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Feeling festive? Well check out our round-up of the best Christmas Markets coming to Norwich and Norfolk!
Is there anything more festive than spending some time strolling through a Christmas market, finding unique gifts, and sipping some mulled wine or a hot chocolate? We think not. Which is why it’s no surprise that Christmas markets are so popular!
Here in Norwich, as well as the permanent outdoor market where you’ll be able to find treats and food galore, there’s a whole host of other pop-up markets throughout the city and Norfolk to enjoy this Christmas season. So, take a look at our helpful round-up and start making some festive plans.
Festive decorations? Check. Unique arts and crafts? Check. Delicious food? Check. Seasonal music? Check! Everything you could possibly want from a Christmas market can be found at the Festive Fair at The Forum.
This popular market attracts thousands every year with the East Anglian range of gifts, food and produce it has for sale. And there’s entertainment too! Listen to Christmas carols from Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quintet on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday you’ll be treated to tunes from a traditional fairground organ. We recommend grabbing a cup of warming mulled wine and treating yourself to waffles, gourmet doughnuts or freshly roasted almond pralines to make the most of the market.
25 – 28 November, The Forum, free.
Festive markets are a great way to spend a day out with friends and family. And the Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show has something for everyone to enjoy! There will be hundreds of stalls to see, with everything from jewellery and children’s gifts to some of the finest food and drink from across the UK. For a fun festive shopping experience, the Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show should be top of your list.
12 – 14 November, Norfolk Showground, £5 – £8
If you’re after some truly unique and homemade Christmas gifts, you’ll love the Jabbawockycrafts Christmas Craft and Gift Fair. This pop-up mini market will have exquisite handmade jewellery, beautiful photographic prints, home décor, candles, Christmas decorations and more!
6 November – 18 December (select dates), The Forum, free
Fancy a Christmas market with a difference? Then head over to the Fierce Babe Xmas Market at The Assembly House. With over 25 independent markers and creators who identify as women, trans, or part of the LGBTQ+ community, this market showcases some fabulous talent! There will be stalls full of beautiful jewels, prints, homewares, accessories and more.
28 November, The Assembly House, free
Want to find gifts from around the world to treat your friends and family with? The Global Village Christmas Market features some of the finest traders, illustrators and makers, selling beautiful gifts from around the world with a focus on fair-trade and eco-conscious products. Plus, there will be hot food, mulled wine and festive music, courtesy of carol singers and brass bands on the Saturday, to enjoy too!
2 – 4 December, The Forum, free
If you like to shop local and support independents, this is a great way to do that – with a Christmas twist! The Buy Local Xmas Expo showcases a huge range of independent Norfolk businesses, including those with festive treats and gifts to offer. You’ll be able to shop festive bakes, hampers, arts and crafts, personalised gifts, flowers, clothing, homeware and much more. Plus, there will be games and prizes to win too!
1 December, The Forum, free
Gathering together a wonderful and exciting selection of local Craft Traders and Artists under one roof, the Modern Country Crafts Christmas and Gift Fair is the perfect place to pick up a special present that you can’t find on the high street.
18 – 20 November, and 17 – 18 December, The Forum, free
Pensthorpe’s Annual Christmas Market is back! With some of the region’s best food and drink suppliers, artists and craft makers, this festive market provides the perfect change of scenery from the high street, with pop-up stalls in a relaxed and spacious outdoor environment. Bespoke creations, creative gift ideas, and delicious treats will all be on offer at this perfect escape from the city crowds. And if you want to make a day of it you can also buy a discounted park admission ticket (£9.95 adults and children) – so you can spend a full day out taking in the delights of the park and getting some Christmas shopping done at the same time!
28 November, Pensthorpe Natural Park, free (plus free parking)
Holkham Hall is a stunning location to enjoy a Christmas market. This grand hall has extensive grounds, which are even home to a herd of deer. So, once you’re done with shopping, you can take a crisp winter walk to take in the scenery. But the market itself is surely the star of the show. There will be tasty takeaway stalls in the courtyard, as well as local producers inside showcasing seasonal food, drink and gifts. Plus, Holkham’s own special blend of mulled wine will be offer!
18 – 19 December, Holkham Hall, Adults £2, children £1, parking £5
North Creake is a picturesque village in North Norfolk, with a pretty stream running alongside the main street. Just a mile to the north of the village you’ll find Creake Abbey, the site of Grade I listed ruins, and a brilliant Christmas market. Over 80 stalls will be showcasing wares from jewellery, sculptures, ceramics, fabrics and cards, to soap, candles, plants, food, drink and more! This is a festive experience you won’t want to miss.
27 November, Creake Abbey, free
Dalegate Market is the place to go for some ‘not on the high street’ Christmas shopping. Alongside its permanent shops, supermarket and café, the market will be playing host to a whole series of artisans and producers in pop-up shops throughout November and December. There will be four pop-up stalls at the market, rotating through 30+ artisans each week and weekend. Giving you plenty of excuses to keep going back!
5 November – 24 December, free
The Goat Shed is getting festive, with – you guessed it – The Christmas Shed! Bringing all the magic of a German Christmas market to Norfolk. The original farm shop has been transformed into a unique festive shopping space, filled with gifts and goodies for the whole family. There will be product tastings, carol singers and bell ringers, a letters to Santa service, Christmas wreath workshops and mulled wine to enjoy too! What’s not to like?
1 November – 1 January, free