Christmas markets are one of the many Christmas events Hertfordshire has to offer. I love to visit a Christmas market or two each year, soak up the atmosphere and shop for quirky or unique Christmas gifts and delicious festive treats. Many of the Christmas markets in Hertfordshire also have a Christmas Grotto, with the opportunity to meet Father Christmas!
There’s lots of choice from the Knebworth Christmas Fair, to the Waddesdon Christmas Carnival, the artistic and unique Childwickbury Christmas Market, or the historic St Albans Christmas Charter Market… the list goes on.
If you’re looking for other Christmas events Hertfordshire has to offer then take a look at my guide to Family Theatre and Pantomimes in Hertfordshire and for all things festive, take a look at my guide to 50+ festive things to do in December 2019!
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.
Pots of Art, 23 Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1EZ
On Friday 8th November 2019, from 6-9pm, visit Pots of Art on Holywell Hill in St Albans and enjoy a festive evening as crafters, makers and artists come together to showcase their fabulous and unique gifts and homewares. Come on in and enjoy a glass of complimentary bubbles as you shop for special or bespoke gifts for Christmas. Everyone is welcome to come along, browse and shop. Cositas on Holywell Hill will be also be open for late night shoppers and you can make an evening of it and book a table at Hatch on the Hill, or one of the many fantastic restaurants in St Albans. Visit the Facebook Page for more information.
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Start your Christmas shopping early at this year’s Knebworth Christmas Fair from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November 2019, 10am-4pm. Kick off your festive shopping in style, meet the makers and designers and find that unique gift. Whether you’re after an important object for your home, a beautiful piece of jewellery for a special friend, loved one or family member, some fantastic gift ideas from smellies to scarves, or some of the most sumptuous goodies to tantalise your guests over the Festive Season, you’re sure to find inspiration at the iconic Knebworth House barns. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
Aldenham Country Park, Aldenham Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA
This year’s Frost Fair at Aldenham Country Park takes place from Thursday 14th November to Sunday 17th November 2019, 10am-5pm each day. There will be a range of festive gifts, crafts, fine foods and festive ideas on offer and Father Christmas will be in his grotto. Tickets are £8 for adults and children under 15 years old are free when accompanied by an adult. Visit the website for more information.
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
From Saturday 16th November 2018 to Sunday 5th January 2020 (Wed-Sun, open Mon 30 & Tue 31 Dec and closed 23rd-26th December), 11am-6pm, visit Waddesdon Manor this Christmas season. There will be a Christmas Fair every Wednesday to Sunday against the back-drop of the North Front of the Manor. Make sure you stay after dark as Waddesdon will also be home to an illuminated Winter Light Trail from dusk until 6pm. Don’t forget to book in advance for your timed tickets to see the house filled with dazzling decorations and trees sparkling with lights. Visit the website for more information.
St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire
On Sunday 17th November 2019, 12noon to 6pm, come to St Albans for the St Albans Christmas Cracker Street Festival! Enjoy an afternoon of festive fun full of music and entertainment in St Albans City centre. Enjoy some great food from a variety of traders, do some Christmas shopping at the craft and gift stalls, visit the Poppycock Winter Wonderland Bar and listen to the Christmas choirs. With fun fair rides for the whole family and lots to see and do, it’s a great way to start the festive season. Visit the website for more information.
Hertford Town Centre, Hertford, Hertfordshire
The annual Hertford Christmas gala takes place on Friday 22nd November 2019, from 3.30pm to 8pm. Enjoy a fun-filled and festive evening with Christmas markets, street entertainment, performance stage as well as a Christmas grotto and Christmas tree lights switch on. Visit the website for more information.
Hixberry Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0TZ
The Earthworks Christmas Fair and Open Day will be held on Saturday 23rd November 2019, 12noon to 3.30pm 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 crafts for sale, as well as Christmas cards, live music, mince pies, spiced apple juice and refreshments. Family friendly. Visit the website for more information.
Harpenden Road, Hertfordshire, AL3 6JX
For a unique Christmas shopping experience come along to the Childwickbury Christmas Market, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 2019, 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.
Harpenden High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2RS
On Sunday 24th November 2019, 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, Christmas lights and fairground rides. Visit the website for more information.
Tring High Street, Tring, Hertfordshire
Enjoy the Tring Christmas Festival on Friday 29th November 2019, 6.30-9.30pm as Tring High Street, Dolphin Square and the Victoria Hall are transformed into a sparkling Christmas Market. There will be a main entertainment stage in Church Square, a fun fair on upper High Street and Father Christmas inside Victoria Hall. Visit the website for more information.
Kibes Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 7BS
On Saturday 30th November 2019, 10am-4pm, visit the Southern Maltings Christmas Craft Market where there will be local artisans ready to help you to purchase unique gifts. Relax with some tea, mince pies or a glass of mulled wine or prosecco in between browsing. Free entry. The event is on the first floor of the Southern Maltings building. Please check with the organisers if using the stairs is problematic. Visit the website for more information.
Hertford Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0JB
On Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2019, 10am-5pm, visit the Tewin Bury Farm Christmas Market in the Meadow Barn. There will be a range of stalls selling festive goods and gifts. You can also enjoy warming refreshments in the cafe. Tickets can be purchased on the door. Visit the website for more information.
High Street, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7LW
On Sunday 1st December 2019, 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.
Bishop’s Stortford Town Centre, Hertfordshire, CM23 3UU
Bishops Stortford Christmas Fayre returns on Saturday 7th December 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm, on North Street, Potter Street, Market Square and South Street in Bishop’s Stortford. Shop for all the Christmas essentials and enjoy live music, performances, a fun fair, reindeer and much more. Visit the website for more information.
St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3DH
The St Albans French Market at Christmas will be on St Peter’s Street on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December 2019. You’ll find a wide range of top quality produce including regional cheeses, fresh bread and patisserie, provençal soaps, gifts and more. Visit the website for more information.
St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3DH
Visit the St Albans Christmas Charter Market from the 15th to 22nd December 2019. The historic Wednesday and Saturday charter market will run every day in the run up to Christmas. Enjoy the festive atmosphere as you browse, shop and enjoy the fresh produce, seasonal fruit and veg and delicious treats for foodies from the perfect cheeses for your festive cheese board to quality meats and beers from local breweries. You’ll also find hand crafted gifts, textiles, Christmas trees and holly wreaths, as well as street food, roast chestnuts, live music and performances to get you in the Christmas spirit. 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.