13 of the Best Christmas Markets in Norfolk
Tis the season to be jolly and we're here with a big dose of festive fun with our guide to the best Christmas craft and food markets.
If there’s one season when you can legitimately shop until you drop (presents, party dresses, fizz and nibbles, more party dresses…) then it’s Christmas. But sometimes it’s important to step away from the High Street and look towards gifts that are original, sustainable, ethical and downright gorgeous too! So if you’re searching for presents for loved ones or for yourself, here’s our selection of the best Christmas markets around. We’ll meet you by the mulled wine stall!
Best For…Sophisticated Chic
Christmas Shopping Evenings, Holkham Hall, Thurs 22nd November
Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies and 10% off your Christmas shopping at the Holkham Hall gift shop – what’s not to love? Tick a few items off your present list with an evening out and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Hall too. Make mine a scented candle, please…
Christmas Fair, Holt Hall, Sat 24th – Sun 25th November
Picture a blazing log fire, a 15ft Christmas tree and over fifty stalls, and you have the Holt Hall Christmas fair. Lose yourself in the gorgeous rooms of the Hall whilst enjoying the best of local food and crafts. We can almost smell the mulled wine from here!
Book tickets for £3
The Global Village Christmas Market, Thurs 29th November – Sat 1st December
The cosmopolitan gifter’s choice, this market at The Forum will feature stallholders from across the world, all against a backdrop of traditional carols and music and the best of continental festive food! Warm up with a Gluhwein whilst you browse. Yum!
Hingham Christmas Craft Fair, Lincoln Hall, Hingham, Sun 25th November
With a raft of hand-picked stalls selling artisan delights, Hingham‘s Christmas Craft Fair will play host the cream of Norfolk’s makers and bakers – and speaking of cream, Daisy Boo’s cafe will be serving up afternoon tea to the tune of a traditional silver band. Bliss!
Tickets are 50p OTD (under threes are free)
The Christmas Craft Spa with Grow Her Wild, Guestwick, Thurs 29th November – Sat 1st December
If the stresses of the festive season are already starting to take a toll, then take a trip into mindfulness heaven with Grow Her Wild. Craft a Scandi jar and a bath bomb, discuss your wellbeing in like-minded company and much more. The perfect escape from Christmas chaos.
Book tickets for £29 (includes take-home treats, snacks, coffee and mulled wine)
Green Pastures Christmas Fayre, Green Pastures, Bergh Apton, Thurs 22nd November
The Green Pastures Farm Shop is developing something of a reputation for brilliant local food and drink, so we were pretty Muddy thrilled to hear that they’re having a Christmas Fayre! Expect festive street food, beers, wines and gins, gifts and shopping galore. Yes please!
Pensthorpe Christmas Market, Pensthorpe, Sun 25th November
Pensthorpe is a permanent fixture in the Muddy must-visit list, but with the added attraction of pop-up stalls, food and drink stands and the switching on of the Christmas lights, it’s one of our festive go-to events! It’s got nothing to do with the complimentary mince pies – honest!
Tickets can be purchased on the day
Magical Christmas Evening, Wroxham Barns, Fri 30th November
If you want to add a little sparkle to the eyes of your small people this Christmas, head across to Wroxham Barns for their Christmas light switch-on, because Santa will be there with his elves AND his reindeer too! What more could you possibly want? Oh, stalls, shopping, a choir, mince pies and mulled wine, you say? As you wish…
Book tickets for £5 (under 16s are free)
Festive Fair At The Forum, Norwich, Thurs 22nd – Sun 25th November
This event brings all the fun of the fair to The Forum, with all the traditional festive activities: a tombola, charity stalls, live music and gift shopping. Perfect for a family evening out with the feel-good factor.
King’s Lynn Christmas Market, Thurs 29th November
King’s Lynn town centre will be transformed into a shopping haven of over sixty stalls, with street entertainment and activities all evening. Definitely worth a visit!
Deepdale Christmas Market, Burnham Deepdale, Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd December
Not many places can do Christmas like Deepdale. Three marquees, over a hundred stallholders with unique and handmade gifts, plus the famed Deepdale food and drink to sample and take away! With everything from penguins to salamis, there’ll be something here for even the fussiest shopper. If you only make it to one Christmas fair this year, make it this one.
That’s just a sprinkling of the many fairs that will be held across our lovely county in November – don’t forget to sneak a peek at our What’s On Guide for any that you might have missed! We’ll see you in December for some more festive frolics – now, where did I put my mulled wine…?
Words Hannah Colby