10 Best Christmas Markets in Glos & Worcs
Is it even Christmas if you haven't eaten scalding chestnuts from a chalet hut? Do your festive shopping right this year with these 10 merry markets worth a visit within an hour of Glos & Worcs.
Ready for a wander around a winter wonderland? Grab your hat and scarf and go to one of these twinkly and festive Christmas markets.
Christmas Market, Cheltenham, Glos, 20 Nov – 19 Dec
The yuletide market in Regency Cheltenham is back and bigger than ever for 2021. Expect twinkling stalls festooning the pedestrianised Promenade streets, and stalls packed with unique treats, gifts and handmade Christmas decorations. Once you’ve shopped your fill, feast on giant Bratwurst, or an exotic selection of ostrich and crocodile burgers (no lie!), macaroons from Italy, local fudge, and the very best cheeses. There’s also a Christmas Craft Market on the High Street from 11 – 23 December.
Victorian Christmas Fayre, Worcester, 2-5 Dec
More than 200 quirky stalls fill this famous Victorian Fayre in the heart of Worcester’s picturesque old quarter. If you want to be time-warped back to a Dickensian yuletide, this is the one for you. Bag up delicious gifts, artisan arts and crafts, tuck into delicious street food and sip hot chocolate to carols, choirs and buskers on every street corner. There’ll be Victorian themed characters popping up in Gin Lane, stilt walkers and more.
Tewkesbury Christmas Market, Tewkesbury, Glos
Historic Tewkesbury is the backdrop for this Christmas market, which this year will be taking over parts of the High Street, Church Street and Barton Street. Filled with fairground rides , a performance stage, various activities and 100 Christmas market stalls, it’s one not to be missed. You’ll get the chance to feed reindeer, meet the cast of The Roses Pantomime who’ll be all dressed up, and there’s even free parking in town. A Christmas miracle!
Cirencester Advent Market, Cirencester
There will be markets almost every day in Cirencester in the month leading up to Christmas. The Monday and Friday Charter Markets and the Farmers’ Market, held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, will be continuing – and there will be a fabulously festive, craft or speciality market on all other days from November 20 to December 23. Expect live music and carols from local community groups, twinkly lights, a stunning central Christmas tree and lots more.
Bristol Christmas market, Broadmead, Bristol, 5-23 Dec
Are you ready to get merry? Head to Bristol this December for a fabulously festive atmosphere, some 50 stalls in the centre of town, luxe private igloos to rent, and more delicious food than you could possibly consume (that’s not a dare!). You’ll find us at Jäger Barn Bar, mulling over (geddit?) the choice between mulled cider, gluhwein, or a hot chocolate spiked with Baileys. Decisions!
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, 4 Nov – 23 Dec
Pretzels, bratwursts and schnitzels washed down with steins of beer and mugs of steaming gluhwein – is it even Christmas until you’ve been to a German market? You can’t miss this one: it’s the largest outside of Germany and Austria, smack in the middle of Birmingham, and is generally blasting traditional Bavarian music. You can stock up on quirky gifts, glass baubles and wooden decorations — who are we kidding, though? We’re just there for the food, drink, and festive vibe.
Christmas Market, Blenheim Palace, Oxon, 19 Nov – 19 Dec
Blenheim Palace’s whole Christmas experience this year is well-worth a visit — think an illuminated trail and The Nutcracker re-imagined within the Palace’s rooms — but the market is always a dead cert. Expect boutique, artisan chalets, and plenty of refreshments.
Oxford Christmas Market, 9-19 Dec
The city of dreaming spires will be dreaming of a white Christmas at this bustling market, packed with carol-singing choirs, artisan gifts, and plenty of mulled wine. Pick up some unique local gifts, catch a glimpse of Father Christmas, and enjoy plenty of festive treats.
Victorian Christmas Fayre, Newbury, Berks 3-5 Dec
Dig out your crinolines, hat, furry muff, Newbury’s going back in time to create a Christmas Card pretty vision of the festive season. OK so you don’t have to go in fancy dress unless that’s how you roll. But expect 100+ retailers, stall holders, pubs, restaurants and entertainers to be channeling A Christmas Carol. This is a traditional Christmas market with all jingle bells on. Choirs, vintage carousel, mulled wine and the chance to smash through your gift list.
Marlborough Christmas Cracker Fair, Wilts, 18 Dec
Marlborough’s town hall is being transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with over 80 stalls of gift inspiration. Just a week before Christmas, this is the perfect event for anyone who has left present buying until the same minute (no judgement!)
CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, 19 Nov – 3 Jan
Back for its 15th year, Winter Wonderland is more Christmas microcosm than market, but it has that too! Then once you’ve suitably shopped, sampled, and perused, you can head onto the fairground rides, ice sculpting workshops, Santa Land, and ice rink. New for this year is the obligation to book ahead which – fingers crossed – will reduce the mega crowds.
Winter Market, Southbank Centre, until 23 Dec
Wander along the Thames and revel in twinkling lights, indulgent street food, and giftable goodies. Tip: don’t miss the gooey fondue eaten out of transparent snow globes, from Jimmy’s Lodge. Insta-catnip!
Kingston Christmas Market, Kingston-upon-Thames, 18 Nov – 24 Dec
It’s the outskirts of London, but this European-style Christmas market makes Kingston well worth a visit. Thing hog rolls, twinkling lights, a vintage carousel, and gorgeous gifts to buy from Alpine cabins. See you there!