Twinkling lights glisten above Hertfordshire’s streets, scarves are tightly wrapped around the necks of every flustered last-minute shopper in town and the stress of buying something ideal for the relative who has it all has well and truly kicked in - it's the most wonderful time of the year again! To get you into the Christmas spirit this year, your trusty Visit Herts team has put together a guide of the best Christmas markets that Hertfordshire has on offer. Plus, we've let you know the nearest train stations to each market, meaning you can save on the worries and the wonga this festive season as you hop on board the Christmas Express and get whisked away to your very own winter wonderland...Mulled wine for two please!
Crossover Blendery are hosting the Grainworks Winter Market coming Saturday 9th December and you’re invited! With free entry and free parking, simply round up the troops and head over to the magical Christmas wonderland with local food suppliers, mulled wine, live music, and of course delicious street food from Crossover Blendery… Pst, the Taproom & Street Food will be available until 8pm, so don’t rush off too soon!
This one is definitely a date to pop in your diaries! Head along to experience festive fun like no other at Harpenden Christmas Carnival on the 26th November. Shop until you drop for your Christmas goodies from the farmers market, then take a stroll along the high street to enjoy the funfair, Santa's grotto, stilt walkers and much more!
📍Hemel Hempstead (followed by a bus ride)
Are you making a list and checking it twice, because the Tring Together Christmas Festival is coming to town! On Saturday 25th November, the High Street will be filled with smells of roasted chestnuts, rows of twinkling lights, live music and Christmas stalls. Get merry and enjoy the magic of Christmas at Tring Christmas Market. Live entertainment for the adults and visits to Father Christmas for little ones will be sure to get everyone in the spirit – and late night shopping and festive market stalls means you might be able to get all that pesky Christmas shopping done at the same time!
You can’t do Christmas in Herts without experiencing a day out at Knebworth House’s Christmas Fair! With over 250 amazing businesses ready to fulfil your Christmas needs selling goodies from toys and games, gifts for pets, gifts for the home and more! Indulge in delicious festive foods, hot food and drinks, champagne and of course mulled wine and festive spirits… it’s a must for the weekend of 24th-26th November.
Hurry down to Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre on the 2nd December to see over 100 stalls, all selling local favourites from Bishop's Stortford’s Markets and Farmers & Crafts markets. You can find everything from handmade jewellery, to candles, to delicious Christmas treats. Topped off with live music throughout the town centre, plenty of family entertainment and even a visit from Father Christmas. It’ll be hard to stay a Grinch after a day at this fabulously festive event!
Dreaming of a Christmas just like the ones you used to know? Well the annual Christmas Gala will return on 24th November, bringing Christmas markets and street entertainment to Hertford. Tree tops will glisten at the Christmas light switch on, take a spin on the rides (if you're brave enough) and enjoy live entertainment on the performance stage. Plus, local shops & businesses are joining in the festive spirit and opening their doors to offer amazing promotions and discounts!
Fancy a day of perusing local delights, revelling in Christmas wonder, and sharing seasonal festivities with all? Within the grounds of Hertford Castle from 24th-26th November, you can find a whole host of magical delights. From fantastic food, to locally made jewellery, you'll find everything you could hope for in your Christmas market dreams!
📍St Albans City (followed by a bus ride)
Renowned for its independent shopping in picturesque, quaint streets, it's no surprise St Albans is a stunning winter wonderland come December. This year, on 27th November, Cumberland Gardens will be transformed into a magnificent winter wonderland for all to enjoy. With live performances, mulled wine, mince pies, crafts, and more!
Get ready for a day of Christmas cheer at the Watford Festive Sunday Market. Come along on the 3rd December and discover a world of candles, cheese, jewellery, cakes, craft beer, flowers and more! With live music and a great atmosphere, what more could you want from a festive day of fun?
Bringing to you a range of local suppliers and small business treats, the Southern Maltings Christmas Markets are hotspots for festive cheer and wonder. Get ahead of the game in some Christmas shopping on 5th November, or indulge in some amazing food and drink at the Christmas Food and Craft Market on 3rd December. Whichever you choose, you, friends, and family will have an unforgettable experience!
A new Christmas experience is coming to Hatfield Park this year! Designed exclusively for the park and influenced by its unique surroundings and history, this promises to be unlike any other.
Keep a look out for more information in the coming weeks, and whilst you’re waiting, fill out the form, to receive event information along with an exclusive early bird offer: a 10% discount on ticket purchases.
📍Letchworth Garden City
It's all about the festive fun over at Standalone Farm this Christmas with their Christmas market running from 2nd- 3rd & 9th-10th December. Enjoy festive food stalls, mulled cider and live music and a special appearance from... their animals!
Stalls, snow, and Santa's grotto... What more could you want! Watersmeet Christmas Market will take place on Sunday 26th November so get ready to shop away and enjoy the day with a full programme of exciting entertainment! From Christmas Carols to festive refreshment and more. Mark your diaries and spread the word!