Things to do this Christmas in St Albans
St Albans is one-stop shop for all Christmas needs this December with Christmas markets galore. Here’s everything you need to know…
St Albans Christmas Market
St Albans has been home to a market for 1,000 years, so it comes as no surprise that the city knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. Back, bigger and better than before sis the return of the European-inspired Christmas Market. It has become one of the highlights of the festive calendar, attracting visitors from near and far. For its fifth year, in 2017 the market will be longer than ever – operating almost up until Christmas itself. It will open on Saturday 25 November and run right up to Saturday 23 December, offering shoppers even more opportunity to soak up the festive atmosphere.
Taking place, in and around the walled Vintry Garden adjacent to the 11th-century St Albans Cathedral, it will feature 40 stalls selling gifts and goodies, including decorations, jewellery, clothing and homewares. There will also be festive food including German-style bratwurst and warming hot chocolate. This year stallholders are vying with each other for the title of best-dressed chalet. You can vote for the one that you think is the most beautiful via the St Albans Facebook page.
A packed programme of festive fun within the Christmas Market, including music, dance, magic and circus skills will entertain the crowds. Visit the Tinseltown Tent for a fun-filled festive extravaganza with local bands, musicians, entertainers, community groups, youth groups and schools.
The Nutcracker Trail
For families and visitors looking to explore the City’s charms in more sedate style, a Nutcracker Trail promises to delight the eye. The trail features 15 six-foot tall Nutcracker soldiers dotted throughout the city from the end of November (maps and entry forms are available from City Centre shops). Followers of the trail will be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini –be sure to post your entries and meet the Nutcracker King at the Christmas Market.
Christmas markets in St Albans
If you time your visit right, you’ll get two markets for the price of one! St Albans Charter Market operates on St Peters Street in the City Centre throughout the year on Wednesdays and Saturdays, selling everything from fabric to fruit. From Sunday 17 December this vibrant market – one of the biggest weekday markets in the region – is on every day until Christmas Eve.
Dates for your diary:
Christmas Market Saturday 25 November – Saturday 23 December. Mon-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm. Thu 11am-8pm. Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
Charter Market: Every Wednesday and Saturday, then daily from 17-24 December.
Abbey Flyer Santa Special Saturday 9 December. Bring the children down for a special visit (see www.abbeyline.org.uk for times and details).
Farmers’ Market: Sunday 10 December.
For more details visit enjoystalbans.com/Christmas