Chimes of Festive Markets

From twinkling trees in living room windows to smells of smoky open fires, tangy tastes of mulled wine and everyone having a jolly ole time- Carollers are singing, church bells are ringing, it’s that time of year for some Christmas cheer.

Hertfordshire is alive with the Christmas spirit and there are plenty of magical festive markets across the county to tick everything off your wish list. From frosty fairs to gourmet goodies, sparkling stalls and winter warmers, find it all in Herts this Christmas. Visitors and residents will be spoilt for choice with the wide variety of seasonal markets on offer. So sing along to these well-known songs and discover where you can get the most amazing gifts for your loved ones.

St Albans Meraki Christmas Festival

This is a Christmas festival to get you rocking around the Christmas tree with Father Christmas experiences, live music, fairground rides, festive food, a skating rink and much more! It’s time to be jolly as over 40 German-style wooden chalets will by decked with boughs of holly. Stacked with goodies from arts and crafts to customised decorations, the German Christmas chalets will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 30th November to 22nd December. Everyone will be dancing merrily in a new old fashioned way at the 3-Tipis Fire pit bar, a stunning venue with food, drink and live music. The bar will host acoustic acts every night where you can enjoy classic tunes, festive songs and chart toppers. The festival is free to enter so everyone can have a happy holiday! Let the Christmas Spirit ring…

Tring Together Christmas Festival

Are you making a list and checking it twice because the Tring Together Christmas Festival is coming to town! On Friday 30th November from 6:30pm until 9:30pm the High Street will be filled with smells of roasted chestnuts, rows of twinkling lights, live music and Christmas stalls. Father and Mrs Christmas will be in the Victoria Hall and are going to find out who’s been naughty and nice. Businesses will stay open for some late night shopping and there will be a fun fair with live music performances in Dolphin Square. Be sure not to miss this free event which will be an enchanted evening for the whole family. Have a ball at the Christmas stall…

Knebworth Winter Festival

Knebworth will be dressed in its festive best on 9th to 11th November with its new Christmas fair! It may be cold outside but with 200 craft & gifts stalls and an outdoor food and drinks village you’ll want to stay for just half a drink more. Take the little ones through the enchanted garden in search of Santa’s Grotto or warm up with a hot chocolate whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the market. On Friday and Saturday the fair will be open from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday 10am to 5pm, allowing you to have three days of festive celebration. Walking in a winter wonderland...

Hoddesdon Loves Christmas

Drive home for Christmas this November as the Hoddesdon Loves Christmas event returns to the town centre on Saturday the 24th from 10am to 6pm. Pass the time away with live performances from local choirs and the very talented Enfield Brass Band. Get your feet on holy ground at the animal nativity scene and make a thousand memories with a visit to the reindeers from Paradise Wildlife Park. You’re sure to tick everything off your Christmas list with an expected record number of stalls this year selling goods from festive crafts to scrumptious yuletide treats. To top it all off the event will coincide with the Father Christmas parade, the Christmas tree light switch on and a short fireworks display, making this season extra special. I’m driving home for Christmas…

Hertford Christmas Gala

Dreaming of a Christmas just like the ones you used to know? Well the annual Christmas Gala will return on Friday 23rd November from 3:30pm to 8pm, bringing Christmas markets and street entertainment to Hertford. Tree tops will glisten at the Christmas light switch on and children will listen to hear sleigh bells from the reindeer petting zoo. May your day be merry by visiting Santa in his festive grotto and enjoy live entertainment on the performance stage. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…