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Being more environmentally aware and sustainable is becoming a message we’re hearing loud and clear. And without doubt many of us certainly need to make a bigger effort. We’re proud that Norwich likes to do things differently and at Christmas we try hard to achieve this. We’re not a city that buys into one large Christmas market for a month, but we are a city that offers smaller Christmas markets to celebrate local producers and talented makers and creatives. We have one exception; we have one market that goes global every year. Plus a few outside the city in the glorious Norfolk countryside.
The Festive Fair at the Forum, Norwich
21 – 24 Nov 2019, various times, FREE entry
The Festive Fair at the Forum is Norwich’s first Christmas Market of the season. And by goodness it’s a jolly one. Full of joyful live music and plenty of stands to sip a mulled wine or a Bailey’s hot chocolate. And lots to buy. With over 60 stalls you can get gifts for the whole family whilst having fun shopping. We especially love the Salvation Army Brass Band which will be playing on the Saturday.
Global Village Christmas Market, The Forum, Norwich
5 – 7 December (10am – 5pm), FREE entry
Now this is when you dig out your lederhosen, it’s winter – finally time to bare your knees. In this 3-day trip around the world – free of calorific guilt – tuck into German bratwurst BBQ and Glühwein, Italian coffee and pizza, traditional French crepes, Spanish churros and Dominican empanadas. We might be on an international journey, but the sentiment is the same, this is about supporting small businesses, global artisans and communities. On the Saturday there’ll be Christmas carols and bands to make it all swing.
Norfolk Christmas Fayre, Norwich Cathedral
6 – 7 December, various times from 10am, FREE entry
You can’t get a more atmospheric venue than the cloisters, Nave and Close of Norwich Cathedral. Celebrating Norfolk food and drink producers yet also playing host to creatives, this Christmas Market is pretty special, a brilliant collaboration between the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Cathedral. And on the Friday, whilst the market carries on until 9pm their regular service in the Nave continues between 5pm – 7pm.
And … a bonus event for all the family
On the eve of the Norfolk Christmas Fayre, the Cathedral’s Advent Open Evening takes place. Remember the episode in the Vicar of Dibley with the animals? On this very special evening there will be a short service featuring farm animals to bless the outdoor crib. The Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir will be singing carols and there’s the opportunity to walk the beautiful candlelit labyrinth. After the service you can explore the cathedral, take a guided walk, browse Christmas stalls and enjoy activities for children.
Meet at the West Front from 6.30pm for the 7pm service, Thursday 5th December, 6:30pm-9pm.
Vegan’s Christmas Market, OPEN Norwich, Bank Plain, Norwich
7 December, 10am-4pm, FREE
The 5th annual Norwich Vegan’s Christmas Market is set to be the best yet. Not only will you find vegan food and drink treats, but also craft items, clothing and gifts to fill the stockings with. Try your luck at the Vegan Tombola or get comfy with a seated massage. Don’t mind if I do.
St Nicholas Fair, Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich
8 December, 10.30am-5pm, FREE
First things first, St Nicholas will arrive on his horse at the cathedral at 4pm with gifts for the children! However, the rest of the fun starts at 10.30am with festive stalls full of gift ideas, and the Cathedral Shop too. And to keep you fed and watered, head to the garden café. This is also a fantastic time to see the true beauty of this Victorian gothic structure. Enjoy.
The Nightfair Before Christmas Market, The Halls, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich
14 December, 6.30pm – 10pm, FREE
If your weekends are packed this is the Christmas Market for you. With a twist. Why not head to a bar for a few cocktails or drinks beforehand? An alternative market, you’ll find tarot readers, gothic jewellery, cruelty-free taxidermy, dark art and some macabre home décor. What are you waiting for?
FRESH Artisan Market, St Mary’s Works, Norwich
13 (5pm – 9pm) 14 & 15 December (10am – 4pm), FREE
This could be a straight from a Richard Curtis festive film, minus Emma Thompson. Set in a warehouse, find over 50 contemporary craftspeople, artists, illustrators, printers, brewers and more. And if you want to catch up with friends you can meet in the pop-up cafe for delicious hot drinks and food. For the person who has everything, this is the place to shop.
Deepdale Christmas Market, Dalegate Market & St Marys Church
29 Nov – 1 December, 10am to 5pm, FREE & free parking
The 11th annual Deepdale Christmas Market takes place again in the lovely village of Burnham Deepdale. With over 120 stalls visitors to the market can enjoy ‘not on the high street’ presents, decorations, food and drink in three large marquees around the Dalegate Market site, in the barn of Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, and amongst the pews in St Mary’s Church. Phew!
Holkham Food Fair, Holkham Hall, North Norfolk
14 & 15 December, 10am to 4pm, FREE
This foodie Festive Fair is now set in our calendars each year as a firm favourite. This is where all the best local and regional seasonal food producers gather to tempt you with their wares. And tempt you they will as you can try before you buy as you mooch around from stall to stall. To keep warm stop for a chat over aromatic mulled wine and steaming hot chocolate and treat yourself to a great lunch. The live cookery theatre will once again keep everyone entertained, this year with a theme of ‘Game On’. But not only will you walk away with full shopping bags, you’ll also have some top tips from some of the region’s best chefs on how to make your Christmas dishes ‘pop’.
Christmas Craft Market, Fairhaven Woodland & Wonder Garden, South Walsham, Norfolk
14 & 15 December, 11am to 5pm, FREE
This smaller, more intimate craft market is a delight featuring local tasty treats and great Christmas present ideas. And to make it even more jovial there’ll be live music to tap your feet to. It’s also a day out for all the family with children’s craft activities. Don’t have too much to eat before you arrive as you can get seasonal hot food and mulled wine in the tearoom. And we suggest buying entry to the garden whilst you’re there for a winter woodland walk.