From marvelling at twinkling fairy lights to indulging in delicious sweet treats, Christmas markets are a wonderful way for friends and family to enjoy the magic of the winter season while supporting local businesses and craftspeople.
One of the most special ways to spark joy for the Christmas season is to explore all the beautiful delights and unique offerings at your local Christmas markets. We’ve brought together a list of some of our favourite Christmas markets in the South West and across the UK for 2023, to give you a few ideas on where to find gorgeous, meaningful gifts this winter.
Cornwall Christmas Fair, 22nd-23rd Nov
Hosted by the Eden Project, this two-day event brings together a stunning array of Christmas gifts, artisan food and drink produce, and unique crafts to raise funds to support Cornwall’s communities.
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, 17th Nov-17th Dec
Soak in the magical atmosphere of Exeter’s Cathedral Green and enjoy all the seasonal sights and smells of the festive stalls featuring global street food
Healey’s Christmas Market, 11th Nov-17th Dec (every weekend)
Enjoy a delightful buffet of family festivities as the farm in Truro transforms into a winter wonderland of music, craft workshops, and delicious food stalls, perfect for getting into the Christmas mood.
Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair, 16th-17th Dec
Immerse yourself in the creative hub of Falmouth and discover meaningful gifts for loved ones made by local artists. Meet the talented craftspeople showcasing their beautiful work including textiles, jewellery, and ceramics.
Padstow Christmas Festival, 7th-10th Dec
Perfect for foodies, Padstow Christmas Festival celebrates culinary delights with artisan food stalls and impressive cooking demonstrations by Cornwall’s acclaimed chefs from Emily Scott to Paul Ainsworth.
Plymouth Christmas Market, 30th Nov-17th Dec
Experience the wonder of the city at Christmas time with live entertainment, festive food and drinks, and bespoke gifts for all the family.
Truro Christmas Market, 29th Nov-24th Dec (every Wed-Sun)
Wander through a beautiful maze of artisan stalls and discover local crafts in Cornwall’s only city. Hosted by the Truro Farmers Market, you can immerse yourself in a truly creative and community focused environment.
If you’re not in the South West for the festive season, why not take time out to explore your closest Christmas markets? There are plenty of wonderful winter markets to choose from across the UK, including:
Living Heritage Christmas Craft, 17th-19th Nov
Delight in festive artisan stalls and watch traditional craft demonstrations on the magnificent grounds of the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
The Christmas Market in The Great Court, 17th Nov-17th Dec
Set in the beguiling Blenheim Palace, you can sample tempting treats, enjoy the beautiful Cotswolds surroundings, and take the Christmas light trail after dark.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Market, 17th Nov-1st Jan 2023
As one of the biggest Christmas markets in London, there are plenty of tempting stalls to explore and winter activities to experience such as skating on the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink.
We wish you a joyful and special festive season, filled with all the delights and wonders that Christmas markets can bring to you and your loved ones. Take a relaxing stroll around your local winter market, treat yourself to spiced cookies and warming mulled wine, enjoy finding that perfect present for the special person in your life, and make memories to cherish for years to come.