2020 has introduced us to a whole new genre of Christmas Fair – a silver lining to the rather unusual times through which we find ourselves living! Now we can enjoy browsing gift selections from the comfort of our own home whilst still supporting #shopsmall and finding unique gifts for our loved ones. Join us for the low-down on the biggest Online Christmas Fairs 2020.
We can’t deny; it has been heart-wrenching to speak with events organisers up and down the country as a great number of Christmas fairs have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. And we have been increasingly concerned about the knock-on impact for the army of small independent shops and crafters that rely heavily on these annual marketplaces.
Event organisers have been wonderfully creative wherever possible, and a number of fairs have managed to navigate the guidelines and find ways to proceed with their scheduled event. You can find full details of the biggest and best Christmas Fairs going ahead here.
But, whilst 2020 has brought tremendous challenge to the events industry, the innovation and determination of both event organisers and vendors is just phenomenal to behold.
Online Christmas Fairs have been sprouting before our eyes and continue to be announced at pace. A whole new approach to marketing and selling has been embraced, and technological frameworks have been installed at speed, in order to bring Christmas Fairs to life virtually.
Of course we will miss the hustle and bustle of the physical fairs. Nothing can quite compare to being completely surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. And we will be sorry not to have the opportunity for casual chatter with vendors, and hands-on exploration of the stalls and products.
However, in place of these lost experiences, we can instead enjoy snuggling up on the sofa with our festive drink of choice in hand, or indeed logging on for a quick five minute browse in between meetings, and explore a multitude of artisan crafts from across the whole country.
The beauty of Online Christmas Fairs lie, of course, in their limitless reach. No longer are we restricted by geography and diary commitments. The opportunities to find original products and new favourite suppliers are endless, and we are in control of when we join the festivities.
It is hard to keep up with the sheer number of Online Christmas Fairs being announced but the list below provides details of the main UK-based events currently scheduled or underway. Get the dates in your diary and login to join the Christmas shopping extravaganza!
Online Christmas Fairs 2020
The Rural Living Christmas Show
With a thoughtful selection of Somerset artisan vendors, the 2020 online Rural Living Christmas Show is a delight to peruse. In addition to gorgeous handmade gifts, your taste buds will be working overtime with images of chocolate, plum puddings and pink gin!
When: Open All Season
More information: The Rural Living Christmas Show
Virtual Bath Christmas Market
Bath Christmas Market may have been cancelled this year but we needn’t miss out completely! Organisers have created a fabulous virtual experience instead, with stallholders, Christmas guides and special offers laid out for us to explore.
When: Open All Season
More information: Bath Christmas Market
Santa’s Little Helpers
Set up in response to the cancellation of Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets, this Facebook-based Christmas Fair has fast become one of the biggest events of the season! There’s regular giveaways and more vendors than you could possibly scroll through in one sitting, so join the group and enjoy adding artisan crafters to your Facebook newsfeed!
When: Now through to 20th December 2020
More information: Santa’s Little Helpers
For 28 years, Blackthorpe Barn in Bury-St-Edmonds has showcased a handpicked selection of artisan crafts on weekends in the run-up to Christmas. This year they have taken the 16th Barn online! Enjoy browsing the virtual aisles of this Aladdin’s Cave to pick out some new festive keepsakes for your home.
When: From 1 October 2020
More information: Blackthorpe Barn
Online Christmas Fair
Set up by independent trader Polly from Three Boys Rock, the Online Christmas Fair brings together 100 regular attendees of the Christmas Fair circuit. With a discount and special offer code going live on 16 October and planned weekend giveaways, there will be more than enough choice to tempt everyone!
When: From 16 October 2020
More details: Online Christmas Fair
ShopSmallChristmasUK Christmas Virtual Market
In support of small crafters around the country, this 2 hour Instagram Christmas Virtual Market promises introduction to some fabulous talent and beautiful Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
When: 30 October 2020
More details: ShopSmallChristmasUK Christmas Virtual Market
Make it British Pop Up Market
In support of UK manufacturing, the Make It British virtual pop-up show will connect us with high-quality British producers. A chance to select some fabulous, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones whilst supporting the development of manufacturing skills right here in the UK.
When: 30 October – 1 November 2020
More details: Make It British Pop Up Market
The Original Virtual Magical Christmas Market
Details are yet to be revealed but Cornwall’s Magical Christmas Market is being held online this year to continue supporting small and local vendors in the region.
When: 31 October – 1 November 2020
More details: The Original Virtual Magical Christmas Market
Fowey Christmas Fair
The coastal town of Fowey in Cornwall usually provides a fabulous backdrop for the annual Christmas Fair. Alas this year we won’t be able to enjoy the scenery but we will still have the opportunity to support the wide array of regional vendors through an online Christmas Directory from the beginning of November.
When: From 1st November
More information: Fowey Christmas Market
Country Living Christmas Artisan Pop-Up Market
Country Living may not be able to host their ever-popular Christmas fairs in person this year but they have created a fabulous alternative: 60 hours of shopping from the fabulous range of small independent retailers that usually attend CL fairs! With exclusive online discounts available and virtual workshops available, it looks set to be a wonderful celebration of artisan crafts across the UK.
When: 6 – 8 November 2020
More information: Country Living Christmas Artisan Pop-Up Market
The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds
200 stallholders will be sharing their products and crafts during this three-day event in support of national children’s charity WellChild. Usually set at the gorgeous Daylesford Organic Farm Shop, top notch gifts will be guaranteed at this exciting new-format event.
When: 9 – 11 November 2020
More details: The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds
Wealden Times Midwinter Fair Online
Expanding beyond its usual home in East Sussex, the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair will be available on our browsers in November. There’s plenty to tempt already on the show’s website and it looks set to be a fabulous weekend of festive shopping from your sofa.
When: 12 – 15 November 2020
More information: Wealden Times Midwinter Fair Online
The World’s Biggest Virtual Christmas Market
This looks set to be the most ambitious event of the season! A collaboration between Christmas Crazy and AllThingsChristmas.com, we can look forward to vendors from across the globe brought direct to our sofa! The World’s Biggest Virtual Christmas Market will offer shopping options galore, not to mention live festive entertainment including tree lighting, carolling and daily recipe suggestions.
When: 14 – 28 November 2020
More information: The World’s Biggest Virtual Christmas Market
The Big Welsh Virtual Christmas Market
The Big Welsh Virtual Christmas Market will showcase the very best of Wales, with vendors from across the country bringing their best products and promotions to the purpose-built Facebook group for you to peruse.
When: 23 – 29 November 2020
More information: The Big Welsh Virtual Christmas Market
Do you know of another Online Christmas Fair we should include? Are the details above out of date? Get in touch to let us know.