Hertfordshire's Christmas 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.
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. Well it’s time to throw away those 12-page long Christmas lists, wave goodbye to the novelty socks, be gone with the soap on a rope and, we know how tempting it can be, but please, refrain from picking up a Lynx Africa gift set.
This year is time to make a name for yourself as the ultimate present giver, boss the Christmas shop and most importantly, have fun doing it. Take a deep breath and relax because your trusty Visit Herts team have put together a guide of the best Christmas markets and shopping experiences that Hertfordshire has on offer. So, you can be back relaxing on the sofa, admiring your pile of perfectly wrapped presents in no time…
This one is a definitely a date to pop in your diaries! Head along to experience festive fun like no other at Harpenden Christmas Carnival on the 24th 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, Santas grotto, stilt walkers and much more! And remember, stay until 5pm where Harpenden's glistening Christmas Lights will be turned on for the very first time in 2019.
Are you making a list and checking it twice because the Tring Together Christmas Festival is coming to town! On Friday 24th 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.
Join Tewin Bury Farm Hotel for a weekend of festive family fun at their 2019 Christmas Market. Held in the Meadow Barn, this magnificent market will have a variety of stalls so you can stock up on your Christmas presents and enjoy some themed treats for yourself. There's even rumour of a special guest making an appearance...ho ho ho!
Drive home for Christmas this November as the Hoddesdon Loves Christmas event returns to the town centre on Saturday the 30thth November from 10am to 6pm. Pass the time away with live performances, rides and activities that the whole family can enjoy. You’re sure to tick everything off your Christmas list with stalls selling goods from festive crafts to scrumptious 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.
Dreaming of a Christmas just like the ones you used to know? Well the annual Christmas Gala will return on Friday 22nd November from 3:30pm to 8pm, bringing Christmas markets and street entertainment to Hertford. Tree tops will glisten at the Christmas light switch on, visit Santa in his festive grotto, take a spin on the rides (if you're brave enough) and enjoy live entertainment on the performance stage.
Wrap up warm and head to Paradise Wildlife for a merry mooch around their Christmas market this season. With everything from decorations, to stocking fillers and gingerbread on offer, you'll be picking up treats for more than the people on your list this year! Plus, as Santa himself will be around the corner in his grotto, it's the perfect choice to keep the little monkeys smiling too.