The best Christmas Markets in Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:54 24 October 2016
Cheshire is about to become a land of merriment, why not pick up a host of magical gifts at local markets, fairs and shopping events?
1st – 2nd November
The Wirral Bizarre will be returning to Thornton Manor for a two day Christmas shopping extravaganza. There will be a collection of over sixty handpicked stalls supplying all of the best and most unique Christmas gifts. There will also be a special performance from the SingMe Merseyside Choir and a prosecco evening on the 1st. All of the proceeds raised at the fair will go directly to North West Cancer research and over the past twenty five years Wirral Bazaar has raised over £250,000 for them. Wirral Bazaar promises to be perfect place for some festive spending as well as supporting a good cause. Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough, Wirral, CH63 1JB.
10th November – 20th December
Manchester Christmas Markets
The Manchester Christmas Markets are arguably one of the most popular festive market destinations in the country, attracting visitors from across the UK year on year. They have become a popular leisure destination as well as a hub for some magical Christmas retail therapy. There will be nearly three hundred and fifty unique festooned stalls and chalets that will span throughout the city for you to explore offering a range of International and local produce and goods. The markets have a truly international twist, as you can fill up your bellies with traditional German Beer, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned traditional hog roast. Albert Square, St Ann’s Square and Corn Exchange.
15th – 16th November
LoveChristmas is a unique charity Christmas fair with every penny raised going towards three of its charities; Turn2us, Chester Hospital’s baby Grow Appeal and Nightingale House Hospice. A range of exciting independent UK boutiques, including some old favourites and some new faces, will be offering a selection of stylish and original products with a festive twist. Last year the fair made an incredible £17,000 and managed to attract over eight hundred shoppers, with this years fair promising to be bigger and better. Pop on your Christmas jumpers and indulge in this vibrant sand charitable Christmas shopping experience. Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY
18th November – 18th December
Chester Christmas Markets
The picturesque city of Chester will once again be hosting their rustic, festive Christmas market located in the heart of the city. Chester will be transformed into a winter wonderland with seventy traditional wooden chalets stocking an abundance of Christmassy surprises including local and regional products, unique handmade crafts and gifts, clothing and much more. The food and drink on offer at the markets is a particular highlight each year as you can sip on some warming mulled wine whilst browsing the stalls or even pop into The Real Ale Bar. Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HJ.
25th – 26th November
Middlewich Christmas Fayre
Orgasnised by the Middlewich Council, the Fayre is back again by popular demand with a whole host of activities happening across the weekend. Don’t miss out on the sopectacular light switch-on on the Friday night as well as a magical lantern parade. There will also be traditional makers markets to explore accompanied by the glorious sound of carol singers. Pop and visit Santa’s grotto or head over to the Bull Ring to catch the Signal Radio Roadshow. Various locations across Middlewich, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9AS
Sandbach Christmas Markets
The Sandbach Christmas Markets are the perfect way to get into the festive spirits as there are over eighty stalls spreading throughout Sandbach. The stalls will be offering some of best local products that will make for perfect Christmas gifts or decorations to a tasty Christmas dinner. Festive bell ringing, live choir singing, late night retail shopping and mulled wine drinking are just some of the activities you can get up to at Sandbach Christmas Markets and there will even be an enchanting Santa’s grotto. Sandbach Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1AP
3rd – 4th December
Knutsford Christmas Markets
The Knutsford Christmas Market will be returning again for another year this December, with over one hundred and twenty traders selling magical Christmas goodies. From your favourite festive foods to unique gifts, there will be plenty of opportunity for some sneaky last minute present purchasing. The two day seasonal bonanza will be jam packed full of everything Christmas including a reindeer parade, live entertainment, a lights switch-on and even a special guest appearance from Santa Clause. Princess St, Knutsford WA16 6BW
3rd – 8th December
Christmas Floral Extravaganza
Arley Hall will be transformed into a floral winter wonderland this December with each room being decorated in a traditional and stunning Christmas style using fresh flowers and foliage from the Arley gardens. Ten local schools have also got involved in the event by each decorating an impressive Christmas tree which will be displayed in the Cruck Barn. The five day event will also be hosting a demonstration from floral expert Carl Wilde as well as a Carols by Candlelight evening. The Gardener’s Kitchen will also be open to visitors offering an array of delicious traditional Christmas grub from mulled wine to mince pies. Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA
Northwich Artisan Christmas Market
The Northwich Artisan Christmas Market is all about one thing…Christmassy food! The quality of food at the Nortwich Artisan Market is renowned for its high standard so will be the perfect place to purchase some Christmas treats that you wouldn’t find on the supermarket shelves. Be tempted by an array of seasonal and delicious mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas puddings. You definitely wont be going home empty handed from these markets. Witton Street, Northwich, CW9 5AP
10th December – 2nd January
Winter Wonderland is the perfect place for the whole family to visit as there is something for everyone. There will be an abundance of exciting activities to get involved in, including Christmas themed rides and attractions such as classic bumper cars and a carousel. Across the event there will also be a selection of spectacular family friendly shows including a breathtaking Christmas Circus and the best-loved Basil Brush Show. Tasty offerings will also be available from a wide range of food and drinks stalls. Winter Wonderland Manchester, Event City, Manchester.
Adlington Hall Christmas Fair
The historic Hunting Lodge will be hosting the Adlington Hall Christmas Fair this December where you can be inspired by some seasonal gifts and products. The Stately Home will be transformed into a Christmas Village which will ooze the festive season. Pick up some unique treats and gifts that you wouldn’t find on the high street or simply treat yourself. Hunting Lodge, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4LF
Wilmslow Artisan Christmas Market
Slap bang in the heart of Wilmslow, this Christmas market showcases some of the best Christmas foods around from local producers and suppliers who are passionate about the foods they make. Browse the markets and get your taste buds in the mood for Christmas by sampling some of the delicious grub on offer. You won’t be going home with an empty belly that’s for sure.
Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1PB