Enjoy a fun day of shopping or two at some of these great fairs, bazaars, charity events and Christmas markets in Herts.
Hatfield House Frost Fair
Thursday 17 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hatfield, Herts AL9 5NQ
Held in The Old Palace, the Riding School, Stable Yard and heated marquees on Palace Green, the Christmas Frost Fair will feature: up to 200 stands of exciting, unusual and original gift ideas for all; Craft men & women showing off their skills; Fine Food Fair – come and taste the mouth watering array of foods and drink; Entertainment from Choirs, dancers and street entertainers throughout the fair; Father Christmas is here on all four days, courtesy of Hatfield Rotary Club; and more. Entry is £8 adults and free for accompanied children under 15 years.
All Saints’ Church Christmas Market
Saturday 19 November 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
All Saints’ Church, The Green, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3HJ
The annual market is now in its fifth year and is a fundraising event for the church. They have gift and craft stalls mixed with tombola’s, children’s activities, cakes and biscuits, Santa’s Grotto, live music and to round off the event there is the Grand Prize Draw with a first prize of £500. Hot food, refreshments and mulled wine will be available.
St Albans Christmas Market
Thursday 24 November to Sunday 18 December 2016, Mon, Tues & Wed 11am-6pm; Thurs & Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm
St Albans Christmas Market, Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL3 4ED
Visitors will enjoy browsing the high quality produce on offer in up to 60 traditional wooden chalets outside the Cathedral and in the Vintry Garden. Entertainers, twinkly lights and plenty of Christmas cheer will add to the festive atmosphere – and don’t miss Carols on the Hour, on the hour, every hour from 11.00 to 16.00 on the last Saturday before Christmas in St Albans Cathedral.
Hertford Christmas Gala
Friday 25 November 2016, 3.30pm-8.00pm
Hertford Town Centre
Head to Hertford to meet Santa and his reindeer, browse the Christmas markets, have a spot of Christmas shopping, listen to live acts on stage and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the county town. The Mayor will switch on the Hertford Christmas tree lights and a variety of activities are on offer from funfair rides to face painting, nativity dressing up to meeting costumed characters.
Rickmansworth Christmas Evening
Friday 25 November 2016, 5.00pm-9.00pm
Rickmansworth Town Centre, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1AJ
Running for 25 years, the Rickmansworth’s Christmas event will family fun with the Starlight Parade, song and dance performances, festive stalls, Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides and food and drink.
Tring Together Christmas Festival
Friday 25 November 2016, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tring High Street, HP23 5AH
Tring comes alive with Christmas Festivities! The town is abuzz with shops open for late night trading and Victoria Hall hosting Father Christmas and Festive stalls selling all manner of decorations, cards and gifts. The Upper High Street has a lively atmosphere with a Fun Fair and Tring Brewery tent just a few paces further down the road. Dolphin Square has shopping and entertainment. Lower High Street is bustling with shops open and stalls lining the road. Church Square hosts the main stage which has a full night’s programme of entertainment. Its here we announce the winner of the Design-A-Light competition and have the grand switch on!
Letchworth Christmas Light Switch On
Saturday 26 November 2016, 3.00pm-8.00pm, lights switch on at 5.30pm
Leys Square, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3DL
Celebrate the start of the festive season in Letchworth town centre. Pop along to enjoy a Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto, food stalls, fun fair rides, live music and fireworks display.
Redbourn Christmas Market
Sunday 27 November 2016, 11.00am-5.00pm
High St, St Albans, Herts AL3 4ED
Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn as we come together to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. Raffle tickets are now on sale at Ashtons – some amazing prizes this year to won! Santa will be available in his Grotto on the High Street at 11:00–13:30 & 14:00–16:30.
Harpenden Christmas Carnival
Sunday 27 November 2016, 12.00pm-6.00pm, lights switched on at 5.00pm
Harpenden High Street, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RS
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping. Santa’s Grotto open, £2 entry from 12.30pm-5.30pm (closed between 2.45pm-3.30pm).
Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre
Saturday 3 December 2016 from 9.30am
Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre is coming back! Visitors will able to purchase all the Christmas essentials from gifts such as hampers and handmade jewellery to real Christmas trees and wreaths. Performances from local groups and bands such as Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will delighted crowds with beautiful traditional carols while Hip Hop Pop Dance Production Company and School will entertain with street dance to the latest top chart music. Lots more is planned too!
Celebrate with Us – Small Business Saturday
Saturday 3 December 2016 from 9.30am
Stevenage Indoor Market and Town Centre, Market Place, St. George’s Way, Stevenage, SG1 1EP
Stevenage Indoor Market celebrates Small Business Saturday every year. This year on 3rd December 2016 there will be another £1,000 voucher give-away! The Indoor Market traders will have their gazebo set up in Stevenage Town Centre next to Costa Coffee and everyone will be able to grab a £5 voucher to spend at the Indoor Market. There is no minimum spend! Just enjoy the treat from the Stevenage Indoor Market traders – hurry until vouchers last! Free face painting 11am-3pm, meet Santa 11am-4pm and free parking.
Ashridge Estate Christmas Mini-Markets
Weekends from Saturday 3 December to Sunday 18 December 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Come along and sample local products from four different stall holders each day, plus two regulars.
Pitch & Eat Christmas Food Festival
Saturday 10 December 2016, 1.00pm-9.00pm
Hemel Hempstead Old Town, St Mary’s Close Car Park, High Street, HP1 3AF
Hemel Hempstead Old Town’s one and only street food event, featuring a range of fabulous food traders, live music, local ale, a prosecco themed bar and communal seating – come and join us to celebrate the festive season! Friends, families, colleagues, kids and pooches all welcome!
Pitch & Eat Christmas Food Festival
Wednesday 14 December 2016, 5.00pm-9.00pm
New Watford Market, Watford House Lane, Watford WD17 1
Pitch & Eat’s Christmas event comes to New Watford Market! With a range of fabulous food traders, live music, local ale, a prosecco themed bar and communal seating – come and join us to celebrate the festive season! Friends, families, colleagues and kids all welcome! New Watford Market is located just off Watford High Street. It’s an indoor space so fully coevered from the British weather!
Lee Valley White Water Christmas Market
Friday 16 December (7.00-11.00pm), Saturday 17 December and Sunday 18 December (12.00pm-8.00pm) 2016
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Herts EN9 1AB
Looking for that special prezzie or last minute bauble? Discover all you want for Christmas at our Christmas Market. With quirky homemade gifts, seasonal entertainment, festive food and a visit from Santa Claus, even The Grinch will have a hard job stealing Christmas from Lee Valley White Water Centre. Children will have a chance to meet the main man himself on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December between 12:00 and 17:00 and each will receive a special present for a cost of £5pp. No booking required.