There are lots of fantastic and festive Christmas markets in Hertfordshire, so you have plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. Many of the Christmas markets also have a Christmas Grotto, with the opportunity to meet Father Christmas.
This year the St Albans Christmas Market will run until Saturday 23rd December 2017 so you can have a hot chocolate or a mulled wine and browse the stalls, with the beautiful back-drop of St Albans Cathedral, right up to Christmas Eve.
For more inspiration, take a look at my St Albans Christmas shopping guide and find the perfect presents at the same time as supporting local, independent businesses.
Remember that the weather can change and so can the details of events, so please check directly with the venue or organisers BEFORE you travel.
Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT
On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017, get into the swing of Christmas at the Herts Mistletoe Fair. Set in a series of heated, floored marquees on the main drive of the Showground, dozens of friendly craft makers will be selling unique, creative and original products to light up your Christmas. There will be two food marquees, a Vintage cafe, 2 large craft and gift marquees and street food caterers. You can even enjoy a ride with Santa himself in his Christmas Shetland Pony and Trap. Visit the website for more information.
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Start your Christmas shopping early at this year’s Knebworth Christmas Fair from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November 2017, 10am-4pm. There will be a wide range of crafts, gifts and delicious food to choose from and get you in the festive mood. Tickets are only available on the day, adults and children £5 each (includes entry to Father Christmas’ Grotto). Visit the website for more information.
Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5HX
This year’s Hatfield House Christmas Fair, The Frost Fair, takes place Thursday 16th November to Sunday 19th November 2017, 10am-5pm each day. There will be a range of gifts, crafts, fine foods and festive ideas on offer and Father Christmas will be paying a visit to the Stable Yard. Tickets are £7.20 for adults and children under 15 years old are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the website.
Hertford Town Centre
The annual Hertford Christmas Gala takes place on Friday 24th November 2017 from 3.30pm to 8pm. Enjoy a fun-filled and festive evening with Christmas markets, street entertainment, performance stage, petting reindeer and stalls as well as a Christmas grotto and Christmas tree lights switch on. Visit the website for more information.
Tring High Street and Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AA
Enjoy the Tring Christmas Festival on Friday 24th November 2017, 6.30-9.30pm as Tring High Street and the Victoria Hall are transformed into one of the most sparkling Christmas markets in Hertfordshire, with a main entertainment stage in Church Square, a fun fair on upper High Street and Father Christmas inside the Victoria Hall. Visit the website for more information.
Vintry Garden, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY
St Albans Christmas Market will be held daily from Saturday 25th November until Saturday 23rd December 2017, in Vintry Garden next to St Albans Cathedral. For centuries St Albans has played host to a thriving market and in 2017 the Christmas Market will see up to 50 stalls selling a range of festive produce from food to festive decorations, toys and gifts. Visit the website for opening times and more information.
Earthworks, Hixberry Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0TZ
The Earthworks Christmas Fair and Open Day will be held on Saturday 25th November 2017, 12noon to 3pm at Earthworks, Hixberry Lane, St Albans, AL4 0TZ. Join in and celebrate Christmas with some festive shopping and a stroll around Earthworks’ beautiful site. There will be homemade wreaths for sale, as well as the Earthworks famous ‘reindeer’, Christmas cards, carol singing, minced pies, spiced apple juice and refreshments. Family friendly. Visit the website for more information.
Childwickbury Christmas Market
Childwickbury House, Harpenden Road, Hertfordshire, AL3 6JX
For a unique Christmas shopping experience come along to the Childwickbury Christmas Market, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2017, 10am to 5pm. You will find original artwork, ceramics, jewellery and gifts all available direct from the artists. Free entry and free parking. Visit the website for more information.
High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2RS
On Sunday 26th November 2017, come along to the Harpenden Christmas Carnival on Harpenden High Street from 12noon until 6pm, with the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. You can enjoy a carnival procession, festive stalls, the Farmers’ Market, Santa’s Grotto and fairground rides. Visit the website for more information.
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5ND
On Sunday 26th November 2017, 2pm to 5pm, visit the Mill Green Museum’s Victorian Christmas Fair. Santa will be in his grotto along with his trusty elf. There will also be Victorian street sellers, Victorian photos, Christmas Pop-Up Shop and free children’s activities including seasonal storytelling in the enchanted wood grotto. Hot chestnuts and Victorian street food will be on sale with mulled wine, juice, to chocolate and warm Christmassy pies! Adults £5, Children FREE (16 years and under) and Grotto entry is £5 per child which includes a small gift from Santa. Visit the website for more information.
Bishop’s Stortford Town Centre, CM23 3UU
Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre returns on Saturday 2nd December 2017, throughout the main high street in Bishop’s Stortford. Shop for all the Christmas essentials, from gifts such as hampers and handmade jewellery to real Christmas trees and wreaths. Visit the website for more information.
High Street, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7LW
On Sunday 3rd December 2017, 11am to 5pm, visit the Redbourn Christmas Market and enjoy a range of stalls with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gifts as well as festive music, Santa’s Grotto, children’s activities and refreshments. Visit the website for more information.
Details of events are correct at the time of publishing.
Please check the details of an event directly with the venue or organisers before you travel.