The 8 best Christmas fairs to visit in Hertfordshire
16:58 17 November 2015
Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to Santa’s Grottos, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all.
1. St Albans Christmas Market
St Albans holds one of the oldest regular Christmas markets in the UK, dating back to the 9th century. Held in the beautiful Abbey Cathedral, the German-inspired market offers food, drink and plenty of arts and crafts. Finish off with a pint at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, the oldest pub in Britain, only a short walk away. The market runs from Thursday 26 November right up until Sunday 20 December. Entry is free. For more information, www.enjoystalbans.com.
2. Hatfield House Christmas Market
The annual Christmas Market, hosted by the Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Association, is back again this year with the local conservatives donating half of the proceeds to the Isabel Hospice. This year’s market will offer bargains on all your Christmas shopping with stalls filled with books, toys, handbags and more.
The Christmas Market will be open on Saturday 7 November from 10.30am until 4pm. Tickets are only £2 for adults and free for any accompanying child, and are available from www.hatfield-house.co.uk.
3. Hatfield House Frost Fair
Another Christmas Fair in Hatfield but this time, it’s for the whole weekend. The Frost Fair offers arts and crafts, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas. And the legend himself – Father Christmas – will be there too! The Fair is open from 10am until 5pm every day and tickets are only £6 for adults, which must be bought in advance. Come and enjoy gifts from over 200 exhibitors at this festive occasion. This year’s Frost Fair will be held at Hatfield House from Thursday 26 November until Sunday 29 November. You can find out more from www.hatfield-house.co.uk
4. Harpenden Christmas Carnival
The ninth anniversary of the carnival is going to be the biggest yet. With farmers’ markets, charity stalls and a spectacular fun fair, there’s loads to do for all the family. Santa will be there from 12.30pm in his grotto for all the kids to visit. There will also be staged entertainment throughout the day, and the festivities will wrap up with the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at 5pm. Come to Harpenden High Street on Sunday 22 November between noon and 6pm to get involved with the festive fun. For the day’s timetable visit www.harpenden.gov.uk.
5. Redbourn Christmas Market
Held on Redbourn High Street, this year’s German-inspired market will recreate a classic village Christmas market with a wide range of stalls. From cakes, jewellery and books to toys and gifts, you’ll be sure to find a present for everyone. There will also be lots of entertainment from choirs, dancers and musicians as well as yummy food stalls and a very special visit from Father Christmas. Redbourn market is on Sunday 29 November from 11am - 5pm. Information on the day’s events can be found at www.redbournchristmasmarket.com.
6. Leverstock Green Winter Fayre and Christmas Light Switch On
This popular fayre is back and is hosting a wide variety of stalls. You can look forward to hunting for the perfect gifts with cakes, hand-made gifts and jewellery for sale. The annual Christmas lights switch-on will be at the end of the fayre, but with plenty of stalls to choose from and carol singers performing regularly, it’s a great day out for the family. This year’s fayre will be held at Leverstock Green Village Hall on Saturday 14 December starting at 2.30pm. For further information visit www.lgva.org.uk.
7. Ashridge Estate Christmas Fair
The popular annual fair will be running again this Christmas, with a great selection of stalls selling home-made gifts and decorations. You can also enjoy a coconut shy and see wood-turning from the trees of Ashridge. There’s a pottery stall and an opportunity to enjoy Louise Bradford’s famous horseshoe sculptures. There will also be delicious food stalls to tempt you, and with everything from doughnuts and Moroccan food to a yummy hog-roast, you won’t go hungry. Come along on Sunday 6 December from 10am - 3.30pm. Visit www.chilternsaonb.org for further information.
8. Watford German Market
This year Watford are hosting a German Market which will feature traditional wooden chalets selling a variety of festive treats. The adults can enjoy German sausages, mulled wine and German beer whilst the children can ride on the beautiful carousel. If you haven’t had enough Christmas fun, just a stone’s throw away there will be an outdoor ice skating rink. The market will be opening from Thursday 19 November from noon - 10pm and then will be open until Sunday 3 January from 11am - 10pm. The ice rink will be open from 11am - 9pm Saturday 28 November until Sunday 10 January. For more information see www.watfordbigevents.co.uk.
So head down to one of these Christmas markets this festive period to enjoy the cosy atmosphere and good food.