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The best Christmas markets and fairs

Market Harborough Festive Fayre, 30 Nov – 2 Dec

Featuring a wide range of stalls selling a host of handcrafted, artisan-made, unusual and exotic arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery alongside a great choice of food and drink.

Festive Fayre, Markets Place and Commons Car Park, LE16 7PA

Victorian Christmas Fayre, Melton Mowbray, 30 Nov – 2 Dec

Watch some street theatre as you tuck into local food and drink at the annual event. Creative street food vendors will line the streets of this historic town with entertainment provided by local school choirs, singers, musicians and performers. As usual there will be street theatre, Santa’s grotto and this is a great opportunity to start your festive shopping too. Set the festivities off with a bang during the Christmas Light Switch On and Firework Display on the Friday night! The Christmas Fair will run on the Saturday 9 -5pm.

Market Place, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1XD

Christmas Fayre, Bosworth Battlefield, Fri 30 Nov

Join in with thisChristmas Fayre in The Tithe Barn, Heritage Room, Cabins & Courtyard. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy choirs and carols, shop around at the arts and crafts stalls and pick up everything from jewellery, paintings to home decor, ladies fashion, beauty products, plenty of food and drink and more. Free entry.

Bosworth Battlefield, Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire, CV13 0AD

Christmas Craft Market, Markfield, Sat 1 Dec

Pretty creative picks, handcrafted gifts, treats and more. There will also be lots of fun for the kids from magical wands and potions to trinkets and jewels.

Coach and Horses, Leicester Road, LE67 9RF

A Wizards Wonderland, Queen of Bradgate, Leicester, Sat 1 Dec

With crafty Christmas gifts and treats to rival those you read about in Harry Potter, this will be the one Christmas market you won’t want to miss. There will be food and drink available and lots of magical makers crafting their own Wizarding gifts just in time for Christmas, lots of hot mulled wine and cider for the older wizards and some non-alcoholic witches brew everyone loves. From 11-5pm.

Queen of Bradgate, 93 High Street, Leicester LE1 4JB

Etsy Made Local: Christmas Craft Fair, Leicester, Sat 1 Dec

This year’s festive Etsy Made Local event will feature some brilliant local creative makers and designers. Free entry and 50 goodie bags for the first 50 visitors. Of course, there will be craft stalls ranging from jewellery, prints, christmas cards, candles, ceramics, wooden decor, textiles, handmade bags, plus many more. 10am – 4pm.

King Richard III Centre, 4A St Martin’s, Leicester, LE1 5DB

Christmas Fayre, Woodhouse Eaves, Sun 2 Dec

Take the stress out of Christmas and head to the Christmas Fayre and get some unique Christmas gifts for all the family! All money raised will go to the mental health charity, Mind. A variety of stall holders will be there so make sure you pop down to see what’s on offer. £4 entry to include hot drink and a mince pie. Children go free.

50 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire LE12 8RZ

Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair, Leicester, Sat 1 Dec – Sun 2 Dec

The medieval Guildhall will be holding its annual festive fair with stalls showcasing local crafts and artists, with a wide range of treasures to inspire you this Christmas. Food available throughout the day. Children can enjoy trails and crafts throughout the weekend. Admission is £1 for adults, no charge for children.

Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, United Kingdom, LE1 5FQ

Ashby De La Zouch Christmas Fair 2018, Sat 1 Dec

Let the smell of festive and fresh mince piece tempt you to indulge a little more. Shop till you drop and buy gorgeous food, arts, crafts and gifts.

Festive Fair, Lower Market street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1AF

Quorn Christmas Food and Craft Trail, Sun 2 Dec

Over 50 stalls showcasing gifts, crafts, vintage, with a gin bar, prosecco, street food and Christmas cheer. At indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Leicestershire village just follow the crowds! Free entry. 11am – 4pm.

Quorndon village, LE12 8DS

Clarendon Park Christmas Fair Sun, 2 Dec

Escape the high street and the mad city rush and enjoy your Christmas shopping while supporting independent businesses and local entrepreneurs. You can expect 50 stall selling crafts, unique gifts, homemade food, live entertainment, fairground rides for the kids, and much more. 11am – 5pm.

Queens Road, Leiscester, LE2 1TU

Christmas shopping event, Thurlaston Garden Centre and Tearoom, Thur 6 Dec

Enjoy Christmas choir, mulled wine and mince pie plus 10% off Christmas shopping and 10% off real Christmas trees, personalised Christmas baubles. Also we have a free raffle prize and don’t forget the big red man will also be there! Ho ho ho!

Thurlaston Garden Centre & Tearoom, Croft Road, Thurlaston, LE9 7TB

Stonehurst Victorian Christmas Weekend, Sat 8 Dec – Sun 9 Dec

Massively popular, Stonehurst Farm’s Victorian Christmas event is a firm family  favourite not to be missed. Visit Santa shop at the festive stalls, pick up some great gifts, enjoy food tasting, carols, live nativity scene, children’s fair rides and more. Expect queues so arrive early. 10am-5pm. Entry £5 Adults. Children FREE entry. Santa visit £12 includes gift.

Stonehurst Farm, Bond Ln, Mountsorrel, Loughborough LE12 7AA

Belvoir Castle Christmas Market, Thur 6 Dec – Mon 10 Dec

The stunning Belvoir Castle will be transformed during its outdoor market this year.

Belvoir Castle, Grantham NG32 1PE

Christmas in Uppingham, Thur 6 Dec

Enjoy late night shopping, a craft and gift fair in the town hall, market stalls, live music, a Christmas dance show, an ice skating rink street entertainers, choirs, hot food, buskers, children’s activities in the church – face painting, and of course Father Christmas and his reindeers. From 5.30 – 9pm

Uppingham Market Place

Harborough Market Late Night Christmas Fair, Fri 7 Dec

A fabulous array of stalls, all jam packed with products that will be perfect for Christmas presents. Lots of craft stalls selling unique, handmade items, everything from food to clothing to Turkish lanterns, jewellery, footwear and more. This year there will be live music, carol singing and more. From 6-9pm

Northampton Road, LE16 9HB Market Harborough

Beaumanor Hall’s Winter Fair, Sat 8 Dec and Sun 9 Dec

The well-loved Winter Fair is back for its third year in a row with a jam-packed, festive weekend for the whole family to enjoy including nearly 80 food, drink and gift stalls, tasty festive street food and drinks, Father Christmas’ grotto, free children’s Victorian activities, live Christmas music, a Gingerbread House competition and much more.

Beaumanor Hall, Beaumanor Dr, Woodhouse, Loughborough LE12 8TX

Oakham Late Night Shopping, Mon 10 Dec

Get into the festive spirit as the Victoria Hall and High Street will be packed with stalls offering local produce and beautiful gift ideas for Christmas. There will be a range of stalls for people to browse and pick up a Christmas gift or two and for those wanting to really get into the festive spirit try a tasty glass of mulled wine or mince pie. The shops stay open until 9pm. Free parking from 3pm onwards

Loughborough Christmas Market, Sun 23 Dec

Packed with festive goodies, treats, food, lots of lovely crafts, street food, mulled wine, spiced cider and more! Live music at various times including carol singing and a brass band.

Market Place, Loughborough

Santa Lantern Train and Market – Long Whatton, Thur 20 Dec

A real good one to visit to get the kids excited! At 5pm Santa’s Lantern Train starts his journey through the village of Long Whatton following the  candle lit lanterns that children have made. The procession starts on Turvey Lane, then along Piper Drive, The Green and Main Street to end at the Cricket Ground. Here you will be greeted in the cricket club bar, the local choir will sing Christmas carols and in a marquee will be market stalls selling traditional Christmas gifts and crafts.

Long Whatton Cricket Club, 5a Main Street, Long Whatton, Leicestershire, LE12 5DF

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