Where are this year's Christmas Markets?

Cold winter nights and late night shopping can be made so much better with a mulled wine and festive carols. Check out our list of Christmas Markets.

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 5:46 pm
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 12:21 pm
Christmas Market
Christmas Market


Etsy Christmas Market, Preston Market, Friday December 2 to Sunday December 4, 10am until 4pm.Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair will see more than 40 designer makers and vintage sellers from across the North West come together. They will be selling a variety of gifts ranging from vintage items through to handmade paper, glass, ceramics, jewellery, cards, prints and much more.

Crafty Vintage, Brockholes, Friday December 2 to Sunday December 4, 10am until 4pm.Entry £2.Vintage-style art and craft stalls, plus a range of culinary delights on offer in the street food courtyard. Foodies can sample traditional delights from across Europe, including wood fired pizzas, pancakes, dumplings, mezzo platters, bratwurst and cocktails.

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Lancaster Christmas Market

Huntleys Christmas Market, Samlesbury, Friday December 2, 3pm until 8pm and Saturday December 3, 10am until 4pm.There will be stalls, food, mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto and late night shopping.

Harris Museum, Saturday December 17 to Sunday December 18, 11am until 5pm.Preston’s first ever Christmas Maker’s Markets, with some of Preston’s best local artists and makers will be selling their unique work and there will be jewellery, art, crafts and even some furniture on sale.

Fever’s Indoor Christmas Markets, Mornington Road, Sunday November 27, noon until 4pm.Free entryFever Dance Company, in Mornington Road, is holding a festive fair, with stalls, mulled wine, Christmas music, and a raffle in aid of Macmillan Cancer

Hoghton Tower:

Christmas Market at Hoghton Tower

Crafty Vintage, Saturday November 26 and Sunday November 27, 10am until 4pm.Entry £2.Independent traders and craft makers will showcase their vintage art and craft, whilst there will be a variety of street food from across Europe, including waffles, pancakes and bratwurst.

Christmas Food and Drink Festival, Saturday December 3, 11am until 7pm and Sunday December 4, 11am until 5pm.Entry £4. Under 16s free.A selection of stalls selling festive meats and drinks. There will be entertainment and a selection of ales and ciders to try in the Beer Tipi and the chance to buy a Christmas tree. The tea room will be open serving its festive menu.

Hoghton Tower’s Christmas Craftacular, December 11, 10am until 3pm.£2 per person, under fives free. Additional charge to see Santa in the Banqueting Hall.Christmas crafts on sale, as well as a variety of festive food.

Leyland: Christmas lights switch-on and markets, Hough Lane, Saturday November 26, from 1pm.The countdown to the lights switch-on includes Santa’s Grotto, crafts, live music, live entertainment and lots of stalls including food and drink.... all provided by local businesses. The Christingle Service will be held at the United Reform Church. The light switch-on will be at 5.30pm.

Manchester Christmas Market

Chorley:Chorley’s Winter Wonderland, December 9 to January 8

Chorley will have some Christmas market stalls selling festive food, drink and crafts, a covered seating area for people to sit back and enjoy their purchases or wait for family and friends on the real ice rink and some small fairground rides to keep the younger ones entertained.The real ice rink will be open from Friday 9 December until Sunday 8 January 2017: noon until 6pm Monday to Thursday; noon until 9pm on Fridays; 10am until 9pm on Saturday and 10am until 6pm on Sunday. Tickets for a one hour skating session are £6 for adults; £3 for children (aged 14 and under) and senior citizens, and £15 for a family ticket (two adults and two children).


Charnock Farm, Sunday November 27, 11.30am until 5pm.

Christmas Market

A wide selection of food, craft and gift stalls,plus cake decorating classes by a professional cake maker.

Chefs will be outside interacting with the customers with Christmas inspired menus, such as crepes, BBQ, mulled wine and Ciders.

It includes a Santa's grotto outside, which has snow machines and elves.

Bands and dance acts will perform on stage.

Croston: Croston Village, Sunday December 11, 1pm until 5pm.The fair will be held throughout the village of Croston, with craft stalls at the Old School, Community Centre, Church and Primary School together with entertainers, food stalls and, of course, the Land Train and Santa’s Grotto. '‹The event starts with Santa’s parade from the Village Green at 1pm and ends with the Brass Band leading a torchlit procession from the Village Green to the Church at approximately 5pm, where a short carol service will be held. Free parking available.

Lostock Hall:St Catherine’s Christmas Festival, Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4, 11am until 3pm.The festival features an ice rink, gift stalls, a craft fair, Santa’s Grotto, funfair, and choirs and brass bands performing your favourite Christmas The charity’s sponsored Santa Dash and Rudolph Rumble also sets off during the celebrations at noon on the Sunday.The Mill will be serving up winter warmers and mulled wine.

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Garstang:Victorian Christmas, High Street, Monday December 12 and Tuesday December 13, 6pm until 9pm.The town centre will be closed to traffic with bands, singers, stilt walkers, and street entertainment in the High Street.Santa will arrive with his grotto and there will be a vast array of stalls selling everything from hog roast, German sausages, candy floss and donuts. Many shops are open all evening.

Wrea Green:Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, Ribby Hall Village, Sunday December 4, from 11am until 3pm.Entry £1 for adults, children are freeCraft and gift stalls, unique gift ideas plus festive entertainment during the day at Ribby Hall Village.Also Christmas carvery available in the Garden Room served noon to 3pm.

Blackpool:Festive Fun Day, St John’s Square, Saturday November 19, 10.30am until 5pm.Santa will be dropping by and the Christmas lights will be switched on late afternoon. There will be a new food and craft fair with street food from different parts of the globe alongside everything from cheese to chocolate.Authentic crafts will be on offer with some unusual Christmas gifts.A range of hot and cold artisan ciders, mulled wine, Prosecco, American bourbon cocktails and much more will form part of the outdoor bar area.Other attractions include live music, stilt walking ice queens, a snow globe, fire eating pixies and a bucking reindeer. Money raised goes towards Trinity Hospice.

Fleetwood:Marine Hall Christmas Market, Sunday November 20, 10am until 4pm.Free entry.Local independent traders will be selling handmade gifts and food and drink in Marine Hall. Santa will be in his grotto and children can enjoy some fun-rothemed activities.

Lytham:Ansdell Arena, Sunday December 11, from noon.The arena will be filled with hand-crafted items, products from local artisans, local businesses with fantastic gift ideas. Children will be entertained by craft tables for the children, plus there is festive food and drink and Christmas tunes to keep shoppers merry.

Lancaster:Lancaster Brewery, Lancaster Leisure Park, Friday November 25 to Sunday November 27 between 3pm and 9pm.The exhibitors will be housed in a huge indoor marquee with stalls packed full of crafts, gifts and goodies, plus a food hall.Lancaster City Singers will be singing Christmas songs and carols from 6pm on Friday night and 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday.Favourite characters like Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen will be greeting younger visitors between 4pm and 6pm everyday and of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Santa. Later, inside the brewery The Billionaire’s Trio staring Boogie Bill, will be providing festive entertainment with festive songs and dancing.Free entry and free parking will be in the main Lancaster Leisure Park site, with an overflow car park in the auction mart just a five-minute walk away.

Christmas at Lancaster Castle, Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18.A range of stallholders will be selling local and regional produce, arts, crafts, gifts and Christmas baubles, and street food, while choirs, brass bands, jazz quartets and local musicians play carols and festive favourites. There will be a Santa’s grotto in the castle.Local school and church choirs will be leading the singing and there will be a nativity on the courtyard stage. Mulled wines and mulled ciders available.

Morecambe:Santa’s Festival Market Grotto, Sunday November 27, 11am until 4.30pm.Families are invited to see Santa arriving on a sleigh with his little helpers on Morecambe’s Promenade. There will be live music, charity stalls, a Christmas card making workshop for children as well as a mince pie bake off with prizes. The bake off is open to everyone and entry into the competition and the card-making workshops is free.

Come along to the festival market to see Santa arriving on a real sleigh with his little helpers. There will be live music, charity stalls, a Christmas card making workshop for children as well as a mince pie bake off with prizes. The bake off is open to everyone and entry into the competition and the cardmaking workshops is free.

Clitheroe:Holmes Mill, Bowland Brewery, Sunday December 11, from noon until 7pm.Crafty Vintage Christmas Market will showcase gifts and festive treats from artisans, collectors and creators.Free entry but advanced tickets must be ordered through Skiddle - https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Blackburn/Bowland-Beer-Hall/Crafty-Vintage-Christmas-Markets--Bowland-Beer-Hall/12852485/

Celebrity Christmas lights switch-on and markets in Clitheroe on Saturday, November 26.

Singer Ella Shaw will switch on the lights. Organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council.Christmas Festival in Clitheroe town centre on Saturday December 3, organised by Clitheroe Chamber of Trade.Clitheroe festive markets on four consecutive Saturdays from November 26 and also at the Platform Gallery until January 7. Organised by RVBC.

Whalley:Pickwick Festival, Whalley village centre, Thursday December 1, 6pm until 9pm.The annual event includes music from pipe and brass bands; live acts on the main stage throughout the evening; children’s entertainment; Santa and his reindeer.More than 40 stalls on offer with late night opening of local businesses and shops.

Oakhill Christmas Market, Saturday December 3, 11am until 4pm.Free entry.Oakhill, in Wisewell Lane, is holding an indoor event which includes children’s entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, licensed bar and 60 food, gift, fashion and craft stalls.

Blackburn:King William Street, Saturday December 10, 10am until 6pm.Blackburn Bid’s BIG Christmas Street Fair includes with craft, gift and food stalls in four undercover marquees across the town as well as a wide range of street food and drink.

Colne:Colne Town Hall, Saturday November 26, 10am until 7pm.Featuring great music and entertainment throughout the day, the town centre will be packed with an array of food and craft stalls. The event builds to a grand finale featuring a torchlit parade led by Father Christmas and fireworks display.

Burnley:Towneley Hall, Sunday November 27, noon until 4.30pm. More than 30 stalls selling hand crafted goods and gifts, festive entertainment,vintage tea rooms and Origami paper folding workshops for children.

Wigan:Standishgate, Wigan town centre, Friday November 25 to Tuesday December 20. The markets, which will operate between 10.30am and 5pm with later opening hours to 7pm on selected days, will include mulled wine, minced pies, seasonal sweets like gingerbread and crepes along with a range of international goods such as freshly served German bratwurst sausages. They will also showcase handmade goods, accessories, household items, clothing and much more.

Market Place and Cross Street, Standish, Saturday December 3, 11am until 8pm.The market will feature a range of market stalls, an indoor craft fair until 5pm, a special Santa’s Grotto, live music and entertainment, a snow globe, a Christmas trail around Standish and a beer tent.

Leigh: Bradshawgate, now until Saturday November 19, 10.30am until 5pm.Shoppers can enjoy mulled wine, minced pies, seasonal sweets like gingerbread and crepes along with a range of international goods. There will also be a variety of stalls selling handmade goods, accessories, household items and clothing.

Ormskirk:Ormskirk Civic Hall, Friday November 11, from 6pm.The civic hall will be filled with crafters, artisans and local small businesses.

Manchester:Albert Square, November 10 to December 20, 10am-9pm and then from 10am-6pm on the closing day on Wednesday, December 21.All other market zones - which takes in Brazennose Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Street, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, the Corn Exchange, Market Street, and Cathedral Gardens - will open from 10am until 7.30pm from November 10 and throughout the month, and then from 10am until 8pm from December 1-20.This year’s newest addition, The Rink at Cathedral Gardens , is now open until January 7 from 11am until 9pm daily, only closing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Winter Wonderland, Event City, Saturday December 10 until Monday January 2.Families are invited to a host activities, including Christmas themed rides and attractions such as classic bumper cars and a carousel. Across the event there will also be a selection of shows including a Christmas circus and the best-loved Basil Brush Show. Tasty offerings will also be available from a wide range of food and drinks stalls.


St George’s Hall, from Friday November 18, 11am until 9pm and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.The Ice Festival takes over the Pier Head from November 11, with an under-cover ice rink and exhilarating rides and entertainment, as well as food outlets, bars and cafes.The traditional markets are open outside the iconic St George’s Hall, from Friday November 18, 11am until 9pm and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.From December 1, Jack Frost will be weaving his icy magic to create the city’s own winter festival of light, interactive window displays and a trail of sculptural installations from the region’s artists. Families can follow the story led trail and solve clues for the chance to win prizes.

Lancaster Christmas Market
Christmas Market at Hoghton Tower
Manchester Christmas Market
Christmas Market
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