Discover the biggest and best Christmas fairs across the UK.  Find the craft fair nearest you & get your Christmas shopping underway!

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Hands up if you’re a Christmas Fair fan?

That first glimpse of tables laden with gorgeous goodies, the smiling faces of talented crafters, and wafts of gingerbread and mulled wine in the air.  Gahhh, we can scarcely wait … and now I really want a snack too!

So if you’re considering which Christmas fair(s) to visit this year, you need our round-up of the biggest and best Christmas fairs across the UK for 2023.

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Just before we dive in, a quick clarification!  We have spent far too long trying to work out the difference between a Christmas Fair and a Christmas Market.  The two phrases get used interchangeably and there’s no official dictionary definition to worry about.  However, they often conjure up slightly different images in people’s minds.  So in case you were wondering, and for the purposes of this article, …

Christmas Markets are typically held outside, often in a town centre.  Whilst they do include designers selling artisanal crafts from stalls, the market will typically extend beyond the shopping experience, with plenty of food and drink stalls, and seasonal entertainment too (fairground rides, ice-skating rinks, etc.).

Christmas Fairs are typically held indoors at an exhibition centre or local hall.  The emphasis is firmly on gift inspiration for what to put under the tree.   There will usually be some food outlets and often workshops available to complement this but they are primarily gift showcases for local designers and independent brands.

Head here for a complete list of the Best Christmas Markets in Europe.

For the best Christmas Craft Fairs around the country, keep reading!

The Christmas Cotswold Fair

People browsing and shopping at The Christmas Cotswold Fair inside a marquee under a roof with red ribbon gently hanging.

Shopping At The Christmas Cotswold Fair. Image Credit: The Christmas Cotswold Fair

With a new location for 2023 – in the Evenlode valley between Moreton-on-the-Marsh & Stow-on-the-Wold – there’s plenty of Christmas cheer to be found at The Christmas Cotswold Fair. 

Over 220 carefully selected stalls are spread across three marquees with the fair describing itself as the epitome of ‘shop independent’.  An opportunity to purchase directly from unique designers with 10% of all stallholder purchases going to national charity WellChild.

Book signings from household names such as Clare Balding and Prue Leith keep the celeb list high.  Pre-bookable hands-on workshops, included in your ticket price, cover a multitude of topics from silk scarf eco-printing to Christmas tablescaping with Nancy & Betty not to mention the cocktail masterclass fair opener on Monday evening!

Where:  The Christmas Cotswold Fair, Evenlode Grounds, GL56 0YS

When:  6 – 9 November 2023

More:  Further information about The Christmas Cotswold Fair

Country Living Christmas Fairs

Bird's Eye View of Country Living Christmas Fair at the Business Design Centre in London.  Streamers hanging from roof with shoppers & stalls below and large Christmas tree on display.

Country Living Christmas Fair London. Image Credit: Jolly Festive

Country Living returns to London, Glasgow and Harrogate for another trio of fabulous fun at the fair! 

Promoting the best of British craft and artisan design, browse designers and creators from the length and breadth of the country as you find unique gifts, decorations and food & drink delights.

Well known for their hands-on expert workshops, choose between everything from learning to make needle felted angels to sip & paint candle painting, festive embroidery and boxing day brunch inspiration.  Eager to support women’s wellness, there are even workshops to discuss hormone health, menopause and anxiety at Christmas with Newson Health at the London & Harrogate fairs.  All workshops are bookable in advance and incur an additional cost.

With a whole host of other festive extras available plus a VIP experience on offer (including bottomless prosecco!), you’re sure to leave feeling festive and jolly!

Country Living Christmas Fair London

Where:  Country Living London, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

When:  8 – 11 November 2023

More:  Further information & to book tickets for Country Living London

Country Living Christmas Fair Glasgow

Where:  Country Living Glasgow, SEC, Exhibition Way, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 8YW

When:  16 – 19 November 2023

More:  Further information & to book tickets for Country Living Glasgow

Country Living Christmas Fair Harrogate

Where:  Country Living Harrogate, Harrogate Convention Centre Yorkshire, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA

When:  30 November – 3 December 2023

More:  Further information & to book tickets for Country Living Harrogate

The Festive Gift Fair

Santa welcoming guests at the entrance to the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC Birmingham.

Santa Welcomes Guests To Festive Gift Fair NEC Birmingham. Image Credit: Festive Gift Fair

The Festive Gift Fair is back for its 27th year to fill the NEC in Birmingham.  The Grinch, Father Christmas & a panto dame (what a festive combo!) will be circulating amongst shoppers as musicians and jazz stilt walkers entertain. 

There’s 300+ stalls from indie businesses to explore during the 4-day shopping extravaganza, from Christmas décor to food stalls as well as gifts for the ladies, the gents, and of course the little ones in the family too.

Where:  The Festive Gift Fair, Birmingham NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

When:  16 – 19 November 2023

More:  Further information about the Festive Gift Fair.

Ideal Home Show Christmas

Visitors arriving at the Ideal Home Show Christmas, walking into the show with Christmas trees either side of the entrance way.

The Ideal Home Show Christmas at Olympia London. 25/11/2022 Photograph by Sam Frost ©2022

The enormous Ideal Home Show Christmas at Olympia in London promises more than 600 exhibitors to tempt your purse from your handbag. 

And in case that’s not enough … tickets include entry to the Eat & Drink Festival too.  Plus there’s workshops, live talks, interior inspiration in the Good Homes Roomset and festive music galore from the bandstand.  There’s even a Panto Dame … oh no there isn’t … oh yes there it!  Should be a great day out!

Where:  Ideal Home Show Christmas, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

When:  22 – 26 November 2023

More:  Further information about Ideal Home Show Christmas

Living North Christmas Fairs

Pairs Of Gonks Hanging On Swings For Sale With Other Festive Decorations At Living North Christmas Fair.

Festive Decorations For Sale At Living North Christmas Fair. Image Credit: Living North Christmas Fair.

The Living North Christmas Fairs are the most established and prestigious Christmas shopping events in the North of England. With events in both Newcastle and York, Living North Christmas fairs attract a fabulous array of over 250 quality artisan suppliers from across the region.

Foodies will be delighted once again to discover the Living North’s Festival of Food with festive treats to sample and Christmas tipples to buy.  Plus, there’s daily Chef Demonstrations to help you cook up a storm this Christmas!

Christmas Fair North East

Where:  Living North Christmas Fair North East, Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP

When:  26 – 29 October 2023

More:  Further information about Living North Christmas Fair North East

Christmas Fair Yorkshire

Where:  Living North Christmas Fair Yorkshire, York Racecourse, York YO23 1EX 

When:  9 – 12 November 2023

More:  Further information about Living North Christmas Fair Yorkshire

Simply Christmas by The Creative Craft Show

Three women admire festive decorations made from dried citrus fruits at Simply Christmas Show

Friends Explore Festive Décor at Simply Christmas. Image Credit: ICHF Events

Simply Christmas by The Creative Craft Show returns to both Birmingham NEC and Glasgow SEC for 2023 offering a delightful selection of local handicraft stalls as well as workshops to try your hand at festive creations of your own.   

Talented independent makers will share handcrafted glassware, toys, ceramics, pottery, jewellery, woodwork, Christmas accessories, food / drink and more – there really is something for everyone!  Workshops are pre-bookable in advance and come at an additional charge but offer the opportunity to try everything from festive calligraphy artwork to making patchwork bags and glass fusion Christmas tree decorations.

Plus, get double the bang for your buck as tickets at both venues include entry to neighbouring The Creative Craft Show.

Simply Christmas Glasgow

Where:  Simply Christmas, SEC, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 8YW 

When:  26 – 29 October 2023

More:  Further information about Simply Christmas Glasgow

Simply Christmas Birmingham

Where:  Simply Christmas, NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

When:  2 – 5 November 2023

More:  Further information about Simply Christmas Birmingham

Spirit of Christmas Fair

Table filled with festive decorations and food from the vendors at Spirit of Christmas Fair with a dried grass wreath behind, candles lit & rustic bouquet.

Festive décor, gifts & treats on offer at Spirit of Christmas Fair. Image Credit: Spirit of Christmas.

Spirit of Christmas Fair returns to London Olympia for its 22th Anniversary.  With a focus on the British-led design and ethical and sustainable manufacture, there’s lots to celebrate as you explore the 700+ exhibitors booked to fill this iconic fair.

This year chef José Pizarro will be providing a Spanish take on festive fare with his fine dining opportunities pre-bookable to enjoy for a little time out.  Or raise a glass of bubbles with family and friends at the Louis Roederer Champagne Bar. 

Workshops cover a range of topics from personal styling to tablescaping, wellbeing and even seasonal menu tips from Dame Prue Leith herself!

And with special unlimited entry and return entry tickets available, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to explore the stalls.

Click here for more information and our first-hand review of the Spirit of Christmas fair.

Where:  Spirit of London, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

When:  30 October – 5 November 2023

More:  Further information about Spirit of Christmas.

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And be sure to check out our interactive maps to find your nearest Christmas Light Trails, Santa Special Train Rides and Seasonal Ice-Skating Rinks across the UK – there’s something for everyone!

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