Christmas Market
Official Website
ExeterExeter Cathedral Christmas MarketOfficial Website
GloucesterFestive Orchard St MarketNov 4 - 5
Nov 11 - 12
Nov 18 -19
Nov 25 -26
Dec 2 -3
Dec 9 -10
Dec 16 - 17

Official Website
GrassingtonGrassington Dickensian Festival and Christmas MarketOfficial Website
KingstonKingston Christmas MarketOfficial Website
LeedsLeeds Christkindelmarkt Official Website
LeicesterChristmas in LeicesterDec 1 - Jan 2, 2024Official Website
LiverpoolLiverpool Christmas MarketOfficial Website
LondonSouthbank Centre Christmas Festival
Official Website
LondonHyde Park Winter WonderlandOfficial Website
LondonChristmas by the RiverOfficial Website
LondonChristmas at KewNov 15 - Jan 7, 2024Official Website
LondonLeicester Square Christmas Market
Official Website
LondonGreenwich Market GrottoMore Info
LondonChristmas Under the Canopy at King's CrossOfficial Website
ManchesterManchester Christmas Market Official Website
NewcastleNewcastle Christmas MarketMore Info
NorfolkNorfolk Festive Gift ShowNov 10 - 12Official Website
NottinghamNottingham Winter WonderlandOfficial Website
OxfordOxford Christmas MarketNov 30 - Dec 17Official Website
PlymouthPlymouth Christmas MarketOfficial Website
RochesterRochester Christmas Market Official Website
SalisburySalisbury's Christmas on the Square
Nov 18 - Dec 31Official Website
SheffieldSheffield Christmas MarketsOfficial Website
SkiptonSkipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market
Dec 3
Dec 10
Official Website
SouthhamptonSouthhampton Christmas FestivalOfficial Website
Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market Festival
Dec 7 - 10Official Website
TauntonHestercombe Christmas MarketOfficial Website
WinchesterWinchester Cathedral Christmas MarketOfficial Website
WorcesterWorcester Christmas FayreNov 30 - Dec 3Official Website
YorkYork St Nicholas FairOfficial Website

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2023 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Cornwall

At the moment, only dates for some of Cornwall’s larger Christmas markets have been officially announced.

Here are the 2023 Christmas market opening dates in Cornwall we know of so far:

LocationChristmas Market Name2023 DatesOfficial WebsiteHotels
BodelvaCornwall Christmas Fair at the Eden ProjectNov 22 - 23Official Website
BudeCastle Bude Christmas FayreDec 3Official Website
BudeBude Christmas Market FayreOfficial Website
FoweyFowey Christmas MarketOfficial Website
HelstonFlambards Christmas FayreOfficial Website
MouseholeMousehole Christmas LightsGradual switch on starting Dec 11Official Website
PadstowPadstow Christmas FestivalDec 7 - 10Official Website
PenrynJubilee Wharf Christmas FairOfficial Website
PorthlevenPorthleven Christmas MarketOfficial Website
TruroMade in Cornwall Christmas FairOfficial Website
TruroWinter Gift FayreOfficial Website
TruroHealeys Christmas MarketsOfficial Website
WadebridgeThe Cornish Winter Fair
More Info

2023 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Scotland

At the moment, only dates for some of Scotland’s larger Christmas markets have been officially announced.

Here are the 2023 Christmas market opening dates in Scotland we know of so far:

LocationChristmas Market Name2023 DatesMore InfoHotels
AberdeenAberdeen Christmas VillageOfficial Website
BallochChristmas at Loch Lomond Shores
Dec 2 - 3Official Website
Blair CastleBlair Christmas FairDec 10 - 12Official Website
Crathes CastleCrathes Christmas Fair
Nov 3 - 5Official Website
Drum CastleDrum Christmas Festival
Official Website
DundeeWinterFest at Slessor GardensOfficial Website
EdinburghEdinburgh Christmas Market [Multiple locations]Official Website
Fyvie CastleFyvie Christmas Festival
Official Website
Glamis CastleGlamis Castle Christmas MarketOfficial Website
GlasgowGlasgow Christmas Market
InvernessWinter WonderlandOfficial Website
InverurieGarioch Heritage Centre Christmas Fair
Official Website
KamesKames Christmas MarketOfficial Website
ObanOban Winter FestivalNov 17 - Nov 26Official Website
PerthPerth Winter Festival
Official Website
StirlingStirling Christmas Market
Official Website
TraquairTraquair Christmas OpeningNov 25 - 26Official Website

2023 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Wales

At the moment, only dates for some of Wales’ larger Christmas markets have been officially announced.

Here are the 2023 Christmas market opening dates in Wales we know of so far:

LocationChristmas Market Name2023 DatesOfficial WebsiteHotels
CaerphillyWinter Food and Craft MarketOfficial Website
CaerphillyBlackwood Winter Food and Craft MarketOfficial Website
Cardiff Christmas MarketNov 9 - Dec 23Official Website
Cardiff Christmas at the Castle (Formerly Winter Wonderland)
CardiffChristmas in Bute ParkNov 24 - Jan 1, 2024Official Website
ConwyConwy Medieval Christmas
Official Website
DinefwrChristmas at DinefwrOfficial Website
Hay-on-WyeHay Festival Winter WeekendOfficial Website
Haverfordwest Picton Castle Christmas FairOfficial Website
Llandudno Llandudno Christmas ExtravaganzaNov 16 - 19Official Website
LlanelweddRoyal Welsh Winter FairNov 27 - 28Official Website
MoldReindeer Safari and Elf VillageOfficial Website
NarberthThe Queen's Hall Christmas MarketOfficial Website
NewportCotyledon's Christmas Food and Craft MarketOfficial Website
PembrokeshireChristmas Fair at Llys-y-Frân Lake Visitor CentreOfficial Website
Portmeirion Christmas Food and Craft Fair
SwanseaSwansea Christmas MarketOfficial Website
Ystrad MynachWinter Food & Craft MarketOfficial Website
Vale of GlamorganChristmas Enchanted Adventures at Fonmon CastleOfficial Website

2023 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Northern Ireland

At the moment, only dates for some of Northern Ireland’s larger Christmas markets have been officially announced.

Here are the 2023 Christmas market opening dates in Northern Ireland we know of so far:

LocationChristmas Market Name2023 DatesMore InfoHotels
BelfastBelfast Continental Christmas MarketOfficial Website
BelfastThe Magical Christmas Fair (Frock Around The Clock)Official Website
Derry/LondonderryWinterland Markets Official Website
Derry/LondonderryWalled City MarketOfficial Website
DungannonChristmas Fair at The ArgoryOfficial Website
Enniskillen Castle Fermanagh Indoor Christmas Market Official Website
GlenavyChristmas at The Ballance HouseNov 25Official Website
HillsboroughHillsborough Christmas MarketOfficial Website
LisburnPenny Square Twilight Market
Official Website
LisburnThe Inns Christmas Markets
Official Website
NewrySanta's Cottage (Not a market, but a notable Xmas attraction!)Nov 18 - Dec 24Official Website
PortstewartFlowerfield Christmas Craft Market Official Website

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11 thoughts on “UK Christmas Market Opening Dates 2023 | England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland”

  1. Dear Sir or Madam;

    We are a West Sussex based Catering and Events Management Company.

    We run numerous bars, private fine dining events and weddings through the year.

    The business also attends a Christmas festival each year.

    The business traded at Blenheim Palace back in 2019 and offered the main food supply for the front entrance by the shop.

    The business happily fed all on site staff at cost price and had a lucrative Christmas due to our ability to offer extremely high quality food at a fast turnover rate. This in hand enabled a substantial to be paid to the Palace.

    We offered, mulled wine, gourmet burgers and “loaded” chips in 2019.

    Since then the business has expanded their “Street food” offering and grown the wedding catering side to current capacity.

    The business is able to offer a mixture of vehicles and catering solutions in collaboration with “Sister” Companies.

    At the Blenheim Christmas market in 2019 the business provided services on a commission basis. This was a successful business model enabling effective collaboration between venue and supplier.

    Sneaky Duck Catering operates a “cashless” financial system enabling all transactions to be transparent/”open book.

    We would be delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Southbank Centre not only this Christmas but going forward on other events.

    If there was anything you could do to enable Sneaky Duck and any Christmas Markets or events in the future I would be eternally grateful.

    With kind regards,

    07725 066851

    • Hi James, just to clarify: we are simply a website providing information regarding Christmas markets, and are not the organizers of any Christmas markets themselves. We’d recommend getting in touch with the official organizers of whichever market you’re hoping to sell at for more information. Best of luck!


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