UK Christmas Market Opening Dates 2021 | 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: 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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2021 Christmas Market Opening Dates in England

When are Christmas markets opening in England? Here are some confirmed opening dates as well as markets that have (historically) taken place, based on research from previous years.

We’ll try to keep this list as up to date as we can, but of course, be sure to check the official websites listed below for the most up-to-date information.

LocationChristmas Market Name2021 DatesMore InfoHotels
BathBath Christmas MarketCancelledOfficial Website
BirminghamBirmingham Frankfurt Christmas MarketNov 5 - Dec 23Official Website
BirminghamChristmas in Cathedral SquareNov 17 - Dec 19More Info
BournemouthBournemouth Christmas MarketNov 12 - Jan 2, 2022Official Website
BradfordVictorian Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
BrightonBrighton Christmas FestivalNov 26 - Dec 31More Info
BristolBristol Christmas MarketNov 5 - Dec 23Official Website
CanterburyCanterbury Christmas MarketNov 12 - Dec 24Official Website
CheltenhamCheltenham Christmas MarketNov 20 - Dec 19Official Website
ChesterChester Christmas MarketNov 18 - Dec 22Official Website
CirencesterCirencester Christmas MarketNov 20 - 28Official Website
DurhamDurham Christmas FestivalDec 3 - 5Official Website
EastbourneEastbourne Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
ExeterExeter Cathedral Christmas MarketNov 18 - Dec 18Official Website
FleetwoodFylde Coast Christmas FestivalTBAOfficial Website
GloucesterGloucester Victorian Christmas MarketTBA
GrassingtonGrassington Dickensian Festival and Christmas MarketCancelledOfficial Website
HarrogateHarrogate Christmas MarketCancelledOfficial Website
KingstonKingston Christmas MarketNov 18 - Dec 24Official Website
LeedsLeeds Christkindelmarkt CancelledOfficial Website
LeicesterLeicester Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
LiverpoolLiverpool Christmas MarketNov 12 - Dec 23Official Website
LondonSouthbank Centre Christmas Market
Nov 4 - Jan 9, 2022Official Website
LondonHyde Park Winter WonderlandNov 19 - Jan 3, 2022Official Website
LondonChristmas by the RiverNov 16 - Dec 31Official Website
LondonChristmas at KewNov 17 - Jan 9, 2022Official Website
LondonLeicester Square Christmas Market
Nov 12 - Jan 9, 2022Official Website
LondonGreenwich Christmas Market TBA
LondonChristmas at WestfieldTBAOfficial Website
LondonChristmas Under the Canopy at King's CrossTuesday – Sunday, from Nov 26 - Dec 23Official Website
ManchesterManchester Christmas Market Nov 5 - Dec 19 (subject to official confirmation)Official Website
NewcastleNewcastle Christmas MarketDec 2 - 24More Info
NorfolkThe Norfolk Christmas Fayre
Dec 3 - 4Official Website
NottinghamNottingham Winter WonderlandMid November - Dec 24 (Exact Dates TBD)Official Website
OxfordOxford Christmas MarketDec 9 - 19Official Website
PlymouthPlymouth Christmas MarketDec 2 - 19Official Website
PortsmouthVictorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
TBA
ReadingChristkindlmarkt at the Reading LiederkranzDec 4 - 5Official Website
RochesterRochester Christmas Market Nov 27 - 28
Dec 3 - 5
Dec 10
Official Website
SalisburySalisbury's Christmas on the SquareNov 19 - Dec 31Official Website
SheffieldSheffield Christmas MarketsNov 12 - Dec 24Official Website
SkiptonSkipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market
Dec 5
Dec 12
Official Website
SolihullSolihull Christmas Fayre
TBA
SouthhamptonSouthhampton Christmas FestivalNov 18 - Dec 23 (To be officially confirmed)Official Website
Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market Festival
Dec 9 - 12Official Website
TauntonHestercombe Christmas MarketNov 19 - 21Official Website
WarringtonWarrington Makers MarketDec 12Official Website
WinchesterWinchester Cathedral Christmas MarketNov 19 - Dec 22Official Website
WorcesterWorcester Christmas FayreDec 2 - 5Official Website
YorkYork St Nicholas FairNov 18 - Dec 23Official Website

2021 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Cornwall

When are Christmas markets opening in Cornwall? Here are some confirmed opening dates as well as markets that have (historically) taken place, based on research from previous years.

We’ll try to keep this list as up to date as we can, but of course, be sure to check the official websites listed below for the most up-to-date information.

LocationChristmas Market Name2021 DatesOfficial WebsiteHotels
BodelvaCornwall Christmas Fair 2021 at the Eden ProjectNov 11 - 12Official Website
BudeCastle Bude Christmas FayreDec 5Official Website
BudeBude Christmas Market FayreNov 20 - 21
Nov 27 - 28
Dec 4 - 5
Dec 11 - 12
Official Website
FoweyFowey Christmas MarketNov 26 - 28Official Website
HelstonFlambards Christmas FayreCancelled (According to Announcement on FB Page)Official Website
MouseholeMousehole Christmas LightsLight displays will be switched on as they're completed - should all be completed by Mid-DecOfficial Website
PadstowPadstow Christmas FestivalCancelledOfficial Website
PenrynJubilee Wharf Christmas FairDec 11 - 12Official Website
PentewanHeligan Christmas FairTBAOfficial Website
PorthlevenPorthleven Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
TruroMade in Cornwall Christmas FairTBAOfficial Website
TruroWinter Gift FayreCancelledOfficial Website
TruroHealeys Christmas MarketsNov 13 - Dec 19Official Website

2021 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Scotland

When are Christmas markets opening in Scotland? Here are some confirmed opening dates as well as markets that have (historically) taken place, based on research from previous years.

We’ll try to keep this list as up to date as we can, but of course, be sure to check the official websites listed below for the most up-to-date information.

LocationChristmas Market Name2021 DatesMore InfoHotels
AberdeenAberdeen Christmas VillageNov 18 - 31Official Website
BallochChristmas at Loch Lomond Shores
Every Saturday and Sunday from Nov 23 - Dec 22Official Website
Blair CastleBlair Christmas FairNov 5 - 7Official Website
Crathes CastleCrathes Christmas Fair
Nov 12 - 14Official Website
Drum CastleDrum Christmas Festival
VirtualOfficial Website
DundeeWinterFest at Slessor GardensNov 26 - Jan 2Official Website
EdinburghEdinburgh Christmas Market [Multiple locations]Nov 20 - Jan 2, 2022Official Website
Fyvie CastleFyvie Christmas Festival
Nov 26 - 28Official Website
Glamis CastleGlamis Castle Christmas MarketNov 27 - 28Official Website
GlasgowGeorge Square Christmas MarketCancelled
GlasgowSt Enoch Square Christmas MarketNov 21 - Dec 23
InvernessWinter WonderlandDec 18 - 20Official Website
InverurieGarioch Heritage Centre Christmas Fair
Nov 27 - 28Official Website
KamesKames Christmas MarketDec 1Official Website
LogieLogie Steading Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
ObanOban Winter FestivalNov 19 - Dec 28Official Website
PerthPerth Winter Festival
Fri, Sat and Sun from Nov 19 - Dec 18Official Website
StirlingStirling Christmas Market
Nov 20 - 21Official Website
TraquairTraquair Christmas OpeningNov 27 - 28Official Website

2021 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Wales

When are Christmas markets opening in Wales? Here are some confirmed opening dates as well as markets that have (historically) taken place, based on research from previous years.

We’ll try to keep this list as up to date as we can, but of course, be sure to check the official websites listed below for the most up-to-date information.

LocationChristmas Market Name2021 DatesOfficial WebsiteHotels
CaerphillyWinter Food and Craft MarketDec 4Official Website
CaerphillyBlackwood Winter Food and Craft MarketDec 11Official Website
Cardiff
Cardiff Christmas MarketNov 11 - Dec 23Official Website
Cardiff Christmas at the Castle (Formerly Winter Wonderland)Nov 16 - Jan 03
CardiffChristmas in Bute ParkNov 25 - Dec 31Official Website
ConwyConwy WinterfestTBAOfficial Website
CowbridgeCowbridge Christmas MarketTBA
DinefwrChristmas at Dinefwr4 - 5 Dec
11 - 12 Dec
18-19 Dec
Official Website
Hay-on-WyeHay Festival Winter WeekendNov 24 - 28Official Website
Haverfordwest Picton Castle Victorian Christmas FairNov 20 - 21Official Website
Llandudno Llandudno Christmas ExtravaganzaNov 18 - 21Official Website
LlanelweddRoyal Welsh Winter FairNov 29 - 30Official Website
MoldReindeer Safari and Elf villageNov 27 - Dec 24Official Website
NarberthThe Queen's Hall Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
NewportCotyledon's Christmas Food and Craft MarketDec 11Official Website
PembrokeshireChristmas Chronicles at BluestoneNov 2 - Dec 20Official Website
PembrokeshireChristmas Fair at Llys-y-Frân Lake Visitor CentreDec 5Official Website
Portmeirion
Portmeirion Christmas Food and Craft FairTBA
SwanseaSwansea Christmas MarketNov 12 - Jan 02Official Website
Ystrad MynachWinter Food & Craft marketNov 27Official Website
Vale of GlamorganChristmas Enchanted Adventures at Fonmon CastleThroughout DecemberOfficial Website

2021 Christmas Market Opening Dates in Northern Ireland

When are Christmas markets opening in Northern Ireland? Here are some confirmed opening dates as well as markets that have (historically) taken place, based on research from previous years.

We’ll try to keep this list as up to date as we can, but of course, be sure to check the official websites listed below for the most up-to-date information.

LocationChristmas Market Name2021 DatesMore InfoHotels
BallycastleCorrymeela Christmas Open Day MarketTBAOfficial Website
BallymenaBallymena Christmas Market with Urban Market NITBA (Announced for 2020 but ultimately cancelled; may return this year)
BangorNorth Down Festive MarketTBA
BelfastBelfast Continental Christmas MarketNov 20 - Dec 23Official Website
BelfastFine and Dandy Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
BelfastThe Magical Christmas Fair (Frock Around The Clock)TBAOfficial Website
CarrickfergusCarrickfergus Christmas Market with Urban Market NITBA (Announced for 2020 but ultimately cancelled; may return this year)
Derry/LondonderryThe Winterland Market TBAOfficial Website
DungannonChristmas Fair at The ArgoryNov 27 - Dec 19Official Website
EnniskillenEnniskillen's Christmas Craft & Food FairTBAOfficial Website
GlenavyVictorian Christmas Markets at Ballance HouseNov 27Official Website
HillsboroughHillsborough Christmas MarketTBAOfficial Website
LarneLarne Christmas Market with Urban Market NITBA (Announced for 2020 but ultimately cancelled; may return this year)
LisburnPenny Square Twilight Market
TBAOfficial Website
LisburnThe Inns Christmas Markets
TBAOfficial Website
NewrySanta's Cottage (Not a market, but a notable Xmas attraction!)Nov 19 - Dec 24Official Website
PortstewartFlowerfields Fabulous Christmas Craft MarketTBAOfficial Website

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5 thoughts on “UK Christmas Market Opening Dates 2021 | 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,

    James
    07725 066851

    Reply
    • 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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