20 November 2009
It's that time again - when the afternoons are dark, the Christmas Lights are on and you can't move through the crowds at the Christmas Markets and Fairs.
The Christmas fairs and markets are a great place to find that unique present or home made gift, or just a good excuse to have a Bratwurst and Pint of German beer in Brum City Centre. Whatever you are looking for it's worth having a visit to some of these. I know I'll be visiting a few and hopefully paying a repeat visit to sample some more of that German food.
Here are a list of the Christmas Fairs and Markets in Redditch, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Birmingham, West Midlands and some further afield. Descriptions are based on previous visits and the events on offer may differ this year.
This is based on dates for 2009 - see: Days Out Diary Christmas page for an updated list of dates for Christmas Markets.
Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market
From Thursday 12 November 2009 to Wednesday 23 December 2009
with craft fair from 19 November 2009. Open 10am to 9pm each day.
A great place to buy unusual and handmade gifts. Try the Bratwurst or ham and saucraut sandwiches. You can also enjoy a German Beers whilst watching a singing talking moose if that's your thing. It can get very busy especially at weekends and in the evenings.
Statford Upon Avon Christmas Market
A large market in the main road of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. A good selection of craft, charity and commercial stalls. Many of the town centre shops are also open late to coincide with the mark. Includes a whole spit roast pig.
Christmas Market and late night shopping in Stratford every Thursday from 26 November to 17 December 2009
Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch, Worcestershire
A small craft fair located within the museum. An opportunity for children to make their own Christmas decorations or to visit Santa in his Grotto.
On Sunday 6 December 2009 from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
£1 admission fee for adults
Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre
Thursday 26 November 2009 to Sunday 29 November 2009
Thursday 4pm - 9pm
Friday 11am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
As well as the stores there is a full entertainment programme including choirs, school music and dance, Victorian Juggling and lots more.
Royal Leamington Spa Yuletide Fair
The Parade is closed to traffic and replaced with a selection of craft, charity and commercial market stalls.
Sundays from 22 November 2009 to 20 December 2009 from 10am to 4pm.
Warwick Victorian Evening
Craft and charity stalls with traction engines and classic rides. Many stall holders and local shop keepers dress in traditional Victorian dress to add to the atmosphere.
Thursday 26 November 2009 from 5pm to 9pm.
School and smaller Christmas Fairs in the Redditch Area
- Astwood Bank First School - Friday November 27 from 3pm to 5pm
- Pinvin First School - Sunday 22 November 2009 from 2pm to 5pm
- St James's Church Advent Fair Saturday 28 November 2009 from 2pm to 4.30pm
- Arrow Valley Country Park - Saturday 12 December 2009 & Sunday 13 December 2009 10am to 4pm
St John Ambulance Christmas Market - Clerkenwell London
Friday 4 December 2009 from 4-8pm.
Held in the central walkway of historic Smithfield Market in Clerkenwell, London, the market will feature a range of specialist stalls including jewellery, clothing, shoes, accessories and more, alongside lots of local produce.
Lincoln Christmas Market
One market worth travelling to is Lincoln Christmas Market. It's based around the castle and historic town of Lincoln. Don't miss the Lincolnshire Sausages.
Thursday 3rd December 2009 4pm - 9.30pm
Friday 4th December 2009 10am - 9.30pm
Saturday 5th December 2009 10am - 9.30pm
Sunday 6th December 2009 10am - 7pm
If there are any I've missed please leave a comment on this page