With the crisp fresh mornings and the dark cosy nights rolling in, an undercurrent of excitement is all around. Suddenly there are only 10,9,8,7…weekends of shopping left until Christmas! To entertain visiting family members, make those final purchases, or for an opportunity to meet friends over a warming glass of mulled wine; we’ve found some of the top Christmas markets across the region in which to drink, shop and be merry.
5th – 21st Dec 2019
Many would agree there is nowhere more quintessentially British than the historical cobbled streets of Oxford during the festive season. With the melodies of Christmas carols carried down the streets on a crisp breeze of mulled wine, cinnamon and hog roasts, Oxford Christmas Market will provide a truly enchanting experience. Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city on the beautiful Broad Street throughout December.
28th November – 1st December
Travel back in time to when Christmas became a truly elaborate affair for Britons by visiting Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre this year. Feast on Victorian tasty treats and sugary bonbons, allow yourself to be entertained by traditionally dressed entertainers; and shop at over 200 stalls filled with crafts, perfect gifts, and local produce. Worcester Christmas market is keeping it local with many producers from within a 30 mile radius. Come along and see the fun and festivities for yourself at The Guildhall in Worcester. www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk/
21 Nov – 14 Dec
Housed in gorgeous wooden chalets which create a sense of magic and wonder, Cheltenham’s Christmas Market located on The Promenade is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Running from the 21st November until the 14th December and featuring many stalls selling a wide range of Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drink creating a unique Christmas Market atmosphere. Why not plan a visit to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a bratwurst sausage while you wander and browse along the rows of stalls with family and friends? www.visitcheltenham.com/whats-on/cheltenham-christmas-market-p160723
14th – 24th November
Victorian Christmas Market. A staggering half a million people visited Gloucester Quays during the 11-day event in 2018 and this year aims to be just as popular. This year there will be a whole host of stalls selling, food, drink and bespoke gifts not available on the high street alongside a line-up of entertainment brimming with cheeky Victorian Characters. This is the family event of the year with the Open-Air Ice Rink also returning, we really hope you can join us.
30th November – 2nd December, Saturday 14th December and Saturday 28th December
Christmas in Cirencester is always an exceptional period with the festivities nestled in this beautiful and historic market town labelled the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. Combining crafty markets with farmers goods, the weekends running up to Christmas are sure to be spent in merriment in this local setting. With Cirencester’s advent festival and light switch on kick starting the jollities, the Arts & Crafts, Christmas Gifts, and Festive Farmers Markets will leave you wishing that Christmas doesn’t just fall once per year. https://cirencester.gov.uk/christmas-in-cirencester
Moreton In Marsh
Moreton in Marsh Christmas Market and Lights Switch On takes place on the last Saturday in November. It is a great day out for all the family with a vast range of market stalls selling many different products. The market opens at 9.00 am with an afternoon of events culminating with the arrival of Father Christmas to switch on the town’s Christmas lights display. www.cotswolds.com/whats-on/moreton-christmas-market-p2143663
6th – 8th December
There’s a reason this festive Christmas market is award winning, and that reason is the immersion of visitors in a world of Victorian fantasy encouraged with an array of performances, Victorian costumes, and the traditional Victorian funfair within close proximity. The Christmas market will be on Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street and Meer Street, with all the street food and drink stalls positioned on Wood Street.
6th – 7th December
Coventry will be transformed into the ultimate Christmas Village this year for their annual Christmas Market. Sprinkled with fairy lights, laughter will fill the air this December as you escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers and retreat to this festive Christmas Village in FarGo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry. Priding themselves on a plethora of handcrafted wares for sale this Christmas you’re sure to find the perfect, most original gifts.
17th November 17- 22nd December
The Leamington Spa Christmas Market is held on every Sunday leading up to Christmas. The fair will be the perfect way to spend your Sunday and get into the Christmas spirit. The Yuletide Fair will also have a funfair and Santa’s Grotto where the little ones can meet Santa! Visit on the 17th November to see the Leamington Christmas Light switch on and the 1st December for the Leamington Lantern Parade. www.eatdrinkseek.co.uk/event/leamington-spa-christmas-market/